Research course

Geography and Environmental Sciences

Ulster University · Faculty of Life and Health Sciences Research

Entry requirements

A first or upper 2nd class honours degree in a relevant subject area (or equivalent qualification).

Months of entry

January, December, November, October, September, August, July, June, May, April, March, February

Course content

The aim of research in Environmental Science at the
University of Ulster is to understand environmental
processes at the surface of the earth sufficiently to
be able to manage the environment. The
Unit combines high research quality at an international
level with the needs of the Northern Ireland
community, its quality of life and its economy. The
key research fields are Coastal and Marine Science,
including Maritime Archaeology, Solid Earth
Geophysics, Freshwater Sciences, and Landscape and
Natural Sciences.
The Unit consists of 16 academic staff, 11 research
staff, 30 research students and additional technical
staff based at the Coleraine campus.

Department specialisms

Coastal and Marine Science, Landscape & Natural Science, Freshwater Sciences, Catchment hydrology and river quality, Fate of chemicals in lakes. View the Research Prospectus online (see link below).

Information for international students

International students should visit the university's website ( or contact the university and ask to be sent an international student handbook.

Fees and funding


Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
72 months


full time
24 months
part time
48 months

Further details of qualification

Students enrol on a programme of work leading to the degree of PhD or MPhil. Award of the degree is subject to academic progress which is assessed formally throughout the two to six year study period, including by formal examination following submission of the thesis.

Course contact details

Dr Paul Dunlop
+44 28 7012 4688