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Environmental Science MPhil/PhD

Learn about the course below
Start
October 2020
January 2020
Attendance
Full-time
Part-time
Fees
£4,700 per year (UK/EU)*
£13,500 per year (INT)*

We’re planning to teach through a flexible combination of online and face to face learning as we start the new academic year. If you’re thinking about starting in autumn 2020, there’s more detail on how we’ll deliver your course below, and in particular on the ‘Teaching’ tab under ‘Teaching and learning – changes for students in 2020’.

Ready to take your learning to the next level? With an MPhil or PhD degree from Middlesex University, you'll make a positive impact on society, the environment and the economy through rigorous investigation and research.

Why study MPhil/PhD Environmental Science at Middlesex University?

A Director of Studies and at least one (second) supervisor from the University will conduct your research supervision. Often, an external supervisor is also involved.

Your supervisors will act as personal tutors, helping you to clarify your initial objectives, structure your research and develop supplementary skills. They also advise on subject reading, relevant taught courses, research seminars and workshops.

Academic support and guidance is constantly available, whether you work individually or as part of a team. There are regular research tutorials, plus seminars and meetings with research students, staff and guest speakers.

Collaborations with external partners

If you're working in partnership with an external organisation, you may be jointly supervised by academics from Middlesex University and the collaborating partner.

Where collaboration is involved, you should make sure that from the outset the responsibilities for provision of fees, equipment and any other resources are fully understood and accepted by the partners.

What will you study on MPhil/PhD Environmental Science?

We offer the following options:

MPhil/PhD research with our Flood Hazard Research Centre (FHRC)

MPhil/PhD research with our Urban Pollution Research Centre (UPRC)

This programme will cover the following areas

  • Water or air pollution
  • Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SUDS)
  • Water treatment technologies
  • Greywater reuse and recycling
  • Soil, water or sediment ecotoxicology assessment using microbial biosensors (eg Microtox)
  • Contaminated soils and remediation

Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

You may undertake a programme of research in which your own work – such as a report – forms, as a point of origin or reference, a significant part of the intellectual enquiry and is presented for examination.

The length of the thesis is reduced accordingly:

  • For the mixed mode version, you'll need an appropriate presentation of visual research and a text of up to 20,000 words (MPhil) or 40,000 (PhD)
  • For text only, the figures are 40,000 and 80,000 maximum

The work is always undertaken as part of the registered research programme – and the standards are the same as those applied where the work is totally by thesis.

Please note that all of our PhD students initially enrol on an MPhil and then transfer to a PhD degree.

MPhil and PhD research with our Centre for Decision Analysis and Risk Management (DARM)

This programmes will cover the area of values-based decision-making, especially in the fields of:

  • Risk management
  • Economics
  • Psychology
  • Philosophy
  • Health care
  • Marketing
  • Software development

How is the MPhil/PhD Environmental Science taught?

A Director of Studies and at least one (second) supervisor from the University will conduct your research supervision. Often, an external supervisor is also involved.

Your supervisors will act as personal tutors, helping you to clarify your initial objectives, structure your research and develop supplementary skills. They also advise on subject reading, relevant taught courses, research seminars and workshops.

Academic support and guidance is constantly available, whether you work individually or as part of a team. There are regular research tutorials, plus seminars and meetings with research students, staff and guest speakers.

Collaborations with external partners

If you're working in partnership with an external organisation, you may be jointly supervised by academics from Middlesex University and the collaborating partner.

Where collaboration is involved, you should make sure that from the outset the responsibilities for provision of fees, equipment and any other resources are fully understood and accepted by the partners.

  1. UK & EU
  2. International
  1. UK & EU
  2. International



We’ll carefully manage any future changes to courses, or the support and other services available to you, if these are necessary because of things like changes to government health and safety advice, or any changes to the law.

Any decisions will be taken in line with both external advice and the University’s Regulations which include information on this.

Our priority will always be to maintain academic standards and quality so that your learning outcomes are not affected by any adjustments that we may have to make.

At all times we’ll aim to keep you well informed of how we may need to respond to changing circumstances, and about support that we’ll provide to you.

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