Research course

Geography and Environmental Sciences

University of Gloucestershire · Faculty of Education, Humanities and Sciences
MSc by researchPhD

Entry requirements

  • An Honours degree of upper second class or above from a UK/EC university, or equivalent qualification, is normally required in a relevant subject area
  • In exceptional circumstances, we will consider applications from non-graduates with experience of undertaking research or graduates who wish to work in a new subject area

Months of entry


Course content

Undertake research in one of three areas below or pursue an inter-disciplinary project by drawing upon expertise in cognate fields such as biological sciences and social sciences.

Environmental change

Climate and environmental change from the mid-Pleistocene to late Holocene; environmental reconstruction using luminescence dating, tephrochronology, pollen analysis; fluvial geomorphology; river channel dynamics using GIS; human impact on sensitive environments; wetland management; species' response to climate change; conservation ecology. Research in this area is promoted by the Centre for Environmental Change and Quaternary Research (CRCQR), and environmental reconstruction activities are supported by our Cheltenham Geochronological Laboratories.

Urban issues, globalisation and development

The cultural geography of cities; community development and regeneration; social housing; public policy responses to climate change; the city in the developing world including urban and peri-urban agriculture; migration and transnational identities; democracy in global governance; the global impact of organised crime; representation, development and change in Africa; food production, distribution and marketing in developing countries.

Pedagogic research

Effective teaching and learning; inclusive education; education for sustainable development; student volunteering; use of new technologies in teaching; the student experience.

Qualification and course duration

MSc by research

full time
12-24 months
part time
18-36 months


full time
30-48 months
part time
48-84 months

Course contact details

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