Postgraduate policy and strategy

NERC supports postgraduate training to ensure that its graduates are equipped with the technical, professional and personal skills to enable them to succeed in any career, whether in environmental science or beyond.

Without a steady stream of technically proficient, skilled and experienced graduates, the UK’s high-tech and knowledge-based economy is severely restricted in its ability to grow and adapt to the demands and challenges of a changing world. NERC postgraduate training aims to ensure that the next-generation of academic and business leaders in the environmental sector are equipped with these vital skills and experiences.

NERC invests around £23 million a year in postgraduate training funding with nearly 1,000 students at any time in universities, research institutes or industrial partners. Investment in postgraduate training directly ties in with NERC’s strategic vision by creating the next-generation of environmental scientists as well as forming long term connections between academia, industry and government that will allow the environmental sector in the UK to continue to flourish and grow.

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