Research course


University of Nottingham · School of Geography

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 leading centre of postgraduate teaching and research, the School of Geography has internationally recognised strengths across the discipline.

Our PhD programme enables you to conduct original research across a wide range of geographical research areas.

Our students are an integral part of our wider research and teaching community. Individual projects may cut across research areas, for example, in fields such as environmental management. You will also be supported by at least two academic advisors, who may be drawn from more than one of our research groups.

Our research areas include:

Cultural and Historical Geography

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

  • Landscape and Culture
  • Health and Disease
  • Race and Empire
  • Geographical Thought and Cartography

Economic Worlds

Analyses contemporary economic phenomena. It is characterised by the development of innovative theoretical approaches that are attuned to the cultural, political and social dimensions of economic life. Sub-themes include:

  • Money
  • Knowledge
  • Bodies
  • Value

Environment and Society

Encompasses research around environment-society relationships. Sub-themes include:

  • Health, environment and society 
  • Climate change, environmental risk and resilience 
  • Environmental knowledge, governance and politics
  • Environment, culture and sustainability


Leading research in earth and environmental systems over a range of spatial and temporal scales. Sub-themes include:

  • Biogeography
  • Environmental reconstruction
  • Informatics
  • Water resources

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    full time
    36-48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    72-96 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

+44 (0)115 951 5559