Research course

Environmental Sciences

Brunel University, London · Institute of Environment, Health and Societies

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Entry requirements

The general University entrance requirement for registration for a research degree is normally a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree.

Months of entry


Course content

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.

MPhil degree option

An MPhil involves the exploration of a research topic and is typically studied over a shorter period of 1 year for a full-time student and 2 years for a part-time student. MPhil students are required to demonstrate a systematic understanding of knowledge and a critical awareness of current problems and/or new insights informed by the forefront of their discipline, field of study or professional practice.

Research profile

Brunel hosts a community of internationally recognised and world-leading researchers in Environmental Sciences. We undertake innovative research that increases understanding of the links between our environment and health, aims to prevent disease, and improves the quality of our environments. Environmental Sciences has particular expertise in the health impacts of chemicals in the environment, winning a Queen’s Anniversary Prize for research revealing the link between chemicals in rivers and reproductive health. Professor John Sumpter received an OBE in August 2016 for his research which has increased global awareness on the consequence of environmental pollution.
Our research addresses five key areas: Environmental Health and Ecosystems; Biological Pathways and Systems; Environmental Change (past, present and future); Environmental Solutions; Environmental Policy and Communication. Our research is highly regarded and offers talented researchers the opportunity to:

  • Join an expert interdisciplinary community that publishes world-leading research addressing priority and emerging challenges ranging from fundamental environmental science to the links between environment and health
  • Apply state-of-the-art equipment for the chemical analysis of samples and molecular and cell biology techniques.
  • Benefit from our excellent network of contacts within various sectors of government, industry and academia.
  • Enjoy being part of a well-resourced, collegial research environment - all our research students are based in our dedicated postgraduate study rooms alongside academic staff offices and play a full part in the activities of the Division.
  • Make a real difference to society through translation of research into practical solutions.

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

We offer a range of PhD studentships, partial scholarships, and academic prizes, to help with your research fees. Explore external funding, particularly the Research Councils, as well as other support.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    part time
    72 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • MPhil
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

+44 (0)1895 265599