Research course

Human Geography

Keele University · School of Physical and Geographical Sciences

Entry requirements

  • Individual Research Offices and Institutes – Before submitting an application to undertake a research degree at Keele, you are advised to contact the relevant Research Office or Institute. This will allow you to discuss your research proposal, available supervision and the entry requirements of the research programme.
  • Qualifications and experience – any academic and professional qualifications or industrial experience you may have are normally taken into account, and in some cases form an integral part of the entrance requirement
  • Research programmes – entry to our research programmes usually requires a Honours degree with a first or 2.1 classification, or the equivalent if you have been educated outside the UK.
  • Non-standard qualifications – if your qualifications are non-standard or different from the entry requirements stated, please contact the relevant Research Office or Institute to discuss whether your application would be considered.

Months of entry

January, December, November, October, September, August, July, June, May, April, March, February

Course content

Research in Human Geography at Keele encompasses work in cultural, social, political and development/economic geography.

Our research is clustered around four intersecting areas: family mobility, higher education and medical geography/social demography; international migration, development, sustainability and cultural economies; South Asian and cross-cultural world literature, postcolonial lifeworlds and literary representations of place and space; and the cultural geographies of everyday mobilities, embodied practices, and artistic performances.

Other important areas of research are in spatial theory; health; GIS (Geographic Information Systems) and gender equality.

Department specialisms

South Asian Literature in English, postcolonialism, re-orientalism theory, power, narrative, identity construction, class chasms, social and cultural change (Dr Lisa Lau) Migration, development, sustainability and informal economies (Dr Deirdre McKay) Family practices and mobilties; higher education and social justice; and family health in relation to substance (mis)use. (Prof. Clare Holdsworth) Historical Cartography and GIS; Geographies of Food and Eating; Pedagogy of Geography; Human Geography; geolinguistics and GIS (Dr Alex Nobajas) New migration and superdiversity; urban and rural governance; community planning (Dr Simon Pemberton).

Information for international students

Candidates require an IELTS score of 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in any subtest.

Fees and funding

Please see the funding page for more details.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
72 months


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Helen Farrell
(+44) 01782 733641