What’s it like to study a PhD in Geographical Information Systems?
You’ll be assigned a supervisory team that will guide you through the completion of an extended dissertation. Your final thesis should make a significant original contribution to the field, whether it be improving GIS technology or identifying new applications for it.
Day to day, you will spend most of your time conducting independent research – which may involve employing spatial analysis and image processing techniques and getting practical experience of GIS data collection in the lab or through field work.
You’ll likely have the opportunity to use cutting-edge technologies such as 3D laser scanners, GPS and UAV remote sensing.
Possible research topics include:
- Administrative boundaries
- Energy, environment and climate data
- Agriculture and food security
- Census and population demographics
- Transport and infrastructure
- Incidence of disease
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 a small number of advertised projects available in Geographical Information Systems, but most candidates will need to design their own project.