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PhD Geography and Environmental Sciences

PhD Geography and Environmental Sciences

Key information

Qualification type

PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

Subject areas

Geography Environmental Science

Course type


Course Summary

Develop advanced knowledge and professional practice through an in-depth research project in a subject of your choice. Undertake research in one of three areas below or pursue an inter-disciplinary project by drawing upon expertise in cognate fields such as biological sciences and social sciences. Environmental change: Climate and environmental change from the mid-Pleistocene to late Holocene; environmental reconstruction using luminescence dating, tephrochronology, pollen analysis; fluvial geomorphology; river channel dynamics using GIS; human impact on sensitive environments; wetland management; species' response to climate change; conservation ecology. Research in this area is promoted by the Centre for Environmental Change and Quaternary Research (CRCQR), and environmental reconstruction activities are supported by our Cheltenham Geochronological Laboratories. Urban issues, globalisation and development: The cultural geography of cities; community development and regeneration; social housing; public policy responses to climate change; the city in the developing world including urban and peri-urban agriculture; migration and transnational identities; democracy in global governance; the global impact of organised crime; representation, development and change in Africa; food production, distribution and marketing in developing countries. Pedagogic research: Effective teaching and learning; inclusive education; education for sustainable development; student volunteering; use of new technologies in teaching; the student experience.

Different course options

Full time | Francis Close Hall Campus (Cheltenham) | 48 months | FEB

Study mode

Full time


48 months

Start date


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

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Initial registration is usually for MPhil or MRes or MA/MSc by Research with the possibility of transfer to PhD. Candidates with a Master€™s degree in a relevant subject that contains appropriate research methods training may register for PhD directly.

University information

Join the University of Gloucestershire and you will be part of a creative, professional community of 1,000 postgraduate students, 2,000 staff and an alumni network of 40,000 graduates. The University has a growing reputation for its high level of satisfied students and excellent teaching. They strive to be outward looking, and are intensively engaged in partnerships with local industry to enrich students’ learning and boost their career...more

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