What’s it like to do a PhD in Historical Geography?
Most of your time as a PhD student in Historical Geography will be spent conducting independent research, which will eventually culminate in your final dissertation.
You might study primary sources such as letters and government records to learn about the past, use geomorphological methods to examine how landscapes have changed over time, or work with archaeological samples and artifacts.
Possible research topics include:
- Identity and heritage
- Religion and religious landscapes
- Conservation and management of natural landscapes
- The impact of climate change of historical societies
- The role of geography in the spread of disease
- The development of trade routes
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 Historical Geography, but most candidates will need to design their own project.