Rated second in the UK and 17th in the world for the impact of our research, the Environment department at the University of York
offers an outstanding, dynamic and multidisciplinary environment in which to carry out PhD research. Our current PhD students come from many countries around the world and are funded via research councils, charities, industry, government grants, and private resources.
To find a PhD supervisor you can search for people with expertise in a particular area using our find a supervisor tool or you can access individuals’ research interests via our staff profiles. We particularly welcome applications that connect with our research themes and groups.
Prospective students are encouraged to contact potential supervisors early on. They will be happy to give you advice on the feasibility of your research ideas and offer feedback on a draft proposal. For each academic year, we also offer a number of funded studentships to exceptional applicants. Please see the funding section and vacancies section for more information.
The Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), a leading global environmental policy institute, has one of its largest centres embedded within the Environment Department. This unique arrangement allows postgraduate researchers to gain a research degree from the department, whilst simultaneously benefiting from SEI’s strong links to global policy makers such as UNEP and the World Health Organisation, and international connections with other SEI centres in Stockholm, Boston, Bangkok, Dar es Salaam and Oxford.
MSc by Research
The Environment Department offers an MSc by Research degree, where students follow an approved programme of research supervised by a member of academic staff. The thesis is assessed solely on the basis of that research by two individually appointed examiners. An MSc by Research normally takes 1 year to complete.
As a research student in the Environment department, you can expect:
-One or more supervisors to oversee your research and training.
-Potential collaboration with staff at SEI-York or in other departments such as Biology, Chemistry, Economics, Politics or Social Policy.
-A Thesis Advisory Committee of three staff including your supervisors to guide progress and offer support.
-Opportunities to attend seminars by leading scientists from around the world, and to present your own work through posters and talks at departmental conferences.
-A varied, comprehensive and tailored programme of training in both core research methods and broader research-related skills that enhances your career prospects.
-A variety of training and development programmes to assist you in your studies and your career, including an accredited introductory teaching programme for researchers who intend to pursue an academic career.
-Opportunities to enrol in any taught modules offered by the department and other departments in related fields of enquiry.
We prefer applicants to MPhil/PhD programme 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.