24 PhD Programs in Geographic Sciences

With a Ph.D., individuals have access to a more advanced job market, greater career opportunities, and the ability to make more money in their career than individuals without an advanced degree. So just what is a Ph.D. in Geography? Students must have first earned a bachelor’s degree and possibly a master’s degree before earning their doctorate. A Ph.D. can be earned in about four to s… Read more

With a Ph.D., individuals have access to a more advanced job market, greater career opportunities, and the ability to make more money in their career than individuals without an advanced degree.

So just what is a Ph.D. in Geography? Students must have first earned a bachelor’s degree and possibly a master’s degree before earning their doctorate. A Ph.D. can be earned in about four to six years, depending on the amount of time students are able to devote to their studies and if they are able to pass the necessary courses on time. Courses cover topics such as maps, theories and methods in geography, cultural and political geography, and research and analysis of geographical information. Students may be able to focus their geography degree on human geography, cartography, urban geography, or physical geography, among others.

There are several reasons why individuals may want to earn a Ph.D. in Geography. Students can improve their basic job skills, such as reading and writing, while also gaining a wealth of knowledge in their field and hands-on experience under the tutelage of experienced instructors.

The cost to earn a doctorate degree can vary depending on a variety of factors, including any previously earned higher education credits, the country of school, and the length of the academic program. Prospective students should contact schools about tuition, fees and scholarship opportunities.

Individuals who graduate with a Ph.D. in Geography often have a multitude of career choices available to them. Some graduates choose to work as city planners, others may find employment with environmental organizations, and still others may decide to become travel guides. Many graduates also choose to return to academia and join the faculty at an academic institution teaching classes in geography or other related fields.

Earning your Ph.D. can lead to a successful and profitable career in geography. To start earning your doctoral degree, first search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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QUB Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences (EPS)
Belfast, United Kingdom

The research undertaken within Geography falls under two interdisciplinary Research Clusters; Environmental Change & Resilience (ECR) and Culture & Society (C&S). ... +

The research undertaken within Geography falls under two interdisciplinary Research Clusters; Environmental Change & Resilience (ECR) and Culture & Society (C&S). Physical Geography-related projects focus on themes such as long-term landscape and environmental change, the resilience of ecosystems, environmental change impacts on heritage structures, and analysis of contaminated lands. -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
3 years
Bengali
Campus
 
UAEU United Arab Emirates University
Al Ain, United Arab Emirates

The Ph.D. program in Geology is available for students who have successfully completed a Master Degree in Geology or Earth Sciences from a university acceptable to the UAEU. T ... +

The Ph.D. program in Geology is available for students who have successfully completed a Master Degree in Geology or Earth Sciences from a university acceptable to the UAEU. The program offered by the Geology Department requires the student to complete 54 credit hours comprising 24 credit hours of course work and 30 credit hours of original research leading to a Ph.D. thesis. -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
4 years
English
August 2020
29 Feb 2020
Campus
 
China University of Petroleum
Beijing, China

Geology is a program that studies material compositions, internal structure and external features of earth, mutual interactions between earths and the history of the evolution ... +

Geology is a program that studies material compositions, internal structure and external features of earth, mutual interactions between earths and the history of the evolution of earth. -
PhD
Full-time
4 years
Chinese
September 2020
30 May 2020
Campus
 
Botswana International University Of Science And Technology
Palapye, Botswana

PhD Thesis Research in Geological Sciences

PhD Thesis Research in Geological Sciences -
PhD
English
February 2020
Campus
 
University of Johannesburg
Johannesburg, South Africa

The purpose of the Ph.D. in Geography is to provide qualifying students with an in-depth understanding and integrated knowledge of advanced applicable theory in the field of g ... +

The purpose of the Ph.D. in Geography is to provide qualifying students with an in-depth understanding and integrated knowledge of advanced applicable theory in the field of geography. -
PhD
Full-time
3 years
English
January 2020
Campus
 
Charles University Faculty of Science
Prague, Czech Republic

The field is aimed at local, regional, macro-regional, continental, and global problems of landscape sphere. The aiming is based on the study of the development of Nature - So ... +

The field is aimed at local, regional, macro-regional, continental, and global problems of landscape sphere. The aiming is based on the study of the development of Nature - Sociogeographical interaction on different hierarchy level. The study is aimed at regions of the Czech Republic and foreign countries as well. -
PhD
Online & Campus Combined
Full-time
4 years
English
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
Online
 
Charles University Faculty of Mathematics and Physics
Prague, Czech Republic

The program "Geometry, Topology, and Global Analysis" offers to students a broad and deep knowledge in the selected areas. The aim is to train the students to be able to learn ... +

