MPhil and PhD Opportunities

Geography

Postgraduate Research in Geography

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Research overview

The Department of Geography supports postgraduate research across the diversity of research interests. Recent examples of PhD research topics include: climate change in mountain environments; geographies of youth smoking; innovations in river restoration; management of community water resources in rural Uganda; the use of social media in health campaigns; and reconstructing glacial environments. This diversity is also reflected in the list of topics linked to our bursary competition and the topics where applications can be made all year round (see below).

Research Centres and Groups

Environmental Processes and Change
Our researchers are able to undertake projects and supervise students across a number of physical geography themes including coastal and marine processes; glaciology and glacial geomorphology; climate change (particularly in mountain and arctic, and urban/heritage environments). Staff also specialise in river restoration and management projects. Our research is both laboratory and field based across a number of sites.

Geographies of Health, Wellbeing and Lifecourse
Researchers in this group are able to supervise projects that cut across a number of themes. These include ludic (or playful) geographies; geographies of health and health behaviours; ‘mumpreneurship’ and gendered identity, families and community; sustainable urban living and sustainable water management in developing countries.

Historical Geography and Spatial Analysis
Individuals in this group focus on the compilation, analysis, storage and visualisation of large, complex historical datasets. Geo-semantic approaches are used for information management and resource discovery; railroads and regional industrial development in the 19th century USA; history of cartographic representations; military geography and quantitative ‘public historical geography’

Self-funded PhD opportunities

Key Facts

Duration

MPhil: 2 years full-time, 4 years part-time
PhD: 3 years full-time, 6 years part-time
By Publication: 1 year part-time

Entry

A good honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject or a master’s degree in an appropriate subject. Exceptionally, equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications will be considered. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.  

MPhil/PhD Fees*

MPhil full time course is eligible for Government Postgraduate Loan
MPhil part time course is eligible for Government Postgraduate Loan
PhD full time course is not eligible for Government Postgraduate Loan
PhD part-time course is not eligible for Government Postgraduate Loan

2016/17

Home/EU/CI full-time students: £4,121 p/a
Home/EU/CI part-time students: £1,590 p/a
International full-time students: £12,000 p/a
International part-time students: £6,000 p/a

2017/18

Home/EU/CI full-time students: £4,195 p/a
Home/EU/CI part-time students: £1,590 p/a
International full-time students: £12,600 p/a
International part-time students: £6,300 p/a

By Publication Fees*

Members of staff: £1,490 p/a
External candidates: £4,195 p/a

*Fees are for 2017/18 entry. All fees are subject to annual increase.

View tuition fee terms and conditions

Contact

sci-pgr-enquiries@port.ac.uk

Departments

Department of Geography

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Light bulb Research Areas

Environmental Processes and change

  • Environmental and climate change in arctic and alpine/mountain environments
  • Climate science
  • Glaciology and glacial geomorphology
  • Coastal and marine processes and change
  • River management and restoration
  • Sedimentary archives of climate and environmental change
  • Weathering science

Geographies of Health, Well-Being and Lifecourse

  • Individual health and well-being - how place and space shape health outcomes and behaviours
  • The business practice of mothers and how these link to gendered identity, families and community
  • How play is fundamental to human experience
  • Water resource management in South Africa

Historical Geography and Spatial Analysis

  • Data warehousing, big data and spatial analytics
  • History of cartography
  • Historical census analysis
  • Historical geography of immigration
  • Migration and employment change
  • Themes in regional economic development
  • Land use and environmental change
  • Public historical geography
  • Historical military geography

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Monitor Facilities & Features


Flexible Learning

You will benefit from web, email or phone access to many of our facilities and services. Our student website will be your one-stop shop for all news, information and links to other services, and 24/7 online access to the University Library’s vast electronic book, journal and database collections will help you find the right resources for your research.

Resources

We offer fully equipped physical geography, GIS and photogrammetry labs. We have a large number of analytical facilities including: Inductively-Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometer (ICPMS), Multi-Collector Inductively-Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometer (MC-ICPMS), Inductively-Coupled Optical Emission Spectrometer (ICP-OES), Excimer and solid-state laser ablation systems, X-Ray Fluroescence Spectrometer (XRF) and many more.

Graduate School

From the moment you join us, you will be supported by the University's Graduate School, alongside your assigned supervisory team. You will be invited to a two-day induction, helping you to get the most from our facilities and be part of our thriving research community. You can also extend your skills as a researcher through the Graduate School Development Programme, which offers training, workshops and events.

University Library

Modern, comfortable and a great learning environment, our library offers a wealth of information including 400,000 books, DVDs, maps and thousands of online ejournals and newspapers. Many electronic resources are available anywhere, 24/7 and our friendly staff are always on hand to help.

Supervising research students for PhD and MRes degrees is the most stimulating aspect of working at the University. What could be nicer than working with a group of intelligent, self-motivated and hard working people who are forever kicking around new ideas about evolution and the history of life on Earth.

David Martill, PhD Palaeobiology Supervisor

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Career Planning

One of the benefits of studying at Portsmouth is the comprehensive support we provide in career planning. Our careers and recruitment service - Purple Door - can assist you in career research and finding employment opportunities. 

The Graduate School Development Programme offers a series of dedicated workshops on career planning, specifically for research degree students. You will also have access to consultations with careers advisers or online support. This service is available for five years after graduation.

Employability

Doctoral graduates are highly-skilled researchers that make an impact in a range of sectors. They benefit from high employment rates and, on average, earn more than holders of undergraduate and Masters degrees. A doctorate demonstrates to employers that you are intelligent, capable and motivated, and that you have advanced technical and research skills.

In addition to supervision from experts in the field, you will be supported to become an internationally employable doctoral graduate. You will also develop skills that are desirable to employers including critical thinking, problem-solving, project management, communication, leadership and creativity.

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How to apply

Step 1 - Contact us

Contact us to express your interest. We'll then put you in touch with a potential supervisor to discuss your research in more depth.

Step 2 - Apply online

We recommend that you first get in touch before applying. Then, once you’re ready to apply, you can use our online application form. You will also need to provide a personal statement, supporting documents and your research proposal.

Apply online

For more details and advice about the application process visit research degree applications