Research course

Environmental Sciences

University of East Anglia · School of Environmental Sciences
PhDMPhilMSc by research

Entry requirements

For entry on to the MSc by research, MPhil and PhD programmes, we would normally expect an applicant to hold a 2:1 honours degree, or equivalent, in a relevant subject

Months of entry

January, October, July, April

Course content

The current research themes for supervision in environmental sciences are:

  • Climate research and climate change.
  • Ecology and environmental biology.
  • Ecosystem services and social sciences.
  • Geosciences and natural hazards.
  • Ocean and atmospheric sciences.

The School of Environmental Sciences is one of the longest established, largest and most fully developed interdisciplinary institutions of its kind in Europe. The School provides a stimulating, innovative and active research environment for the study of natural and human environments. Our fundamental and policy-relevant research informs the greatest societal challenge of the 21st century to balance human resource needs with the sustainability of our environment. A world-class experience for researchers, postgraduates and undergraduates is provided by academics who are recognised as internationally excellent, supported by first-class teaching and research facilities based in our collaborative research centres and groups.

In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework exercise, 35% of our research was judged to be world leading, while 53% was rated as internationally excellent. We are the 3rd placed department in the UK when ranked by the volume of world-leading research achieved and 5th placed in terms of research ‘power’. The impacts of our research were judged to be predominately world leading and ranked 1st in the UK, while our research environment was entirely world leading or internationally excellent.

In 2005 the UK Government's Chief Scientific Adviser claimed that "The School of Environmental Sciences at UEA is the strongest in the world" and in 2008, the highly respected ENDS report identified the School and its roster of Environmental Science degrees as one of the most influential environmental organisations over the last thirty years. These claims are supported by more recent (2009-2010) citation metrics from Thomson Reuters placing ENV 5th in the world for Geosciences and 3rd in the UK for Environment and Ecology.

Information for international students

IELTS 6.5 overall (with min of 6.0 in each component)

Fees and funding

Please visit the University's website for further information.

Qualification and course duration


part time
72 months
full time
36 months


part time
48 months
full time
24 months

MSc by research

full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Research Service
+44 (0)1603 591709