Students seeking admission into the Department’s PhD programme must hold as a minimum a First or Upper Second class bachelor’s degree or equivalent from an accredited university.  It is not necessary that the undergraduate degree be in environmental sciences or environmental studies; indeed, the academic backgrounds of PhD students at the Centre range from philosophy and politics to engineering and zoology. Candidates should note, however, that many funding agencies now require applicants for PhD research studentships to have a Masters degree in a relevant subject.

It is essential that prospective students are able to fund their studies. Some PhD students at theDepartment are self-funding; others benefit from awards offered by the College. Some UK or EU-based students receive scholarships or awards from UK Research Councils (eg NERCUKERCESRC), whilst overseas students may receive awards or support from organisations in their home country, or awards from UK-based and international organisations (eg The British CouncilUKCISA). See also:ACF.

Prospective students should contact potential supervisors directly, outlining their research interests in a two-page research proposal and including a CV. They must also read the application guidance notes and complete a postgraduate application form.  For further information, please contact Shane Murphy at the Centre’s Postgraduate Studies office.  

AcademicAreas of interest
Tim Oxley Air Pollution, Modelling, Integrated Assessment
Mike Tennant PhD research that develops innovative ways of tackling issues of unsustainability and can be applied to business and policy. These could include extending existing systems- and complexity-based approaches e.g. net positive, the circular economy. Proposals that attempt to develop and test radical propositions, either methodological or theoretical, are welcome.
Zen Makuch Technology and risk, technology foresight, sustainability and business, sustainable innovation, energy/climate change/environmental regulation and management
Kaveh Madani Application of systems engineering, economics, systems analysis, optimization, risk analysis, simulation and modeling methods to hydro-environmental and energy resource problems at different scales; Climate change impacts, mitigation, and adaptation; System of systems, system dynamics, and causal thinking; governance and policy; game theory; conflict resolution; decision analysis; water-energy-food-land-climate nexus; footprints; serious games and gamification; environmental education
Raphael Slade Low carbon energy systems analysis, Bioenergy and biomass, Resource assessment and sustainability evaluation, Environmental impacts of energy transitions. The land, energy, water nexus.
Ioannis Kountouris
John Mumford Invasive species risk assessment and management; agricultural and horticultural plant health regulation; uncertainty in fisheries management.
Audrey De Nazelle
Karen Makuch International Environmental Law, EU Environmental Law, UK Environmental Law, Human rights and the Environment
Jim Skea Limited places for applicants who: a)  want to work in the broad area defined by his current Energy Strategy Fellowship work on energy innovation ( ; and b) who are self-funded or would be strong contenders for an Imperial scholarship  or a non-Imperial scholarship scheme.
Niall MacDowell Dr Mac Dowells's research interests are very broad and include
-Low carbon energy systems
- Grid-scale energy storage
- Low carbon synthetic fuels
- CO2 capture and storage
- BioEnergy with CCS (BECCS)
- The water-energy-carbon-biomass nexus
Dr Mac Dowell’s research is exclusively quantitative in nature and relies upon the use of a wide range of mathematical modelling and process simulation tools to address these challenges.”
Clive Potter Public risk perception and understanding in relation to plant biosecurity and tree health;  Stakeholder participation in environmental policy and management; Payment for ecosystem services and neoliberal natures
Nick Voulvoulis
Rocio Diaz-Chavez Sustainability assessment; socio-economic assessment of bioenergy and advanced technologies; socio-economic assessment  in developing countries; standards and certification; policy and development issues (land use change, land-rights; gender, impacts of climate change) in developing countries
Jem Woods
DEtails of superviors and research areas