The program "Geometry, Topology, and Global Analysis" offers to students a broad and deep knowledge in the selected areas. The aim is to train the students to be able to learn and use new scientific achievements, mathematical methods and theories, independently develop and apply them, and present the results at international conferences and meetings. The program prepares students to pursue an academic career at universities, scientific institutes, and also in companies and firms having applied research and development branches. -
PhD
Online & Campus Combined
Full-time
4 years
English
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
Online
 
The University of Nottingham - Faculty of Engineering
Nottingham, United Kingdom

Engineering surveying and space geodesy is the application of science and technology for the measurement and the representation of the Earth. Research involved can cover a ran ... +

Engineering surveying and space geodesy is the application of science and technology for the measurement and the representation of the Earth. Research involved can cover a range of disciplines including geospatial engineering and monitoring; photogrammetry and remote sensing; the technology and applications of satellite navigation systems, such as GPS and Galileo; integrated positioning technology; environmental and atmospheric monitoring; physical and space geodesy. -
PhD
Full-time
3 years
English
December 2019
Campus
 
University of Nottingham - Faculty of Social Sciences
Nottingham, United Kingdom

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

A leading center of postgraduate teaching and research, the School of Geography has internationally recognized strengths across the discipline. -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
3 years
English
Campus
 
National Central University
Hsinchu, Taiwan

The main research of the graduate program of the department includes seismology, geophysical prospection, marine geophysics, seismotectonic, geology, and geodesy. Fully integr ... +

The main research of the graduate program of the department includes seismology, geophysical prospection, marine geophysics, seismotectonic, geology, and geodesy. Fully integrated seismology program including theoretical, observational and computational seismology is active pursuit. -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
English
Campus
 
Khalifa University of Science and Technology
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

The Ph.D. in Petroleum Geosciences program stimulate research and development to foster innovative solutions to challenges in science, technology, and engineering, develop the ... +

The Ph.D. in Petroleum Geosciences program stimulate research and development to foster innovative solutions to challenges in science, technology, and engineering, develop the next generation of leaders in academia to drive a knowledge economy in the UAE, and advance the technological profile of the UAE and the regional oil and gas industry. -
PhD
4 years
English
September 2020
Campus
 
Universidad de La Laguna
Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain

The Doctorate in Territory and Society. Historical Evolution of a Tricontinental Space (Africa, America and Europe) (DOCTESO), is the result of the synergy of researchers who ... +

The Doctorate in Territory and Society. Historical Evolution of a Tricontinental Space (Africa, America and Europe) (DOCTESO), is the result of the synergy of researchers who develop their work in the fields of geography, history, archeology, the study of religions and sciences of the Faculties of Geography and History of the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC) and the Universidad de La Laguna (ULL). -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
Spanish, English
September 2020
Campus
 
UAEU United Arab Emirates University
Al Ain, United Arab Emirates

The Ph.D. in Geography Concentration provides advanced knowledge about the latest theories in the field of GIS such as GIS modeling, internet/mobile GIS, and GIS & accurac ... +

The Ph.D. in Geography Concentration provides advanced knowledge about the latest theories in the field of GIS such as GIS modeling, internet/mobile GIS, and GIS & accuracy assessment. The concentration offers a chance for graduates to be equipped with knowledge and skills that are necessary for the vibrant GIS field. Upon completion of the concentration students will be able to debate complex geographical issues utilizing GIS tools, assess web-based GIS maps, and adopt Quality Assurance/ Quality Control (QA/QC) in GIS projects. -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
4 years
English
August 2020
29 Feb 2020
Campus
 
Botswana International University Of Science And Technology
Palapye, Botswana

This program aims at providing, through research, the specialisation in the concepts and modern methods of Mineral Exploration, Geotechnical Engineering, Mineralogy, Petrology ... +

This program aims at providing, through research, the specialisation in the concepts and modern methods of Mineral Exploration, Geotechnical Engineering, Mineralogy, Petrology and Geochemistry, Economic Geology and Hydrogeology. -
PhD
English
February 2020
Campus
 
University of Johannesburg
Johannesburg, South Africa

The purpose of the Ph.D. in Geology is to provide qualifying students with an in-depth understanding and integrated knowledge of advanced applicable theory in the field of geo ... +

The purpose of the Ph.D. in Geology is to provide qualifying students with an in-depth understanding and integrated knowledge of advanced applicable theory in the field of geology. -
PhD
Full-time
3 years
English
January 2020
Campus