PhD Cultural and Historical Geography

The University of Nottingham - Faculty of Social Sciences

Program Description

PhD Cultural and Historical Geography

The University of Nottingham - Faculty of Social Sciences

PhD Cultural and Historical Geography

A PhD is the most advanced form of postgraduate study. It is awarded on the successful completion of a programme of supervised research and is assessed by an oral examination and final thesis.

Cultural and Historical Geography is a distinctive, internationally-renowned research theme within the School of Geography. Research in this area is shaped by, and has shaped, wider developments in the arts, humanities and social sciences.

Research combines sustained engagement with empirical material with commitment to theoretical innovation, and demonstrates the geographical and historical diversity of subject matter with cultural and historical geography.

The research agenda in cultural and historical geography has been shaped by three interconnected themes:

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

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

Students are allocated at least two supervisors - at least one of whom is identified prior to admission. We make every effort to match applicants to staff on the basis of their research interests, and regular reviews are held to ensure smooth progress of the research work.


School facilities

Each student is provided with their own desk space and laptop, and has access to the wider University computing and library facilities. Photocopying and telephone facilities are also provided. The school also has a number of specialised facilities.

Library facilities

The Hallward Library stocks all of the major geography publications and journals. Our library facilities open long hours and include areas for group work, individual and silent study.

The Graduate School

The Graduate School is a unique facility that focuses on postgraduate education and represent the needs of postgraduate students within the University. It provides a world class research training and development environment for postgraduates and early career researchers.

The Social Sciences and Arts Graduate Centre is a space exclusively for postgraduate students and research staff in the faculties of Arts and Social Sciences. It offers networked computer stations and Wi-Fi access for laptops, a study area, a social area with comfortable seating, a quiet study zone, and kitchen facilities.

Doctoral Training Centre

The Nottingham Economic and Social Research Council Doctoral Training Centre (ESRC DTC) is one of just 21 centres to receive accreditation by the Economic and Social Research Council and supports students to undertake cutting-edge interdisciplinary research. The Centre offers advanced training opportunities to postgraduate social science researchers.

Research support

Research seminars

Postgraduates are integrated into the research community of the school through participation in research seminars given by visiting speakers, and research workshops given by members of the school. There is an active postgraduate research group in each of the school's four key research areas.

Funding support

Students are provided with a minimum annual support grant of £500 and encouraged to apply for further school and University funding, for example, for conference attendance.

Teaching opportunities

Second and third year research students are encouraged to act as academic tutors, generally to first year undergraduates. This provides valuable training for a future career in academic life, as well as an excellent opportunity to develop a range of presentation and organisational skills. Students who undertake tutoring receive training in communication and teaching skills. There are also opportunities to gain teaching experience by demonstrating on a number of undergraduate modules.

Student Services

Student Services provide a range of support, information and specialist services to enhance your student experience and form part of a comprehensive network of services at the University designed to support you throughout your studies, including academic and disability support, counselling, financial support, and childcare services.

International Office

Our International Office is dedicated to the needs of our international and EU students. The International Office will ensure you have all the information you need to live and study at Nottingham and offers a Welcome Programme just before the start of the academic year.

Centre for English Language Education

The University's Centre for English Language Education (CELE) provides high-quality preparation and English language support before and during your studies, as well as providing a social programme for its students.

Students' Union

The Students' Union is an important source of support with their own Student Advice Centre.

Researcher Development Programme

Working closely with academic schools, the Graduate School's dedicated training team contribute to faculty specific and doctoral training programmes. They also deliver core training in line with the standards set out by the UK's major research funders through their Researcher Development Programme. This means that as well as helping you to develop your research skills, you will have opportunities spanning communication skills, careers, time management, and entrepreneurship - and the chance to meet and work alongside researchers from other disciplines.


Average starting salary and career progression

In 2014, 100% of postgraduates in the School of Geography who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £22,375 with the highest being £26,000.*

Our postgraduate students are sought after by a diverse range of employers. Recent postgraduates have gone on to work in scientific consultancy, environmental management, retail, the charity sector, transport and logistics, and local government.

*Known destinations of full-time home and EU postgraduates, 2013/14.

Career prospects and employability

Our award-winning Careers and Employability Service will help you to plan your career throughout your time at the University and beyond. Services available include:

  • Presentations and drop-in sessions with employers
  • One-to-one careers guidance and CV sessions with our advisers
  • Over 700 careers events held each academic year
  • A specialist careers adviser for research postgraduates

Once you are a student with us, and even after you graduate, you will have access to our service for life.

Flexible paid placements

Postgraduate Placements Nottingham offers flexible paid placements with a range of employers from small local businesses to multinational organisations. These placements are open to all postgraduates and are designed to fit in with your studies and give you the opportunity to learn transferable skills, improve your CV and enhance your employment prospects during your postgraduate studies.

Entry requirements 2:1 (or international equivalent). Previous training in geography or a related discipline and/or completion of a relevant masters degree would be desirable.

IELTS 7.0 with no less than 6.0 in any one element.

If these grades are not met, English preparatory courses are available

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated September 12, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Aug., 2017
3 - 6 years
Part time
Full time
4,121 GBP
Start date Aug., 2017
United Kingdom Nottingham, England
Application deadline Request Info
End date Request Info
Duration 3 - 6 years
Price 4,121 GBP
HEU fees: £4,121, International fees: £14,850