Research course

Geography and Environmental Sciences

University of Birmingham · School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
PhDMSc by research

Entry requirements

Students applying for a Masters have normally obtained a good (usually Upper Second) undergraduate degree, while students applying for a PhD have either a very good undergraduate degree (First Class) or a postgraduate degree. Work-related experience is also taken into account for registration.

Months of entry


Course content

The School offers postgraduate research opportunities leading to PhD degrees across the whole range of its research activities, with funding coming from a variety of sources, including national research councils, School scholarships and industry.

Postgraduate students joining the School benefit from a thriving research community, expert supervision, dedicated training programmes and the opportunity to participate in research seminars and discussions with academic staff. All postgraduate students are provided with dedicated workspaces and have access to excellent computing and laboratory facilities.

Explore postgraduate study at Birmingham at one of our on-campus open days (Friday 13 November 2015 and Friday 4 March 2016). Register to attend at:

If you can’t make it to one of our on-campus open days, our virtual open days run regularly throughout the year. For more information, please visit:

Department specialisms

Theoretical and Applied Meteorology and Climatology; Ecological and Biogeographical Processes; Hydrogeomorphology; Service Sector Economics; Post-Socialist Economics and Political Geography; Political Economy of Developing Countries

Information for international students

International students can find details of scholarships at

Fees and funding

UK students
£4,121 FT - £2,061 PT
International students
£17,910 FT

We are eligible to receive studentships from NERC and ESRC ('1+3' and CASE). We also offer a number of our own postgraduate studentships, available to both home and overseas students. Please visit:

Qualification and course duration


part time
72 months
full time
36 months

MSc by research

part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiry Service
0121 414 5005