Geography and Palaeoecology: Environmental Change, Ph.D.

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    Application Deadline
  • 36 months
  • Tuition
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  • English (take IELTS)
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Our research focuses on how Earth's environments have changed, or are changing, over a range of timescales. Our aim is to maximise intellectual excellence in our research by building on strong biological-ecological, geomorphological and chronological traditions in late Quaternary, Holocene and contemporary studies. 


We welcome postgraduate interest in the following areas, where cluster members have international reputations:

  • Carbon dynamics and climate change
  • Geoforensics
  • Geographical information studies and geostatistics
  • Glacial and periglacial landscapes
  • Past and present human-environment interactions
  • Past climate and environmental change (using geo-morphological, biological, isotopic, sedimentological and chemical proxies) in North West Europe, the Mediterranean countries, North and South East Asia, Africa, North and South America
  • Scientific dating and chronological techniques
  • Stone weathering in natural and urban environments


Highly regarded by commerce, industry and the public sector, many of our staff have contacts in organisations such as DEFRA, the Met Office and the National Trust, where we encourage them to act as consultants to show the connection between research and application.


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Detailed Programme Facts

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  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure


At Queen's, palaeoecology complements archaeology by reconstructing the past Quaternary environments in which humans and their societies evolved, and by assessing the impact of human activities on the natural environment. In this latter area, we work closely with the Past Cultural Change cluster. The cluster also includes one of the main UK centres for researching stone decay in natural and built environments, using purpose-built laboratories for experimental weathering studies, environmental simulation and the analysis and digital documentation of geomaterials.

English Language Requirements

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Academic Requirements


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. The following postgraduate research study routes for this subject area are:

  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) 
  • Master of Philosophy (MPhil)


The minimum academic requirement for admission to a research degree programme is normally an Upper Second Class Honours degree from a UK or ROI HE provider, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University. Further information can be obtained by contacting the School.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • GBP 15100 International
  • GBP 4195 EU/EEA


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