Doctorate Degrees in Geography

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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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PhD in Earth and Ecosystem Science

Central Michigan University
Campus Full time September 2017 USA Mount Pleasant

The Earth and Ecosystem Science Ben Heumann and EES Student in the field(EES) doctoral program at Central Michigan University is a newly formed program providing advanced scientific training in interdisciplinary sciences. EES at CMU employs a systems-level approach to evaluate the physical, chemical, geological and biological structure and function of various natural environments. [+]

PhDs in Geography. The Earth and Ecosystem Science Ben Heumann and EES Student in the field(EES) doctoral program at Central Michigan University is a newly formed program providing advanced scientific training in interdisciplinary sciences. EES at CMU employs a systems-level approach to evaluate the physical, chemical, geological and biological structure and function of various natural environments. In this research-intensive degree program, students develop projects that investigate patterns and processes that regulate environmental variations across a range of temporal and spatial scales. Through core courses and individual research projects, EES students study the dynamics of aquatic and terrestrial systems (modern and ancient, pristine and polluted) in diverse geographic regions, with a particular focus on the interrelations between multiple factors that govern Earth and ecosystem processes. As the EES program is inherently multidisciplinary, students with backgrounds in biology, chemistry, geology, geography, physics and mathematics are encouraged to apply. Depending on the major advisor's research focus, projects in EES may explore patterns (biodiversity, reaction, physical architecture), processes (fate, transport, efficiency), regulation (complexity, stability, feedback) and management (sustainability, global change) of ecosystems and key ecosystem components. The EES Ph.D. is designed as a Students taking water samples in Saginaw Bayresearch-intensive program, with a suite of interdisciplinary core courses specific to this program. Electives and courses on specialized topics are available through Biology, Chemistry, Geography and other academic departments. Successful completion of the Ph.D. requires a minimum 60 hours of graduate work beyond the bachelor's degree. After admission to the program, you will meet with your advisor to map out a plan of study, complete a transfer of credits for relevant graduate coursework, and evaluate your academic strengths to determine if additional coursework and/or professional activities are needed. Students will take both required and elective courses to augment research training. The core courses (EES 701, 702 and 703) are designed to provide students of varied backgrounds with universal skill sets and a common understanding of system-level analysis needed to conduct primary research in complex environmental systems. Each student will also complete elective course work as recommended by the faculty advisor and dissertation committee. Typically, students entering with a bachelor's degree will take 12-30 hours of disciplinary elective courses and 12-30 hours of special topics and directed research credits (and students entering with a relevant master's degree will take 3-9 hours of disciplinary elective courses and 3-9 hours of special topics and directed research, or more depending on transfer credits) in addition to the required core courses and the dissertation. Student financial support All students accepted into the EES program are guaranteed four years of financial support (stipend, tuition waiver). Students may be assigned as research assistants or teaching assistants within related departments. [-]

PhD Cultural and Historical Geography

The University of Nottingham - Faculty of Social Sciences
Campus Full time Part time 3 - 6 years February 2017 United Kingdom Nottingham + 1 more

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. [+]

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 your research work. Facilities School facilities 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. 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 you are 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. Careers 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. 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. [-]

PhD in Oil, Gas and Energy Engineering

University of Nicosia
Campus Full time Part time 3 years September 2017 Cyprus Nicosia Greece Athens + 3 more

The doctorate degree is intended for students who have excelled during their undergraduate and/or graduate studies, have a strong motivation and enthusiasm toward technological research and innovation, and are inclined to remain in an academic or research environment working on emerging technologies and challenging engineering projects. [+]

