Research course

Physical Geography

University of Lincoln · School of Life and Environmental Sciences

Entry requirements

First or second class honours degree in Geography or related discipline.

For direct PhD entry, applicants should possess a relevant Master's or MPhil degree in Geography or related discipline.

Months of entry


Course content

Understanding the physical processes governing the earth surface and climate and how they are changing over time can help us plan for the future and react to global challenges facing the world, such as climate change and biodiversity loss. Through independent research, supervisory meetings, and departmental seminars, conferences, and research workshops, this research programme provides the opportunity to conduct an in-depth research project in an area of physical geography, and aims to build key skills for positions in academia, research, spatial planning, and environmental consultancy and management.

The Department of Geography offers the opportunity to work at doctoral level alongside academics whose research has been internationally recognised. Students can benefit from the supportive academic community, where ideas and experiences are shared with the aim of advancing knowledge.

Lincoln's physical geographers are working on projects exploring soil science and geochemistry; quaternary environmental change; ecosys-tem and human health; flooding and climate change; GIS and earth observation; glaciology and climatology; fluvial and coastal geomorphology; and deltaic and estuarine river mouth systems.

Department specialisms

Potential areas of work are aligned with the Department's current research strengths and specialisms and include (but are not limited to): Alluvial geoarchaeology and environmental history Biogeochemistry, ecosystems and human health Extreme hydrological events (floods and droughts) and climate change GIS and remote sensing for assessment of water-related diseases Greenland ’s ice sheet mass balance/glaciology Mining impacts on freshwater, coastal, and marine environments Morphodynamics of large rivers, coasts, and deltas Quaternary environmental change. Development, Inequality, Resilience, and Environments (DIRE) Development, Inequality, Resilience and Environments addresses the most urgent and immediate threats to the resilience of human environment systems and seeks to understand the complex interactions between societies and the landscapes they inhabit that precipitate vulnerability, including rural and urban dynamics. Our scope also contributes to the growing body of research undertaken by University of Lincoln academics around sustainability, in particular environmental justice, and the role of governance, both within the UK and abroad. Lincoln Centre for Water and Planetary Health (LCWPH) The Lincoln Centre for Water and Planetary Health (LCWPH) focuses on solving the most pressing global environmental and societal challenges related to aquatic ecosystems and water resources. These include hydrological and sea-level impacts of climate change, flood-related contamination from metal mining and processing, and water-borne and vector-borne diseases affecting humans and animals, as well as behavioural, political, and economic adaptation mechanisms to mitigate environmental and human health impacts. As part of the LCWPH, we have recently established the Lincoln Climate Research Group (LCGR), which addresses the physical, social, environmental, and political causes and drivers of climate variations over a range of temporal and spatial scales in the Global North and Global South. The interdisciplinary nature of this research group also feeds into other key themes within the University, such as 'Rurality' (e.g. through climate impacts on agricultural production) and 'Communities' (e.g. through climate change impacts of and adaptation to floods and droughts, migration and cites). Find out more on the Department's research pages:

Fees and funding

For eligible students, there are more ways than ever before to fund your postgraduate study, whether you want to do a taught or research course. For those wishing to undertake a Master's course, you can apply for a loan as a contribution towards the course and living costs. Loans are also available to those who wish to undertake doctoral study. The University offers a number of scholarships and funded studentships for those interested in postgraduate study. Learn how Master's and PhD loans, scholarships, and studentships can help you fund your studies on our Postgraduate Fees and Funding pages.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MPhil/PhD
    full time
    18+ months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    36+ months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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