Research course

Physical Geography

Keele University · School of Physical and Geographical Sciences

Entry requirements

  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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 Physical Geography focuses predominantly on glacial and periglacial environments and Quaternary environmental change:

Glacial and Periglacial Environments:

A range of techniques are used to focus on glaciology, hydrogeology in glacial environments and geomorphological processes, with particular expertise in basal ice and permafrost processes.

Quaternary Environmental Change:

Researchers within these areas utilise a range of palaeoecological, geochemical, dating, and mapping and modelling techniques to reconstruct processes occurring in marine, lake, coastal and glacial/past glacial environments, with particular focus on palaeoceanography, sea level change and polar/subpolar environments.

Research in Physical Geography is supported by funding from sources including the UK Research Councils, the Environment Agency, the Royal Society, Natural England, The Nuffield Foundation, the Royal Society of Chemistry and the European Commission.

Department specialisms

High-resolution shelf-sea palaeoceanography, marine palaeoecology and geochronology during the Holocene and late-Holocene (Dr Alix Cage) Past & present glacial & periglacial processes (Dr Zoe Robinson, Dr Richard Waller, Dr Peter Knight) Reconstruction of Quarternary environmental change (Dr Alix Cage, Dr Rachel Smedley, Dr Katie Szkornik) Hydrology, hydrochemistry & hydroecology (Dr Zoe Robinson, Dr Katie Szkornik)

Information for international students

Candidates require an IELTS score of 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any subtest.

Fees and funding

Please see the funding page for details.

Qualification and course duration


part time
72 months
full time
36 months


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Lisa Cartlidge
(+44) 01782 734331