This will include a number of relevant master’s level taught modules in CES or other departments (covering both research skills and subject-based material), as well as training in research budgeting, seminar and conference presentation skills and research publishing.
You’ll also take a number of the voluntary training and transferable skills courses provided by the University’s Doctoral College.
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You’ll be assessed by formal progress reports at six monthly intervals, a confirmation report and a viva examination after around 12 months (times are extended for part-time students) and by submission and oral examination of a final Ph D thesis by independent external and internal examiners.
A lot of your research will be done on campus, and might also involve fieldwork including on-site interviews, surveys, and working with external organisations both in the UK and abroad.It normally takes three or four years of full-time study to complete our Ph D programme, or about twice as long part-time.By the end of your programme, you’ll have become an independent researcher with expert knowledge on the technical, economic, social and policy aspects of environment and sustainability.The University of Surrey has been leading the way in environmental and sustainability research for over 25 years.From investigating people’s attitudes to the environment to exploring the opportunities for solar power mini-grids in sub-Saharan Africa, our environment and sustainability researchers are taking innovative approaches for a more prosperous, equitable, safe and secure future.You’ll have the opportunity to work across the full breadth and depth of theoretical and applied approaches to sustainability, ultimately helping you to lead thinking in their respective fields.Many of our postgraduate researchers are working on projects with local and multi-national businesses, with policy makers and with international bodies such as the United Nations, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the World Wide Fund for Nature, the World Health Organisation, and others.Download the code of practice for research degrees (PDF).When you accept an offer of a place at the University of Surrey, you are agreeing to comply with our policies and regulations, and our terms and conditions.If your project involves experimentation or sample processing or analysis, you’ll be able to do this work in laboratories at collaborating departments at the University of Surrey, with external collaborators (such as external research organisations or companies) or through fieldwork in the UK or abroad.Postgraduate researchers are a core part of the Centre for Environment and Sustainability, and have an active role across our intellectual and social activities.