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Urban Geography PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships

We have 9 Urban Geography PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships

PhD in Urban Geography

Urban Geography is a branch of Human Geography that studies cities and urban processes. PhD researchers in this area examine the ways in which cities and towns and constructed and governed, and the experiences of their inhabitants.

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

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

Possible research topics include:

  • City classification
  • Urbanisation
  • Gated communities
  • City transportation
  • Urban planning and development

You’ll spend much of your time as a PhD student Urban Geography conducting independent research, which might include numerous methods such as field work, interviews, surveys, or the use of Geographical Information Systems (GIS).

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 handful of advertised PhD projects in Urban Geography, but most students will propose their own project.

PhD in Urban Geography entry requirements

The minimum entry requirement for PhD projects in Urban 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 Urban Geography funding options

The Research Council responsible for funding most Human Geography PhDs in the UK is the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). 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 Urban 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 urban and transportation planning, site selection for business infrastructure and real estate development.

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PhD Scholarship in Demography and Spatial Analysis

We invite applications from qualified and highly motivated students for a 3.5-year PhD Studentship in the intersection of Demography and Spatial Analysis. Read more

PhD in Soundscapes, Environmental or Neighbour Noise

  Research Group: Acoustics Research Centre
Noise is the second most harmful environmental pollutant according to the World Health Organisation. It is also “neglected” and in need of more research according to a 2023 House of Lords Report. Read more

Enhancing Policy Responses for Low Carbon Heat & Mobility

An exciting 3-year full-time funded PhD studentship opportunity has arisen at the Centre for Energy Policy, at the University of Strathclyde. This PhD project aims to build from the available literature and previous work, by developing applied policy analysis on the effectiveness of fuel and transport poverty policy response in the UK. Read more

Heat, Health and Human Geographies: Exploring Caribbean Responses to Urban Heat Stress through Creative Ethnographic Methods

The University of Liverpool invites applications for a fully funded PhD studentship to conduct a piece of ethnographic research exploring the experiences, responses to and understandings of health and increasing urban heat in Port of Spain, Trinidad. Read more

Valuing green and blue urban landscapes

During this prolonged period of neo-liberal development our discourse in the West has become fragmented between a growing concern for climate change/sustainability and a continued need to promote intensive growth and prioritise the needs of capital. Read more
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