PhDs in Geography. Duration (years): 3 Qualification Awarded: Doctor of Philosophy in Oil, Gas and Energy Engineering Level of Qualification: 3rd Cycle (Doctorate Degree) Language of Instruction: The research output and the PhD Thesis must be written in English. Mode of Study: Full-time or part-time study Minimum Credits: 90 Minimum ECTS Credits: 180 Profile of the Programme: The doctorate degree is intended for students who have excelled during their undergraduate and/or graduate studies, have a strong motivation and enthusiasm toward technological research and innovation, and are inclined to remain in an academic or research environment working on emerging technologies and challenging engineering projects. The School of Sciences and Engineering of the University of Nicosia is committed to provide PhD candidates with in-depth academic knowledge and hands-on experience on advanced engineering topics such as hydrocarbon geology, liquefied natural gas production, pipeline engineering, flow assurance, fracture mechanics, hydraulic fracturing, enhanced oil & gas recovery, CO2 capture and sequestration, and subsea engineering. The high-caliber academic staff of the programme in Oil, Gas and Energy Engineering is dedicated to work closely with students to tackle current engineering problems thereby generating new knowledge and results that can be published in reputable journals and conference proceedings. During their studies, students will have the opportunity to work on funded research projects, co-author papers with their advisors and other class-mates, present their contributions at international conferences, participate in the write-up of research proposals, prepare scientific reports, use simulation software, perform laboratory experiments, attend training schools, participate in workshops, etc. The three-year experience gained during their PhD studies, working primarily on formulating and solving challenging engineering problems, will provide students with the necessary skills, tools and qualifications to excel in their field of expertise and secure a research/academic position at a university or college, a government institute, or high-tech company Career Prospects: Graduates with a PhD in Oil, Gas and Energy Engineering will be equipped with the necessary skills in order to enable them to secure a research/academic position at a university or college, a government institute, or high-tech company. Learning Outcomes The PhD in Oil, Gas and Energy Engineering, in line with the general philosophy behind the awarding of a doctoral degree, provides student with: highly specialized and advanced scientific knowledge in the field of Oil, Gas and Energy Engineering; optimize existing oil & gas exploration and production techniques; new methodologies and tools tailored towards innovative design, scientific progress, and technological revolution; research skills and analytical thinking to effectively tackle fundamental and applied energy engineering problems; extensive training and professional practice in their primary area of research interest; formulate technological solutions for lowering costs, overcoming technical challenges and minimizing environmental impact associated with oil exploration and extraction; competencies related to substantial authority, innovation, autonomy, scholarly and professional integrity. Holders of the PhD in Oil, Gas and Energy Engineering: have a profound understanding of their research topic(s) and demonstrate advanced skills and research capabilities associated with their field(s) of expertise; are able to expand the capabilities of a proven process, extend the lifetime of oil & gas fields, and lower environmental footprint of conventional O&G resources; have the ability to conceive, design, implement and adapt a process related to hydrocarbon’s upstream, midstream or downstream sectors; have made a notable contribution through original research that extends the frontier of science through the development of a substantial body of work, some of which merits national or international refereed publication; are capable of utilizing their creativity to tap and economically exploit new unconventional oil & gas accumulations in currently inaccessible frontiers; are able to promote technological, social or cultural advancement in a knowledge based society; are able to work as part of a team in an academic and research environment promoting new ideas and emerging technologies. [-]

PhD in Geography

University of Johannesburg
Campus Full time February 2017 South Africa Johannesburg

The purpose of the PhD in Geography is to provide qualifying students with an in-depth understanding and integrated knowledge of advanced applicable theory in the field of geography. [+]

The purpose of the PhD in Geography is to provide qualifying students with an in-depth understanding and integrated knowledge of advanced applicable theory in the field of geography. A PhD in Geography is a pure science based research study that requires candidates to demonstrate high-level research capability and make a significant and original academic contribution at the frontiers of the discipline of specialisation. The PhD in Geography demands a very high level of intellectual, theoretical and practical specialized science knowledge and insight into problems related to the field of study and of the application of advanced experimental methods and techniques of the modern research, as well as of fundamental scientific and academic values in generating, processing, interpreting and presenting research data orally and in written form. For admission to the Doctorate in Geography a Master’s Degree in Geography is required. General rules of admission, as set out by the Faculty of Science and the University, apply. [-]

PhD in Ecology

University College of Southeast Norway
Campus Full time Part time January 2017 Norway Porsgrunn Drammen Rauland + 2 more

We do research on evolutionary processes in relation to the genetic structure and selection and human issues related to environmental impacts. [+]

