Geography PhD

 
  

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Qualification
PhD Geography
Duration
3 years full-time, 6 years part-time
Entry requirements
Masters (or international equivalent) in a relevant discipline, with an average of 60% or above; applicants with a 2:1 (or international equivalent) or other suitable qualifications and/or at least two years of relevant professional experience also considered
IELTS
6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element) If these grades are not met, English preparatory courses are available
Start date
October, December, February, April or July
School/department
Economic Worlds
Other requirements
You will need a research proposal, two academic references and academic transcripts

Research overview

A leading centre of postgraduate teaching and research, the School of Geography has internationally recognised strengths across the discipline.

A PhD is the most advanced form of postgraduate study. It is awarded on the successful completion of supervised research, verbal examination and final thesis.

Geography research areas include:

Cultural and Historical Geography

Shaped by, and shaping, wider developments in the arts, humanities and social sciences

  • Cultures of Landscape
  • Historical Geographies of Empire, Environment and Health
  • Histories of Geographical and Environmental Knowledge

Economic Worlds

Advancing analysis of economic phenomena in contemporary globalisation in geography and the wider social sciences

  • Money
  • Knowledge
  • Bodies
  • Value

Environment and Society

Focused on topics at the environment-society interface in various geographical contexts and scales

  • Sustainable Rural and Urban Land Management
  • Farming, Food and Forestry
  • The Sustainable Use and Management of Water
  • Health and Environment

Geosciences

Leading research in earth and environmental systems over a range of spatial and temporal scales; investigating patterns and processes within the biosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere and lithosphere to make inferences about past, present and future change

  • Biogeography
  • Environmental reconstruction
  • Informatics
  • Water resources

Our students are strongly integrated into our research, contributing across all areas of activity and reflecting the international scope of our work.

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Key facts

  • Top 50 worldwide for geography in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017
  • 75% of research output considered world-leading or internationally excellent in the latest Research Excellence Framework
  • 100% of geography postgraduates secured work or further study within six months of graduation
 

Facilities

School facilities

In addition to University IT services, you will be provided with your own desk space and laptop, and will have access to photocopying and telephone facilities. The school also has a number of specialised facilities, depending on your needs or research area.

Library facilities

The Hallward Library stocks all of the major geography publications and journals. Our library facilities open long hours and include areas for group work, individual and silent study.

Graduate School

Representing the needs of postgraduate students across the University, the Graduate School provides research training and development for postgraduates and early career researchers.

You will have access to a dedicated space on University Park, which includes computer stations, Wi-Fi, study and social areas, and kitchen facilities.

 

Research support

Research seminars

Postgraduate students are integrated into the research community of the school through participation in research seminars given by visiting speakers, and research workshops given by members of the school. There is an active postgraduate research group in each of the school's four key research areas.

Funding support

You will be provided with a minimum annual support grant of £500 and are encouraged to apply for further school and University funding for conference attendance.

Teaching opportunities

Second and third-year research students can apply to build their paid teaching experience by delivering undergraduate tutorials. Training courses on teaching methods are on offer and teaching is subject to availability and cannot be guaranteed.

Student Services

Student Services provide a range of support and information to enhance your student experience. They are part of a comprehensive network of University services that includes academic and disability support, counselling, financial support and childcare services.

International Office

The International Office ensures EU and international students have all the information they need to live and study at Nottingham. It offers a welcome programme just before the start of the academic year.

Centre for English Language Education

Accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English in the UK, the University's Centre for English Language Education provides high-quality preparation and English language support, as well as a social programme for its students.

Students' Union

The Students' Union is an important source of support with their own Student Advice Centre and dedicated postgraduate officer.

Researcher Development Programme

Working closely with academic schools, the Graduate School's dedicated training team contribute to faculty specific and doctoral training programmes. They deliver core training in line with the standards set out by the UK's major research funders through their researcher development programme.

As well as helping you to develop your research skills, this offers you opportunities to enhance your communication skills, career prospects, time management and entrepreneurship, as well as meet and work alongside researchers from other disciplines.

 

Find a supervisor

You will be assigned two supervisors appropriate to your field. Please make sure that we have a supervisor who shares an interest in your proposed area of research before applying. Details of research supervisors at the University can also be found on our research A to Z.

Individual projects may be based within one of the research themes or cross over between research groups, and students may have supervisors drawn from more than one group.

 

Funding

There are many ways to fund your research study including studentship opportunities. Funding information is available on the school website and can also be found on the Graduate School website.

International and EU students

The University of Nottingham offers a range of research scholarships for outstanding international and EU students.

Applicants must receive an offer of study before applying for our scholarships. Please note the closing dates of any scholarships you are interested in and make sure you submit your research course application in good time so that you have the opportunity to apply for them.

The International Office also provides information and advice for international and EU students on financing your degree, living costs, external sources of funding and working during your studies.

Find out more on our scholarships, fees and finance webpages for international applicants.

 
 

Careers

Many of our PhD students continue in the academic field, either at the University of Nottingham or elsewhere. Other recent graduates have go on to work for organisations such as the Environment Agency, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Experian, the Forestry Commission and business and professional service firms.

Employability and average starting salary

100% of postgraduates from the School of Geography who were available for employment secured work or further study within six months of graduation. £25,721 was the average starting salary, with the highest being £29,847.*

* Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates 2015/16. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

Career and professional development

Whether you are looking to enhance your career prospects or develop your knowledge, a postgraduate degree from the University of Nottingham can help take you where you want to be.

The University's award-winning Careers and Employability Service offers specialist support and guidance while you study and for life after you graduate. They will help you explore and plan your next career move, through regular events, employer-led skills sessions, placement opportunities and one-to-one discussions.

 
 
 
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This online prospectus has been drafted in advance of the academic year to which it applies. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content) are likely to occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for the course where there has been an interval between you reading this website and applying.

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