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Environmental Geography PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships

We have 48 Environmental Geography PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships

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We have 48 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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Microbial and MEtabolite-based indicators for Soil Health (MMeSH).

An exciting opportunity for two PhD candidates to join a multidisciplinary international team led by Atlantic Technological University, Sligo to conduct research in the area of soil health, metabolomics and metagenomics. Read more
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Flooded Futures: Exploring sci-fi imaginings to develop future flood resilient cities

This PhD scholarship is offered by the Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarship Centre for Water Cultures, an interdisciplinary research centre exploring humanity’s relationships with water in the green-blue regions of the world, past, present and future. Read more
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Investigating the links between climate-related water stresses, migration and human trafficking

This PhD scholarship is offered by the Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarship Centre for Water Cultures, an interdisciplinary research centre exploring humanity’s relationships with water in the green-blue regions of the world, past, present and future. Read more
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Holy Wells, Springs, and Water Cures (‘Imagining Water’)

This PhD scholarship is offered by the Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarship Centre for Water Cultures, an interdisciplinary research centre exploring humanity’s relationships with water in the green-blue regions of the world, past, present and future. Read more

Masters of Research Interdisciplinary Studies - The impact of the Northern Tornado Project

Masters of Research Interdisciplinary Studies - The impact of the Northern Tornado Project. Tornadoes are one of the most devastating weather events due their violent wind speed and unpredictable nature. Read more

Understanding the role of soil legacy effects in successfully restoring native vegetation in Brazil’s tropical savannas, Geography – PhD (Funded)

Background. Pastures account for 21.5% of Brazil’s 8.5 million km2 territory. However, 54% of these are moderately or severely degraded and only being used to support very few animals, thus producing limited economic output, whilst also having very limited biodiversity and carbon storage value. Read more

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