Research course

Geography and Development Studies (Higher Degrees by Research)

University of Chester · Department of Geography and International Development

Entry requirements

To be eligible to apply for an MPhil or PhD programmes, applicants should normally have, or expect to obtain, at least an upper second class honours degree in a discipline appropriate to their intended area of research. Substantial prior research experience may, in some instances, be acceptable in place of a first degree qualification. If you are not sure whether this might apply to you, our Postgraduate Admissions team will be able to advise you.

Months of entry

January, September, May

Course content

Studying for an MPhil or a PhD is very much an individual activity, and research topics vary widely, according to personal interests. As one of our students, we will help to nurture your interests and develop skills and insights essential to your future progress.

To assist you, we offer access to modern, well-equipped laboratories and library facilities, and are also able to support prospective students in developing their research proposals.

The Department is equipped with a wide range of field equipment supporting projects in social science, environmental science and pedagogy, and bespoke laboratory facilities for Geographical Information Systems (GIS), remote sensing and soils/vegetation analysis. Its international research activity encompasses a number of regions, with a particular focus on Europe (Spain, Norway), West Africa (Senegal, Ghana), the Caribbean (Jamaica) and the Middle East (Egypt, Israel).

Staff research interests include: environmental dynamics in drylands; natural hazard assessment and mitigation (earthquake, flood, land instability); sustainability; geography pedagogy (e.g. technology-enhanced learning, the impact of fieldwork on the student learning experience); community carbon reduction (; microgeneration of renewable energy; civil conflict and refugee movement; asylum and integration (UK and international perspectives); health, livelihoods and development.

The Department is keen to hear from students who would like to research in any of the above areas.

Qualification and course duration


part time
48-84 months
full time
24-48 months


part time
24-72 months
full time
12-48 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions
+44 (0)1244 511000