Postgraduate research

We are involved with internationally diverse research, linking social, economic and technical approaches to sustainability.

Practitioner Doctorate in Sustainability PhD/EngD

Our prestigious Practitioner Doctorate in Sustainability 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 Practitioner Doctorate in Sustainability pages to find out more.

South East Doctoral Training Centre

The University of Surrey are part of the South East DTC along 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 SeNSS 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.

Our PhD courses

We have a vibrant and supportive group of postgraduate research students, embedded within and contributing to our wider research agenda. The group is multi-disciplinary, internationally diverse and reflects a striking depth of professional experience.

What we offer

Our postgraduate researchers form an integral part of CES and take an active role in a range of intellectual and social activities within the Centre. Attendance at appropriate taught modules covering both research skills and subject-based material is encouraged, as is attendance at the Centre’s monthly seminar series. Postgraduate researchers also attend and contribute to a regular internal seminar series.

The University and Faculty offer a training programme for postgraduate researchers, covering research methods and transferable skills, and researchers will follow a programme of courses tailored to their individual needs. CES postgraduate researchers also form their own group which meets regularly to discuss supplementary training and support, which are facilitated by the Centre.

PhD graduates have moved into high profile positions in industry, the public sector and academia, internationally. The problem-solving ethos of the Centre gives postgraduate researchers a focus and commercial acumen that ensures they are highly employable, and the exposure to a breadth and depth of theoretical approaches to sustainability ensures they are equipped to help lead thinking in their respective fields.

Contact us

For further information, a preliminary discussion about postgraduate research studies in CES, and/or to arrange a visit to CES please contact our centre administrator Moira Foster.

PhD graduate testimonials

"Being a PhD student at CES was a wonderful experience. CES is an exceptional research centre because everybody from professors to students is involved. Every effort is taken to create an environment wherein the PhD student can thrive so you will not feel lonely or insecure about your research project. Doing a PhD can be a daunting experience, but not at CES! Instead, CES manages to give you a feeling of enormous achievement right from the start. I feel privileged to have been part of CES."

Dr Saskia Vermeylen

"Undertaking a collaborative PhD at CES ranks as one of the most rewarding endeavours that I have undertaken. The scale of support - and the many interesting, challenging and insightful discussions with my supervisor - greatly benefited both my academic research and my professional work. I am extremely pleased that I chose to conduct my PhD with CES."

Dr Steve Waygood

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Centre for Environment and Sustainability
Arthur C Clarke building, Floor 2
University of Surrey