Research course

Environment and Sustainability

University of Surrey · Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences

Entry requirements

A first or upper second-class degree in a relevant subject (e.g. engineering, physical or social science), or equivalent overseas qualification. A Masters degree would be an advantage. Enthusiasm for, and commitment to, independent study is essential.

Months of entry

January, October, July, April

Course content

We believe that contemporary environmental and sustainability issues need to be tackled in an interdisciplinary fashion, investigating the science, engineering and policy questions that matter by using appropriate tools and techniques from many research domains and excellent research facilities.

Our extensive research community is committed to deliver action-oriented, policy-focused responses that address environmental and social issues. We work closely with businesses and policy makers with these aims in mind.

Postgraduate researchers form an integral part of CES and take an active role in a range of intellectual and social activities within the Centre.

Attendance at appropriate taught modules, covering both research skills and subject-based material, is encouraged, as is attendance at the Centre’s monthly seminar series. Postgraduate researchers also attend and contribute to a regular internal seminar series.

The University and Faculty offer a training programme for postgraduate researchers, covering research methods and transferable skills. Researchers will follow a programme of courses tailored to their individual needs. CES postgraduate researchers also form their own group, meeting regularly to discuss supplementary training and support (facilitated by the Centre).

With over 20 years of activity, we have built relationships with multinational businesses and international bodies such as the UN and World Health Organization (WHO).

Some of our current research activity includes investigating how agro-industries can help reduce energy poverty in Africa, and exploring new, successful Integrated Pest Management (IPM) schemes for developing countries.

Information for international students

IELTS minimum overall: 6.5

IELTS minimum by component: 6.0

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification and course duration


part time
45-96 months
full time
33-48 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions
01483 682 222