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Human Geography & Environmental Sciences PhD

Human Geography & Environmental Sciences PhD

Key information

Qualification type

PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

Subject areas

Human Geography Environmental Science

Course type


Course Summary

The research degree in Geography draws on expertise from the School’s Human Geography Research Group, part of the Geography and the Lived Environment Research Institute. The Human Geography Research Group is recognised for its leading contribution to research at the forefront of the field. The group’s research efforts provide challenging new insights to core geographical concerns through three research themes: relations and identities; knowledges, practices and policies; development and power.

We draw on quantitative and qualitative methods, making innovative contributions to both approaches. Several research projects span our specified research themes, and many of us work in collaboration with colleagues in other parts of the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. We have expertise in a wide range of regions, including the UK and Europe, South Asia, Australia, North and South America, Canada, the Caribbean and the Middle East. We also have productive collaborations with colleagues in many parts of the University. We support a lively programme of seminars, symposiums, readings groups and postgraduate workshops that support and disseminate our three research themes.

As a research student affiliated to a research institute, you will also benefit from an excellent peer-supported network. As groupings of researchers with related interests, the institutes provide a forum for development of ideas, collaboration, and dissemination of results, and an environment for training, development and mentoring of research students and early career researchers.

Different course options

Full time | The University of Edinburgh | 3 years | 09-SEP-19

Study mode

Full time


3 years

Start date


Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

The fee for 2018-19 is £4,260. There will be slight increases in 2019-20 entry.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need to have a UK undergraduate degree, or its international equivalent, in a related subject. Students with other qualifications or experience will also be considered.

University information

Inspiring the world since 1583 The University of Edinburgh is one of the world's top universities, consistently ranked in the world's top 50 ( Times Higher Education World Rankings) and placed 18th in the 2019 QS World University Rankings. Their entrepreneurial and cross-disciplinary culture attracts not only students but also staff from 140 countries, which creates a unique Edinburgh experience. The University provides a stimulating...more