Research course

Department of Geography

Royal Holloway, University of London · Department of Geography

Entry requirements

Usually an upper 2nd-class degree in geography or another subject relevant to the proposed research.

Months of entry


Course content

The biggest research assessment in the world today (18 December 2014) confirmed that Royal Holloway has been recognised again as one of the world’s leading research centres for Geography.

The Research Excellence Framework (REF), reported that in its assessment for Geography 86% of our research has been classified as 4* and 3* defined as world leading or internationally excellent in terms of originality, significance and rigour. The Department is ranked second in the UK, and the top English university using this measure.

The Department is also ranked second in the UK using a grade point average. The Department increased its GPA from 2.8 in the last assessment (RAE 2008) to 3.26 in REF 2014.

100% of our research impact was graded at 4* or 3*, with a remarkable 60% of our impact work graded as ‘world-leading’, demonstrating our contribution to the wider culture, economy and society. The Department is in the top 5 Geography Departments in the UK for its Impact work, as measured by GPA.

REF 2014 recognised the strength of our research environment, which reflects our successes in competitive research funding and in the supervision of PhD projects, as well as our dynamic research culture and excellent facilities. The Department is 6th equal for Environment among UK Geography Departments as measured by GPA, with 75% of our research environment graded at 4* and 100% at 4* or 3*.

Department specialisms

Developing Areas Research (Africa, Latin America, Asia urbanisation, environment, ICT4D, geopolitics); Environment and Policy, (Governance and planning; urban and environmental change, sustainability) Quaternary Science (climate change, Social and sediment analysis geochronology, glaciology); social and cultural geography (geographical knowledge, mapping, memory, postcolonialism, consumption).

Information for international students

Particular emphasis is placed on supporting overseas postgraduates see

Fees and funding

NERC, ESRC, AHRC, commonwealth sponsorship, college studentships, various others depending on case.

Qualification and course duration


part time
72 months
full time
36 months


full time
24 months
part time
48 months

Further details of qualification

Full and part-time study available, with both also being possible through a distance based mode.

Course contact details

Prof Klaus Dodds
01784 443563