The general University entrance requirement for registration for a research degree is normally a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree and additionally, for a PhD, a Master’s degree or equivalent. All international students must show evidence that they meet the English requirement for their course of study: IELTS 7.0 (with no less than 6.0 in any section). This applies even if English is the native language of your home country. An appropriate level of English language competence is also expected as listed below. Find out which alternative English language qualifications we accept. Applicants may also be required to attend compulsory in-sessional English language support. The Senate reserves the right to assess the eligibility of applicants on an individual basis. Entry criteria are subject to review and change each academic year.
Months of entry
January, December, November, October, August, July, June, May, April, March, February
Research students are welcomed to Brunel as valued members of our thriving, research-intensive community. A research degree provides the opportunity to investigate a topic in depth, and contribute new knowledge to your discipline. A PhD involves demonstrating through original research or other advanced scholarship the creation and interpretation of new knowledge, a systematic acquisition and understanding of a substantial body of knowledge at the forefront of an academic discipline or professional practice, the ability to conceptualise, design and implement a project for the general of new knowledge, applications or understanding at the forefront of the discipline. Both full-time (3 years) and part-time (6 years) study routes are available.
- Biological Pathways and Systems
- Environmental Health and Ecosystems
- Environmental Change
- Environmental Solutions
- Environmental Policy and Communication
- Development of a novel assay for testing androgens and anti-androgens in fish.
- Degradation and Transformation of Pharmaceuticals in the Environment
- Development of a novel model to quantify nitrous oxide emissions in the biological nutrient removal process of wastewater treatment plants
- Human Toxicology and Epigenetics
- Development of an evidence- based risk management system for Legionella control in domestic water systems.
- Identification of microplastics in freshwater environments.
Information for international students
English Language Requirements: IELTS: 7 (min 6 in all areas); Pearson: 64 (51 in all subscores); BrunELT: 70% (min 60% in all areas).
Fees and funding
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- College of Health and Life Sciences
- +44 (0) 1895 268161