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We have 21 Social Geography PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships

PhD in Social Geography

Social Geography is a branch of Human Geography that studies the interaction between society and space. PhD candidates in Social Geography investigate the ways in which social phenomena such as migration and demographic change impact human environments, as well as how spatial conditions impact the development of societies.

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

With the guidance of an expert supervisor, you’ll work towards an extended dissertation that should make a significant, original contribution to the field of Social Geography.

Possible research areas include:

  • Tourism
  • Globalisation
  • Migration
  • Environmental conservation
  • Food environments
  • Urbanisation

Most of your time as a PhD candidate in Social Geography will likely be spent carrying out independent research. You might use methods such as surveys, interviews, focus groups, field studies, and participant observation. Some Social Geographers also gather data using technologies such as Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and remote sensing.

Alongside your research, you may be required to attend training, and assist with departmental duties such as undergraduate teaching.

You may have the opportunity to publish your work in academic journals or present your work at conferences.

PhD in Social 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 Social Geography funding options

The Research Council responsible for funding most Social 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 Social 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 Social Geography Careers

Many PhD graduates in Social 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, consultancy or market research.

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Flooded Futures: Exploring sci-fi imaginings to develop future flood resilient cities

This PhD scholarship is offered by the Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarship Centre for Water Cultures, an interdisciplinary research centre exploring humanity’s relationships with water in the green-blue regions of the world, past, present and future. Read more

Children’s Health in Care in Scotland (CHiCS): effects of maternal health, health behaviours and early childhood health on entering care.

Care experienced children deserve the chance to live healthy lives just as everyone else. In Scotland, about 15,000 children are in care every year and recent evidence across the UK shows that they have poorer health compared to other children, including higher mortality and avoidable hospitalisations. Read more

Combatting social isolation experienced by formerly homeless people

  Research Group: Institute for Social Policy, Housing and Equalities Research
Project Ref. JWS2023-SJ2. Many formerly homeless people report experiencing social isolation and/or loneliness after they have been provided with settled housing. Read more

Building Intergenerational Age-Friendly Cities and Communities

  Research Group: The Urban Institute
Project Ref. JWS2023-RW. The World Health Organisation Age-Friendly Cities and Communities agenda has provided a framework for the development of cities and communities that enable social participation, independence and ageing-in-place. Read more

Urban Mobility and Active Travel for Ageing Communities in 20-minute City Neighbourhoods

  Research Group: The Urban Institute
Project Ref. JWS2023-JM. The need for active travel for ageing communities within cities has been recognised globally for many decades, linked to the importance of mobility for older people to enhance physical and mental wellbeing. Read more

Inequalities in market access to nutrient dense foods: A mixed methods investigation in rural India

Inadequate access to nutritious diets poses a major challenge to the health of poorer and marginalised people in rural India. Nutrient-dense foods, particularly fruits, vegetables, milk, meat and eggs, are inadequately available or unaffordable at many local retail markets of relevance to the rural poor. Read more

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