Research ( full-time, part-time)
January 2019, April 2018, September 2018
MPhil: Full-time, from 1 to 3 years. Part-time, from 2 to 4 years.
PhD via progression from MPhil, including that period: Full-time, from 2 to 5 years. Part-time, from 3 to 6 years.
PhD: Full-time, from 2 to 5 years. Part-time, from 3 to 6 years.
Pursue your research degree with an internationally known institute that works with influential partners, including government and industry.
Established in early 2011, the Global Sustainability Institute’s core research questions are based around personal motivations and systems change, in relation to sustainability.
This translates into three key research areas:
We collaborate with departments throughout Anglia Ruskin, as well as with numerous external organisations, including the UK's Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Mott Macdonald and Lloyd’s of London
It’s an inspiring environment in which to conduct research and influence the world – and we can offer you high-quality supervision from influential figures in the sustainability field.
Visit www.anglia.ac.uk/gsi for further information about the Institute and don’t hesitate to contact us if you’d like to discuss your research proposal.
If you've already conducted research and published work that demonstrates an independent and original contribution to knowledge in this field of you may wish to apply for a PhD by Published Work.
We can accommodate many research proposals. Our researchers come from a variety of backgrounds, including economics, geography, international relations, psychology, sociology, environmental social science, communications, mathematics and computer modelling.
Our supervisory staff are recognised experts in their field. Their research expertise includes:
Prof Aled Jones – climate finance and policy, resource risk and political fragility
Dr Alison Greig – the role of education (people, processes, infrastructure) in creating a more sustainable future
Dr Rosie Robison – sustainable consumption, personal change, self-reflection, community groups
Dr Chris Foulds – consumption, energy, built environment, sociotechnical change, practices
Dr Nikoleta Jones – socio-environmental systems and ecosystem services
The GSI staff are joined by visiting fellows - and we can call on the expertise of specialists throughout Anglia Ruskin to support the interdisciplinary aspects of your work.
You can find out more about our postgraduate opportunities (MSc, PhD, ProfDoc), including links to PhD topics which would complement current research across our four themes.
The Faculty of Science & Technology is one of the largest of five faculties at Anglia Ruskin University. Whether you choose to study with us full- or part-time, on campus or at a distance, there’s an option whatever your level – from a foundation degree, to a BSc, MSc, PhD or professional doctorate.
Whichever course you pick, you’ll gain the theory and practical skills needed to progress with confidence. Join us and you could find yourself learning in the very latest laboratories or on field trips or work placements with well-known and respected companies. You may even have the opportunity to study abroad.
Everything we do in the faculty has a singular purpose: to provide a world-class environment to create, share and advance knowledge in science and technology fields. This is key to all of our futures.
In some cases extra costs known as bench fees will be charged for a postgraduate research degree. These are to cover additional/ exceptional costs directly related to a specific research project.
We charge bench fees in bands. They may apply for every year of your course. These bands are the same for full and part time students.
If you have to pay bench fees this will be made clear at your interview for a place. If have to pay bench fees this will be stated in your offer letter.
For 2018/19 the bench fee bands are:
Initial registration: £1100
Full registration: £3500
Visit www.anglia.ac.uk/global-sustainability-institute-gsi/research for further information about current research at the Institute.
Our students are closely involved in the Institute’s activities, including research seminars, producing our ‘So What?’ magazine, our annual conference, journal club and public engagement events.
We’ll also provide comprehensive research training in areas such as academic writing and publishing, research methods, subject developments, data analysis, conference skills and presentation.
There’ll be good networking opportunities too. Our partners include the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Skanska, Mott Macdonald, Atkins, the Green Economy Coalition, Renewable Energy & International Law, Lloyd’s of London, Willis Re, Vivid Economics and the Cambridge Cleantech Consortium.
MPhil: You’ll need a Bachelor degree or equivalent with first or upper second class honours, in a related subject area.
PhD: You’ll need a Master degree or equivalent in a related subject area.
Please note we consider most candidates for PhD with progression from MPhil. If you want to apply for direct entry to the PhD route, you’ll also need to provide academic justification for this with your application.
If English is not your first language, you'll require a minimum IELTS score of 6.5, with a minimum of 5.5 in each component (or equivalent test). If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry.
It's possible that research in this area will need an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) certificate. If we make you an offer to study with us we'll also give you the information you need to apply to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for your ATAS certificate. Receiving the ATAS certificate takes approximately four weeks.
Full-time, part-time research ()
January 2019, April 2018, September 2018
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