Geography and Environmental Sciences PhD/MSc (Research)

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The School offers postgraduate research opportunities leading to PhD degrees across the whole range of its research activities, with funding coming from a variety of sources, including national research councils, School scholarships and industry.

Postgraduate students benefit from a thriving research community, expert supervision, dedicated training programmes and the opportunity to participate in research seminars and discussions with academic staff.

Course fact file

Type of Course: Distance learning, doctoral research

Study Options: Full time, part time

Duration: PhD: 3 years full-time; MSc (Research): 1 year full-time

Start date: September

Contact

Dr Lee Chapman
Tel: +44 (0)121 414 7435
Email: l.chapman@bham.ac.uk

Gretchel Coldicott
Tel: +44 (0)121 414 6935
Email: g.coldicott@bham.ac.uk

Details

The School offers postgraduate research opportunities leading to PhD degrees across the whole range of its research activities, with funding coming from a variety of sources, including national research councils, School scholarships and industry.

Postgraduate students joining the School benefit from a thriving research community, expert supervision, dedicated training programmes and the opportunity to participate in research seminars and discussions with academic staff. All postgraduate students are provided with dedicated workspaces and have access to excellent computing and laboratory facilities.

You can study for a PhD on campus or by Distance Learning

Fees and funding

Standard fees apply - This programme is in fee band D for international students

  • Home/EU students £3,996 FT (£1,998 PT)
  • International students £12,565 FT only

Learn more about fees and funding

International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government.

For further information contact the School directly or get in touch with the Student Funding Office via the online enquiries system.

Entry requirements

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International students

Academic requirements

We accept a range of qualifications, our country pages show you what qualifications we accept from your country.

English language requirements

You can satisfy our English language requirements in two ways:

