Courses Catalogue


ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Environmental Science, PhD
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
PROGRAMME TYPE: Postgraduate

Course Description

Students design a research project with specified aims and objectives in an applied field of engineering for their respective areas of specialisation. This incorporates a review of relevant literature, proposes data capture, analysis and output of results in the respective fields. The students will write Thesis s in line with the University Guidelines.


To emphasis on the technical/scientific/artistic aspects of the subject matter to enable the student to develop deeper knowledge, understanding, capabilities and attitudes in the context of the programme of study. It is written at the end of the programme and offers the opportunity to delve more deeply into and synthesise knowledge acquired in previous studies


The School of Engineering and Applied Sciences has the following year-specific objectives. These are designed to help doctoral students to plan their time most effectively and so improve completion rates for the submission of PhD theses. All research students should work to these objectives.

By the end of the second (2nd) year of a doctoral student will have:

Established a regular routine of meetings with their supervisor and clear arrangements for contacting other members of their supervisory team.

Completed a comprehensive bibliographical survey of literature relevant to their research topic, including a survey of doctoral theses currently in progress.

Formulated a research project and a fully-timetabled strategy for its implementation.

Written up a Doctoral Development Plan (DDP), identifying training needs as appropriate, and completed some initial training.

Completed in first draft at least one chapter intended for the final thesis.

Undertaken the departmental and university requirements for confirmation review.

By the end of the third (3rd) year a doctoral student will have:

Completed sufficient archival research (or research in printed primary sources) to provide an adequate body of material for discussion and analysis in the final thesis.

Continued research trainings and seminars associated with the University’s DDP.

Completed in first draft some further text intended for the final thesis, ideally a further two chapters.

Had the opportunity to acquire experience in tutoring small groups of undergraduates in order to enhance their prospects of pursuing an academic career.

Had the opportunity to speak at a research seminar, conference or other postgraduate seminar within or outside the university.

By the end of the fourth (4th) year a doctoral student will have:

Completed the writing of their thesis having had intensive supervisions to discuss each chapter.

Completed, or be very close to completing, the final draft of their PhD thesis for submission.

Had the opportunity to discuss publication of the thesis or papers arising from it with their supervisors.

Defended the thesis in a viva voce to the general public to demonstrate  ownership  of  their  work,  and  also  be  able  to disseminate  it  to  the  general  public. 

Have at least two articles published or accepted for publication in peer reviewed journals.

Discussed their next career move (e.g. application for post-doctoral fellowships with their supervisor.


A doctoral student completing the course is expected to:

Demonstrate their competence to carry out independent and original academic research in environmental science and renewable energy technology

Complete within a three-year fixed period of time a body of research that contributes significantly to knowledge (or within 6 years).

Present the results of their research to a standard equivalent to that of a peer-reviewed academic publication.

Demonstrate that they have acquired skills in oral presentation and sufficient confidence in their knowledge, ideas and abilities to be able to present and defend their academic work in front of their peers.

Contribute to the development of academic or professional skills, techniques, tools, practices, ideas, theories, approaches, and/or materials.

Demonstrate the qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment requiring the exercise of personal responsibility and largely autonomous initiative in complex situations;

Apply intellectual independence and ability to be academically and professionally engaged and current;

Practice ethical behaviour consistent with academic integrity and the use of appropriate guidelines and procedures for responsible conduct of research;

Evaluate the broader implications of applying knowledge to particular contexts.

Communicate complex and/or ambiguous ideas, issues and conclusions clearly and effectively.