Information for prospective postgraduates

Postgraduate opportunities in physical and human geography

External view of the School of Geographical SciencesThe School of Geographical Sciences is a leading international centre for research and scholarship. It has been awarded the top 5* rating in every UK Government assessment of research excellence. The Graduate School is integral to this success. Our postgraduate programmes bring together a large and vibrant graduate community, focusing both on PhDs by research and on taught courses through the renowned MSc in Human Geography: Society and Space , the MSc in Environmental Policy and Management and the MSc in Climate Change Science and Policy.

The School provides high-quality dedicated work-space for its graduate students. MSc students have their own room in the main School buildings, while PhD research students have their own suite of rooms in the newly refurbished offices just along from the School on University Road.

The graduate community has a strong international and interdisciplinary flavour, and offers an exceptional academic environment for postgraduate research.

We provide our PhD students with close supervision by leading academics in their fields, research training and development through our Masters Degree (in the case of human geography) and other forms of assessment, dedicated graduate workspace, and a range of other academic events such as workshops, reading groups and seminars. A high proportion of our postgraduates go on into academic posts, many others use their postgraduate degree to secure a position in industry, government, and research in the public and private sectors.

For further information please see the University’s postgraduate prospectus.  To look for sources of funding for your studies please use our Scholarship search tool or see the list of fully funded PhD studentships that we currently have available.

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Contact Points:

A number of academic and administrative staff are involved in the administration of the Graduate School.  Dr Jim Freer is Head of the Graduate School, Dr Katerina Michaelides is Postgraduate Tutor in Physical Geography and Dr David Manley is Postgraduate Tutor in Human Geography. Dr Mark Jackson is the Director of the MSc in Human Geography: Society and Space,  Dr Adam Dixon/Dr Malcolm Fairbrother are the Directors of the MSc in Environmental Policy and Management and Professor Martin Siegert/Dr Dan Lunt are the Directors of the MSc in Climate Change Science and Policy.

To ensure that queries are dealt with efficiently we ask that all telephone, email and written contact – including application forms – be submitted via the Postgraduate Student Administrator ( who will, if necessary, forward them on to the relevant member of staff.


Postgraduate Student Administrator
School of Geographical Sciences
University of Bristol
University Road
Bristol  BS8 1SS

Phone: +44 (0)117 954 5977
Fax: +44 (0)117 9287878