Entry requirements

Normally students will have a good undergraduate Honours degree (UK Upper Second Class Honours or equivalent) and in some cases, a Masters degree.

Learn more at the entry requirements page.

Months of entry

January, September, April

Course content

Successfully completing an MPhil or PhD entails undertaking an in-depth study of a particular topic and making an original contribution to knowledge in the field. Our MPhil/PhD students are actively involved in work at the cutting edge of research across the School’s research activities.

Ranked 7th in the UK for research in Geography and Environmental Studies^ and 3rd for research power†, we offer a lively, thriving and innovative research environment. Our unique research studies culture provides an ideal setting in which to undertake an MPhil/PhD in Geography.

We welcome applications for MPhil/PhD study in human and physical geographies, and are particularly interested in projects that complement and extend existing strengths within and across our research groups.

Department specialisms

Research areas of particular strength include; Environment and Sustainability; Geographies of Creativity and Knowledge; Nature, Materialities and Biopolitics (NAMBIO); Spatial Responsibilities; Environmental Change and Landscape and Ecosystem Dynamics

Information for international students

If you are an international student, please visit our international equivalency pages to enable you to see if your existing academic qualifications meet our entry requirements.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

Overall score 6.5. No less than 6.0 in any section.


Overall score 90 with minimum scores of 21 for writing, 21 for listening, 22 for reading and 23 for speaking.

Pearson Test of English (Academic)

58 with no less than 55 in all communicative skills.

Fees and funding

Learn more via the fees and funding page.

Qualification and course duration


full time
24-36 months
part time
48-60 months


full time
36-48 months
part time
60-84 months

Course contact details

Research Degrees
+44 (0) 1392 725150