Biological and Environmental Sciences PhD

University of Aberdeen

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    4 (Geography & Environmental Science)
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    / 4.00
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  • Qualification

    Doctor of Philosophy

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  • Start date

    MAY-19, JUN-19, JUL-19, AUG-19, SEP-19, OCT-19, NOV-19, DEC-19, JAN-20, FEB-20, MAR-20, APR-20, MAY-20, JUN-20, JUL-20, AUG-20, SEP-20

Course Summary

The Institute of Biological and Environment Science offer you international expertise in soil science, microbe and plan interface, population and physiological responses of animals and plants from habitats such as deep oceans, tropical forests and immune functions of fish. Objectives are to recognise threats and conflicts in today’s environment. There is an Environmental Modelling research group, and field stations at a Lighthouse, Oceanlab, Centre for Genome Enabled Biology and Medicine, Scottish Food Security Alliance Crops, MASTS – Marine Alliance for Science and Technology Scotland, James Hutton Institute, Hawkesbury Institute for Environment (University of Western Sydney)

Research is grouped in three themes:

Integrative Environmental Physiology – Research areas: Mammalian Physiology, Fish Immunology and Physics, Parasite-host interactions
Ecology and Evolution – Research areas: Ocean Biology, Population Ecology, Community Ecology, Conservation Ecology
Biological Interactions in Soil – Research areas: Plant-soil microbe interactions, Environmental Change

The School of Biological Sciences researches wide ranging areas of environmental sciences across broad themes to understand the fundamental biological consequences of environmental change. The Institute of Biological and Environmental Sciences was rated as one of the top UK institutes for research in the discipline. It researches across; Environmental and Food Security, Centre for Genome Enabled Biology and Medicine, Scottish Food Security Alliance, Integrative Environmental Physiology, Ecology and Evolution, and Biological Interactions in Soil.

University of Aberdeen was founded in 1495 by Bishop Elphinstone at Kings College, Aberdeen. It is the 5th oldest university in the UK and provides a stunningly beautiful backdrop to studying at the university. Many of its original subjects are taught today and it continues its European Paris and Bologna model, global research and teaching focus. You study in a stunning blue glass Sir Duncan Rice library with panoramic views over the city, beach and beyond.

Old Aberdeen is a heritage tourism attraction in its own right in the cosmopolitan city of Aberdeen. Aberdeen is one of the leading world energy hubs with over 900 related companies located in the city and over 20 FTSE companies many of whom are internationally recognised brands. The city is compact and architecturally very interesting due to its European trading past and silver granite opulence. It offers four shopping centres, restaurants for all tastes and budgets, museums, galleries, a beach, walks and plenty to do.

You are within easy distance of Royal Deeside, The Cairngorms National Park, trains to Inverness and on to the Highlands and major cities of Scotland. Ferries run direct from the city centre to Orkney and Shetland where world heritage sites are located and there is a large selection of European flights from Aberdeen.

There may be scholarships and other opportunities available in this discipline area. Find out more from University of Aberdeen website.

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The University of Aberdeen is the fifth oldest university in the UK, with a beautiful medieval campus dating back to 1495. The university attracts international academics and students at all levels of study, both on campus and via distance learning. It offers one of the largest medical campuses in Europe, as well as the stunning Sir Duncan Rice Library with its panoramic views across the cosmopolitan yet compact city and its golden beaches.


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