Taught course

Practitioner Doctorate in Sustainability

University of Surrey · Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences

Entry requirements

All applicants should:

  • Hold a 2:1 in a relevant undergraduate degree
  • Fulfil the minimum English language requirements

Due to the challenging nature of the research projects and the fact that DPs will work at the partner organisation’s premises, it is likely that candidates with some work experience (eg, at least a year of professional training that is assessed and integrated into the degree programme) will have an advantage in the selection process.

Months of entry


Course content

Our research seeks to support the design, delivery and management of efficient and sustainable infrastructure – from developing new materials, to optimising management of large-scale complex networks and monitoring air and water quality.

We believe contemporary environmental and sustainability issues need to be tackled in an interdisciplinary fashion, so we investigate the questions that matter by drawing on appropriate tools and techniques from a multiplicity of research domains.

Our extensive research community is committed to working together to deliver action-oriented, policy focused responses that effectively address long-term environmental and social issues. We collaborate with businesses and policy makers with these aims in mind.

Our research receives strong support from research councils, funding bodies, government and businesses in the UK and abroad – giving you access to excellent facilities, whatever your specialism.

With over 20 years of activity, we have built up relationships with key players across every area of relevance to an environment and sustainability agenda – from multinational businesses to international bodies such as the UN and World Health Organization (WHO).

Information for international students

IELTS minimum overall: 6.5 and minimum by component: 6.0

We offer intensive English language pre-sessional courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Funding will come from the partner organisations. DPs are paid a competitive living stipend of up to £20k per annum, normally tax free. In addition to this, UK/EU study fees are covered by the University.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36-48 months

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