Research course

Geography and Environmental Sciences

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

Entry requirements

• MA or MSc by Research/MPhil: you will need at least a 2.1 honours degree or equivalent • PhD: you will need a masters degree or equivalent, in a subject area relevant to the proposed research topic • we normally consider applications from candidates from different backgrounds who demonstrate appropriate research experience and achievement • EU and international students need IELTS 6.5 overall (no less than 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in any other band) or equivalent

Months of entry


Course content

The School of Natural and Social Sciences offers postgraduate research supervision across a range of geographical topics. It is also possible to undertake research that draws upon expertise in cognate fields such as biological sciences, social sciences and countryside and community.

Environmental change

Research topics include: climate and environmental change from the mid-Pleistocene to late Holocene; environmental reconstruction using luminescence dating, and pollen analysis; fluvial geomorphology; river channel dynamics using GIS; flood mitigation; landscape evolution using image analysis and physical modelling; remote sensing of glacial change; species’ response to climate change; conservation ecology, and use of palaeoecology and DNA analysis to inform conservation management. Research in this area is promoted by the Centre for Environmental Change and Quaternary Research (CECQR).

Globalisation and development

Research topics include: the city in the developing world including urban and periurban agriculture; migration policy, and migrant groups including seasonal agricultural labour; democracy in global governance; representation, development and change in Africa; population health, wellbeing and ageing.

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

Enquiries Team
03330 141414