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We have 28 Human Geography PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships

PhD in Human Geography

Human Geography is a diverse field that studies the interaction between humans and their natural environment. It is one of two main branches of Geography, the other being Physical Geography – which focuses mainly on natural phenomena.

Due to the interdisciplinary nature of Human Geography, PhD candidates will likely conduct research spanning a number of disciplines such as Sociology, Politics, and Economics. 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 study a PhD in Human Geography?

You’ll spend the majority of your time as a Human Geography PhD candidate conducting independent research. Depending on the focus on your project, you’ll may use a diverse range of research methods such as surveys, interviews, focus groups, field studies, and participant observation.

Some popular research areas include:

  • Migration
  • Urbanization
  • Gentrification
  • Poverty and inequality
  • War and conflict
  • Globalisation
  • Digital geographies

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 variety of advertised PhD projects available in Human Geography, but you also have the option of proposing your own project.

PhD in Human Geography Entry Requirements

The minimum entry requirement for PhD projects in Geography is usually a 2:1 Bachelors degree in a relevant discipline, though a Masters degree is occasionally required. Applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis, so it’s likely that a postgraduate qualification will be an advantage, even if it is not required.

PhD in Human Geography funding options

The Research Council responsible for funding most Human Geography PhDs in the UK is the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), but depending on the focus of your project, you may also be able to apply for funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

Research councils provide fully funded studentships that include coverage of your tuition fees, along with a stipend to cover living expenses. Advertised Geography PhDs will often have studentships attached. Students proposing their own research project may be able to apply for a studentship after being accepted onto a programme.

Many Human Geography PhD programmes, however, will only accept self-funded students. Options for independently financing your PhD include the UK government’s doctoral loan, part-time employment alongside your studies and support from charities or trusts.

PhD in Human Geography careers

Many PhD graduates in Human Geography will go on to pursue and career in research, but you’ll also be well-qualified to seek work in numerous other fields such as urban planning, local or national government, environmental consultancy or market research.

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Internationalisation, New Working Practices and Entrepreneurship (RDF23/EIS/BOSWORTH)

This is an opportunity for a PhD student to undertake a new research project that will help to develop our understanding of changing patterns of entrepreneurship, innovation and/or internationalisation among small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). Read more

PhD in Human Geography - Modelling innovation and ‘improvement’: the histories and geographies of the Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland’s models collection

This project reanimates an under-researched collection of over 300 models of agricultural tools, machines and infrastructure that was created and displayed by the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland in the first half of the 19th century, before being transferred to what later became National Museums Scotland. Read more

Challenging Persisting Inequalities and Marginal Voices in Communities through Art Inquiry (UWS0029)

How cultural and artistic research on the ‘entanglements’ of inequalities, marginalities, and precarious temporalities can help us better understand and value the agencies that may emerge in communities and neighbourhoods, and critically explore notions of otherness and hybridity. Read more

Data for Justice PhD Studentship Competition in the School of Geography and Sustainable Development 2023/4

The Data for Justice team within the. School of Geography and Sustainable Development (SGSD). at the University of St Andrews is delighted to announce two fully-funded PhD scholarships to join the School’s vibrant research community. Read more

Major sport events and human rights (UWS0027)

Major sporting events (MSEs) have been the subject of increasing levels of critique in recent years for the social costs associated with their bidding, planning and delivery. Read more

The School of Built Environment, Engineering and Computing at Leeds Beckett University is currently accepting applications for up to 7 funded full-time PhD Research Studentships

The School of Built Environment, Engineering and Computing at Leeds Beckett University brings together a range of related sectors from built environment and construction; human and natural environments; engineering industries; and computing and IT industries in a dynamic and vibrant setting, with a rapidly growing research, enterprise, and student cohort. Read more
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How do people relate to, perceive and understand urban biodiversity in Switzerland and Ghana?

This fully funded PhD place provides an exciting opportunity to pursue postgraduate research and join an international, interdisciplinary team of researchers as part of the “COMMONPATHS. Read more

New Scots or Scots Exceptionalism? Using Narrative Analysis to Explore the Lived Experience of Everyday Bordering in Scotland (VC23043)

Project overview. Sitting at the interplay of sociology and criminology, this scholarship will explore asylum-seekers and refugees (AS&R) narratives of ‘everyday bordering’ alongside dominant political and media discourses on migration within Scotland. Read more

QUADRAT DTP: Cultural landscape values and aesthetics of beaver-modified landscapes – a cross-cultural comparison

The United Nations Biodiversity Conference (COP15) highlighted the urgent action needed to reverse global biodiversity loss, adopting a Global Biodiversity Framework that stipulates restoring 30% of ecosystems by 2030. Read more
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Geography BGM and Widening Access Studentship

This studentship, now in its second year, will be awarded to a strong, qualified applicant from a BGM (black and global majority) background to study for a PhD in Geography at Royal Holloway University of London. Read more

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