Masters by Research or PhD Geography and Environmental Sciences (Postgraduate)

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Full-Time or Part-Time


Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham

Develop advanced knowledge and professional practice through an in-depth research project in a subject of your choice.

Undertake research in one of three areas below or pursue an inter-disciplinary project by drawing upon expertise in cognate fields such as biological sciences and social sciences.Environmental changeClimate and environmental change from the mid-Pleistocene to late Holocene; environmental reconstruction using luminescence dating, tephrochronology, pollen analysis; fluvial geomorphology; river channel dynamics using GIS; human impact on sensitive environments; wetland management; species’ response to climate change; conservation ecology.  Research in this area is promoted by the Centre for Environmental Change and Quaternary Research (CRCQR), and environmental reconstruction activities are supported by our Cheltenham Geochronological Laboratories.  

Urban issues, globalisation and developmentThe cultural geography of cities; community development and regeneration; social housing; public policy responses to climate change; the city in the developing world including urban and peri-urban agriculture; migration and transnational identities; democracy in global governance; the global impact of organised crime; representation, development and change in Africa; food production, distribution and marketing in developing countries.

Pedagogic researchEffective teaching and learning; inclusive education; education for sustainable development; student volunteering; use of new technologies in teaching; the student experience. 

Entry requirements

  • An Honours degree of upper second class or above from a UK/EC university, or equivalent qualification, is normally required in a relevant subject area
  • In exceptional circumstances, we will consider applications from non-graduates with experience of undertaking research or graduates who wish to work in a new subject area 
  • Initial registration is usually for MPhil or MRes or MA/MSc by Research with the possibility of transfer to PhD. Candidates with a Master’s degree in a relevant subject that contains appropriate research methods training may register for PhD directly


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Dr. Malcolm MacLean

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Dr. Malcolm MacLean

Reader in the Culture and History of Sport

"Malcolm's teaching and research interests are based on his background in history and anthropology. He is interested in ordinary experiences of cultural and social life and also has a particular interest in research design and ethics. He is also research degree's lead for the Schools of Sport & Exercise, Natural & Social Sciences and Health & Social Care."


Develop your skills in research methods through dedicated modules

Research students who have not already completed a relevant Masters degree or other appropriate postgraduate research methods training will benefit from the university's research methods training modules: Philosophy and Approaches to Research and Methodologies and Methods.

Focus your research in one subject or undertake an inter-disciplinary project

Undertake research in Geography and Environmental Sciences or pursue an inter-disciplinary project by drawing upon expertise in cognate fields such as Biological Sciences and Social Sciences.

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