Environmental Engineering PhD


Environmental engineering is the application of science and engineering to help improve the natural environment, seeking to facilitate the provision of healthy water, air and land.

Research topics for this PhD are very varied but can include microwave processing, wastewater treatment, greenhouse gases, removal of pollutants in water and soils as well as many other aspects.

This PhD is based within the Energy and Sustainability Research Division and the Manufacturing Processing Technologies Research Division. This provides the opportunity to undertake a PhD in a wide range of research areas and work across traditional research boundaries being part of interdisciplinary teams.

Research groups in these divisions include:
Environmental Physics and Design
Fossil Energy and Carbon Capture and Storage
HVACR and Heat Transfer
Industrial Microwave Processing

Course Facilities

There are extensive laboratories with equipment from bench to pilot-plant scale. We are one of the few universities in the UK with access to mass spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy and a ‘virtual-reality’ suite where you can construct and optimise your own complete processing plant.

Postgraduate students also have access to research facilities including a range of equipment, for example:

• total organic carbon
• strong acid digestion of rocks
• research test rigs - multiphase flow
• drop tube furnance
• flows in pipe rig
• microwave centre

Course Research support

Support for Postgraduate Research students is coordinated through the Faculty Research Office. Each PhD student will have a main academic supervisor and at least one additional supervisor. Regular formal supervision meetings, usually once a month, will take place with one or both of your supervisors. We also provide academic postgraduate advisors and student PGR reps for each division who are available if you have a query about procedures relating to research study, are concerned about your progress or the facilities available.

All PhD students are enrolled in the Faculty of Engineering Training Programme, this is a structured programme of training drawing on formal external frameworks such as Joint Skills Statement , the Research Development Framework (RDF) and the Research Council guidance. The Engineering and Science Research Council (EPSRC) has recognised our Faculty programme as a sector leading standard of postgraduate research development and training.

The faculty has excellent links with industry and will ensure you develop transferable skills that will be of benefit in a variety of careers. You will also have access to the Graduate School’s Researcher Development Programme.



UK/EU Students

The Faculty of Engineering and the University will offer some competitive scholarships and part-funded scholarships for UK and EU students entering the 2014/15 session.

Details on faculty funding opportunities, how to apply and deadlines can be found on the Faculty of Engineering website.

International Students

The International Office offers a number of scholarships for International students.   

Additional opportunities



Average starting salary and career progression

Availability for employment and salary data for the Division of Energy and Sustainability is not attainable due to a small sample size.*

* Known destinations of full-time home and EU postgraduates, 2011/12.

Career Prospects and Employability

Those who take up a postgraduate research opportunity with us will not only receive support in terms of close contact with supervisors and specific training related to your area of research, you will also benefit from dedicated careers advice from our Careers and Employability Service. Individual guidance appointments, career management training programme, access to resources and invitations to events including skills workshops and recruitment fairs are just some of the ways in which they can help you develop your full potential, whether you choose to continue within an academic setting or are looking at options outside of academia. 

The Enquiry Centre

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