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Qualification type

PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

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Course Summary

We offer PhD supervision across a wide range of human and physical geography topics. Our research engages with applied issues and public policy concerns, as well as more abstract cultural and theoretical issues. As a research student you will receive a tailored package of academic and administrative support to ensure you maximise your research and future career. The academic information is in the programme profile and you will be supported by our doctoral training centres, Faculty Training Programme and Research Student Support Team. Our research focusses on research clusters: Physical geography; Economies geographies; Power, space, politics and Geographies of social change.

Our research strengths in physical geography include: Paleoclimatology, landscape evolution, applied geomorphology and natural hazards, Quaternary geochronology, Glaciology and water science. Our research in economic geographies is theoretically-informed and politically-engaged. It covers the production, forms, experiences and impacts of uneven geographies of: Commodities, people, finance, knowledge and technology. In power, space, politics our research focuses on the expression of political power across space and includes topics around: borders and boundaries, critical geopolitics, international development, militarism and military geographies, the politics of representation and issues of resistance, justice and peace. In geographies of social change we explore and extend an applied, critical understanding of cities and urbanism. Ideas that run through our research include: Identity, families and households, health, welfare and care, infrastructures and community.

Different course options

Full time | Newcastle University | 36 months | JAN-20

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Full time


36 months

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Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

Fees: £16,500 - 22,110

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students should have a 2:1 honours degree and a master's degree, or international equivalent, in a relevant arts, humanities, science or social science subject such as: Geography, planning, urban studies, environmental studies, sociology, politics, history or business studies.

University information

Newcastle University is a world-leading university, advancing knowledge, providing creative solutions and solving global problems. The university is a founding member of the prestigious Russell Group, one of 24 leading research-intensive UK universities. In recent years, Newcastle University has developed a presence in three similarly vibrant and globally-connected locations – London, Singapore and Malaysia. These provide both a global...more

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