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Human Geography, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
University rank #251 (WUR) Swansea, United Kingdom
You will undertake an individual human geography research project over three years, supported by our globally respected academic staff with the Human Geography programme at Swansea University.
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Overview

The project will be shaped by your participation in research activities such as seminars, workshops, laboratory activity and field work, as well as your involvement in one of our established research groups. 

Swansea is a research-led University and our department makes a significant contribution. We have staff working on post-disaster landscapes (Professor Marcus Doel), new understandings of nationalism (Dr Angharad Closs Stephens), and post-conflict cultural revival (Dr Amanda Rogers). Their expertise will support your work. 

Supervision

During the Human Geography programme at Swansea University you will have access to:

  • a computer laboratory with programmes dedicated to Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • a remote sensing computer laboratory with 10 high-performance Linux workstations
  • Specialist laboratory suites for stable isotope ratio analysis; tree ring analysis; extraction and identification of organic compounds; pollen extraction and analysis; rainfall simulation; tephra analysis; soil and sediment characterisation

Our computing facilities include 15 dual-processor workstations for earth observation, a 20-node multiprocessor Beowulf cluster, and IBM ‘Blue Ice’ Supercomputer, which is mainly used for climate and glaciological modelling.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

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

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 72 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

The diverse work of our current research projects includes:

  • Advancing the application of stable isotopes in tree rings as indicators of climate/environmental change
  • Quantification of the past and future contribution of glaciers and ice sheets to sea level rise
  • Understanding the response of the biosphere to variations in climate
  • Understanding international migration patterns and processes associated with forced migration, labour migration and ‘mixed flows’
  • Cities and urban theory, focusing on the interface between human geography and continental philosophy

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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  • Minimum required score:

    570

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

  • This programme does not recognise GRE® scores.

    The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

General Requirements

  • Before applying, please identify a research topic or area by consulting our list of current research areas. Once you have identified a research topic or an area, please complete a  Research Proposal Form‌ which can be downloaded, and discuss this with the Admissions Tutor
  • We normally require a minimum of an upper second class Honours degree or equivalent in geography or a related field, or an appropriate Master's degree with Merit.

  • IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.0 in each component) or equivalent.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    17550 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 17550 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    4327 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4327 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Part time

  • UK-EU £ 2,163.50
  • International £ 8,800

Living costs for Swansea

  • 727 - 1380 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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

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