Environmental Health and Risk Management PhD/MSc (Research)

Our key research areas are: air pollution and atmospheric chemistry; applied meteorology and climatology; environmental nanoscience and persistent organic pollutants.

Our research attracts extensive funding from many sources. The collaborative nature of much of our work, together with the mix of pure, strategic and applied research, provides a dynamic and internationally recognised research environment.

The Division of Environmental Health and Risk Management (DEHRM) is based in the well-equipped, purpose-built facilities of the University's Public Health Building. Our research attracts extensive funding from many sources, including the:

  • Department of Transport
  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
  • Environment Agency
  • Department of Health
  • Food Standards Agency
  • National Environment Research Council (NERC)
  • Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
  • Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)
  • Leverhulme Trust
  • European programmes

The collaborative nature of much of this work, together with the mix of pure, strategic and applied research, often involving interdisciplinary teams spanning physical, biological, chemical, medical and social sciences, provides a dynamic and internationally recognised research environment.

Why study this course

Postgraduate students joining the School benefit from a thriving research community, expert supervision, dedicated training programmes and the opportunity to participate in research seminars and discussions with academic staff. All postgraduate students are provided with dedicated workspaces and have access to excellent computing and laboratory facilities.

Fees and funding

Fees for 2019

  • Home/EU students £4,320 FT 
  • International students £21,420 FT only

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Scholarships and studentships
Scholarships may be available. International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government.

The School is the lead institution for the NERC-funded CENTA Doctoral Training Centre, which funds between five and seven PhD UK/EU studentships at Birmingham each year.

For further information contact the School directly or get in touch with the Funding, Graduation & Awards via the online enquiries system.

For EU students applying for the 2020/21 academic year

The UK Government has confirmed that EU students will continue to be eligible for 'home fee status' for entry in September 2020, and will continue to have access to eligible financial support via the Postgraduate Masters or Doctoral loan for the duration of their course. For more information visit the gov.uk website.

You can also visit our EU Referendum information page for more information and updates.

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Entry requirements

Entry on to the courses requires a 2:1 Honours degree in a relevant discipline

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International students:

Academic requirements

We accept a range of qualifications, our country pages show you what qualifications we accept from your country.

English language requirements

Standard English language requirements apply (IELTS: 6.0 overall with no less than 5.5 in any band)

How to apply

When clicking on the Apply Now button you will be directed to an application specifically designed for the programme you wish to apply for where you will create an account with the University application system and submit your application and supporting documents online. Further information regarding how to apply online can be found on the How to apply pages

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  • Air pollution
    We are internationally renowned for our air pollution research under the direction of Professor Roy Harrison, Dr Jacob Baker, Dr William Bloss and Dr Stuart Harrad. Areas covered range from studies of emissions from engines, through atmospheric dispersion and transformation processes, to effects on humans.
    Contact: Professor Roy Harrison
    Tel: +44 (0)121 414 3494
    Email: r.m.harrison@bham.ac.uk
  • Persistent organic pollutants
    Dr Stuart Harrad and Professor Roy Harrison lead our research into the atmospheric sources, aquatic and terrestrial food chain transfer, and human exposure to persistent organic pollutants (POPs). Current foci are the utilisation of chirality as a tool to understand the fate and behaviour of POPs and developing understanding of the role of indoor environments as sources of exposure to POPs.
    Contact: Dr Stuart Harrad
    Tel: +44 (0)121 414 7298
    Email: s.j.harrad@bham.ac.uk

Research in the Division of Environmental Health and Risk Management attracts funding from organisations including the Environment Agency, the Department of Health and the Food Standards Agency. This PhD will give you the skills to work and research within organisation such as these.

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