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Geographical Sciences (Human Geography)

The School of Geographical Sciences is a leading international centre for research. It has been ranked the top geography department in the UK in every government assessment of research excellence. The graduate school is integral to this success.

The excellence of Bristol's social science research was confirmed by the latest Research Excellence Framework. Overall, when intensity is taken into account, the Faculty of Social Sciences and Law ranks second in the country, while the School of Geographical Sciences ranked first.

We have a large and vibrant graduate community, focusing both on PhDs by research and on taught programmes. The graduate community has a strong international and interdisciplinary flavour, and offers an exceptional academic environment for postgraduate research.

Research opportunities span a variety of subjects at the leading edge of geographical research. There is also a range of exciting possibilities for interdisciplinary research that cross and connect research groups and departments. We urge you to consult the websites of individual members of staff as well as websites that detail collective research interests.

Alternatively, you may be interested in our PhD in Geographical Sciences (Physical Geography).

Entry requirements

An upper second-class honours degree in a relevant subject or an equivalent qualification and a master's qualification from a UK university (or equivalent).

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

Sponsorship information

The South West Doctoral Training Partnership has an allocation of 1+3 and +3 ESRC scholarships. Applicants may also be interested in applying for funding from the University of Bristol scholarship fund or alumni PhD scholarship fund.

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