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Human Geography PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships

We have 32 Human Geography PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships

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We have 32 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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Understanding the potential role of biofortified (nutrient enhanced) crops for improving UK diets

Micronutrient deficiencies are highly prevalent in UK populations and are associated with the dual burden of malnutrition. Food-based health inequalities have been exacerbated through prolonged austerity and the Covid-19 pandemic. Read more

Tensions and synergies between rewilding and farming in the UK

PhD background/description. Conservation and society are intimately linked; conservation cannot work without the support of societies, and societies can’t function without biodiverse ecosystems. Read more

Fire safety and energy poverty: Tackling a hidden injustice

  Research Group: School of Environment, Education and Development
Applications are invited for a three-year, fully-funded ESRC CASE PhD award at the University of Manchester’s Department of Geography, in collaboration with the Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service (MRFS) and Brandweer Zone Antwerpen – the Antwerp Fire and Rescue Service. Read more
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Disabled people, active travel and climate activism in the UK

About the Project. Active travel schemes, centering walking and cycling, are an important facet of policies promoting sustainability and low carbon travel. Read more
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Understanding privacy concerns in the use of location in social media

The Geographic Data Science Lab (GDSL) at the University of Liverpool is seeking a motivated individual to work on a project that involves exploring how activity in social media may expose users’ privacy. Read more

Cultural Heritage Sites, Collections, or Museums in Anthropological Perspective

I am interested in supporting applications to undertake doctoral research that focuses on a specific cultural heritage site, collection, museum, or other heritage institution, using the methods and theories of the growing sub-discipline of the anthropology of heritage. Read more

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