PhD Geography

University of Nottingham - Faculty of Social Sciences

Program Description

PhD Geography

University of Nottingham - Faculty of Social Sciences

Research overview

A leading center of postgraduate teaching and research, the School of Geography has internationally recognized strengths across the discipline.

A PhD is the most advanced form of postgraduate study. It is awarded on the successful completion of supervised research, verbal examination, and final thesis.

Geography research areas include:

Cultural and Historical Geography

Shaped by, and shaping, wider developments in the arts, humanities and social sciences

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

Economic Worlds

Advancing analysis of economic phenomena in contemporary globalization in geography and the wider social sciences

  • Money
  • Knowledge
  • Bodies
  • Value

Environment and Society

Focused on topics at the environment-society interface in various geographical contexts and scales

  • Sustainable Rural and Urban Land Management
  • Farming, Food, and Forestry
  • The Sustainable Use and Management of Water
  • Health and Environment


Leading research in earth and environmental systems over a range of spatial and temporal scales; investigating patterns and processes within the biosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere, and lithosphere to make inferences about past, present and future change

  • Biogeography
  • Environmental reconstruction
  • Informatics
  • Water resources

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

Key facts

  • Top 50 worldwide for geography in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017
  • 75% of research output considered world-leading or internationally excellent in the latest Research Excellence Framework
  • 100% of geography postgraduates secured work or further study within six months of graduation


School facilities

In addition to University IT services, you will be provided with your own desk space and laptop and will have access to photocopying and telephone facilities. The school also has a number of specialized facilities, depending on your needs or research area.

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.

Graduate School

Representing the needs of postgraduate students across the University, the Graduate School provides research training and development for postgraduates and early career researchers.

You will have access to a dedicated space on University Park, which includes computer stations, Wi-Fi, study and social areas, and kitchen facilities.

Research support

Research seminars

Postgraduate students 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

You will be provided with a minimum annual support grant of £500 and are encouraged to apply for further school and University funding for conference attendance.

Teaching opportunities

Second and third-year research students can apply to build their paid teaching experience by delivering undergraduate tutorials. Training courses on teaching methods are on offer and teaching is subject to availability and cannot be guaranteed.

Student Services

Student Services provide a range of support and information to enhance your student experience. They are part of a comprehensive network of University services that includes academic and disability support, counseling, financial support and childcare services.

International Office

The International Office ensures EU and international students have all the information they need to live and study at Nottingham. It offers a welcome programme just before the start of the academic year.

Centre for English Language Education

Accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English in the UK, the University's Centre for English Language Education provides high-quality preparation and English language support, as well as a social programme for its students.

Students' Union

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

Researcher Development Programme

Working closely with academic schools, the Graduate School's dedicated training team contribute to faculty-specific and doctoral training programmes. They deliver core training in line with the standards set out by the UK's major research funders through their researcher development programme.

As well as helping you to develop your research skills, this offers you opportunities to enhance your communication skills, career prospects, time management, and entrepreneurship, as well as meet and work alongside researchers from other disciplines.

Find a supervisor

You will be assigned two supervisors appropriate to your field. Please make sure that we have a supervisor who shares an interest in your proposed area of research before applying. Details of research supervisors at the University can also be found on our research A to Z.

Individual projects may be based within one of the research themes or crossover between research groups, and students may have supervisors drawn from more than one group.


Many of our PhD students continue in the academic field, either at the University of Nottingham or elsewhere. Other recent graduates have gone on to work for organizations such as the Environment Agency, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Experian, the Forestry Commission and business and professional service firms.

Employability and average starting salary

100% of postgraduates from the School of Geography who were available for employment secured work or further study within six months of graduation. £25,721 was the average starting salary, with the highest being £29,847.*

* Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates 2015/16. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

Career and professional development

Whether you are looking to enhance your career prospects or develop your knowledge, a postgraduate degree from the University of Nottingham can help take you where you want to be.

The University's award-winning Careers and Employability Service offers specialist support and guidance while you study and for life after you graduate. They will help you explore and plan your next career move, through regular events, employer-led skills sessions, placement opportunities, and one-to-one discussions.

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

English language requirements

IELTS: 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element)

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated November 1, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
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Sept. 2019
3 - 6 years
Part time
Full time
4,300 GBP
£4,300 (UK/EU) - £16,350 (social science) or £21,060 (science) international
United Kingdom - Nottingham, England
Start date : Sept. 2019
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