PhDs in Geography. Ph.D. in Ecology The Ph.D. programme in Ecology at USN is focused on correlations between diffrent environmental impacts. What does that mean? Researching correlations between different environmental impacts means that we look further into the relationship between aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, both on individual species and ecosystem levels. We do research on evolutionary processes in relation to the genetic structure and selection and human issues related to environmental impacts. Environmental research in general, and especially national and international issues related to biodiversity and sustainable use of resources, is facing increasing challenges. The need for this research is growing all over the world and environmental research has relevance for many other disciplines. The doctoral programme in ecology focuses on interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary cooperation to meet these challenges. Within the doctoral programme in ecology, we have highly qualified and motivated academic staff with broad national and international network. This provides you with a great number of choices when selecting topics for research. [-]

PhD in Forestry

Northern Arizona University
Campus Full time August 2017 USA Flagstaff

You’ll be prepared for public or private resource management or a related career in research and education. Our particular focus is on the problems and opportunities associated with the integrated management of forest ecosystems. [+]

In our PhD program, you’ll be mentored by faculty who share your passion for the environment and who conduct ground-breaking research you can participate in. You’ll be prepared for public or private resource management or a related career in research and education. Our particular focus is on the problems and opportunities associated with the integrated management of forest ecosystems. You’ll benefit from close interaction with practicing professionals and the involved supervision of enthusiastic and dedicated faculty members. You’ll be within twenty miles of forest types ranging from canyon hardwoods and pinyon-juniper to spruce and fir. Our location within the nation’s largest contiguous ponderosa pine forest provides convenient access to lands managed by: the US Forest Service the Bureau of Land Management the National Park Service Native American tribal organizations To enhance these plans, we maintain well-equipped ecological and computer laboratories, a small full-time staff of research professionals, and our nearby Centennial Forest. Also on campus in Flagstaff is a research unit of the U.S. Forest Service, as well as the Colorado Plateau Research Station, which is a unit of the U.S. Geological Survey. You will be offered three PhD emphasis areas: Ecosystem Science Forest Management Sciences and Economics Forest Social Science What will I do in the program? coursework written and oral exams preparation and defense of a dissertation PhD students are expected to demonstrate: skill in the generation of original ideas considerable command of the literature skill at designing, analyzing, and interpreting research skill in scientific writing, including the publication of research results in major professionally refereed journals basic skills in teaching Admissions requirements GPA of 3.0 or greater on a 4.0 scale in all college and university work GRE scores in the top 40th percentile If English is not your native language: a score of at least 80 on the internet-based TOEFL or 550 on the paper-based TOEFL or 213 on the computer-based TOEFL A faculty member has agreed to serve as your major professor: Read about faculty research interests on our Forestry Faculty Page to identify faculty whose interests match yours Then e-mail, write, or phone individual faculty members about opportunities to work with them Late applications Applications received after the deadline will only be considered after full consideration of completed applications received by the deadline. [-]

PhD in Geophysics

National Central University
Campus Full time Part time September 2017 Taiwan Taoyuan

The main research of the graduate program of the department include seismology, geophysical prospection, marine geophysics, seismotectonic, geology, and geodesy. Fully integrated seismology program including theoretical, observational and computational seismology is active pursuit. [+]

