The Environmental Science PhD/MPhil programme is led by the Ecology and Marine Biology group. We offer a multi-disciplinary research programme for PhD students, combining aspects of community ecology, animal behaviour, conservation biology, ecosystem management and food web ecology in marine and terrestrial systems.
Why study with us?
of all activity is 'world leading' (4*) or internationally excellent' (3*) in the latest Research Excellence Framework (2021)
in the sector for 4* and 3* research overall in the latest Research Excellence Framework (2021)
of our research impact and environment is 4* and 3* in the latest Research Excellence Framework (2021)
The Environmental Science PhD/MPhil programme brings together world-leading researchers based at the University of Liverpool and collaborators across industry, charitable organisations and other research institutes. Our research combines cutting-edge theory with a strong focus on real-world issues such as conservation and climate change. We employ field, experimental, analytical and modelling techniques to answer fundamental and pressing research questions.
Our state-of-the-art research facilities enable experimental studies, mass spectroscopy, microscopy and new technologies to be developed. Combined with our well establish field-sites around the world, from the tropics to the poles, our group is ideally placed to support a wide range of PhD projects. We combine our expertise in a broad range of subject areas to provide an integrated degree programme and our mixed skill set ensures graduates have a range of specific and transferable skills. Training high quality postgraduate researchers is a key priority and the success of our past students evidences this. We encourage and train students to write and publish academic papers. It is not unusual for our students to complete their PhD programme with 2 or more papers published in international peer-reviewed journals.
We aim to produce researchers who are internationally recognised in their own fields and understand current environmental and academic research problems, and who also have strong, transferable research skills.
You’ll develop your research skills primarily by completing a project under supervision. These skills include:
- data collection and management;
- data interpretation and modelling;
- critical analysis;
- analysis and discussion of literature;
- presentation skills, through international conferences;
- paper writing skills, through writing manuscripts.
We encourage and train you to publish academic papers. It is not unusual for our students to complete their PhD programme with 2-3 papers published in international peer-reviewed journals.
Study options and fees
|MPhil / PhD||Duration||UK students||International Students|
|Full time||2-4 years||£4,596* (2022)||£25,950* ^ (lab based programmes)
£20,400* (non Lab based programmes) (2022)
|Part time||4-6 years||£2,298* (2022)||£12,975* (lab based programmes)
£10,200* (non Lab based programmes) (2022)
* This excludes potential research support fees also known as ‘bench fees. You will be notified of any fee which may apply in your offer letter.
^ Self funded full time international students studying a lab based programme will receive a £2,000 reduction in their fees for the first year only.
If an EU student starts their studies in 2020-21, before 1 August 2021, they will have a fee classification of EU and pay UK fee rates for the duration of this registration. The exception being ROI students, who will continue to be charged fees at the UK fee rate, post 1 August 2021.
For all taught and research degree programmes the typical minimum entry requirement is a Bachelors degree (with Honours) at 2:1 level or better and in an appropriate field of study. Equivalent overseas degrees together with an acceptable English language qualification are also accepted. Individual consideration is given to mature students with significant and relevant experience and with professional qualifications.
English language requirements
|IELTS Academic requirement - SELT and non-SELT||Overall 6.5 no band below 5.5|
|TOEFL iBT requirement||Minimum 88 overall with L 17 W 17 R 17 and S 19|
|C1 Advanced CAE requirement||Overall 176 with no less than 162 in any paper|
|Trinity College London, Integrated Skills in English (ISE II)||ISE II with an overall pass with merit in components|
|Cambridge IGCSE as a First Language||Grade C|
|Cambridge IGCSE as a Second Language||Grade B|
|Cambridge English Level 3 Certificate in ESOL International (Proficiency)||Overall 176 with 162 in components|
|Cambridge English Level 3 Certificate in ESOL International (Advanced)||Overall 176 with 162 in components|
|Cambridge English Level 2 Certificate in ESOL International (Advanced)||Overall 176 with 162 in components|
How to apply
Research degree applications can be made online. You'll also need to ensure that you have funding to cover all fees.
Applications are open all year round.
Before you apply, we recommend that you identify a supervisor and develop a research proposal
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