Research course


University of Surrey · Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences

Entry requirements

All applicants should hold a 2:1 in a relevant undergraduate degree and 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

January, April

Course content

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.

Our unique Practitioner Doctorate in Sustainability offers you a major collaborative opportunity. If you join us, you will become a Doctoral Practitioner (DP) and located within one of our partner organisations for at least two years. You will pick up a specific research brief that has been designed in partnership, and in order to resolve current industry issues and add to the academic body of knowledge.

Information for international students

IELTS minimum overall: 6.5 and minimum by component: 6.0

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
48 months


full time
48 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions
01483 684 036