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Human Geography PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships

We have 40 Human Geography 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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The Human Past in Wetland Conservation and Restoration

The University of Aberdeen is an internationally recognised centre for excellence for research addressing the global challenges of energy transition, environment and biodiversity, social inclusion and cultural diversity, health, nutrition and wellbeing, and data and artificial intelligence. Read more

No Recourse to Public Funds and food insecurity in the United Kingdom: Lived experience and human rights perspectives

The University of Aberdeen is an internationally recognised centre for excellence for research addressing the global challenges of energy transition, environment and biodiversity, social inclusion and cultural diversity, health, nutrition and wellbeing, and data and artificial intelligence. Read more

The Arts of Belonging: Migration, Environment and Well-Being

The University of Aberdeen is an internationally recognised centre for excellence for research addressing the global challenges of energy transition, environment and biodiversity, social inclusion and cultural diversity, health, nutrition and wellbeing, and data and artificial intelligence. Read more
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Environmental Planning: Fully Funded ESRC Wales Graduate School for the Social Sciences (WGSSS) Studentship in the Environmental Planning Pathway

Funding providers: ESRC Wales Graduate School for the Social Sciences (WGSSS) and Swansea University. Subject areas: Geography, coastal management, spatial planning, political science, environmental policy, conservation biology . Read more

Examining the impact of Design HOPES’ interventions across NHS Scotland

The AHRC/ UKRI funded Design HOPES Green Transition Ecosystem (GTE) Hub aims to empower novel research to respond to significant green transition challenges in innovative, design-led collaborative ways. Read more
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ESRC WGSSS collaborative PhD studentship: Accessing housing justice: a critical legal geography of independent housing advice in Wales.

The School of Geography and Planning at Cardiff University, supported by Wales Graduate School for the Social Sciences (WGSSS) (ESRC DTP) and Shelter Cymru, invites applications for PhD study for the following PhD project for October 2024 entry. Read more
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Critical remote sensing of Indigenous fire use in Guyana

Worldwide, controlled fire use plays an important cultural and economic role within small-scale livelihoods and Indigenous cultures that involve agriculture, pastoralism, forestry, hunting and/or gathering (Smith et al., 2022, Nature Sustainability). Read more
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CoSS-USYD Joint PhD Scholarship - The health and wellbeing impacts of the energy transition for low-income renters: a comparative UK-Australia study.

  Research Group: School of Social & Political Sciences
Information on the Schools/Research Groups. This PhD will be jointly hosted by the University of Glasgow & the University of Sydney, with a supervisory team comprising Professor Gerry McCartney, Professor Lynne Chester, Professor Robert McMaster, and Professor Harriet Thomson. Read more

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