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About the Programme

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.

As a doctoral candidate, you'll join a friendly and supportive research community, opportunities to interact with other students and staff, and the encouragement to make a real impact with your research.

We invest in the best ideas and brightest mind sand you'll receive a comprehensive portfolio of support and training to help you reach your aspirations and develop into an intellectual leader.

Our research

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.

Human Geography

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

Physical 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
  • Geoarcheology
  • Geochronology
  • Geomorphology
  • 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

Funding your research

We offer a number of funding opportunities for talented individuals to undertake doctoral training with us, including School studentships and the President's Doctoral Scholar Award. All successful applicants who apply for their programme before 10 February 2020 are automatically considered for this funding.

If you're from the UK or EU you can also apply for funding with the ESRC, and will need to have applied for a programme by 27 January 2020 in order to meet the funding deadline of 3 February 2020, 5pm GMT. Please check the studentship page for further details.

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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
  • ProGRess@humanities – our training hub that offers specialist courses
  • methods@manchester – 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
  • Exchanges and placements at partnering institutions

You'll also be encouraged to publish in high quality outlets and we have strategies to help you achieve this goal.

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Funding Notes

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.

How good is research at The University of Manchester in Geography, Environmental Studies and Archaeology?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 27.20

Research output data provided by the Research Excellence Framework (REF)

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