Research course

Geographical Sciences (Physical Geography)

University of Bristol · School of Geographical Sciences
PhDMSc by research

Entry requirements

An upper second-class honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject or an equivalent qualification.

Months of entry

January, December, November, October, September, August, July, June, May, April, March, February

Course content

The School of Geographical Sciences is a leading international centre for research. It has been ranked the top geography department in the UK in every government assessment of research excellence, including the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 assessment. The graduate school is integral to this success. We have a large and vibrant graduate community, with students following PhD, MSc by research and taught MSc programmes. The graduate community has a strong international and interdisciplinary flavour, and offers an exceptional academic environment for postgraduate research.

Research opportunities encompass a wide range of subjects at the leading edge of geographical research. There are also many exciting possibilities for interdisciplinary research, spanning research groups and departments.

Visit the School of Geographical Sciences web pages for more information about our research staff and collective research interests. Please note that we also offer a PhD in Geographical Sciences (Human Geography).

Information for international students

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Each year the school is awarded between two and six NERC studentships (including CASE awards), two CPOM NERC studentships, one to two EPSRC studentships, and EU-funded studentships. Applicants should also check the School of Geographical Sciences website.

Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months

MSc by research

full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions
+44 (0) 117 331 7328