How to apply

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Research interests of staff

  • Policies and governance processes of urban and brownfield sites; regeneration and the understanding of the role of (temporary) creative uses and intermediaries in shaping spaces and making places; forms of persistent resilience of groups of individuals and communities in a context of disturbances and pressures.
    Contact: Dr Lauren Andres 
    Tel: +44 (0) 121 414 5021 
    Email: l.andres@bham.ac.uk
  • Biogeochemistry of peat, soil and sediment environments; Subsurface chemical and biological response to long-term (global) changes to the environment; Environmental recovery from acidification (microbial sulphur cycling); Geo-microbial influence on nutrient cycling and water chemistry (carbon, sulphur, nitrogen cycles); Sediment-water and mineral-nutrient interactions (e.g. manganese-oxides in the nitrogen cycle); Stable isotope techniques.
    Contact: Dr Rebecca Bartlett 
    Tel: +44 (0)121 4145541 
    Email: r.bartlett@bham.ac.uk  
  • Environmental hydrology, particularly floodplain wetlands, permeable catchments, soil-water fluxes in macro-porous soils, and hydroecology of tropical floodplains.
    Contact: Dr Chris Bradley
    Tel: +44 (0)121 414 8097
    Email: c.bradley@bham.ac.uk 
  • Geographies of energy (especially: social equity, security of supply, oil/gas pipelines, climate change mitigation and adaptation); Post-industrial urban geography and demography – gentrification and reurbanisation; Architectural geography, flexibility and the built environment of the inner-city more generally; Geographical focus on Southern, Central and Eastern Europe.
    Contact: Dr Stefan Buzar (Bouzarovski)
    Tel: +44 (0)121 414 2943
    Email: s.bouzarovski@bham.ac.uk
  • Numerical modelling of micro- and meso-scale meteorological and climatological processes; urban heat island and climate change; air pollution and climate in urban street canyons; computational fluid dynamics (CFD) modelling of wind around buildings; large-eddy simulation of atmospheric turbulence and dispersion of air pollutants; boundary-layer meteorology; air pollution meteorology.
    Contact: Dr Xiaoming Cai
    Tel: +44 (0)121 414 5533
    Email: x.cai@bham.ac.uk 
  • The impact of weather and climate change on the built environment, with particular reference to transport.
    Contact: Dr Lee Chapman
    Tel: +44 (0)121 414 7435
    Email: l.chapman@bham.ac.uk 
  • Environmental governance (particularly how formal and informal rules, processes and behaviours within organisations affect environmental policymaking/environmental policy outcomes); the evolution of EU environmental policy; the constraints upon and opportunities for territorial economic development in the UK and Mediterranean states; EU political procedures and policy-making; and the interdisciplinary relationships between political science and political geography.
    Contact: Dr Julian Clark
    Tel: +44 (0)121 414 6262/5544 (main office)
    Email: j.r.a.clark@bham.ac.uk  
  • Spatial planning; Urban regeneration and management; Sport and cultural-led development; Planning for risk and resilience; National security and counter-terrorism 
    Contact: Professor Jon Coaffee
    Tel: +44 (0)121 414 7421 
    Email: j.coaffee@bham.ac.uk
  • Public understanding and experience of environment and health risks; environmental inequalities/environmental justice in terms of how these notions may be conceptualised and how inequalities in environmental experiences come about; older people's practices with respect to nature, local environment and sustainability; urban environmental policy and environmental service provision.
    Contact: Dr Rosie Day
    Tel: +44 (0)121 414 5531/5544 (main office)
    Email: r.day@bham.ac.uk 
  • Quaternary environmental change, particularly pollen and non-siliceous micro and environmental archaeology in the Eastern Mediterranean; tephrology, in tephrochronology, tephra geochemistry and the impact of volcanic eruptions in distal areas.
    Contact: Dr Warren Eastwood
    Tel: +44 (0)121 414 8079
    Email: w.j.eastwood@bham.ac.uk 
  • Speleothems and climate change; aqueous geochemistry in relation to weathering reactions and hydrology in glacial and riverine environments (Iceland, Himalayas); experimental studies of mineral-water interactions; carbonate geochemistry in ancient glacial environments.
    Contact: Professor Ian Fairchild
    Tel: +44 (0)121 414 4181
    Email: i.j.fairchild@bham.ac.uk  
  • The political economy of post-socialist cities; Critical urban geographies - urban and housing policies under neoliberalism, world city entrepreneurialism, gentrification; Urban and regional resilience, social and economic vulnerabilities and adaptive and transformative strategies; Energy and the built environment, energy efficiency, low carbon urbanism. 
    Contact: Dr Oleg Golubchikov 
    Tel: +44 (0)121 414 8143 
    Email: o.golubchikov@bham.ac.uk
