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Cultural Geography PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships in the UK

We have 11 Cultural Geography PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships in the UK

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We have 11 Cultural Geography PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships in the UK

PhD in Cultural Geography

PhD students in Cultural Geography explore the interaction between culture and place. The field examines how landscapes are reflective of the cultures that have produced them, and vice versa. By the end of your PhD, you’ll produce an extended dissertation that should make a substantial contribution to the field.

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

You will be assigned a specialist supervisor to oversee your progress, and likely be placed in a research group comprised of fellow PhD candidates and researchers that share your interests.

Alongside independent research, you’ll undertake any additional training and duties required by your department and may have the opportunity to publish your work or present it at academic conferences.

Possible research areas include:

  • Indigenous populations and colonisation
  • Tourism and migration
  • Postmodernism and poststructuralism as applied to geographies
  • Urban restructuring
  • Globalisation

Alongside analysis of existing literature, your research will likely involve the collection of original qualitative, quantitative and spatial data. You might achieve this through a number of methodologies including interviews, surveys, focus groups and fieldwork.

There are only a small number of advertised PhDs in Cultural Geography, so most students will need to propose their own project. This means you’ll determine your research objectives and parameters independently.

PhD in Cultural 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 Cultural Geography funding

Cultural Geography PhDs may be funded by one of two UK research councils – the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), or the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). Which council you can apply to will depend on the focus of your project. Both offer fully funded studentships which usually cover tuition fees, living costs, and any expense related to travel of research trips.

You’ll need to have a confirmed place at a university before applying for research council funding. If you’re applying for a predesigned project, it may have funding attached.

Research council funding is extremely competitive, meaning many students will have to ‘self-fund’ their PhD. There are numerous options for candidates taking this route, including the UK government’s doctoral loan, support from charities or trusts, and part-time employment.

PhD in Cultural Geography

Many graduates may wish to pursue a career in academic research. Your PhD will equip you will all the skills needed for this, such as abstract reasoning, academic writing and conference presentation. You’ll also be well-positioned to seek work in numerous other sectors such as arts and culture, publishing and urban planning – to name just a few.

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Holy Wells, Springs, and Water Cures (‘Imagining Water’)

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

Creative community engagement for climate and water action: a comparative study

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

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

“I am the sea”: water, emotion, and geography in early modern literature and culture

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

The Spatial Dynamics of Creative Work

We expect candidates to develop a research proposal based around the following topic: . Creative industries such as music, film and new media have long clustered activities and infrastructure in a handful of established large urban centres. Read more

Advancing intersectional geographies of diaspora-led development in times of multiple crises

We expect candidates to develop a research proposal for the following topic. There is an increasing urgency to understand the impact of multiple, overlapping national and global crises on individual and collective remittance practices. Read more

Gender and volunteer participation in the North East of England: An exploration of disparities using case studies (RDF23/HLS/SWECW/Heslop)

Volunteering, defined as planned and sustained unpaid work or activity to benefit others outside of the family or household in which the individual freely chooses to participate, provides some unique benefits to organisations, recipients, and the volunteers themselves (Salamon & Sokolowski 2016). Read more

Placemaking Automobilities: rural and urban tourist experiences on the road (RDF23/EIS/WILSON)

This PhD opportunity cuts across tourism management and geography, where the candidate will be encouraged to draw from contemporary ideas in mobilities research to understand more about touristic experiences of different forms of mobility. Read more

Designing technology for better urban wildlife interactions (RDF23/CIS/VDLINDEN)

Are you interested in making the world a better place for human and animal alike? Want to use your skills to work on a trans-disciplinary challenge designing technology that will support and guide urban wildlife interactions to the benefit of people, animals, and society, all grounded in the EU’s “One Health” concept? This PhD might be the fit for you. Read more

Economic and Socio-cultural implications of offshore wind on fishing communities

This PhD scholarship is offered by the Aura Centre for Doctoral Training in Offshore Wind Energy and the Environment; a partnership between the Universities of Durham, Hull, Newcastle and Sheffield. Read more
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