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Postgraduate research

Geography and environmental science

Two researchers sitting together on the ground, surveying data, in a mountain landscape.

Join our researchers working on major global challenges including poverty, climate change and conservation.


Geography and environmental science at Southampton ranks 5th in the UK for research outputs. Our PhDs include field work and lab time using the latest equipment and techniques.

You'll join a friendly, diverse and international community of postgraduate researchers while working within one of our world-leading research groups. Our PhD students make use of outstanding facilities including ancient DNA and chemical preparation labs, environmental sensing systems and extensive field equipment. We also support human geography fieldwork around the globe.

You'll be supported by supervisors who combine social, economic and environmental expertise. our interdisciplinary approach means that your project may be jointly supervised by colleagues from areas including engineering, ocean and Earth sciences, and economic, social and political sciences.

You'll be mentored by a 2nd or 3rd year PhD student when you join us. Alongside your project, you'll have opportunities to teach, help out with field courses and work with schools. We also offer employability workshops.


Main areas of research

  • population, health and wellbeing
  • landscape dynamics and ecology
  • environmental change and sustainability
  • economy, society and governance

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