Research course

Geography and Palaeoecology: Environmental Change

Queen's University Belfast · School of Geography, Archaeology and Palaeoecology

Entry requirements

A research degree offers you the opportunity to develop your research skills and prove yourself as a researcher. Queen's is committed to the enhancement of research training and teaching and offers postgraduate research opportunities across all fields of study. The following postgraduate research study routes for this subject area are:

  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
  • Master of Philosophy (MPhil)


The minimum academic requirement for admission to a research degree programme is normally an Upper Second Class Honours degree from a UK or ROI HE provider, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University. Further information can be obtained by contacting the School.

Mode of study/Duration

Registration is on a full-time or part-time basis, under the direction of a supervisory team appointed by the University. You will be expected to submit your thesis at the end of three years of full-time registration for PhD, or two years for MPhil/MD (or part-time equivalent).

Months of entry


Course content

Our research focuses on how Earth's environments have changed, or are changing, over a range of timescales. Our aim is to maximise intellectual excellence in our research by building on strong biological-ecological, geomorphological and chronological traditions in late Quaternary, Holocene and contemporary studies.

We welcome postgraduate interest in the following areas, where cluster members have international reputations:

  • Carbon dynamics and climate change
  • Geoforensics
  • Geographical information studies and geostatistics
  • Glacial and periglacial landscapes
  • Past and present human-environment interactions
  • Past climate and environmental change (using geo-morphological, biological, isotopic, sedimentological and chemical proxies) in North West Europe, the Mediterranean countries, North and South East Asia, Africa, North and South America
  • Scientific dating and chronological techniques
  • Stone weathering in natural and urban environments

Information for international students

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Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
72 months


full time
24 months
part time
48 months

Course contact details

Dr Helen Roe
+44 (0)28 9097 5147
+44 (0)28 9097 3186