PhDs in Geography. The main research of the graduate program of the department include seismology, geophysical prospection, marine geophysics, seismotectonic, geology, and geodesy. Fully integrated seismology program including theoretical, observational and computational seismology is active pursuit. Programs in seismic and geophysical (electrical, magnetic, gravity) prospecting, MT sounding, well logging, and geology are performed through international and interdisciplinary cooperation to solve practical problems. Each research group is equipped with the state-of-the-art instruments and computing facilities, including those used in field works. Internationally well-known, the department is evolving toward a more advanced, integrated tomorrow in frontier research in Earth Sciences. 
 Fundamental Courses Theoretical geophysics Communication Theory Ⅰ Source Mechanics Advanced Structural Geology Advanced Seismology I Basin Analysis Professional Courses Seismic Data Processing Sequence Stratigraphy Advanced Seismic Exploration Engineering Earthquake Case Analysis Natural Resource Unconventional Resources Requirements for Graduation Required credits : 18 credits (including 4 credits of Seminar & 4 semesters of Colloquium) Duration of Study : 2~7 years Other requirements : Pass qualification examination within the first two years. Elective Courses(pass the course of Theoretical Geophysics) Publish at least one first-author SCI paper or three co-authors SCI papers. Finish a progress report of a dissertation. Pass an oral defense of dissertation at least 2 months following the progress report. Research Facilities & Lab Strong Ground Motion Research Group Subducting Slab Research Group Reflection Seismic Research Group Electromagnetic Exploration Research Group Computational Geophysical Research Group Gravity and Magnetism laboratory Research Group Admission Documents Autobiography Study Plan Research Proposal Two Letters of Recommendation TOEFL or Other Evidence of English Proficiency Evidence of Chinese Proficiency Related Academic Publications [-]

PhD in Social Geography and Regional Development

Charles University Faculty of Science
Campus Full time Part time 4 years September 2017 Czech Republic Prague + 1 more

This graduate is well-prepared for creative and scientific work in a team or as an individual. He/she is capable of analyzing components of the socio-geographical environment, and comprehensively analysing and evaluating its changing spatial organisation as well as interactions between social and natural conditions, socio-economic and socio-cultural systems, all of this through the utilisation of GIS. [+]

The subject of study is geographical organization of society and its development. The courses on offer are particularly concerned with the following themes: analytical and synthetic evaluation of the system of settlement and the process of urbanization; hierarchical organization of regions; territorial differentiation of social and economic phenomena and identification of the role of their conditioning factors. In terms of its applied dimension, this study relates to problems of regional development, administrative division and locational aspects of various socio-economic phenomena. A special importance is ascribed to the study of interaction between society and its environment including related problems of social ecology. Further and more specific study opportunities are offered in connection with themes from a number of subdisciplines of socio-economic geography such as structure and development of migration relationships and their motivation (population geography); land use (geography of agriculture); locational factors (geography of industry) and hierarchical differentiation of service facilities of centres (geography of services). Description of the entrance examination and evaluation criteria The entrance examination has one round and is held as an interview. In exceptional cases, requested in writing by 30 April 2017, the dean can permit entrance examinations to take place via information and communication technology. During the entrance examination the candidate must demonstrate technical and linguistic skills to study the given field along with attributes necessary for scientific work. The entrance examination also takes into account the interest of the candidate in pursuing specific doctoral work with a particular supervisor and the candidate’s ability to handle this topic. The maximum score of the examination is 100 points. Conditions for admission Submission of a properly completed application, including prescribed appendices, and payment of the application fee by 30 April 2017. Completion of a master’s program of study at a university documented by a notarized copy of a diploma or certificate of equivalence of a foreign university education, or an original confirmation of completion of the required education by 30 September 2017. The requirement of submitting a notarized copy of a diploma does not apply to master’s graduates of Charles University. Applicants whose request for recognition of a foreign education has not been decided upon by 30 September 2017 may submit the required document by 21 October 2017. Passing grade on the entrance examination All applicants scoring at least 50 points on the entrance examination will be admitted for study. Information on the exercise of graduates This graduate is well-prepared for creative and scientific work in a team or as an individual. He/she is capable of analyzing components of the socio-geographical environment, and comprehensively analysing and evaluating its changing spatial organisation as well as interactions between social and natural conditions, socio-economic and socio-cultural systems, all of this through the utilisation of GIS. He/she is able to outline scientific research on regional development at various spatial levels. He/she is also prepared to advise on policy-making and commercial activities, and be involved in public administration, planning and consulting, e.g. in regional and urban development, suburbanisation, peripheral areas, population mobility, location of economic activities, market research, at the national, European, and global levels. [-]

PhD in Regional and Political Geography

Charles University Faculty of Science
Campus Full time Part time 4 years September 2017 Czech Republic Prague + 1 more

