Research Degrees in
in the Faculty of Science & Engineering
Do you want to advance or change your career, deepen your expertise in a topic, or expand your research and practical skills?
With a PhD or other postgraduate research degree in the areas of Geography and Environment you will:
We can supervise a wide range of projects across the fields of Geography and environmental studies. Particular focus areas include:
You will become a part of a large, multidisciplinary research community focused on theoretical and applied ecological and environmental research.
We are home to several prominent research centres and programmes:
Our research is characterised by strong collaborations across disciplines (including Geography, Chemistry, Environmental Science, and Biology) and with external partners (including universities, industries and NGOs). Through these collaborations, we undertake research that delivers solutions that address challenges posed in environmental change and sustainability; socio-economic, cultural and political change; health; and advanced materials.
As a postgraduate researcher, you will be a core part of this research community. You will be encouraged to attend the regular seminars, workshops and lectures that take place on campus. You will also undertake a comprehensive range of research training to enhance your practical and theoretical skills.
The majority of our students enrol in October. We offer further enrolment points in January, April and July.
Research degrees are available to study on-campus or through distance learning.
A postgraduate research degree equips you with advanced skills and knowledge that enable you to build a rich and successful career in a range of sectors.
Our comprehensive training opportunities will help you develop theoretical and practical skills for careers in areas such as as academia, the charity sector, politics, research organisations, local and multinational corporations, NGOs, and urban and regional planning groups.
This course is research based. You will independently conduct research into your own topic or a topic that we advertise. Your supervisory team will offer expert guidance throughout your studies and review work in progress.
Each year, you will follow a programme of training and development to enhance your research methods, subject-matter expertise and professional skills.
Please refer to our Fees page for more information on tuition fees.
Each year we offer a number of competitive scholarships to support high quality research projects. Current scholarship opportunities in Ecology and the Environment are advertised on our site.
You should, as a minimum, have a first or 2.1 honours degree or an equivalent qualification.
International students must demonstrate a sufficiently high standard of English language ability.
We welcome interest from applicants from non-standard backgrounds. We will take subject knowledge, professional experience, publications, or other appropriate evidence of accomplishment into consideration.
See more about our standard entry requirements.
Before applying for a research degree, you should have a preliminary discussion with a member of staff about your project and ideas. To arrange this, please email Dr Oliver Sutcliffe, firstname.lastname@example.org, the Research Degrees Co-ordinator for the Department of Life Sciences.
For further information on the application process, contact the Admissions team email@example.com, +44 (0)161 247 2966
The quickest and most efficient way to apply for this course is to apply online using the link below. This way, you can also track your application at each stage of the process.
Before you apply, you should discuss your project with a member of academic staff. You should also complete the Postgraduate Research Degree Supplementary Information form which you will then upload to the ‘Student documents’ section of the application form. This collects key information about your research application and there may be delays if you do not submit this document.