PhDs in Geography

Geography is divided into two inter-connected sub-disciplines: physical geography and human geography. Physical geography uses plenty of techniques and information from cartography, while human geography analyses topics related to human society such as agriculture, economy, population distribution, etc. The interaction between humans and the Earth is an object of study especially for students in a Master’s degree in geography.

The traditional fields that are studied during such a programme concern land formations, inhabitants, terrain and the derived phenomena. Specializations can be taken in physical study, relations between man and land, Earth science and the spatial analysis of natural and human phenomena. The main skill that students gain after a Master degree in geography is the understanding of the complex natural and artificial mechanism of the Earth.

Geography is also one of the basic sciences in education and helps students acquire skills in matters of conflict and war, energy dependence, climate change, globalization and terrorism. Graduates can easily get employed as cartographers, international development workers or tourism officers.

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Suggested PhD Programmes

University of Porto

PhD Geography
  • Oct 2016
  • Not specified
  • 36 months

The PhD course in Geography (3rd cycle from Bologna) from University of Porto allows a scientific education and the obtention of a PhD degree in Human Geography and Physical Geography. The course is built so as to respond to the depth or reinforcement of knowledge complementarity, as well as to the acquisition of new competences, by holders of a Masters degree or graduate degree in the several areas of Economic and Social Sciences or Earth Sciences.

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Cardiff University

Ph. D. ESRC Funded +3 PhD Studentship in Environmental Planning: Energy Futures Reversibility, Renewable Energy, and Sustainability
  • Any time
  • Not specified
  • Not specified

Having won a coveted place in the national network of training centres accredited by the ESRC, the Wales Doctoral Training Centre (Wales-DTC) is awarding a number of ESRC-funded postgraduate research studentships to support doctoral research and training at the Cardiff School of Geography and Planning.

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Queen's University Belfast

PhD Geography: Society, Space and Culture
  • Sep 2017
  • EEA € 4,845 per year
  • International € 14,260 per year
  • 36 months

A research degree offers you the opportunity to develop your research skills and prove yourself as a researcher. Queen's is committed to the enhancement of research training and teaching and offers postgraduate research opportunities across all fields of study.

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CEA/INSTN

PhD Isotopic geochemistry
  • Oct 2016
  • EEA € 0 per year
  • 36 months

As a part of the CEA (French Atomic Energy and Alternative Energies Commission), the National Institute for Nuclear Science and Technology (INSTN) is a higher education institution under the joint supervision of the Ministries in charge of higher Education and Industry.

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Clark University

PhD Geography
  • Sep 2017
  • International $ 6,931 per module
  • 48 months

Established in 1921, the Graduate School of Geography at Clark is internationally renowned for innovative scholarship and is an acknowledged leader in the field. Consistently ranked as one of the top-ten graduate programs by the National Research Council, Clark Geography enables graduate students to train with top professionals and participate in a world-class research community. Furthermore, having awarded more Ph.D.s than any other geography program in the U.S., Clark Geography has a reputation for training future leaders in the field.

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The University of Manchester

PhD Physical Geography
  • Sep 2017
  • EEA £ 5,000 per year
  • International £ 14,500 per year
  • 36 months

There are two research groups specialising in Physical Geography: Environmental Processes, and Quaternary Environments and Geoarchaeology. Research is done at a variety of timescales, from the present day to the Pleistocene ice ages.

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University of Portsmouth

PhD Geography
  • Feb 2017
  • Oct 2016
  • Not specified
  • 36 months

Research at Portsmouth is clustered around four main areas of interest: * Geography of Health and Well-being * Historical Geography and Spatial Analysis * Environmental Processes and Change * Geographies of Labour, Cultures of Work and Economic Development

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University of Turku

Ph. D. Biology, Geography and Geology
  • Jan 2017
  • Not specified
  • 48 months

The Doctoral Programme in Biology, Geography and Geology (BGG) operates in the traditionally strong research areas of biology, geography and geology at the University of Turku. The Doctoral Programme creates a diversified framework for natural scientific research focused on humans, populations and environment.

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Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Ph. D. Geografía
  • Any time
  • EEA € 540 per year
  • International € 540 per year
  • 36 months

Los cursos de doctorado del Departamento de Geografía se inician el curso 1977-1978, pero como tal, el primer programa formal de doctorado en Geografía se inicial el curso 1986-1987. Inicialmente el programa se llamó doctorado en Geografía, pero durante el curso 1994-1995, el programa se dividió en dos opciones: Geografía Humana, que daba continuidad al programa tradicional, y la opción Demografía, a cargo del Centro de Estudios Demográficos (CED) de la UAB.

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