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Human Geography PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships for European Students (exc UK)

We have 26 Human Geography PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships for European Students (exc UK)

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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Invisible Work in the Climate Emergency (Ref: IDRT24/ADSS/GDEV/TALHOUK)

We welcome PhD proposals which identify and explore the forms of work communities and individuals undertake in building resilience in the context of the climate emergency in the global South. Read more

Rethinking the relationship between the UK and the Overseas Territories: Kew, science diplomacy and soft power

Royal Holloway, University of London and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew are delighted to invite applicants to join with us to apply to the South East Doctoral Training Arc (SEDarc) ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership for a PhD studentship to commence October 2024. Read more

Seed diplomacy: The Millennium Seed Bank (MSB) and the challenge of living sustainably.

There is an opportunity to develop a PhD project involving RBG Kew staff at the Millennium Seed Bank (MSB) investigating their professional work with domestic and global partners over the last 25 years. Read more

Assessing energy efficiency of buildings – role of remote sensing data and geospatial methods

  Research Group: Geography and Environmental Studies
Climate change projections predict substantial impacts on cities and human development in future. The goal of Paris Agreement is to limit global warming to below 2°C rise, compared to the pre-industrial levels (1850-1900) and making an all-out effort to limit this increase to 1.5°C (UNFCCC, 2015). Read more

Human Wildlife Conflict in Ireland: perception versus reality

  Research Group: Geography and Environmental Studies
Human-Wildlife Conflict (HWC) is a rapidly developing issue in biodiversity and conservation management. Increased frequency of contact between wildlife and people can lead to increased frequency of conflict. Read more

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

PhD AHRC NWCDTP (+3) and ESRC NWSSDTP (1+3/+3)

Keele University invites expressions of interest and applications for PhD studentships from well-qualified applicants to undertake a PhD at Keele and to work with prospective supervisors and the Faculties Team to submit PhD studentship applications in the 2023-24 round of the AHRC NWCDTP (+3) and the ESRC NWSSDTP (1+3/+3). Read more

QUADRAT DTP: Cultural ecosystem services of underwater landscapes and marine protected areas

This fully funded, 42-month PhD project is part of the QUADRAT Doctoral Training Partnership. Marine environments are facing multiple challenges due to climate change as well as the direct human impacts that come from resource extraction and physical alteration of habitats. Read more

Community benefits of landscape restoration in Scotland – measuring, mapping and monitoring social impacts

Summary. Landscape restoration is expanding in Scotland, with unclear and contested impacts on local communities. This PhD project will identify ways to capture those impacts and assess whether appropriate benefits are created. Read more

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