Ph.D. On Campus

Human Geography and Environmental Sciences

The University of Edinburgh

36 months
28000 GBP/year
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The Human Geography and Environmental Sciences program from The University of Edinburgh draws on the expertise of the Research Institute of Geography and the Lived Environment (RIGLE) at the University of Edinburgh.


It is a vibrant intellectual home for more than 100 researchers working across the physical sciences, social sciences and humanities.

Our research students of the  Human Geography and Environmental Sciences program from The University of Edinburgh are enrolled on PhDs, 3+1 degrees (a Masters degree followed by a PhD), or for MSc by Research degrees.

We work with a broad range of geographic themes and approaches and have particular research strengths in:

  • critical and qualitative human geography
  • quantitative and statistical geography and GIS
  • geohumanities and environmental humanities
  • cultural, development, environmental and urban studies


We work closely with communities and groups outside the academy in Scotland and across Europe, but also with communities and groups in:

  • Belize
  • Canada
  • Colombia
  • Ecuador
  • Guatemala
  • India
  • Jamaica
  • Mali
  • Nepal
  • Nicaragua
  • South Africa
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Uganda

Programme Structure

We study:

  • critical and popular geopolitics
  • the cultural politics of ‘race’, gender and sexuality
  • energy futures and extractivism
  • food security and sovereignty
  • health inequalities
  • hazards and disasters
  • human-animal relationships
  • media and mobilities
  • political activism and protest
  • sustainable development and environmental resource management
  • urban change and gentrification

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months
  • Part-time
    • 72 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

We encourage you to apply at least one month prior to entry so that we have enough time to process your application. 


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in a related subject.

  • We may also consider your application if you have other qualifications or experience; please contact us to check before you apply.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    28000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 28000 GBP per year during 36 months.

Home fees have still to be agreed

PhD part-time fees

  • International/EU: £14,000

Living costs for Edinburgh

725 - 1167 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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