UK/EU students

Two PhD Studentships in Environmental/Animal Science/Clean Technology - Assessment of Environmental Impact of European Pig Systems

Value of award

100% tuition fees at the UK/EU rate for the duration of your PhD and an annual stipend of £14,533  

Number of awards


Start date and duration

1 September 2017 for 3 years

Application closing date

The closing date is Monday 20 March 2017.  Prompt application is strongly advised.


Newcastle University is the leading UK Institute for all matters relevant to non-ruminant livestock research. Both studentships are part of EU wide collaborative projects in which the School of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development at Newcastle University is a Research Partner. The projects are funded by the European Research Area Network (ERA-Net) on Sustainable Animal Production. The studentships aim to assess and develop methods to mitigate the environmental impact of European Pig Systems and enhance their sustainability. Although operating under the same research umbrella, the two studentships are very distinct from each other.

Studentship 1 aims to achieve this through improvements in feed efficiency, by improving pig characteristics and relying on European feed resources (studentship code ag038).

Studentship 2 aims to mitigate environmental impact through improvements in pig housing and waste management, by taking into account the latest technologies in these areas (studentship code ag039).

Both studentships will influence the acquisition and utilise data from the research of the European multi-centre collaboration and thus experience research in different parts of the EU. The post holders will be trained and develop skills in novel environmental assessment tools and methodologies of environmental impact assessment, systems modelling and livestock systems.


European Research Area – Network (ERA-Net)

Name of supervisor(s)

Professor Ilias Kyriazakis - School of Agriculture, Food & Rural Development
Professor Sandra Edwards - School of Agriculture, Food & Rural Development

Eligibility Criteria

The ideal candidates will have (or expect) a first class or upper-second class honours degree (or international equivalent) in environmental/ biological/ agricultural science, with strong interests in the assessment and mitigation of environmental impacts of agricultural systems. Strong background in either environmental assessment, clean technology and systems modelling, or a relevant postgraduate qualification (MSc or equivalent) would be a major advantage.

As the funding is from an ERA-Net the studentships are ONLY open to UK and EU citizens who are eligible for both stipend and tuition fees.

How to apply

You must apply through the University’s online postgraduate application system. Only mandatory fields need to be completed. However, you will need to include the following information:

**The online application system will only allow one PhD application to an academic school. If you are applying for both PhD studentships projects then you will need to email with the following information:


Professor Ilias Kyriazakis
School of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6859