Research course


University of Southampton · Social Sciences

Entry requirements

First- or upper second-class degree or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University in geography or related subject or masters degree in appropriate subject plus satisfactory performance at interview.

Months of entry


Course content

Geography and Environment has a vibrant international postgraduate community set in one of the leading centres for geographical and environmental research. There are postgraduate opportunities in all of our research areas, and applications for full- and part-time study are welcomed at any time.

Facilities include new laboratories for Earth science and palaeoenvironmental research (PLUS), hydrological and ecological research and an instrumented research catchment in the New Forest, all supported by technical support staff. In addition, research using GIS and Earth observation is supported by a dedicated technician and a suite of geocomputation computers.

Students enjoy high levels of support, with research students accommodated in a purpose-built Graduate School. Each student is provided with their own desk space and computer, and has access to the University’s world-leading computing facilities. They are provided with a minimum annual support grant of £750 and encouraged to apply for further funding, for example for conference attendance.

Our Doctoral Programme currently has around 65 full- and part-time students from the UK and overseas, funded by research councils and other sources, and it captures all that’s good about research: a mixture of stimulating intellectual activity and enjoyable social interaction. Each PhD student receives formal research training and detailed tuition tailored to their own needs. Postgraduates are integrated into our research community through our active postgraduate research groups, participation in research seminars with visiting speakers, and research workshops given by both students and staff.

For further information,please visit our website.

Information for international students

Fees and funding

Qualification and course duration


full time
24 months
part time
36 months


full time
Up to 48 months
part time
Up to 72 months

Course contact details

Social, Human and Mathematical Sciences
+44 (0)23 8059 2216