Research course

Human Geography

Swansea University · Department of Geography

Entry requirements

MPhil/PhD programmes: We normally require a minimum of an upper second class Honours degree or equivalent in geography or a related field, or an appropriate Master's degree with Merit. English language requirement IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.0 in each component) or Swansea University recognised equivalent.

Months of entry

January, October, July, April

Course content

Swansea is a research-led University and the Department makes a significant contribution, meaning that as a Postgraduate Geography Student you will benefit from the knowledge and skills of internationally renowned academics.

In the latest Research Assessment Exercise, 95% of Geography research at Swansea was judged to be of international quality, and 60% was regarded as World-leading or internationally excellent.

Swansea Human Geography has secured a coveted place in the ESRC's UK-wide network of doctoral training centres (DTCs) as part of the prestigious Wales Doctoral Training Centre. The Wales DTC has a considerable amount of funding available for PhD scholarships in the Human Geography pathway (as well as scholarships for other social sciences).

The Wales DTC is a consortium of leading universities, which was launched in February 2011 with a multi-million-pound investment by the UK's Economic and Social Research Council. Our partner institutions in the Wales DTC are Aberystwyth, Bangor, and Cardiff Universities, with whom we work closely to ensure that the Human Geography pathway goes from strength to strength. A central feature of the Wales DTC is the research-training provision offered to students

Our participation in the Wales DTC ensures that our Human Geography postgraduate research students benefit from superb research training and excellent networking and other career-development opportunities. As a Human Geographer, you will be offered a mix of generic research training (such as qualitative and quantitative research methods, and research ethics) and subject-specific research training, where we focus on applying research methods to geographical topics.

The Wales DTC is part of a national network of 21 accredited Doctoral Training Centres across the UK, judged by the ESRC to deliver outstanding postgraduate training provision.

Information for international students

Since its foundation in 1920, Swansea University has embraced opportunities to think globally. The vibrant mix of nationalities and cultures on campus greatly enriches our learning and teaching environment. We understand the type of support our international students need to help them settle into student life in a new country.

Fees and funding

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out more about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page:

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
72 months


part time
48 months
full time
24 months

Course contact details

Department of Geography
+44 (0)1792 602022