About

We offer high-quality doctoral training to postgraduate students who wish to pursue an MPhil, MRes or PhD. As a research student, you will work under a supervisor who will assist you in your research and thesis design. The school has close ties to the University’s Mindset Research Centre - which promotes and conducts cross- faculty interdisciplinary research in environmental issues. We are interested in research projects relating to our core areas of research in environmental technology development and ecology and biodiversity conservation in tropical Asia.

Faculties, Schools & Departments

Environmental and Geographical Sciences

Our current research projects include:

  • agro-tourism and community development
  • atmospheric composition and climate variability
  • climate change impacts on biodiversity conservation assessment of vulnerability and adaptation strategies
  • conservation ecology of large animals, including the Management and Ecology of Malaysian Elephants (MEME)
  • conservation planning and prioritization
  • disaster recovery monitoring and assessment – remote sensing multi-scale approach
  • distributed hydrological modelling: characterisationof watershed, precipitation, runoff processes and hydrography shape
  • geospatial applications and capabilities for forecasting river floods and predicting urban watershed; climate change and its impact of terrestrial ecosystems
  • hydro-biogeochemical process and climate changes
  • institutional responses towards community participation in natural resources management
  • location-based crowd-sourcing data quality assessment
  • machine learning for remote sensing image analysis and high-performance computing
  • mapping and monitoring vegetation with UAVs toenhance ecological knowledge
  • optical properties of water from different sources
  • remote sensing of intercrops
  • social and environmental impacts of mining past, present and future trajectories using remote sensing, GIS and social surveys methods
  • social capital and natural resources management
  • spatially explicit modelling of ecosystem services for regional-scale natural resource management and land use planning
  • sustainable intensification of agroecology for community development and agrobiodiversity conservation
  • tropical ecology and biodiversity conservation
  • valuing the ecosystem services
  • water pollution and public health

The faculty is involved in the management and ecology of the Malaysian Elephant; some sub-projects include:
development and application of molecular genetic tools for the management and conservation of elephants in Peninsular Malaysia
development of adaptive management strategies for human-elephant conflict across Asia
monitoring the effectiveness of translocations as a management and conservation tool for Asian elephants in peninsular Malaysia

Research degrees with joint supervision from the Nottingham UK campus are also possible in a number of research areas, including:
peat and mangrove swamp sedimentary archives of environmental change
the importance of mangrove habitats in global and regional carbon budgets
water quality in the inland waters of Peninsular Malaysia

To apply, we would recommend that you familiarise yourself with our research areas and staff expertise and then contact us to discuss your research project proposal with the relevant supervisor.

Entry Requirements:

A masters degree or a master of philosophy degree, plus at least a second class honours degree (or international equivalent) in science, engineering or geography and environment-related subjects. Non-UK qualifications will be assessed against this standard.

English language requirements:

  • IELTS: 6.0 (with no less than 5.5 in each element)
  • TOEFL (iBT): 79 (minimum 17 in Writing and Listening, 18 in Reading, 20 in Speaking)
  • PTE (Academic): 55 (with no less than 51 in each element)
  • MUET: Band 3

Intake Months

February, April, July & September

 

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