PhD in Human Geography

All PhD programmes in Bristol are delivered via the Bristol Doctoral College and general information can be found on their website and please also see the University's Postgraduate study pages.

PhD students in Human Geography generally align with the research groups in the department, Historical and Cultural, Political Economy and Quantitative Spatial Science, although many students cross groups depending on the needs of their specialist topic. Within Human Geography we have international expertise in a wide range of methodological approaches include advanced quantitative modelling, qualitative analysis and documentary approaches.

We regularly admit students who already have funding or are willing to self-fund their studies. For applications we ask that prospective students provide a research propsal on a topic they are interested in studying. For examples of topics that are currently being undertaken see our Scholarships page.

This list is not exhaustive, so if you have another idea or project in mind, please contact potential supervisors or the postgraduate admissions tutors to discuss and develop further.

Scholarship opportunities for September 2024

Human Geography PhD Postgraduate Teaching Assistant (PGTA)

Project description and further info (PDF, 209kB)

The postition aims to begin in September 2024 and runs for 4 years. The application deadline is Monday 29th April 2024.

Please remember to select 'University of Bristol Scholarship' under the funding options section of your application. 

SWDTP applications for September 2024: Now closed

Human Geography are currently involved in two major UK research council doctoral training programs within the ESRC funded South West Doctoral Training Partnership (SWDTP) and recruit through the annual SWDTP annual funding competition.

Please see the SWDTP website for more information about funding options.

The application deadline for the University of Bristol is Wednesday 13th December. We regret that we cannot consider applications for funding received after the deadline.

Please select 'Economic and Social Research Council' under the funding options of your application.

If your application to the University of Bristol is successful you will then be required to apply for funding through the SWDTP. More information can be found on their website and you will work with your supervisor throughout this process.

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