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 is recognised as a UK leader for its research outputs.

You'll join a friendly, diverse and international community of postgraduate researchers while working within one of our world-leading research groups. You'll use emerging theory, novel analytical tools and ethical field-based research methods during your degree.

As well as being supervised by researchers who are internationally-recognised experts in their disciplines, you'll be mentored by 2nd and 3rd year PhD students.

Alongside your project, you'll have opportunities to teach, help out with field courses and develop activities to achieve impact and engagement outside academia.

We also offer employability workshops and professional development training.

Our interdisciplinary approach means your project may be jointly supervised by colleagues from other schools across the University, such as:

  • Engineering
  • Ocean and Earth Sciences
  • Health Sciences
  • Economic, Social and Political Sciences
  • Humanities

Main areas of research

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

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