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.

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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.

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)


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.

Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated February 13, 2019
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