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Geography, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #126 (QS) ,
The breadth of the School's research expertise offers a wide range of opportunities for those wishing to embark on a programme of doctoral research in human or physical geography. Research students work under the close supervision of members of academic staff. We welcome applications from those wishing to study full or part-time.


The School is part of the London Social Science ESRC Doctoral Training Centre (joint between QMUL/Goldsmiths), the London NERC Doctoral Training Partnership, the Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctoral Programme on 'Science for Management of Rivers and their Tidal Systems’, and also regularly receives AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Awards.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

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

    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • migration studies
  • geographies of development
  • global health (linked with Blizard Institute)
  • biosciences and health security
  • labour and global production (linked with Business and Management)
  • studies of the home (collaboration with the Geffrye Museum of the Home)
  • urban geography
  • urban cultural politics
  • historical geography
  • geographies of knowlege and practice
  • environmental science (including specialisms in freshwater biogeochemical processes, fluvial processes, aquatic restoration projects and geoarchives)

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. Delivered and marked by computer, it reports on a scale between 10 and 90.

General Requirements

  • Completed application form
  • Degree transcripts. Please provide a transcript of your degree(s). If you have not yet completed your degree please provide a transcript of your results achieved to date
  • Please provide the contact details of two referees on your application, at least one reference must be from an academic referee who is in a position to comment on the standard of your academic work and suitability for postgraduate level study. Where appropriate, a second referee can provide comment on your professional experience.
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)/ Resume
  • Statement of purpose 
  • IELTS/TOEFL certificate (if applicable)

Tuition Fee

Living costs for London

  • 1137 - 2160 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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


The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences is offering up to 40 fully-funded research studentships in 2014 and invites applications from excellent candidates in the areas detailed below.

We invite applications for studentships for research in areas relating to any of our main research themes: Culture, Space and Power; Earth Surface Science; Economy, Development and Social Justice; and Health, Place and Society.

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