About Environmental Science

NEWS: Students can now apply for PhD studentships for Brunel Environmental Science via the NERC London DTP. Click here to see our list of PhD projects.

Environmental Sciences is part of Brunel University London: a campus based University situated west of London, close to Heathrow airport and major motorway networks, and with rail and tube links into central London.

Environmental Sciences is recognised internationally for its research in environmental science, and benefits from strong international links with pharmaceutical industries (e.g. AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Glaxo), water companies, and government authorities such as the European Environment Agency and in UK the Environmental Agency of England and Wales and Department of Environment, Food and Rural affairs (DEFRA) – all charged with protecting the environment and health of humans and wildlife.

Every project we undertake, whether it be analysing air pollution and its impact on human health, gauging the threat posed by the presence of specific chemicals in drinking water or investigating what major climatic events in the past can tell us about the future, is rooted in the belief that understanding environmental change is vital for the global community. Members of Environmental Sciences strive to further the public understanding of their research, taking part in public meetings, lectures and contributing to non-academic books and news stories, because the science we deliver is designed to have an impact on society and its relationship with the environment around us.


Environmental Sciences is a research and teaching group within the Department of Life Sciences. We are a strong team of leading experts held in high international regard in their respective fields. In 2011, our research revealing the link between chemicals in rivers and reproductive health won the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education.

Research and teaching in Environmental Sciences tackles a diverse number of environmental science issues. We have excellent toxicology and ecotoxicology facilities, a wide range of testing and analysis equipment, and state-of-the-art equipment for the chemical analysis of samples.

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MSc Courses

Our MSc environmental science programmes are accredited by the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) and the Institution of Environmental Sciences (IES).

All our MSc programmes are delivered in full-time mode (from two days per week for one year, depending on optional modules) and most in part-time mode also (from one day per week for two years, depending on optional modules).

Current Environmental Science MSc courses:

Environmental Sciences also awards an annual bursary for MSc Students, read full details.

Continuing Professional Development courses

  • Designing, Analysing and Interpreting Toxicological Studies
  • Current Practice in Chemical Risk Assessment
  • Chemical Regulation and Legislation in the EU
  • Mixtures Toxicology and Cumulative Risk Assessment

 See here for more information on our CPD course.

PhD/MPhil Study

Research students in Environmental Sciences can work towards an MPhil or PhD research degree.

This involves an in-depth study of a specific subject area that extends the boundaries of current knowledge.

On completion of your research programme you will submit a thesis which is a substantial written report of the research you have carried out. Submission of a thesis occurs after about one to two years for an MPhil degree and after about three years for a PhD degree for a full-time student. Registration may also be part-time.

Read more about research degrees in Environmental Sciences

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Study at Environmental Sciences

Complementing our research interests, Environmental Sciences provides opportunities in post-graduate research, including MPhil and PhD degrees, and delivers three post-graduate taught programmes in Environmental Sciences.

All our MSc programmes are offered in full-time (from two days per week for one year) and part time (from one day per week for two years) mode, and we have an excellent student-staff ratio (~1:5)

Our PG training benefits from accreditation by the Chartered Institute of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) and guidance from our Independent Advisory Panel - which includes representatives from water and pharmaceutical companies, environmental consultants and government agencies.

See our MSc courses

Read more about studying a PhD or MPhil

Page last updated: Thursday 21 July 2016