This graduate is well-prepared for creative scientific work in a team or as an individual. He/she has a broad understanding of regional and political geography in general, and of his/her specialisation (knowledge of theories and concepts, methodological approaches including GIS). [+]

PhDs in Geography. The field is aimed at local, regional, macroregional, continental, and global problems of landscape sphere. The aiming is based on the study of development of the Nature - Sociogeographical interaction on different hierarchy level. Study is aimed at regions of the Czech Republic and foreign countries as well. It gives scientific and manager training focused on: regional development, development of a region and regional systems Nature - Society interaction, sustainable development travelling and recreation, causes, structure, dynamics, consequences transformation and development of traffic systems geopolitical changes, globalizing of problems, and social-economic and political development of macroregions Description of the entrance examination and evaluation criteria The entrance examination has one round and is held as an interview. In exceptional cases, requested in writing by 30 April 2017, the dean can permit entrance examinations to take place via information and communication technology. During the entrance examination the candidate must demonstrate technical and linguistic skills to study the given field along with attributes necessary for scientific work. The entrance examination also takes into account the interest of the candidate in pursuing specific doctoral work with a particular supervisor and the candidate’s ability to handle this topic. The maximum score of the examination is 100 points. Conditions for admission Submission of a properly completed application, including prescribed appendices, and payment of the application fee by 30 April 2017. Completion of a master’s program of study at a university documented by a notarized copy of a diploma or certificate of equivalence of a foreign university education, or an original confirmation of completion of the required education by 30 September 2017. The requirement of submitting a notarized copy of a diploma does not apply to master’s graduates of Charles University. Applicants whose request for recognition of a foreign education has not been decided upon by 30 September 2017 may submit the required document by 21 October 2017. Passing grade on the entrance examination All applicants scoring at least 50 points on the entrance examination will be admitted for study. Information on the exercise of graduates This graduate is well-prepared for creative scientific work in a team or as an individual. He/she has a broad understanding of regional and political geography in general, and of his/her specialisation (knowledge of theories and concepts, methodological approaches including GIS). The graduate is capable of comprehensively analysing and evaluating changing interactions between social and natural components of the geographical environment, and solving problems at local, regional, national and global levels (e.g. analysis of regional socio-economic, socio-cultural and political systems, settlement systems, public administration operations, European integration, globalization, international relations or tourism). He/she is active in academic research and policy-making (municipal, regional or national administration, EU institutions, etc.). [-]

PhD in General Issues in Geography

Charles University Faculty of Science
Campus Full time Part time 4 years September 2017 Czech Republic Prague + 1 more

General Issues in Geography as a programme of doctoral studies constitute an effort to find the touching/intersected topics that link the previous programmes of doctoral studies. In fact, a rapid development of geographic fields in the past half a century brought about their exceptional differentiation, while the common denominator of the individual fields was weakened. The strengthening of mutual links between individual fields of geography constitutes a major task both for further development of geography as a science and the fulfilling of the urgent needs of society. [+]

