Research course


University of Worcester · Institute of Science and the Environment

Entry requirements

MPhil - First or Second Class Honours Degree or equivalent award in an appropriate discipline, or have appropriate research or professional experience which has resulted in appropriate evidence of achievement. PhD A Postgraduate Masters Degree in a discipline which is appropriate to the proposed programme of study or First or Upper Second Class Honours Degree or equivalent award in an appropriate discipline or the applicant has appropriate research or professional experience at postgraduate level which has resulted in published work, written reports or other appropriate evidence of achievement. An applicant holding qualifications other than those specified above shall be considered on his or her merits. Evidence of ability and background knowledge must be provided in relation to the proposed topic and research degree. Any applicants whose first language is not English or who have not been educated wholly or mainly in the medium of English must reach a minimum IELTS score of 7.0 with a score of 7 in writing (or equivalent in an approved test in English) or otherwise demonstrate that they have an adequate command of both written and spoken English before starting a programme.

MPhil, MPhil/PhD, PhD

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

The department welcomes applications for research degrees in Geography

Department specialisms

Environment-development relationships and sustainable livelihoods in developing countries; Local institutions, local knowledge, and social capital in natural resource management; Wetland environments and the political ecology of wetland management; Sustainable development; Agricultural Geography; Family Farm Businesses and Restructuring; Women in Farming; Farm Diversification and Pluriactivity; Rare Breeds of Farm Livestock / Animal Geography; Landscape; Influence of freeze-thaw activity upon low-strength mudrocks; Site investigation; Geological conservation; Geological tourism; Geographical Information Systems; Hydroecology; ecohydraulics; river management; Rural change and development; Territory and National Identity; Sport, place and identity; Reconstructing former glaciers; the impacts of paraglacial reworking and its significance for the interpretation of the geomorphological record in upland Britain; Remote sensing of submerged aquatic vegetation in chalk steams; Application of field spectroscopy for submerged vegetation/algae detection; Application of Object Based Image Analysis (OBIA) for vegetation mapping; Hyperspectral remote sensing; Causes of pluvial flooding; Soil erosion and sediment transport; Sediment budgets; Floodplain geomorphology and hydrology

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification and course duration


full time
48 months
part time
70 months


full time
24 months
part time
48 months

Course contact details

Dr Ian Maddock
01905 855180
01905 855132