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Geography and Environmental Science


Whether you wish to embark on an academic career or want to develop your skills and expertise for a research career in industry or government, studying for a PhD in geography and environmental research will be a journey that will stimulate your passion for your subject and push you to reach your potential. 

The School of Geography and Environmental Sciences at Southampton offers both taught and research degrees. We boast excellent facilities, a strong publication record and thriving research culture.

The School is globally renowned for the quality of its research, and the funding it attracts. You would be supervised by academic staff who are internationally renowned and working at the top of their fields – at the forefront of knowledge and thinking.

Postgraduate taught study

Postgraduate taught study

Find out about our Masters degrees in Applied Geographical Information Systems and Remote Sensing (AGISRS), Sustainability, and Environmental Science.

Postgraduate research degrees

Postgraduate research degrees

Candidates at Southampton register for an MPhil degree which, following a satisfactory upgrade report during year two, converts to a PhD.

PhD studentships

PhD studentships

Take a look at the studentships currently on offer. We also welcome speculative applications.

Outstanding academics

Outstanding academics

You will be working alongside other PhD students, postdoctoral fellows and academics who are experts in their fields both nationally and worldwide.

A first-class environment

A first-class environment

You will have the opportunity to work in first-class facilities and undertake a stimulating project in one of our major research themes.

International scholarships

International scholarships

Our international scholarships are offered to self-funding international students with excellent qualifications.

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Our research groups

Student and staff research is organised into four research themes: Landscape Dynamics & Ecology (LDE); Economy, Society and Governance (ESG); Environmental Change and Sustainability (ECaS); and Population, Health and Wellbeing (PHeW). Specialized research and enterprise activities are also undertaken within the following centres: WorldPop, Centre for Environmental Sciences (CES), GeoData and the Palaeoenvironmental Laboratory at the University of Southampton (PLUS). On joining us you will become a member of one (or more) of these themes and may join one of our specialised research and enterprise groups.

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The high quality of education and large quantity of practical experience provide us with support in acquiring related knowledge and improving our practical abilities.
Shuang  CaoMSc in GIS and Remote Sensing

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Studying for a PhD

PhD student Marc Naura discusses his research and what led him to undertake his studies at the University of Southampton

Available studentships

Studying a Masters degree

Student Holly Price explains the benefits of studying at her Masters in Applied GIS and remote sensing here at Southampton.

Our Masters degrees

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