General Issues in Geography as a programme of doctoral studies constitute an effort to find the touching/intersected topics that link the previous programmes of doctoral studies. In fact, a rapid development of geographic fields in the past half a century brought about their exceptional differentiation, while the common denominator of the individual fields was weakened. The strengthening of mutual links between individual fields of geography constitutes a major task both for further development of geography as a science and the fulfilling of the urgent needs of society. This is associated with the fact that the current landscape, as a focus of geographical study, is undergoing major changes both on the local and regional levels, as well as the state, continental and global levels. However, its research is primarily materialised within specialised disciplines. As a result, an interconnection of differing aspects of crucial questions of the research into the interaction of nature and society and the enhancement of holistic approaches to the solution of problems is becoming urgently needed. The crucial problems should be not only studied, but also represented in the educational process as its integrating parts. It is just geography on elementary and secondary schools (as well as a number of non-geographic programmes of universities) that should play the corresponding integrating role of an umbrella field. The misunderstanding of this integrating potential of geography by the drafters of the curricular reform of the Czech education and the traditional division of sciences/subjects/disciplines into social and natural science spheres can also be ascribed to the long-standing absence of a similar, comprehensively conceived doctoral study programme in the milieu of the Czech higher education. It is an objective of the doctoral study programme to reprieve this state of affairs. Geography is an inter-disciplinary field with a distinctive, though not always used potential of multidisciplinary cooperation. The studies proceed in three thematic directions integrating the character of geographic research: a) geographic thought; b) landscape development; c) education in geography. There is the assumption that one of them is a major focus of the research effort of a PhD student. The remaining two will allow to a student of the doctoral studies to be firmly anchored in the general, integrating issue of geographic fields. Description of the entrance examination and evaluation criteria The entrance examination has one round and is held as an interview. In exceptional cases, requested in writing by 30 April 2017, the dean can permit entrance examinations to take place via information and communication technology. During the entrance examination the candidate must demonstrate technical and linguistic skills to study the given field along with attributes necessary for scientific work. The entrance examination also takes into account the interest of the candidate in pursuing specific doctoral work with a particular supervisor and the candidate’s ability to handle this topic. The maximum score of the examination is 100 points. Conditions for admission Submission of a properly completed application, including prescribed appendices, and payment of the application fee by 30 April 2017. Completion of a master’s program of study at a university documented by a notarized copy of a diploma or certificate of equivalence of a foreign university education, or an original confirmation of completion of the required education by 30 September 2017. The requirement of submitting a notarized copy of a diploma does not apply to master’s graduates of Charles University. Applicants whose request for recognition of a foreign education has not been decided upon by 30 September 2017 may submit the required document by 21 October 2017. Passing grade on the entrance examination All applicants scoring at least 50 points on the entrance examination will be admitted for study. Information on the exercise of graduates This graduate is well-prepared for work either independently or as a team member in scientific, research and pedagogical fields. He/she has a broad understanding of general geographical issues, both in terms of theory and issues which integrate geographical topics with other related fields (namely the development and utilisation of landscape), as well as in the realm of teaching geography in both Czech and international contexts. The graduate is able to apply his/her knowledge of theories and concepts (e.g. the evolution of geographical thinking, geographical synthesis, forecasting of environmental changes). He/she is active in scientific research and training (conceptual, writing and reviewing, curriculum development, development of educational programmes and materials, the promotion of geographical knowledge). [-]

PhD in Physical Geography and Geoecology

Charles University Faculty of Science
Campus Full time Part time 4 years September 2017 Czech Republic Prague + 1 more

A graduate of the Ph.D. study program has obtained the following knowledge: an extensive base in general geography and solid theoretical knowledge of physical geography as a whole. The graduate has deep theoretical knowledge in his/her specialization, as well as in some of the branches of physical geography (geomorphology, climatology, hydrology, pedogeography, biogeography, geoecology) or their combination. [+]

PhDs in Geography. The post-graduate study subject "Physical Geography" links up with the magister study subject of the same name. In its specializations, the post-graduate study subject covers the whole spectrum of physical geography: a) It develops individual basic scientific disciplines studying partial subsystems of the landscape sphere: Geomorphology and Palaeogeography of the Quaternary, Climatology and Meteorology, Hydrology, Biogeography, Pedogeography and Geoecology. b) It is concerned with synthesis of the geographical environment, ensured by complex physical geography. Besides the relations between natural components of the geographical environment, it also covers interactions of physical-geographical and social-economic spheres. Description of the entrance examination and evaluation criteria The entrance examination has one round and is held as an interview. In exceptional cases, requested in writing by 30 April 2017, the dean can permit entrance examinations to take place via information and communication technology. During the entrance examination the candidate must demonstrate technical and linguistic skills to study the given field along with attributes necessary for scientific work. The entrance examination also takes into account the interest of the candidate in pursuing specific doctoral work with a particular supervisor and the candidate’s ability to handle this topic. The maximum score of the examination is 100 points. Conditions for admission Submission of a properly completed application, including prescribed appendices, and payment of the application fee by 30 April 2017. Completion of a master’s program of study at a university documented by a notarized copy of a diploma or certificate of equivalence of a foreign university education, or an original confirmation of completion of the required education by 30 September 2017. The requirement of submitting a notarized copy of a diploma does not apply to master’s graduates of Charles University. Applicants whose request for recognition of a foreign education has not been decided upon by 30 September 2017 may submit the required document by 21 October 2017. Passing grade on the entrance examination All applicants scoring at least 50 points on the entrance examination will be admitted for study. Information on the exercise of graduates A graduate of the Ph.D. study program has obtained the following knowledge: an extensive base in general geography and solid theoretical knowledge of physical geography as a whole. The graduate has deep theoretical knowledge in his/her specialization, as well as in some of the branches of physical geography (geomorphology, climatology, hydrology, pedogeography, biogeography, geoecology) or their combination. The graduate grasps the methods of field research, calculations, statistics, geoinformatics and GIS, and has good knowledge of at least one worldwide language. The graduate is thus able to perform both scientific and research work, as well as applied research, in different academic and scientific institutions and in public administration. [-]

