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We have 40 Environmental Geography PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships

PhD in Environmental Geography

Environmental Geography focuses on the interaction between humans and their environment. It combines aspects of physical geography such as sea level change and landscape evolution with elements of human geography such as resource management and environmental policy.

PhD candidates in Environmental Geography produce essential research that can contribute to towards solving some of the most pressing ecological challenges of our time.

What’s it like to study to Environmental Geography?

Under the guidance of a supervisor with expertise in your chosen topic, you’ll work towards completing a thesis of approximately 80,000 words, which should make a significant original contribution to the field of Environmental Geography.

Possible research topics include:

  • Sustainable development
  • Resource management
  • Environmental hazards and disasters
  • Planetary geomorphology
  • Coastal processes
  • Glaciation
  • Marine ecology

Environmental Geography PhD students might employ a diverse range of research methods from surveys, focus groups and interviews to geomorphological mapping and sediment fingerprinting.

Alongside independent research, you may be required to undergo additional training or assist with undergraduate teaching.

You may also have the opportunity to gain experience in conference presentation or publish your work in academic journals.

PhD in Environmental Geography entry requirements

To apply for a PhD in Environmental Geography you’ll usually need an upper-second class Bachelors degree and a Masters in a relevant subject. Not all courses will require a postgraduate degree, but it’s worth bearing in mind that applications are considered on a case-by-case basis, and extra qualifications may be an advantage even where they are not compulsory.

A driving license may occasionally be required for advertised projects with a significant fieldwork element.

PhD in Environmental Geography funding options

The research councils usually responsible for funding Environmental Geography PhD projects in the UK are the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). Research councils provide studentships covering tuition fees and living costs.

Full research council studentships are limited and competitive, so you may need to (at least partially) fund your PhD independently. Many students achieve this through the UK government’s doctoral loan, support from charities and trusts, part-time employment or a combination of these.

PhD in Environmental Geography careers

By the end of your PhD in Environmental Geography, you’ll be well placed to continue you career in research. However, many graduates go on to pursue non-academic roles in sectors such as conservation, policy analysis and environmental consultancy.

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Predicting zoonotic disease dynamics from digital archive records

Over 60% of human diseases have their origin traced to wildlife. These zoonotic diseases represent a significant threat to global human health, wildlife health, food security and economic growth, and understanding where, when and why they emerge is a crucial aspect of disease control. Read more

Arctic Atmospheric Boundary-Layer Processes

Arctic climate is changing far faster than the global mean, but is poorly represented in climate models, which struggle even to reproduce recent observed changes. Read more

The co-creation of urban nature-based solutions with marginalised groups

  Research Group: The Urban Institute
Project Ref. EGIS2023-SVJ. Humanity in the Anthropocene is faced with the coupled threats of climate breakdown and unprecedented biodiversity loss, prompting a need to fundamentally change the ways in which we govern socio-ecological and socio-technical systems. Read more

Education for Sustainability and Environmental Impact: The River Garry, a river lost?

This research project adopts an ecosystem services approach to the environment thereby recognising the different services afforded in terms of productivity, ecological support, environmental regulation, and cultural services, including human well-being. Read more
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The Fate of Permafrost: Climate Science and Indigenous Studies of Arctic and Sub-Arctic Permafrost Degradation

This PhD research project will examine how dramatic changes induced by permafrost thaw and industrial destruction are incorporated into scientific and indigenous cosmovisions of climate change (see Ulturgasheva 2022, Ulturgasheva and Bodenhorn 2022). Read more

Biophilic Relations

The Department of Archaeology invites applications for a PhD studentship linked to a Leverhulme International Professorship awarded to Professor Emma Waterton. Read more

Anthropocene Encounters

The Department of Archaeology invites applications for a PhD studentship linked to a Leverhulme International Professorship awarded to Professor Emma Waterton. Read more

FLOURISHING-LANDSCAPES: Integrating social and ecological data to inform landscape-scale decision-making for the design of nature-based solutions in West African agricultural landscapes

Two DPhil (PhD) positions are available on the programme "FLOURISHING-LANDSCAPES. Enhancing the social and ecological outcomes of nature-based solutions in tropical agricultural landscapes" led by the Nature-based Solutions Initiative, Department of Biology, University of Oxford. Read more

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