Research course

Geography (Urban and Regional Studies)

University of Birmingham · School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

Entry requirements

Applicants for a degree by research should have at least a good Honours degree (minimum: upper second-class or equivalent). Students are not normally admitted to an MPhil or PhD degree without first having completed a taught Masters degree. The university requires all PhD students to register initially for MPhil/PhD.

Months of entry


Course content

This PhD is offered by the Centre for Urban and Regional Studies (CURS). The PhD degree may include a coursework element and can be taken on a full- or part-time basis.

Prospective applicants are invited to apply, outlining their research interests. We have ESRC recognition for our research training programmes. Prospective applicants are invited to apply, outlining their research interests.

Students will be awarded a PhD from the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences.

Information for international students

IELTS: 6.0 overall with no less than 5.5 in any band.

Fees and funding

UK students
£4,778 FT
International students
£21,360 FT only

We are eligible to receive studentships from ESRC ('1+3'. ‘+3’ and CASE/ESRC) and AHRC. We also offer a number of our own postgraduate studentships, available to both home and overseas students.

The School is the lead institution for the NERC-funded CENTA Doctoral Training Centre, which funds between five and seven PhD UK/EU studentships at Birmingham each year.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    full time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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