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We have 22 Geographical Information Systems Gis PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships

PhD in Geographical Information Systems

PhD students in Geographical Information Systems focus on the development and application of geographic information systems (GIS) technology. GIS systems capture and display data relating to positions on the Earth’s surface that can have a diverse range of applications from providing military intelligence to assisting with location-based marketing.

What’s it like to study a PhD in Geographical Information Systems?

You’ll be assigned a supervisory team that will guide you through the completion of an extended dissertation. Your final thesis should make a significant original contribution to the field, whether it be improving GIS technology or identifying new applications for it.

Day to day, you will spend most of your time conducting independent research – which may involve employing spatial analysis and image processing techniques and getting practical experience of GIS data collection in the lab or through field work.

You’ll likely have the opportunity to use cutting-edge technologies such as 3D laser scanners, GPS and UAV remote sensing.

Possible research topics include:

  • Administrative boundaries
  • Energy, environment and climate data
  • Agriculture and food security
  • Census and population demographics
  • Transport and infrastructure
  • Incidence of disease

Alongside your research, you may be required to attend additional training and help with undergraduate teaching. You may also have the chance to present at academic conferences and publish your work in journals.

There are a small number of advertised projects available in Geographical Information Systems, but most candidates will need to design their own project.

PhD in Geographical Information Systems Entry requirements

To apply for a PhD in Geographical Information Systems, you’ll usually need a good upper-second class Bachelors degree in a relevant subject area. A Masters degree may sometimes be required. It’s worth noting that applications are considered on a case-by-case basis and a postgraduate qualification will often be an advantage even if is not compulsory.

PhD in Geographical Information Systems funding options

Depending on your specific focus, PhD projects in Geographical Information Systems might be funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ERSC), the Engineering and Physical Sciences Council (EPRSC) or the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). Research Councils provide studentships that cover your tuition fees and living expenses.

Full studentships are very competitive, so many students will need to self-fund their PhD. There are numerous options for candidates taking this route, including the UK government’s doctoral loan, support from charities or trusts, and part-time employment.

PhD in Geographical Information Systems careers

Many students who complete a PhD in Geographical Information Systems will go on to pursue a career in research. However, there are plenty of options for those looking to take on a non-academic role – GIS is now a fundamental component of the global information infrastructure. It is used in countless sectors such as telecommunications, civil engineering, government, conversation and public health – to name just a few.

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A pathway to Blue Growth through Visualising Green Ports

Globally, the maritime transportation sector is under pressure to undertake a transition to cleaner energy sources to ensure countries meet their legally binding emissions targets by 2050 (Alexander and McWhinnie, 2023). Read more

Evaluation of the impact of Catchment Sensitive Farming in reducing pesticide contamination in English rivers

With funding from the Environment Agency, this project will work on the high-profile topic of freshwater quality and will contribute to the evaluation of a government-funded water quality programme. Read more

An ecological approach to zoonotic parasite invasion into the UK through pet movement and climate change

Pet travel and imports bring risks of zoonotic parasite introductions. Changes in pet travel rules, commercial activity and rehoming from overseas have broadened possible sources and routes of infection, while the likelihood of exotic parasite establishment increases as climate warms. Read more

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

Primary production and carbon export across the Flamborough frontal system: interaction with offshore wind energy

This PhD scholarship is offered by the Aura Centre for Doctoral Training in Offshore Wind Energy and the Environment; a partnership between the Universities of Durham, Hull, Newcastle and Sheffield. Read more

The challenges of automated big data fusion to bring the National Geospatial Database into the third dimension - Ordnance Survey

This project is part of the. Centre for Doctoral Training in Geospatial Systems. The successful candidate will be co-supervised by academics from within the School of Engineering at Newcastle University and work alongside our external partner. 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

Improving the transferability of ecological research

Project Overview. Ecologists aspire both to understand nature and to provide society with interventions to restore, conserve and manage nature in the face of climate and ecological breakdown. Read more

Understanding glacier dynamic change and iceberg risk evolution in Greenland

Project summary. Greenland’s marine terminating glaciers are undergoing rapid change, though how this impacts iceberg risks to settlements and current/future social and economic activities in fjords is currently poorly understood. Read more

PhD in Digital Twinning of Civil Infrastructure - Development of cognitive digital twins for managing urban infrastructure as socio-technical systems

Overview. As an emerging concept, digital twins have been extensively explored to create up-to-date virtual counterparts of physical assets (e.g., roads, bridges, buildings), mirroring, analysing, optimising, and predicting asset performance. Read more

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