Centre for Environment and Sustainability

Postgraduate Research

CES offers excellence in innovative PhD and EngD programmes which are embedded within multidisciplinary research.


Internationally diverse research , linking Social, Economic & Technical approaches to Sustainability. See our PhD pages for more information.

Practitioner Doctorate in Sustainability

Our prestigious programme is academically equivalent to a PhD with the difference of offering researchers the opportunity to spend the majority of their time with a major industrial collaborator. Visit our PDS pages to find out more.

South East Doctoral Training Centre

The CES/University of Surrey is part of the South East DTC with the Universities of Kent, Reading and Royal Holloway, which is accredited by the ESRC. Within CES PhD studentships are available within the Environment, Energy and Resilience pathway.  Details of studentships opportunities can be found on the website.  Deadlines will usually be in the Spring.  Candidates must not apply directly to the ESRC. 
Further information is available in the ESRC Postgraduate Funding Guide for Accredited Doctoral Training Centres, available from the ESRC website. Students who are normally resident outside the EU and who do not have citizenship of an EU country are not eligible.

Engineering Doctorate (EngD) in Sustainability for Engineering and Energy Systems

This EPSRC-sponsored Industrial Doctorate Centre has now taken on its last cohort of Research Engineers. Projects are still underway and information can be found via the SEES website or in the RE profile pages.

When we have funded studentships available they will be advertised on the University's Employment Opportunities (current vacancies) page.

Current studentship and scholarship opportunities