Research course

Environmental Science

Institution
University of York · Department of Environment
Qualifications
MPhilPhD

Entry requirements

Applicants to MPhil/PhD programme will need to have a relevant Masters degree. Those without should consider first taking one of the Department’s taught MScs, a pass in any of which would satisfy minimum entry requirements. If you are a non-native English speaking applicant you must provide evidence of your English language ability. You need to show enough fluency in all aspects of English (reading, writing, speaking and listening) to the required level of the course you're applying to.

Months of entry

January, October, July, April

Course content

Our research expertise spans the whole spectrum of environmental science and is aligned to three main themes:

  • Earth systems and environmental change;
  • Ecosystems and society;
  • Environmental health.

All students will be working on their own research project, working closely with their academic supervisor and with the support of other postgraduate students, postdoctoral researchers and staff in their research group. Our range of flexible research programmes are targeted at individuals with a background in environmental science or a related field wishing to pursue a senior research post in the public or private sectors, or a career in academia.

MPhil/PhD in Environmental Science - Research in this programme is focussed on:

  • Prediction of water quality from catchment characteristics;
  • Pollution effects upon soil/plant/water ecosystems;
  • Evaluation of critical loads and levels of pollutants;
  • Modelling of atmospheric chemistry processes;
  • Biogeochemical cycling and sustainability;
  • Indoor and outdoor exposure to air pollution;
  • Environmental impacts of volcanoes;
  • Pathways and impacts of agricultural pollutants.

The PhD is a higher degree awarded for a thesis presenting original research that makes a publishable contribution to knowledge or understanding. A student will be working on their own research project, working closely with their academic supervisor and with the support of other postgraduate students, postdoctoral researchers and staff in their research group.

Prospective students are encouraged to contact potential advisors early on. They will be happy to give you advice on the feasibility of your research ideas and offer feedback on a draft proposal.

Information for international students

York is a research-intensive university and a proud member of the elite Russell Group of universities. Information about international fees can be found on our website.

Fees and funding

Department and University scholarships may be available, please check our website for details: Fees and funding

Qualification and course duration

MPhil

full time
24 months

PhD

part time
72 months
full time
36 months

Course contact details

Name
Postgraduate Administrator
Email
environment@york.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0) 1904 324068