PhD Health and Environmental Sciences

Find a programme


The PhD programme in the Department of Health and Environmental Sciences is a strategic research collaboration between XJTLU and the University of Liverpool, and is based at XJTLU. Upon successful completion of your programme you will receive a degree from the University of Liverpool, which is recognised by the UK’s Department of Education as well as China’s Ministry of Education.

Students on this programme are formally registered with the University of Liverpool as off-site postgraduate research students. You will carry out research on XJTLU premises under the supervision of the supervisory team.

As a PhD student you will be appointed a designated primary (local) supervisor at XJTLU, who is a full-time member of academic staff. In addition, you will also have a designated secondary supervisor based at the University of Liverpool.

The normal length of full-time PhD programme is three years. At the end of three years’ full-time study, you can apply for an extension of one year to complete the writing of your dissertation. Part-time PhD degrees usually take four to seven years.

As a registered full-time PhD student, you have the opportunity to apply for a research visit to the University of Liverpool for up to three months. Your accommodation and travel fees will be covered by XJTLU and the University of Liverpool. Full-time PhD students are funded to attend local and international conferences during their studies.

Areas of expertise

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

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

  • Freshwater ecology
  • Soil ecology
  • Landscape ecology
  • Population and community ecology
  • Global change ecology
  • Climate change and human health
  • Environmental chemistry
  • Fate and transport of pollutants
  • Process geomorphology
  • Remote sensing and GIS

Key benefits of PhD study at XJTLU

  • Our PhD programme equips you with a range of professional skills to help you maximise your future employability
  • Our supervisors will guide you through one of the most intellectually satisfying experiences of your life
  • Supervision from respected academics at both XJTLU and the University of Liverpool
  • PhD students have dedicated travel budgets for participating in international conferences
  • The chance to apply for a research visit to the University of Liverpool for up to three 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.



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 a formed supervisory team.

There is no specific application deadline to each project, which will be open until the position is filled. The start date of a PhD programme is normally the first day of March, June, September, or December. The Department has the following funded PhD projects available (this list is regularly updated):


Impacts of multiple stressors on ecosystem functions of high mountainous streams 多环境胁迫因子对高山溪流的生态系统功能的影响

PGRS1906011 Open
Assoc. Professor. Dr. Naicheng Wu

The interactional accomplishment of credibility in Chinese health care settings

RDF-17-02-54 Open
Dr Marius Wamsiedel

Soil Remediation by Microbial Fuel Cells

RDF-17-02-30 Open Dr Zheng Chen

Community / ecosystem ecological impacts of coexisting herbivores in Qinghai Tibetan Plateau alpine meadows

RDF-SP-20 Open Dr Johannes Knops
Effect of atmospheric stability on aeolian transport NSFC41871005 Open Dr Bailiang Li
The impact of changing landscapes on arthropod diversity and biological pest control in agro-ecosystem (景观变化对农田节肢动物多样性以及生物防治的影响) RDF-17-01-07 Open Dr Yi Zou

Iodine Status and Breast Milk Iodine Concentration in Chinese Lactating Women (中国西部哺乳妇女碘状况和母乳碘含量的评估) RDF-18-01-15 Open Dr Zheng Feei Ma

Entry requirements

We accept a wide variety of academic qualifications for entry onto our PhD programme. Please see our entry requirements for additional information.

How to apply

All applications for a PhD programme should start with you emailing potential supervisors about either a specific funded project or about your idea for a self-funded project.

They can help you with the next stages of the application process and you can also find out more information on our how to apply section.