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Overview

Based at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, the Environmental Sciences PhD programme is a strategic research collaboration between XJTLU and the University of Liverpool. Upon successful completion, you will receive a University of Liverpool degree that is recognised by the Chinese Ministry of Education.

Students in this programme are formally registered with the University of Liverpool as off-site postgraduate research students. You will carry out research at XJTLU under supervision. As a PhD student, you will have a designated principal supervisor at XJTLU who is a full-time academic staff member. In addition, you will have a designated co- supervisor based at the University of Liverpool.

Pursuing a full-time PhD normally involves three years of conducting research and one year of writing a thesis, supported by skills training and development. A full-time PhD student must submit the thesis within four years; a part-time PhD student within six years.

As a registered full-time PhD student, you may apply for a research visit to the University of Liverpool for up to six months. XJTLU and the University of Liverpool would cover your accommodation and travel costs. In addition, XJTLU provides every registered PhD student with up to 16,500 RMBover the course of study at XJTLU for expenses related to attending academic conferences. The purpose of this fund is to support your academic experience, encourage the dissemination of research, and enhance XJTLU’s research profile domestically and internationally.

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

The PhD programme equips graduate students with a wide range of general skills to maximise employment opportunities. Students explore contemporary issues under the supervision of academic staff who have been trained in well-known research laboratories.

We welcome proposals from students interested in relevant areas of expertise, including:

  • Biodiversity: mechanisms, human influences
  • Landscape changes: urbanisation, rural farming
  • Community ecology: species interactions, trophic dynamics
  • Soil nutrients and pollution: interactions and bioavailability
  • Air pollution: aerosol processes, air quality, human health
  • Soils to plants: nutrition/heavy metals, human health
  • Pollutants across interfaces: soil/water/air/biota/humans.

KEY BENEFITS OF PHD STUDY AT XJTLU

The key benefits of earning a PhD from XJTLU include:

  • Receipt of a range of professional skills to help you maximise your future employability
  • Guidance from supervisors you through one of the most intellectually satisfying experiences of your life
  • Supervision from respected academics at both XJTLU and the University of Liverpool
  • Travel budgets for participating in international conferences
  • The chance to apply for a research visit to the University of Liverpool for up to six months
  • Opportunities to work as a teaching assistant and develop crucial academic skills.

Please check the FAQ for further information about studying for a PhD at XJTLU.

Potential supervisors

Scholarships

XJTLU offers a range of scholarships to highly motivated and qualified PhD candidates.

There are generally two routes to receive a PhD scholarship:

1) APPLY FOR A SCHOLARSHIP FOR A FUNDED PHD PROJECT

You can apply for an existing PhD project which has received funds from the University or external funding bodies. These projects have an established research topic and an established supervisory team. You can check the individual PhD programme for information about specific projects available or contact potential supervisors to discuss funding opportunities. Available funded PhD projects are listed below (this list is regularly updated):

Title of PhD project Reference number Status Supervisor
Urbanisation and heavy metal pollution in a warmer world
PGRS2106032 Open Dr Peng Zhao
peng.zhao@xjtlu.edu.cn

2) APPLY FOR A POSTGRADUATE RESEARCH SCHOLARSHIP WITH YOUR OWN PROJECT

Each academic year includes two application rounds for PhD candidate’s proposed projects:

First round – applications submitted by 17:00 CST(UTC+8), 15 October will be reviewed in the first round and the decision will be announced in December.

Second round – applications submitted by 17:00 CST(UTC+8), 15 April will be reviewed in the second round and the decision will be announced in June.

Go to the Scholarships for more information.