Research course

Geography (Human)

Keele University · School of Physical and Geographical Sciences

Entry requirements

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.

Please visit the Keele website for more information on Postgraduate Research Entry Requirements

Months of entry


Course content

Please note, all course information including entry requirements relates to the 2022/23 academic year.

Research in Human Geography at Keele is clustered around two broad themes:

1. Social Geography

Research focuses on issues concerned with population and social demography, international migration and super-diversity, rural and urban planning, GIS and its application, social justice and development, health geographies and inequalities and family mobility.

2. Cultural Geography

Research focuses on cultural economies and creative geographies (including curating development and community art and plastic waste), literary geographies, cross-cultural world literature and representations of space and place, post-colonial lifeworlds, animal geographies (animal welfare and pet theft) and nature-society relations.

Human Geography research at Keele is wide-ranging but particularly focused around Social and Cultural Geography. Details of research being undertaken by staff at Keele of relevance to each theme is provided briefly below.

Fees and funding

For information related to fees and funding, please visit the individual course page on the Keele University website.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    part time
    72 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • MPhil
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

The PhD/MPhil are purely by research culminating into a PhD/MPhil thesis defended at a viva, and there are no taught elements. For most students, the PhD/MPhil start date is end of September. Overseas students can start at different times during the year based on obtaining visa, confirmation of funding, etc. For more information, get in touch with the listed course contact or contact the Keele Doctoral Academy.

Course contact details

Postgrad Research Administrator