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 a verbal 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 your research work.
You will be provided with your own desk space and laptop, and have 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.
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.
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.
Students are provided with a minimum annual support grant of £500 and you are encouraged to apply for further school and University funding, for example, for conference attendance.
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 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.
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.
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 2015, 95% of postgraduates in the School of Geography who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation.*
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 higher degree postgraduates 2014/15.
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
- 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.
The University of Nottingham is the best university in the UK for graduate employment, according to The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017.
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.
- 2:1 (or international equivalent) and/or at least 60% in a relevant masters degree, excluding arts subjects
- Applicants will preferably have previous training in geography or a related discipline
- IELTS: 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element); if these grades are not met, English preparatory courses are available
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Last updated February 8, 2017