• Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
Geography programme at University of Portsmouth supports postgraduate research across the diversity of research interests. Recent examples of PhD research topics include: climate change in mountain environments; innovations in river restoration; management of community water resources in rural Uganda; the use of social media in health campaigns; and reconstructing glacial environments.

About

The diversity of Geography programme at University of Portsmouth is also reflected in the list of topics linked to our bursary competition and the topics where applications can be made all year round.

Research Centres And Groups

  • Environmental Processes and Change

Our researchers are able to undertake projects and supervise students across a number of physical geography themes including coastal and marine processes; glaciology and glacial geomorphology; climate change (particularly in mountain and arctic, and urban/heritage environments). Staff also specialise in river restoration and management projects. Our research is both laboratory and field based across a number of sites.

  • Geographies of Health, Wellbeing and Lifecourse

Researchers in this group are able to supervise projects that cut across a number of themes. These include ludic (or playful) geographies; geographies of health and health behaviours; ‘mumpreneurship’ and gendered identity, families and community; sustainable urban living and sustainable water management in developing countries.

  • Historical Geography and Spatial Analysis

Individuals in this group focus on the compilation, analysis, storage and visualisation of large, complex historical datasets. Geo-semantic approaches are used for information management and resource discovery; railroads and regional industrial development in the 19th century USA; history of cartographic representations; military geography and quantitative ‘public historical geography’

Career

One of the benefits of studying at Portsmouth is the comprehensive support we provide in career planning. Our careers and recruitment service - Purple Door - can assist you in career research and finding employment opportunities. 

The Graduate School Development Programme offers a series of dedicated workshops on career planning, specifically for research degree students. You will also have access to consultations with careers advisers or online support. This service is available for five years after graduation.

Programme Structure

Research areas:

  • Environmental and climate change in arctic and alpine/mountain environments
  • Climate science
  • Glaciology and glacial geomorphology
  • Coastal and marine processes and change
  • River management and restoration
  • Sedimentary archives of climate and environmental change
  • Weathering science
  • Individual health and well-being - how place and space shape health outcomes and behaviours
  • The business practice of mothers and how these link to gendered identity, families and community
  • How play is fundamental to human experience
  • Water resource management in South Africa

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: Applications are accepted all year round, but it's recommended to apply 2–3 months before your chosen start date.
  • Programme intensity

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

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 48 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    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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Academic Requirements

General Requirements

  • A good honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject or a master’s degree in an appropriate subject. Exceptionally, equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications will be considered. All applicants are subject to interview.
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.  

Tuition Fee

  • International

    13200 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13200 GBP per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    4260 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4260 GBP per year and a duration of 24 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
  • Home/EU/CI part-time students: £2,130 
  • International part-time students: £6,600 

Living costs for Portsmouth

  • 710 - 1100 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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

Funding

Check the programme website for information about funding options.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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