Research course

Geographical Sciences (Physical Geography)

University of Bristol · School of Geographical Sciences

Entry requirements

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

Months of entry


Course content

The School of Geographical Sciences is a leading international centre for research. In the Times Higher Education analysis of the most recent Research Excellence Framework assessment, we were ranked the top geography department in the UK. The graduate school is integral to this success. We have a large and vibrant postgraduate research community, with students following PhD and MSc by research (MScR) programmes. The postgraduate community is international and interdisciplinary 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 webpages for more information about our research staff and collective research interests. You can see a list of current projects and their supervisors.

Alternatively, you may be interested in our MScR in Global Environmental Challenges, or our PhD in Geographical Sciences (Human Geography).

Information for international students

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

Fees and funding

If you wish to be considered for NERC GW4+ DTP funding for this programme please refer to the NERC GW4+ DTP prospectus page for guidance in making a PhD application.

Each year the school is usually awarded between two and three NERC studentships (including CASE awards), and several China Scholarship Council, EU, and industry-funded studentships. Applicants should also check the School of Geographical Sciences website.

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

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    full time
    48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    96 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Team
+44 (0) 117 928 7878