Postgraduate study

Our programmes

Our postgraduate programmes bring together a large and vibrant graduate community, focusing both on PhDs by research and on taught courses in human and physical geography.

Opportunities and study environment

  • Our postgraduates go on to succeed in a wide variety of academic and non-academic careers, either taking up academic posts or by using their postgraduate degree to secure a position in industry, government, and research in the public and private sectors.
  • We provide high-quality dedicated workspaces, that include extensive computing facilities, library and study spaces and a newly refurnished office suite for PhD students. This creates a supportive and stimulating study environment.
  • Each student has the opportunity to attend seminars, workshops, lectures and conferences which help in the development of important key skills such as giving presentations, using software packages and the planning and writing of the thesis.
  • We fully support PhD students who wish to get involved in teaching: they may support lecturers by demonstrating in certain areas, such as statistics, remote sensing and laboratory techniques.
  • Students may take their own tutorial groups and further develop skills in the planning of work schedules, group-work and communication.

What our postgrads say

Geography is a very friendly department with research groups getting together regularly for seminars and socials.

Catie, PhD Physical Geography


Fieldwork is an important, stimulating and often challenging part of the PhD experience. The school provides opportunities for postgraduates to undertake research in locations around the world.

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