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Historical Geography PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships for UK Students

We have 11 Historical Geography PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships for UK Students

PhD in Historical Geography

Historical geography is an interdisciplinary field that combines elements of History, Geography, and Archaeology. It examines the ways in which historical events have shaped the physical landscape and (vice versa!). By the end of your PhD, you’ll complete an independent research project that should make a significant original contribution to the field.

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.

PhD in Historical Geography entry requirements

To apply for a PhD in Historical Geography, you’ll usually need a good upper-second class Bachelors degree in a relevant subject area. A Masters degree is sometimes 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 Historical Geography funding options

Depending on the focus of your project, PhDs in Historical Geography might be funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), the Economic and Social Research Council (ERSC) or the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).

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 Historical Geography careers

A PhD in Historical Geography will mean that you’re well qualified for a career in research, but graduates also pursue many non-academic roles in areas such as consultancy, local and national government, conservation and museum curation.

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Economies of Natural History: Publishing Science in Victorian and Edwardian Britain

This PhD project is fully funded by an Arts & Humanities Research Council Collaborative Doctoral Award, co-supervised by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and Royal Holloway, University of London. Read more

The Geographical Museum: Making Knowledge through Objects

This PhD project is fully funded by an Arts & Humanities Research Council Collaborative Doctoral Award, co-supervised by Royal Holloway, University of London and the Royal Geographical Society (RGS). Read more

Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarships Centre for Water Cultures PhD Scholarship

Funded 4-year PhD studentship to start in September 2024. This is an exciting opportunity for an ambitious, talented and enthusiastic researcher to conduct interdisciplinary research in order to advance thinking within the area of blue-green humanities. Read more

Great Flood Stories and What They Teach Us: Applying Lessons from Cross-Cultural Diluvial Traditions

Despite being one of the world’s oldest narratives, stories about Great Floods have yet to receive sustained critical attention. No synthesis has brought together the increasingly precious adaptation and mitigation lessons held within the anthropological, literary and historical intercultural responses to past floods. Read more

Creolising Caribbean foodways: Breadfruit from the mid-nineteenth century to the present

Application is now open for a fully-funded PhD Studentship (fees and maintenance) between University of Warwick and Kew Gardens. When breadfruit was introduced to the Caribbean in the late 18th century to feed enslaved people, it was not a success. Read more

The past of extreme rain in central North Africa (Ref: IDRT24/EE/EXEN/ROGERSON)

Storm Daniel in September 2023 killed at least four thousand people and left tens of thousands missing when it struck a part of Libya which is usually dry in the summer ( Read more

ACCE DTP Studentship - Reinstating the Trent Valley: Climate archives from alluvial plains

The ACCE DTP is committed to recruiting extraordinary future scientists regardless of age, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, faith or religious belief, pregnancy or maternity, parental or caring responsibilities or career pathway to date. Read more
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