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Physical Geography PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships in Newcastle

We have 13 Physical Geography PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships in Newcastle

PhD in Physical Geography

PhD students in Physical Geography focus the natural environment, including the Earth's landforms, climate, and ecosystems. It is one of two main branches of Geography, the other being Human Geography – which studies the interaction between humans and their environment.

By the end of your PhD, you’ll complete an extended dissertation which should make a significant original contribution to the field.

What’s it like to study a PhD in Physical Geography?

Most of your time will be spent conducting independent research. This is likely to have a large field work component, but you may also carry out lab-based experiments, analyse data collections or use remote sensing technologies such as satellite imagery.

Some popular research areas include:

  • Glaciers and ice sheets
  • Volcanic activity
  • Natural disasters and environmental hazards
  • Coastal erosion
  • Desertification

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 numerous advertised PhD projects available in Physical Geography, but you also have the option of designing your own project.

PhD in Physical 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 sometimes 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 Physical Geography funding options

PhDs in Physical Geography are usually funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), which provides studentships covering tuition fees and living costs. Advertised Psychology 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 Physical Geography careers

Many people will go on to pursue a research career after completing a PhD in Physical Geography, however you will also be well-qualified to seek work in numerous other fields such as environmental planning, disaster management, conservation and climate policy.

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OP2421 A new approach to support flood risk management with storylines

The insurance industry is at the frontline of climate change, charged with appropriately quantifying and pricing risk in a world where the number of extreme weather events is increasing, driving vast amounts of loss and damage. Read more

OP2474 Compounding extreme rainfall and heatwaves: how important are large scale dynamics in generating extreme floods?

Against a backdrop of increasing hydroclimatic variability with global warming, flash drought (sudden intense onset drought) conditions associated with heatwaves are projected to become more common in summer months alongside increases in short-duration intense rainfall events that commonly cause flash-flooding. Read more

OP2453 Glacial Impact on Earth’s Geochemical Cycling and Climate

The principal project goal is to understand the impact of subglacial geochemical processes on global chemical cycling and how these impacts will change in an increasingly deglaciating world. Read more

OP2428 Combining Nature-based Solutions to Enhance Carbon Dioxide Removal

The UNFCCC Global Stocktake (2023) and UK Committee on Climate Change Progress Report (2023) have highlighted that we are failing to meet our Net Zero targets, compromising attempts to keep global temperatures below the 1.5 °C threshold agreed by the Paris Agreement. 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

PhD Studentship in Planning/Landscape: The environmental impacts of housing development

Award Summary. A tax-free stipend paid monthly of £18,622 per year, for up to 3 years (or part time equivalent) plus home fees. Successful international students will be required to make up the difference between home and international fees. Read more

Monitoring the Impact of Green Infrastructure using Citizen Science in Urban and Rural Catchments

Urban and rural environments face a range of pressures and impacts as a result of extreme weather events, including flooding, which are projected to increase in frequency and severity with climate change. Read more
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