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Geography and Environmental SciencePostgraduate study

Graduate school

Our Graduate School has a long-standing culture of research that seeks to define the direction of the discipline through undertaking leading-edge research and world-leading scholarship. We have a vibrant and eclectic International community of over 60 graduates from diverse backgrounds on our doctoral programmes.

Our mission is to recruit, inspire and to graduate some of the very best postgraduate students, both master's and doctoral, in geographical and environment research. We do this through a wide ranging postgraduate programme, with research that covers the full range of the discipline and by recruiting students with backgrounds in the sciences (natural and social), humanities and engineering.

Our Graduate School is supported by a community of scholars who are experts in their respective fields of human and physical geography, as well as Environmental Science. Our international research engages with and informs policy on some of the key 21st Century challenges. 

We have a very strong track record of research council collaborative funding through South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership, Inspire NERC DTP, BBSRC and EPSRC research councils, EU and overseas scholarships, as well as self-funded. Some of these are part-funded through our internal Geography and Environmental Science scholarships. We also have several University funding sources including the Presidential Scholarship, as well as a generous stipend for research training and for attending conferences.

We provide high quality facilities for all of our postgraduate students, including a dedicated postgraduate office and computing suite. We have a student-run postgraduate committee, and students hold regular reading groups, conferences and social events.

Postgraduates play a vital role in the academic life of our department and are an integral part of our teaching programme and our research. All our postgraduates are members of one or more Geography research themes. We offer an intellectually stimulating experience within a supportive and inclusive environment The Graduate School captures all that’s good about research: a mixture of stimulating intellectual activity and enjoyable social interaction.

If you are interested in registering for a PhD or MPhil with us, you are encouraged to make contact with relevant members of staff prior to applying in order to discuss your research interests and to establish whether we can provide supervision for your proposed project. Information on staff research interests can be found under our Staff pages.

Meet our postgraduate students

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