Postgraduate study

David Rippin, Environment Lecturer at York on a mountain top

The Environment department at the University of York offers first-rate teaching and research opportunities research on topics of global environmental importance. The Department achieved outstanding results in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise and in the 2012 QS World University Subject Rankings, with a UK top 5 and world top 30 ranking in Environmental Sciences.

Our research and teaching are highly interdisciplinary across the natural and social sciences and centred on solutions to the full spectrum of environmental challenges, including conservation science and management of anthropogenic impacts, sustainable living, global food security, development and poverty alleviation, and resilience to environmental change. At its heart are a collaborative, friendly ethos and a distinctive research structure with clusters led by world-renowned environmental scientists.


Postgraduate degrees

We offer varied routes of postgraduate study, including PhDs, MPhils and MScs by research that can be taken full-time or part-time

We also offer taught Masters in the following subjects

Dynamic working environment

The Department is growing vigorously, with 11 new academic posts over the last year, providing an exciting environment for new postgraduate students to join.

Our graduate programme is friendly, supportive and expanding. We offer a number of funded studentships for both taught and research degrees and welcome applicants from all backgrounds to a vibrant community of graduate students from the UK and around the world. 

Strong links with policy makers

The Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), a leading global environmental policy institute, has one of its largest centres embedded within the Environment Department. This unique arrangement allows postgraduate researchers to gain a research degree from the department, whilst simultaneously benefiting from SEI’s strong links to global policy makers such as UNEP and the World Health Organisation.

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