For more than 125 years, The University of Manchester has produced globally excellent geographical research.
When you undertake your PhD with us you'll be integrated into our research ethos and practices, which aim to produce both theoretically significant and policy-relevant contributions to geographical knowledge.
We invest in the best ideas and brightest minds; as a postgraduate researcher you'll receive a comprehensive portfolio of support and training to help you reach your aspirations and develop into an intellectual leader.
Home to one of the UK's most dynamic groups of geographical researchers, scholars and teachers, Geography at Manchester has risen to become one of the top-tier institutions globally.
Our work examines national and international urban environments, what affects them, and how we can help to create a fair and sustainable future.
Our human geography research themes include:
• Critical Cartography
• Emotions and Identities
• Global Production Networks and Labour
• Inequality and Vulnerability
• Political Ecology
• Sustainable Cities
• Urban Policies and Diversity
• Urban Transition and Crisis
Explore our human geography research themes
You can find out more about our PhD programme on our course profile:
• PhD Human Geography
Our researchers are investigating the complexities of the world's physical landscape, past and present, to help create solutions to global environmental problems.
Our physical geography research themes include:
• Biogeochemical Cycling and Pollutant Dynamics
• Glaciers and Glacial Processes
• Quaternary Climates and Environments
• Remote Sensing, GIS and Spatial Modelling
• Upland Environments
• Urban Environments
View our physical geography research themes
You can explore more about our PhD programme on our course profile:
• PhD Physical Geography
Our research groups
Our five specialist research groups provide focal points for researchers with common interests to share ideas and collaborate on projects:
• Cities, Politics and Economies Group
• Environmental Processes Research Group
• Mapping: Culture and GIScience
• Quaternary Environments and Geoarcheology
• Society and Environment Group
Find out more about our research groups
Funding your research
We offer a number of funding opportunities for talented individuals to undertake doctoral training with us and all successful applicants will be considered for funding.
Explore current funding opportunities
Developing intellectual leaders
We're not here simply to ‘supervise' – we seek to discover and co-produce new knowledge with students as our partners.
To enable you to integrate and thrive with us, you'll be supported by a dedicated Researcher Development Team throughout your PhD and beyond.
You'll benefit from world-class professional training opportunities:
• Developing Intellectual Leaders Programme – for all the skills you need to succeed
• [email protected] – our training hub that offers specialist courses
• [email protected] – an initiative giving you the chance to learn from the very best via talks, workshops and other events.
We provide support for several activities related to your PhD, including:
• Presenting at international conferences
• Attending workshops that provide relevant professional opportunities
• Conducting fieldwork in the UK and overseas
You'll also be encouraged to publish in high quality outlets and we have strategies to help you achieve this goal.
Some or all of the PhD opportunities in this programme have funding attached. Applications for this programme are welcome from suitably qualified candidates worldwide. Funding may only be available to a limited set of nationalities and you should read the full programme details for further information.