Research course


King's College London · Department of Geography

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Entry requirements

Bachelor’s degree with 1st class or 2:1 honours (or overseas equivalent) and/or a good Master's degree. Those applying for one of the joint degree programs are encouraged to contact an academic at King's to develop research links with the partner institution. Students applying for the joint PhD programme with Humboldt University may be required to hold a Master’s degree in order to meet the requirements of Humboldt University.

Months of entry


Course content

The Department of Geography has a vibrant community of scholars - most are members of one of five research groups: Urban Futures; Spatial Politics; Environmental Dynamics; Risk and Society;Contested Development. Staff research also ranges well beyond those groups and involves both individual scholarship and colleagues in other institutions as well as the department.

These groups operate through staff-funded research and PhD student collaboration on research projects. The research themes provide the central focus of our international reputation centre on: cultural, political and social change in cities; urban governance and public policy in cities; urban sustainability; environment and development in low-income locations; monitoring and modelling of terrestrial environmental processes and investigations of the politics of environmental policy. In addition, we have thematic research specialisms in historical geography, geographies of disability, architecture and the built environment, rural development, and remote sensing of the environment.

Joint PhD programme

Exciting opportunities are now available to undertake a joint PhD programme with Hong Kong University or, for topics specifically relating to comparative urbanism, Humboldt University (Berlin, Germany) or the National University of Singapore, bringing together expertise in urban (social and/or economic) geography, physical geography, political geography, political ecology, risks and hazards.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    part time
    60 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • MPhil
    part time
    36-48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Officer
+44 (0) 20 7848 7206