PhD in Cartography, Geoinformatics and Remote Sensing

Charles University Faculty of Science
Campus Full time Part time 3 years September 2017 Czech Republic Prague + 1 more

This Ph.D. study program prepares students for professional research in the specific areas of cartography, remote sensing and geoinformation systems (GIS). [+]

Cartography, geoinformatics and remote sensing are separate fields of science, which engage in the creation of whole classes of localization character, communication-information and recognition models. Scientific branch includes general cartography, theoretic cartography, history of cartography, cartographic informatics and modeling, analyses and creation of maps and atlases, cartographic technology, geographic information systems and remote sensing (RS). Description of the entrance examination and evaluation criteria The entrance examination has one round and is held as an interview. In exceptional cases, requested in writing by 30 April 2017, the dean can permit entrance examinations to take place via information and communication technology. During the entrance examination the candidate must demonstrate technical and linguistic skills to study the given field along with attributes necessary for scientific work. The entrance examination also takes into account the interest of the candidate in pursuing specific doctoral work with a particular supervisor and the candidate’s ability to handle this topic. The maximum score of the examination is 100 points. Conditions for admission Submission of a properly completed application, including prescribed appendices, and payment of the application fee by 30 April 2017. Completion of a master’s program of study at a university documented by a notarized copy of a diploma or certificate of equivalence of a foreign university education, or an original confirmation of completion of the required education by 30 September 2017. The requirement of submitting a notarized copy of a diploma does not apply to master’s graduates of Charles University. Applicants whose request for recognition of a foreign education has not been decided upon by 30 September 2017 may submit the required document by 21 October 2017. Passing grade on the entrance examination All applicants scoring at least 50 points on the entrance examination will be admitted for study. Information on the exercise of graduates This Ph.D. study program prepares students for professional research in the specific areas of cartography, remote sensing and geoinformation systems (GIS). After finishing this program, a graduate is equipped with a synthesis of academic knowledge and practical skills, enabling him/her to develop creative solutions in a particular field. He/she has proficiency in the effective collection of geographical data including remote sensing, developing software tools and methods such as database design for data storage, retrieval and management and spatial data modeling using GIS, as well as web authoring and programming for the dissemination of data and maps. Depending on the focus of the thesis, the student may also have the ability to use different data processing methods such as neural networks, genetic algorithms or object classifications. [-]

PhD in Meteorology and Climatology

Charles University Faculty of Mathematics and Physics
Campus Full time Part time 4 years September 2017 Czech Republic Prague + 1 more

Graduate is able to apply gained knowledge in meteorological and climatological basic and applied research and also in a context of similar geo-science branches. He is prepared for creative exerting his skill both in academic posts, in departmental research and in operational service. [+]

