Environmental engineering uses science and engineering principles to assess and mitigate pollution for the benefit of human health and the environment. This research programme requires an understanding of biology, chemistry, physics, engineering, socio-economics and legislation to develop solutions for the sustainable provision of clean air, land and water for humankind.
By pursuing research in the School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences you will join an extremely successful research group focussing on environmental civil engineering. Our mission is to foster, promote and conduct research of international quality. This means that we attract high quality graduates and researchers and train them to international standards.
This research programme is ideal if you are enthusiastic about environmental engineering research. Our main research themes in environmental engineering are: engineered biological systems; mining and metals in the environment; biochemical processes in contaminated water, soils and sediments; safe water and sanitation in developing countries
We offer supervision in the following research areas: anaerobic digestion; manipulation of the fate of micro-pollutants; pollutant sequestration; bioremediation; risk assessment; sanitation and low-cost water supplies for developing countries; waste stabilisation ponds; constructed wetlands; minewater treatment; carbon neutral initiatives; geothermal energy.
Our microbiological research has a strong emphasis on understanding and engineering biological processes using ecological theory, underpinned by exploration of molecular techniques, eg fluorescent in situ hybridisation, quantitative PCR, and denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis.
Training and Skills
As a research student you will receive a tailored package of academic and support elements to ensure you maximise your research and future career. The academic information is in the programme profile and you will be supported by our Postgraduate Researcher Development Programme, doctoral training centres and Research Student Support Team.
A 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in science or engineering. Alternative qualifications will be considered where appropriate.If you undertake an MPhil in the first instance, you may be able to transfer to a PhD after the first year of successful study.If your first language is not English you need an overall IELTS score of 6.5. You may need an ATAS (Academic Technology Approval Scheme) clearance certificate.
Recipient: Newcastle University
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