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Geography MPhil/PhD

Key Information

Modes and duration

  • Full-time: 3 years
  • Part-time: 5 years

Tuition Fees (2015/16)

UK/EU:
£4,635 (FT) £2,315 (PT)
Overseas:
£16,690 (FT) £8,500 (PT)

Application deadlines

Research degrees may start at any time of the year, but typically start in September. Deadlines and start dates are usually dictated by funding arrangements so check with the department or academic unit (contact listed in Next steps, right) to see if you need to consider these in your application preparation. In most cases you should identify and contact potential supervisors before making your application. For more information see our How to apply page.

Entry Requirements

Normally a UK Master’s degree in a relevant discipline, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

English Language Requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Good

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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Research areas

  • Biodiversity and recent environmental change: over decadal to centennial timescales; threats to terrestrial and aquatic biodiversity; role of biodiversity in ecosystem function and resilience
  • Comparative urbanisation: studies of poverty and inequality including housing, infrastructure and socio-economic impacts of globalisation; studies of cities and urban dynamics; regional specialisations include the UK, Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas
  • Environmental modelling: interdisciplinary model-based science to understand environment systems and their interactions: research spans climate science, biogeochemical cycles, coastal and estuarine processes, ecological and hydrology systems and remote sensing technique
  • Past climates: reconstruction of past climates and ecosystem responses over long (tectonic to historic) timescales; climate signatures of critical intervals in human evolution; conceptualisation of long-term climate change
  • Science, policy and politics: studies of environmental history and landscape change; environmental politics and decision-making; geographies of risk; social adaptation to climate change and threats to biodiversity
  • Transnational spaces: cultural and historical geographies of modernity; race, gender and post-colonial theory; geographies of disease; migration and mobility in a global context.
  • Geographic Information Science (GIS): geo-temporal demographics of human populations, including biosocial geographies, migrations and applications in business and service planning; spatial decision support systems.

Funding

Past research students have been receiving funding through a range o awards such as Research Council, University and Commonwealth scholarships, and we also have a number of students who self-fund or obtain work-associated funding. Funding opportunities vary from year to year, so please check the Geography website for up-to-date availability: www.geog.ucl.ac.uk.

Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below. For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Wolfson Scholarships

Value:
£27,000 (3 years)
Eligibility:
UK, EU, Overseas students
Criteria:
Based on academic merit

More scholarships are listed on the Scholarships and Funding website

Careers

A significant number of recent graduating doctoral students have gone on to lectureships and many others into university research, at institutions such as King’s College London, the University of Tokyo, National University of Singapore and California College of the Arts. Others have entered professions within government, nongovernmental organisations and the private sector.

Top career destinations for this degree

  • Research Fellow, Cardiff University (2010)
  • Research Associate, Manchester University (2010)
  • Lecturer in Geography, University of Cologne (2010)
  • Research Fellow, Overseas Development Institute (2010)

Employability

Skills development is an important component of the research degree process, and UCL has a strong and varied graduate skills development programme. Undertaking research within the Department of Geography, graduate students have access to state-of-the-art research equipment and a variety of data archives. The department also offers research students a range of teaching assistant opportunities that provide valuable academic experience in numerical and writing skills development, and organisation and planning of learning and teaching.

Networking

Our gradute students attend and participate in departmental seminars which provide opportunities to network within the department, across UCL and with invited visitors from a range of external universities, institutes and organisations.

Why study this degree at UCL?

Student / staff ratios › 41 staff › 151 taught students › 60 research students

Department: Geography

Degree reviews

Alumni review

"I made contacts at other universities and was encouraged to take part in conferences, receiving financial support to do so, which was great for getting general research experience and networking skills."

Emma Wiik

Subject: Geography PhD
Student review

"UCL provides its students with the opportunity to enrich their networks in the academic and business world. I have attended many career open day events organised either by UCL itself or by companies outside UCL."

Katerini Pylarinou

Subject: Geography PhD
Student review

"I applied to UCL because of the reputation of my Department - specifically for the opportunity to work with the researchers here."

Jessica Durkota

Subject: Geography PhD

Application and next steps

Applications

Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Who can apply?

Application deadlines

Research degrees may start at any time of the year, but typically start in September. Deadlines and start dates are usually dictated by funding arrangements so check with the department or academic unit (contact listed in Next steps, right) to see if you need to consider these in your application preparation. In most cases you should identify and contact potential supervisors before making your application. For more information see our How to apply page.

For more information see our Applications page.

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