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Human Geography PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships in the UK

We have 17 Human Geography PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships in the UK

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We have 17 Human Geography PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships in the UK

PhD in Human Geography

Human Geography is a diverse field that studies the interaction between humans and their natural environment. It is one of two main branches of Geography, the other being Physical Geography – which focuses mainly on natural phenomena.

Due to the interdisciplinary nature of Human Geography, PhD candidates will likely conduct research spanning a number of disciplines such as Sociology, Politics, and Economics. By the end of your PhD, you’ll complete an independent research project that should make a significant original contribution to the field.

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

You’ll spend the majority of your time as a Human Geography PhD candidate conducting independent research. Depending on the focus on your project, you’ll may use a diverse range of research methods such as surveys, interviews, focus groups, field studies, and participant observation.

Some popular research areas include:

  • Migration
  • Urbanization
  • Gentrification
  • Poverty and inequality
  • War and conflict
  • Globalisation
  • Digital geographies

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 variety of advertised PhD projects available in Human Geography, but you also have the option of proposing your own project.

PhD in Human 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 Human Geography funding options

The Research Council responsible for funding most Human 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 Human 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 Human Geography careers

Many PhD graduates in Human 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, environmental consultancy or market research.

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Developing a high-resolution spatial model to assess solar photovoltaic panel suitability for reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and energy costs

  Research Group: Geography and Environmental Studies
Low Carbon Technologies such as solar PV can reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and generate electricity for self-consumption, which cut down the import of energy from the grid which is susceptible to energy price shocks. Read more

Unionism, Identity and Citizenship in a Twenty-First Century Northern Ireland: Brexit, Young People and the Changing Geographies of the Island of Ireland

  Research Group: Geography and Environmental Studies
The 2016 Brexit Referendum in the UK was supported by many Unionist communities in Northern Ireland. However, when it became apparent that the UK had voted to leave the EU the operational difficulties of the new land border on the Island of Ireland became apparent. Read more

Migrant youth activisms: de-bordering practices and urban solidarities in re-imagining the city

This project is part of the Centre for Doctoral Training in New Horizons in Borders and Bordering. Through engagement with youth-led movements this project will challenge simplistic categorizations and binary thinking. 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

Decarbonising the fishing fleet: social, cultural and behavioural responses

Applications are invited for a fully funded PhD studentship evaluating the social and cultural impacts and behavioural responses of fishers to decarbonising the UK fishing fleet. Read more

University of Bristol PhD Scholarships in Human Geography (x2)

(We regret that we cannot consider applications for funding received after the deadline). The. School of Geographical Sciences. is pleased to advertise two fully-funded human geography PhD scholarships for applicants showing exceptional research potential. Read more

Understanding cyber security risk behaviour of Generation Z

Please note that advertised projects are sample projects and prospective applicants are not required to apply to one of the advertised projects, but are welcome to discuss broader research interests with the academic named in the advert - and/or to apply with their own research proposal. Read more

Digital security standardization and great power competition

Please note that advertised projects are sample projects and prospective applicants are not required to apply to one of the advertised projects, but are welcome to discuss broader research interests with the academic named in the advert - and/or to apply with their own research proposal. Read more

Ethnographic explorations of information security at the margins

Please note that advertised projects are sample projects and prospective applicants are not required to apply to one of the advertised projects, but are welcome to discuss broader research interests with the academic named in the advert - and/or to apply with their own research proposal. Read more

Ethnographic explorations of security needs and practices in protests

Please note that advertised projects are sample projects and prospective applicants are not required to apply to one of the advertised projects, but are welcome to discuss broader research interests with the academic named in the advert - and/or to apply with their own research proposal. Read more

Automating Cyber Security?: Models, Environments and the (Geo)Political

Please note that advertised projects are sample projects and prospective applicants are not required to apply to one of the advertised projects, but are welcome to discuss broader research interests with the academic named in the advert - and/or to apply with their own research proposal. Read more

A green gold rush? Natural capital investments and implications for communities in the Scottish uplands

Billions of pounds of investment is poised to pour into uplands natural capital projects in Scotland as a result of private and public sector investment in net zero carbon emissions and comparable biodiversity offsets and investment. Read more

Modeling climate futures, impacts, response and adaptation options for Arctic communities

The Arctic is undergoing transformative climate change, with profound implications for transportation systems. The lengthening of the shipping season in the Arctic Ocean is well-documented herein, with warming temperatures also compromising the operating period and safety of winter roads. Read more

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