Research course

Physical Geography

The University of Manchester · School of Environment and Development

Entry requirements

Applicants to research degree programmes in SED are expected to have a First or Upper Second Class degree (or its international equivalent), and a relevant postgraduate qualification (generally a Masters degree).

Months of entry


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 long tradition of research in the areas of geomorphology, environmental change and human-environment interactions. Currently, we specialise in Quaternary environmental change, geoarchaeology and the geomorphology of catchment systems, with particular interests in upland environments in the UK, the Mediterranean and North America. Quaternary research embraces the study of glacial systems, fluvial systems, lacustrine systems, marine environments, paleoecology and geoarchaeology.

Research in these areas is funded by by various bodies, including NERC, the Royal Society and EPSRC.

Specialisations in these subject areas include:

Environmental Reconstruction (Pleistocene and Holocene)
Hydrology, Paleoecology
Remote sensing
Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and Science

Department specialisms

Environmental Change and Reconstruction; Environmental Degradation and Regulation; Monitoring and Modelling of Earth Surface Systems; Geographical Representation and Data Policy

Information for international students

International applicants may also be required to provide evidence of English language proficiency (IELTS 7.0 or equivalent).

Fees and funding

GTA scholarships likely to be available for entry 2005-2006 onwards. ORS scheme for overseas applicants. Special scholarships for UK Chinese and North American applicants.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months

Course contact details

School of Environment, Education and Development
+44 (0) 161 275 0807
+44 (0) 161 275 0421