Research course


Loughborough University · Department of Geography

Entry requirements

A 2:1 honours degree or its equivalent.

Months of entry

January, April, July, October

Course content

The Department of Geography is a dynamic and vibrant place to be a postgraduate research student, and we are proud of our reputation for creating a friendly and supportive working environment.

We have over 30 academic staff, who are all leading international experts in their fields. Our human geographers conduct research that informs government policy on student housing, international aid, alcohol policy, and community cohesion. Our physical geographers continue to influence climate adaptation and development planning, the management of rivers, flood risk modelling, and hazard management and mitigation.

Our graduates are highly employable. Employability skills are embedded throughout our programmes, with graduates appointed to posts across a full range of industries and sectors.

Almost all of our postgraduates are in employment within a few months of graduating, and many others choose to embark on academic research careers.

The work undertaken in our Department spans the breadth of contemporary physical and human geographical research (with strong connections to other disciplines) and deals with many of the most striking environmental, social and economic challenges facing our world.

95% of our research is internationally recognised (REF 2014) and it is our inter-disciplinary, collaborative research focused on understanding our social and environmental futures which we are renowned for.

Our two areas of physical geography expertise include ‘Hydrological and Ecosystem Science’ and ‘Polar and Alpine Research’. In human geography, we have led intellectual agendas in ‘Children, Youth and Families’ research, and have developed distinctive contributions to knowledge on ‘Migration, Identity and the State’. Our expertise also contributes in important ways to a number of well-established international, national and cross-campus research networks.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

+44 (0)1509 222794