Fully funded Environmental Science PhDs available for 2017
Some of the world's leading researchers in environmental sciences work at the University of Reading. You could join them in 2017.
The University has a number of new opportunities for PhDs beginning in autumn 2017, including doctoral research positions fully-funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).
We are part of three major doctoral training partnerships in environmental sciences:
- SCENARIO (Science of the Environment: Natural and Anthropogenic Processes, Impacts and Opportunities): a NERC doctoral training partnership led by Reading, covering the study of physical, chemical and biological processes that influence environmental risk and sustainability.
- Mathematics of Planet Earth (MPE): an EPSRC centre for doctoral training, jointly led by Reading and Imperial College London.
- Quantitative and Modelling Skills in Ecology and Evolution (QMEE): a NERC centre for doctoral training aiming to solve real-world ecological and evolutionary problems by connecting theory, data, and practice. Led jointly between Imperial College London and Reading.
- Other PhD opportunities: there are also a range of fully funded PhD opportunities available across the University of Reading.
Why study for a PhD at Reading?
Reading is one of the world's leading centres for research into the science of the environment, with some 200 academics and hundreds of post-doctoral researchers and PhD students in environmental research.
At the world-renowned Department of Meteorology we study the atmosphere, oceans, ice and the land surface, and their interactions with life on Earth, including natural ecosystems, agriculture and human society.
Two of the greatest challenges facing humanity are pressures on natural resources and climate change, and their impacts on the environment and society. Businesses and governments are rising to the international challenge of sustainable development, and the job market in this sector is expanding rapidly.
We need driven people with strong research skills to be leading the way. Part of achieving this will be to draw people into the environmental sciences from more traditional disciplines, not only across the sciences, engineering and mathematics, but also from social, arts and humanities.
To ensure we can tackle real-world challenges, we encourage working across and between disciplines. In addition to the environmental science theme at Reading, our research focuses on food and health, as well as integrating with the social sciences, arts and humanities.
As a PhD researcher at Reading, you will be part of this research network, as well as join a community of 1,400 other PhD researchers. This gives you the opportunities to gain vital skills, learn from others, and participate in a regular programme of events designed for PhD students.
Make a difference with your research
Our scientists are changing the world, by helping to solve some of the world's most pressing environmental problems.
Now you can join us, in the lab and in the field.
With a diverse range of backgrounds, and strengths in quantitative approaches to environmental science, using mathematics, numerical modelling and experimental work, we are meeting many environmental challenges.
world-class environmental research
There are hundreds of PhD researchers across all areas of environmental research at Reading. Our particular strength is in quantitative approaches to environmental sciences, using a combination of mathematics, computer modelling and experimental work to meet these global challenges.
Our research expertise under the Environment Theme at Reading spans eight areas:
- Earth Observation & Space
- Ecology & Evolution
- Geography & Environmental Science
- Chemical Sciences
- Built Environment
- Mathematics & Statistics
As a doctoral researcher, you will be embedded within world-leading research groups in your own subject area, and have opportunities to work with a wider community of hundreds of environmental scientists - many of whom are recognised as the best in their fields.
The Environment Theme integrates together a network of researchers within academic schools and departments at the University, helping you to establish yourself in your research career, and giving you opportunities to learn and develop as a member of a large group of like-minded scientists.
You will become a member of the Graduate School, providing you with dedicated support, training and study space on campus to help you every step of your way as a doctoral research student.
Our research centres
We have world-class research centres and facilities that you can use as part of your research, helping you to conduct experiments, collaborate with partners in industry and the public sector, and present your findings in the most impactful way possible.
- Institute for Environmental Analytics: translating environmental research into commercially-relevant solutions
- Walker Institute: using interdisciplinary approaches centred around weather and climate to provide the evidence base for policy-advice and action in urban and rural Africa and South Asia
- Agrimetrics: The world's first Big Data Centre of Excellence for the whole agri-food industry
- Data Assimilation Research Centre: theory and applications in all areas of the geosciences
- Water@Reading: providing flood, drought and water-quality monitoring, forecasting and early-warning systems, in the UK and abroad
- Land Surface Processes@Reading
- Soil Research Centre: tackling the decline in soil health and quality
- Centre for Past Climate Change: quantifying historical climate change and seeking to understand the co-evolution of human society and environment
- Chemical Analysis Facility: in-house analytical instrumentation, and advice on access to external facilities, such as beamlines
- Technologies for Sustainable Built Environments (TSBE): bringing together academic and industry partners for applied research in built environment and energy