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Research degrees

Research degrees

Whether you’re looking to begin an academic career or want to develop your skills and expertise for a career in industry, studying for a PhD or other research degree will be a journey that will stimulate your passion for your subject and push you to reach your potential. The School of Geography offers four types of research degrees, including a PhD, split-site PhD, MPhil and a MA/MSc by Research

Research excellence

We work at the forefront of global research agendas, leading the way in finding solutions to major social, political and environmental challenges. We have an established reputation for delivering high quality research, with over 75% of our research classed as 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent' according to the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014.

Links with industry

You’ll benefit from our close working relationships with a large number of key companies and academic institutions in the UK and overseas. You’ll have the opportunity to attend industry talks, seminars and conferences where you’ll meet and network with colleagues from industry and academia. 

Professional development

We’re committed to helping you prepare for what’s ahead in your research degree and future career. You’ll have the opportunity to attend a number of workshops offered by our dedicated researcher training and development hub. Training and development opportunities will be tailored to reflect the demands of your current project and future employment.

Exceptional experience

You’ll join a friendly, supportive and diverse community of postgraduate researchers who come from all over the world. You’ll be associated with one of our research groups, a small community with whom you’ll interact on a daily basis. You’ll have regular direct contact with your academic supervisor who will provide guidance and support throughout your research. An annual showcase brings the research community from across our campus together to celebrate the excellence and diversity of work being done by our postgraduate researchers. The school organises regular coffee mornings for staff and research postgraduate students to meet and network.

Rewarding careers

The range of careers open to you once you’ve finished your PhD is broad. Our doctoral graduates have secured positions with organisations such as the Natural Environment Research Council; Logica UK; Ernst and Young; and Kaya Consulting Limited.

Over 75%

of our research is

'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent' REF 2014

Top 20

in the world

QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018

Over 80

academic and research staff

working with over 60 PhD researchers to deliver high-impact research