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PhD Human Geography
Specialist doctoral training in human geography supervised by researchers with very strong reputations for research quality.

PhD Human Geography / Overview

Year of entry: 2019

Degree awarded
PhD
Duration
3 years
Entry requirements
  • A First or Upper Second Class Bachelor's degree (or its international equivalent).
  • A relevant master's degree, with Merit and a minimum average grade of 60% in both the taught course units and your dissertation (or international equivalent of 60%).

Full entry requirements

How to apply

Apply online

Programme options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning
PhD Y Y N N

Programme description

A PhD place in Human Geography will allow you to benefit from the supervision of world-leading academics who have reputations for research excellence. The University of Manchester is one of the best places to study human geography globally, and our department has a high reputation for its research and teaching. In the UK's most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014), 94% of our publications were judged to be `internationally recognised', with an exceptionally high proportion (65%) judged to be `internationally excellent' or `world-leading'.

Your research will seek to help to create a fair and sustainable future, engaging with themes such as:  

  • Critical cartography; 
  • Emotions, identities, place and geographic scale;
  • Global production networks and labour;
  • Socio-spatial inequality and vulnerability;
  • Political economy of environmental use, governance and conflict;
  • Sustainable cities;
  • Urban politics and diversity;
  • Urban transition and crisis

Our human geography staff members hold editorial positions with major journals, such as Antipode, Area, Geography Compass, Geoforum , International Journal of Urban and Regional Research , and Progress in Human Geography . In addition, there are three research groups containing human geographers at Manchester: Mapping, Culture and GIS (MCGIS), the Society-Environment Research Group (SERG), and Cities, Politics & Economics (CPE). The latter is part of the wider Manchester Urban Institute, the umbrella organisation for research into cities at the university.

Our PhD students are members of these groups, and all are appointed two supervisors to assist them with their research. Recent PhD graduates have been appointed to positions at leading universities in Europe, North America and the Far East, while others now shape national and international policy agendas through their work in government agencies, research institutes and activist organisations.

Open days

The University holds regular open days, where you will have the opportunity to tour the campus and find out more about our facilities and programmes.

On this day, you will find out more about the School of Environment, Education and Development and our resources, and meet academic and admissions staff who will be able to answer any questions you have.

For more information, see  Open days

Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2019, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • PhD (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £6,000
    International students (per annum): £18,500
  • PhD (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £3,000
    International students (per annum): £9,250

Your fees will cover the cost of your study at the University, as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision, examinations and graduation (excluding graduation robe hire).

Payment of tuition fees will also entitle you to membership of The University of Manchester library, the Students' Union and the Athletic Union.

Scholarships/sponsorships

We receive money from a range of sources to help you fund your research and have a range of awards on offer, covering tuition fees and a generous stipend.

Application deadlines for internal funding opportunities are often at the beginning of February for programmes starting the following September. If you're planning to apply for a scholarship or award that is not attached to a particular project, you'll normally need to hold an offer of a place from the University before applying.

Search for current funding opportunities by country and research programme using our database search tool

The UK government has confirmed that doctoral loans will be available for those studying PhDs and equivalent doctoral programmes including professional doctorates from 2018/19. The loan will be for a maximum of £25,000 over the duration of the course.

UK nationals who are ordinarily resident in England, aged 59 or under, who are not already receiving funding via a UK Research Council, are eligible.

Contact details

Academic department
School of Environment, Education and Development
Contact name
Christopher Kitchen
Telephone
+44(0)161 275 0807
Email
Website
http://www.seed.manchester.ac.uk/subjects/geography/postgraduateresearch/
Academic department overview
See: The School .

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