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Background to the Department

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 refer to our web page for more details:


and for more general details on funding and other University of York related information here:


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.

Programme structure

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 to guide your 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.

Visit the Environmental Science - MPhil page on the University of York website for more details!




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