About the PhD Program
The PhD Program at the Porter School of Environmental Studies (PSES) was founded in May 2005, based on the rationale that environmental research requires a different approach to that found in discipline-led faculties. The program and curriculum are personally adapted for each student, in accordance with his or her field of research and recommendations of the academic advisor. Students who complete their course of study are awarded the degree of Doctor of Philosophy – PhD.
The PSES doctoral program intends to expose its participants to extensive environmental knowledge, and facilitate original interdisciplinary research. Research undertaken by doctoral students strives to understand environmental challenges that arise from human activity, and suggest innovative solutions to the myriad of problems affecting the environment in the past, present and future.
Students on the program address a variety of issues pertinent to environmental studies, such as earth sciences and climate, biodiversity, water resources, environmental engineering, alternative energy, environmental ethics and justice, architecture, design, gender, planning and sustainable development. The comprehensive academic training facilitates future key positions in education and research institutions, the public sector, community organizations, industry, government and non-profits.
The program cooperates with the various faculties at the Tel Aviv University and with other universities in Israel and abroad. Students are advised and supervised by leading academics according to their required research areas. The PSES Doctoral Committee provides students with academic guidance, oversees the implementation of interdisciplinary principles of environmental research, and critiques the progression of the doctoral thesis until its completion.
PSES offers merit based scholarships, and encourages students to partake in national and international academic activity.
Admissions for the PhD program is open throughout the year; there are no set registration deadlines.