About the Institute for the Environment (IfE)

NEWS: Students can now apply for PhD studentships for the Institute for the Environment via the NERC London DTP. Click here to see our list of PhD projects. Applications must be made to the London DTP directly via this link. The deadline is 9am on 17th February 2014. 

The Institute for the Environment is part of Brunel University: 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.

IfE 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 the Institute 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.

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Study at the Institute

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

All four of our MSc programmes are offered in full-time (two days per week for one year) and part time (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: Friday 24 January 2014