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University of Gloucestershire
Postgraduate research

Geography PhD

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Full Time
Course length
4 Years
Distance Learning (UoG delivery)

Course overview

We offer a range of postgraduate research opportunities for Geography at the University of Gloucestershire, these include Masters by Research, PhD (via thesis submission) and PhD by Publication. This will enable you to undertake cutting-edge scientific research in a supportive and caring environment. We have a range of laboratory facilities, field equipment and staff have extensive experience undertaking fieldwork both in the UK and further afield.

We welcome proposals for research degrees across the bradth of physical and human geography, this include: coastal processes, long-term environmental change, flood mitigation & river processes, global health, labour exploitation & labour rights, low wage labour migrations & family migration dynamics, post-conflict recovery, and sea-level change.

Study style

Students can study either full time or part time alongside employment or family commitments. In recognition of the fact that no two research projects – or research students – are the same, we offer a flexible approach to supporting you, offering laboratory space and training, fieldwork advice and equipment loans, and access to computer software. You also have access to hot-desk office space and library and ICT support. Masters by Research students will typically take two research methods training modules, which are also available to PhD students. You will also become part of the wider postgraduate community and will be invited to participate in our Academic School’s research seminar series.

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Entry requirements

    • At least a 2.1 honours degree or equivalent qualification in a relevant subject area.

    • Usually a master’s degree or equivalent in a subject area relevant to the proposed research topic, but it is sometimes possible to progress directly from a relevant undergraduate BSc (Hons), especially if you have additional experience within the subject area.

    • We strongly encourage applications from students from a range of diverse backgrounds who demonstrate appropriate research experience and achievement.

    • EU and international students need IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in any other component) or equivalent.

    • Please provide a copy of your research proposal. This should be 1,000 words (excluding references and appendices) following the structure outlined in this research proposal guide.

      Please note; we’re unable to process applications without a proposal for the School’s consideration. Not supplying one will delay the processing of applications.

      When funded projects arise, they will be advertised on the University webspages but we are also very happy to talk to potential students about self-funded or government loan-funded research and developing a project; please contact Dr Matt Wood in the first instance.

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October 2024 £5,100 £12,775
February 2025 £5,100 £12,775
October 2025 TBC TBC
February 2026 TBC TBC

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With research submitted in each of our research areas judged to be internationally excellent according to the results of the 2021 Research Excellence Framework (REF2021), our research supervisors have a broad range of specialisms across a diverse range of subjects.

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Become an Expert Researcher

You’ll be enrolled on our Postgraduate Certificate in Research Methods – developing your skills as a professional researcher and supporting the development of your project.

Join our Research Community

You’ll be part of our research seminar series, enabling you to learn about the range of cutting-edge research taking place at the university. You’ll also have the opportunity to share your own research as part of the seminar series– great for developing your research dissemination skills and receiving feedback from a range of academic experts.

Share your Research at Academic Conferences

The School of Education and Applied Sciences will support you to present your research at conferences. These opportunities ensure that you stay abreast of the latest developments in your field and can develop your external research reputation.

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