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PhD Geography and Environmental Sciences (Postgraduate)

PhD Geography and Environmental Sciences (Postgraduate)

Key information

Qualification type

PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

Subject areas

Geography Environmental Studies Environmental Science

Course type


Course Summary

The School of Natural and Social Sciences offers postgraduate research supervision across a range of geographical topics. It is also possible to undertake research that draws upon expertise in cognate fields such as biological sciences, social sciences and countryside and community.

Environmental change Research topics include: climate and environmental change from the mid-Pleistocene to late Holocene; luminescence dating of landscape dynamics and hominin in evolution and dispersal; fluvial geomorphology; river channel dynamics using GIS; flood mitigation; landscape evolution using image analysis and physical modelling; remote sensing of glacial change; soil biogeochemistry and species’ response to climate change; conservation ecology, and use of palaeoecology and DNA analysis to inform conservation management.

Research in this area is promoted by the Centre for Environmental Change and Quaternary Research.

Globalisation and Development Research topics include: the city in the developing world including urban and peri-urban agriculture; migration policy, and migrant groups including seasonal agricultural labour; democracy in global governance; representation, development and change in Africa; population health, wellbeing and e supervisory team also has interests in pedagogic research, with a long history of active research and publications in this area.

See also research opportunities in biological sciences, social sciences, and countryside and community.

All students are required to take and complete a Postgraduate Certificate in Research Methods to support the development of their project and their education as researchers.

This research contributes to the research priority area Environmental Dynamics and Governance.

Different course options

Full time | Francis Close Hall Campus (Cheltenham) | 4 years | OCT-20

Study mode

Full time


4 years

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

PhD: a master’s degree or equivalent in a subject area relevant to the proposed research topic. We actively encourage applications from students from different backgrounds who demonstrate appropriate research experience and achievement.

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 recently been ranked 6th globally in the Postgraduate Research Experience Survey 2019 and has a growing reputation for its high level of satisfied students and excellent teaching. They strive to be outward looking and are intensively engaged...more