School of Environmental Sciences
The thriving postgraduate community is central to the structure and strategy of the School of Environmental Sciences.
The School is located on the Liverpool University campus, close to the centre of the vibrant City of Liverpool, the European Capital of Culture in 2008. The city and the University have benefited from substantial investment in recent years, with further major investment planned for both the City’s waterfront and the University campus, where many millions are being spent on new and upgraded teaching facilities, new research facilities, and major on-campus halls of residence.
The School comprises around 70 academic staff, 50 support staff, 50 research staff, 800 undergraduate students and 150 postgraduate students. Overall, we aim to produce MSc graduates and post-graduate researchers with internationally-recognized expertise in their own field, who have an awareness of current environmental and academic research problems and are capable of applying their scientific and transferable skills to problems outside their field of training.
There are two Departments within the School:
Department of Earth, Ocean and Ecological Sciences, which consists of:
- Earth Sciences
- Ocean Sciences
- Marine Biology
Department of Geography and Planning, which consists of:
As the world’s first planning school, established 1909, Civic Design offers you quality professional education within a setting renowned for its innovative, influential research and scholarship.
Civic Design is one of the four subject disciplines within the School of Environmental Sciences and specialises in the planning of cities and regions. Our work falls into the following research groups:-
- Earth Surface Dynamics
- Geology and Geophysics
- Earth's Interior Dynamics
- People, Space and Place
We place a high value on our thriving Postgraduate Research (PGR) and have over 90 active PGR students with 25 PGR students contributing to the work of our four groups.
You’d be joining a team that has close links with schools across Europe, the Americas and Pacific Asia. We’ve a high profile too, as editors of the international Town Planning Review publication.
We aim to produce researchers with strong, transferable research skills, who are internationally recognised in their own fields and understand current environmental and academic research problems.
You’ll develop your research skills primarily by completing a project under supervision. These skills include:-
- data collection
- manipulation of the data
- data interpretation and modelling
- critical analysis
- literature surveys
- presentation skills, through international conferences
We’ll also encourage and train you to publish academic papers. It’s not unusual for students to students leave with 2-3 papers published in international peer-reviewed journals.
Self learning comes first and on our postgraduate research programmes you’ll be responsible for your own learning, but within a highly supportive training framework. Co-ordinated by the University Graduate School, this includes:-
- Supervision by named research staff members who are experts in their fields.
- Membership and interaction with the groups within our four research clusters.
- Independent monitoring of your progress.
- Comprehensive postgraduate training.
- A vigorous School research environment.
- Opportunities to present work within and outside the School.
If you are interested in advertised PGR topics, or are interested in joining our PGR community please contact the relevant PGR contact:
Earth’s Interior Dynamics: Dr Dan Faulkner (firstname.lastname@example.org)
People, Space, place: Dr. Olivier Sykes (email@example.com)
Earth’s Changing Environment: Dr David Hodgson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Oceans and Ecosystems: Dr. Fabienne Marret-Davies (F.Marret@liv.ac.uk)
Staff case study - Dr. Urmila Jha-Thakur
Originally from India, I came to the UK in 2001 to do a one-year MBA (Environmental Management) in the University of Liverpool little knowing how much this University and city had to offer. Not only did I get excellent world class education but the University supported me by offering scholarship and part-time job opportunities to sustain myself while doing my PhD. Working as a lecturer now, when I look back I realise that what makes University of Liverpool so special are the people who are a part of it. From my supervisors, to administration staff, my fellow colleagues in the library to my present colleagues within the school of environmental sciences, I always found myself surrounded by supportive and encouraging people. University of Liverpool fosters a sense of well-being and contentment amongst its student and staff while encouraging new talent, which I believe, helps in bringing out the best in everyone.”
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