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The University of Southampton
Geography and Environmental SciencePostgraduate study

Entry requirements

All our postgraduate research activity is targeted to doctoral level. As with most British universities, it is usual to register initially for an MPhil degree. Students then transfer to PhD registration subject to satisfactory progress.

To undertake postgraduate research in Geography, you will need to be able to demonstrate your interest in your chosen area, as well as a commitment to at least three years of research activity.

We actively look for evidence of this in your application and references through, for example:

Academic criteria

There is a minimum requirement for all students, whether funded by Research Council studentships or from other sources including self-funding. In all cases, prospective students should have either:

English language

If English is not your first language, you will need to have already reached a satisfactory standard in an approved test in English, such as  IELTS* at level 6.5

* IELTS qualification must include the Academic Reading and Writing modules. Though overall grade is stated, the minimum grade required in each component is 5.5. Some programmes may require higher grades for specific listening, reading, writing and speaking components. The official IELTS website offers students useful information needed in preparing, taking and understanding results for an IELTS test.


With your application, you will need to provide satisfactory references from two academic referees.

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I was able to choose a variety of really interesting modules - from the political landscape of the Middle East, to the science of shopping.
Kate CooneyBA Geography
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