PhDs in Geography. Subject entrance examination The subject entrance examination takes the form of a discussion about the chosen study programme and the intended doctoral thesis topic. The committee judges the applicant's interest in the field, motivation, expertise, and overall readiness for doctoral studies. The level of knowledge expected is that required for passing the state final examination of the corresponding master's study programme and branch at Charles University. The applicant must demonstrate his/her insight into the basic areas of science relevant to the chosen thesis topic. The committee also takes into account documents submitted with the application, namely the statement by the proposed advisor, by the head of the proposed training department, recommendation letters, CV, and the letter of motivation. Language entrance examination The language entrance examination verifies that you have an adequate command of the English language, i.e. at least at level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Conditions for admission Admission for studies You will be admitted for studies if you have completed a Master degree programme, successfully pass (or get a waiver of) the subject and language entrance examination, and if an advisor in the required study programme is available. Information on the exercise of graduates Graduate is able to apply gained knowledge in meteorological and climatological basic and applied research and also in a context of similar geo-science branches. He is prepared for creative exerting his skill both in academic posts, in departmental research and in operational service. He can be employed in all the institutions and organisations where the object of professional interest is atmosphere and the processes in it and, moreover, in the institutions dealing with the problems of transport and diffusion of any kind of air-pollution together with the problems inferred from that. Besides a wide spectrum of special courses the graduate passed courses from statistics, numerical mathematics, chemistry of the atmosphere or physics and chemistry of aerosols and he is able to use this knowledge also outside the frame of his specialisation. [-]

PhD in Geophysics

Charles University Faculty of Mathematics and Physics
Campus Full time Part time 4 years September 2017 Czech Republic Prague + 1 more

Graduates in geophysics or in other geosciences, but also in some other natural or technical sciences, can apply for the doctoral studies in geophysics. The study extends knowledge of the general foundations of geophysics, and specialises the students in a selected branch of geophysics. [+]

Subject entrance examination The subject entrance examination takes the form of a discussion about the chosen study programme and the intended doctoral thesis topic. The committee judges the applicant's interest in the field, motivation, expertise, and overall readiness for doctoral studies. The level of knowledge expected is that required for passing the state final examination of the corresponding master's study programme and branch at Charles University. The applicant must demonstrate his/her insight into the basic areas of science relevant to the chosen thesis topic. The committee also takes into account documents submitted with the application, namely the statement by the proposed advisor, by the head of the proposed training department, recommendation letters, CV, and the letter of motivation. Language entrance examination The language entrance examination verifies that you have an adequate command of the English language, i.e. at least at level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Conditions for admission Admission for studies You will be admitted for studies if you have completed a Master degree programme, successfully pass (or get a waiver of) the subject and language entrance examination, and if an advisor in the required study programme is available. [-]

PhD in Geometry, Topology, Global Analysis and General Structures

Charles University Faculty of Mathematics and Physics
Campus Full time Part time 4 years September 2017 Czech Republic Prague + 1 more

Before starting the doctoral study in the field Geometry and topology, global analysis and general structures, a student chooses his concrete directon. This means that he studies either topology or geometry. [+]

PhDs in Geography. Subject entrance examination The subject entrance examination takes the form of a discussion about the chosen study programme and the intended doctoral thesis topic. The committee judges the applicant's interest in the field, motivation, expertise, and overall readiness for doctoral studies. The level of knowledge expected is that required for passing the state final examination of the corresponding master's study programme and branch at Charles University. The applicant must demonstrate his/her insight into the basic areas of science relevant to the chosen thesis topic. The committee also takes into account documents submitted with the application, namely the statement by the proposed advisor, by the head of the proposed training department, recommendation letters, CV, and the letter of motivation. Language entrance examination The language entrance examination verifies that you have an adequate command of the English language, i.e. at least at level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Conditions for admission Admission for studies You will be admitted for studies if you have completed a Master degree programme, successfully pass (or get a waiver of) the subject and language entrance examination, and if an advisor in the required study programme is available. Information on the exercise of graduates Before starting the doctoral study in the field Geometry and topology, global analysis and general structures, a student chooses his concrete directon. This means that he studies either topology or geometry. If the choice is topology, then he studies either general topology or algebraic topology. If the choice is geometry, then he studies differential geometry which is very often completed with the study of global analysis and some parts of algebraic topology. After finishing his study, the student is prepared for a reseach in the field of his interest, and knows also various possibilities of applications. He has necessary knowledge and research experience, is familiar with the relevant literature, and has established contacts with further mathematicians working in his field, including foreign mathematicians. [-]