Environmental Sciences Postgraduate Research - PhDs and Studentships

Full Time/ Part Time
PhD by Research, MSc (Res), MPhil (Res)

Our research addresses three overarching themes, namely: climate, ocean and atmospheric interactions; the governance of resources and sustainability; and geosciences and natural hazards.


Our research has major global influence. Results of the Times Higher Education Research Excellence Framework (REF2014) analysis ranked us first in the UK for research impact with 88% of our research ranked world-leading or internationally excellent. This is further exemplified by the QS World University Rankings 2019 in which we rank first in the world for paper citations in Marine and Earth Sciences, third for Geography and fourth for Environmental Sciences. Furthermore, no other university has made as substantial a contribution to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) as UEA. Our research is underpinned by excellent, well-funded facilities including the additions of a sea glider facility and an air-sea-ice chamber. Our facilities provide many opportunities for your research projects. 

For more information on our research visit: www.uea.ac.uk/env/research 

For our research degree opportunities visit: www.uea.ac.uk/env/research-degrees 


Sponsorship information 

Each school has funding for some projects; eligibility rules may apply; UEA offers a limited number of ISF scholarships, up to 50 per cent of tuition fees, to excellently qualified overseas (non-EU) students each year; these awards are based on academic merit. 

Take a look at our current PhD and studentship opportunities.


Course Modules 2019/0

As a postgraduate research student, your research degree will not contain modules.   


Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. In some cases optional modules can have limited places available and so you may be asked to make additional module choices in the event you do not gain a place on your first choice. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirement

To be accepted onto a doctoral degree, the standard minimum academic entry requirement is either at least a 2:1 from a UK undergraduate degree, a Master’s degree, or equivalent. Some research programmes might have higher requirements and the possibility of more specific requirements. Please take a look at our current PhD opportunities or our Faculty Graduate School and School pages to find out more.

How to Apply

 Please take a look at our information on how to apply.

    Next Steps

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