Research course

Human Geography

The University of Manchester · School of Environment and Development

Entry requirements

A First or good Second Class Honours degree, followed by an appropriate Postgraduate qualification, for direct entry to PhD. It is expected that you will already possess a Masters degree.

Months of entry

January, September, April

Course content

The Geography subject area of the School of Environment and Development (SED) is highly research focused. Our full time staff are all research active and have published almost 300 articles, papers, book chapters and books since 1999. We currently supervise almost 40 research students, who are funded by the EPSRC and ESRC, among others.

We offer a broad based and flexible research training for our doctoral students. All research students in Geography can therefore take advantage of an in-house research training programme over the course of their degree. This ensures that students emerge from the doctoral programme with not only a PhD in a specialised area but also with a broader awareness of research skills, theory and current debates in geography.

The University of Manchester has a strong reputation in the areas of economic geography, urban geography and well-being, health and disease geography. Our economic geographers - Gavin Bridge, Noel Castree, Neil Coe, Martin Hess, Kevin Ward and Erik Swyngedouw - all draw upon political economy to understand three related issues:

urban and regional state restructuring
geographies of globalisation
nature and environment
Our urban geographers include Martin Dodge, Christine Haylett, Mark Jayne and Kevin Ward and they work alongside the Centre for Urban Policy Studies. Their research focuses on cultures of consumption, geographies of cyberspace, neo-liberalism in Western Cities, urban revanchism and the urban poor.

Finally, Fiona Smyth and Sara MacKian together cover the areas of disease diffusion and prevention and health systems in Western and non-Western countries.

Specialisations in this subject area include:

the political economy of urban and regional state spatialities
global production networks
the geographical restructuring of labour markets
the political economy of nature and environment
health policy and health systems; the geography of disease

Department specialisms

Urban Policy; Labour Markets; Social, Political and Epidemiological Geographies of Health; Population Resettlement Policies; Irish Identities; Spacial Representations; GIS; Cartography.

Information for international students

If your first language is not English, you need a minimum of IELTS 7.0 or TOEFL 600 paper-based or 250 computer based.

Fees and funding

Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)
Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
Arts and Humanities Research Board (AHRB)
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months

Course contact details

Recruitment and Admissions Office: School of Environment and Development (SED)
+44(0)161 275 0807
+44(0)161 275 0421