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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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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

Models of Sustainable Living Without Urban Concentration

Scotland is one of several nations in which rural life is arguably central to its culture and identity. At the same time, urban densification is being promoted as one way to transition to lower-impact lifestyles. Read more

ACCE DTP Studentship - Providing for our pollinators: Investigating how urbanisation affects the ecology of flower-feeding insects

Pollinating insects are declining due to habitat loss and climate change, threatening the pollination of crops and wild plants. Plant-pollinator interactions may be particularly vulnerable in cities, where urban greenspaces provide variable habitat and floral resources. Read more
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