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Entry requirements

Masters (or international equivalent) in a relevant discipline, with an average of 60% or above; applicants with a 2:1 (or international equivalent) or other suitable qualifications and/or at least two years of relevant professional experience also considered.

Months of entry

February, April, July, October, December

Course content

A PhD is the most advanced form of postgraduate study. It is awarded on the successful completion of supervised research, verbal examination and final thesis.

Geography research areas include:

Cultural and Historical Geography

Shaped by, and shaping, wider developments in the arts, humanities and social sciences. Sub-themes include:

  • Cultures of Landscape
  • Historical Geographies of Empire, Environment and Health
  • Histories of Geographical and Environmental Knowledge

Economic Worlds

Advancing analysis of economic phenomena in contemporary globalisation in geography and the wider social sciences. Sub-themes include:

  • Money
  • Knowledge
  • Bodies
  • Value

Environment and Society

Focused on topics at the environment-society interface in various geographical contexts and scales. Sub-themes include:

  • Sustainable Rural and Urban Land Management
  • Farming, Food and Forestry
  • The Sustainable Use and Management of Water
  • Health and Environment


Leading research in earth and environmental systems over a range of spatial and temporal scales; investigating patterns and processes within the biosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere and lithosphere to make inferences about past, present and future change. Sub-themes include:

  • Biogeography
  • Environmental Reconstruction
  • Informatics
  • Water Resources

Our students are strongly integrated into our research, contributing across all areas of activity and reflecting the international scope of our work.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    full time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    72 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Student Recruitment Support Hub
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