The University of Southampton
Geography and EnvironmentPostgraduate study

Research Degrees

In Geography we are proud of our strong track record of supporting postgraduate research students, with an excellent record for thesis submission.

Each year, Geography and Environment advertises specific topics and projects for which prospective students may apply (see the link below). Alternatively, some students may wish to submit an application with a topic and project design of their choice. Indeed, we encourage this in the case of Human Geography students. For student led applications, please follow the standard application guidance as per the advertised topics and projects, but in addition you will be required to submit a Research Proposal. There is no official format, but we suggest a minimum of 1000 words and coverage of the following items: the research problem, the context that makes the research problem important and relevant, the aims and objectives, potential research questions, and likely research methods.

Our team of academic staff is committed to high quality, rigorous research and teaching and we have the first-rate facilities you would expect from a leading research school.

During the course of your research your progress will be supported and monitored by a supervisory panel who will make sure you have access to the advice and information you need to make your project a success.

If you are considering joining us, you will already be interested in research within one of our key groups:

An increasing proportion of our activities involves collaborative working across the University. You may find that your chosen project is jointly supervised by academic colleagues from Social Sciences, Ocean and Earth Sciences, Civil Engineering and Environment or another area.

Details of current PhD studentships are included on our dedicated studentships news feed.

 

Key information

Each year, Geography and Environment advertises specific topics and projects for which prospective students may apply (see the link below). Alternatively, some students may wish to submit an application with a topic and project design of their choice. Indeed, we encourage this in the case of Human Geography students. For student led applications, please follow the standard application guidance as per the advertised topics and projects, but in addition you will be required to submit a Research Proposal. There is no official format, but we suggest a minimum of 1000 words and coverage of the following items: the research problem, the context that makes the research problem important and relevant, the aims and objectives, potential research questions, and likely research methods.

Entrance requirements

English Language

If your first language or language of education is not English, we will ask you to show evidence of fluency in the use of English. For all of our postgraduate programmes, we require a level of IELTS 6.5, to include a minimum of 5.5 in Writing, Reading, Speaking and Listening. For details of other English language tests which we accept, you will find a list of approved tests on the International students section of our website.

If you require further English language tuition before commencing your programme with us, you may apply for one of our pre-sessional English language courses which are run by the Centre for Language Study.

 

 

Geography Scholarships

Geography at Southampton is one of Britain's leading centres for geographical research, with excellent facilities, a strong publication record, and a thriving research culture.

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