  • Hydroclimatology, particularly synoptic to micro-climatological impacts on surface waters; meltwater generation and drainage within glacierised basins; techniques for environmental data analysis and simulation modelling.
    Contact: Professor David Hannah
    Tel: +44 (0)121 414 6925
    Email: d.m.hannah@bham.ac.uk 
  • Urban regeneration; qualitative GIS; mobile methods; sustainable urban development; performativity and non-representational theory.
    Contact: Dr Phil Jones
    Tel: +44 (0)121 414 5546
    Email: p.i.jones@bham.ac.uk  
  • Characterizing the ecohydrological resilience of ecosystems to both natural and anthropogenic disturbance; peatlands; understanding the processes that control the provision of key ecosystem services within these environments, and quantifying their response to changing climatic conditions and extreme events such as fire and drought. 
    Contact: Dr Nick Kettridge 
    Tel: +44 (0)121 414 3575 
    Email: n.kettridge@bham.ac.uk  
  • Fluvial processes, especially river erosion and channel hydraulics; Fine sediment transport dynamics in river systems; Urban river water quality; Recent climate change and river floods; Environmental Impact Analysis applied to rivers.|
    Contact: Dr Damian Lawler
    Tel: +44 (0)121 414 5532
    Email: d.m.lawler@bham.ac.uk 
  • Freshwater ecology; invertebrate ecology; algal biodiversity; biofilm development; trophic interactions; food webs.
    Contact: Dr Mark Ledger
    Tel: +44 (0)121 414 5540
    Email: m.e.ledger@bham.ac.uk  
  • Neighbourhood Trajectories and social exclusion; Housing markets and strategy; Spatial planning; Urban regeneration; Futures, foresight techniques and neighbourhoods; Low carbon planning and regeneration strategies 
    Contact: Dr Peter Lee 
    Tel: +44 (0)121 414 3645 
    Email: p.w.lee@bham.ac.uk
  • Hydroecology of alpine and Arctic streams, riverine community deveopment following glacial recession and disturbance; the ecology of glacier-fed streams.
    Contact: Dr Sandy Milner
    Tel: +44 (0)121 414 8098
    Email: a.m.milner@bham.ac.uk
  • Carceral Geography (a geographical perspective on spaces and practices of imprisonment)
    Contact: Dr Dominique Moran
    Tel: +44 (0)121 414 8013
    Email: d.moran@bham.ac.uk  
  • Cities; Critical political economy; Local government; Post-communism; fiscal federalism, industrial restructuring, and territorial cohesion; the 'knowledge-based economy', manufacturing, and neo-liberalism; public health outcomes of economic and fiscal crises 
    Contact: Dr Vlad Mykhnenko 
    Tel: +44 (0)121 414 9129 
    Email: v.mykhnenko@bham.ac.uk
  • Community Planning; Urban and rural policy/governance; Policies and politics of ‘managed migration’; Social Inclusion; Urban regeneration management; Geographies of state rescaling 
    Contact: Dr Simon Pemberton 
    Tel: +44 121 414 2680 
    Email: s.pemberton@bham.ac.uk
  • Microbial transformations of radionuclides and metals; Biogeochemistry of radionuclides, metals and organic pollutants in groundwater; Bioremediation of contaminated land and groundwater ; Interactions of microbes and nanoparticles 
    Contact: Dr Joanna Renshaw 
    Tel: +44 (0)121 41 46172 
    Email: j.c.renshaw@bham.ac.uk 
  • The social and economic costs of transition in post-Soviet Russia and Ukraine; the development of coping tactics in response to economic marginalisation; state-society relations and welfare reform in post-Soviet regions; the role of social capital and informal economies in negotiating economic uncertainty in everyday life; the post-release experience of Gulag survivors; northern restructuring and the use of geography as a welfare tool.
    Contact: Dr John Round
    Tel: +44 (0)121 414 5530
    Email: j.round@bham.ac.uk  
  • Palaeoecology, with reference to invertebrates; palaeolimnological studies of human impact on water bodies; impact assessment and conservation; biogeographical analysis of plant and animal distributions.
    Contact: Dr Jonathan Sadler
    Tel: +44 (0)121 414 5776
    Email: j.p.sadler@bham.ac.uk  
  • Fluvial sedimentology and geomorphology; geophysical techniques.
    Contact: Dr Greg Sambrook-Smith
    Tel: +44 (0)121 415 8023
    Email: g.smith.4@bham.ac.uk
  • Renewable energy; social and societal aspects of deployment; Spatial analysis in environmental policy evaluation; the spatial planning of multifunctional land use and ecosystem services delivery.
    Contact: Dr Dan van der Horst
    Tel: +44 (0)121 414 5525
    Email: d.vanderhorst@bham.ac.uk  
  • Energy Policy; Public Understandings of Risk; Risk Governance/ Decision Making Under Uncertainty (esp. Nuclear Waste, GMO’s, Climate Change); Evaluation of Public & Stakeholder Engagement Processes; Safety Culture in safety critical industries (esp. Nuclear Sector and Railway industry) 
    Contact: Dr John Walls 
    Tel: +44 (0)121 414 7279 
    Email: j.walls@bham.ac.uk
  • Transnationalism and population migration; Transnational families; International education; Mobility and education 
    Contact: Dr Johanna Waters 
    Tel: +44 (0)121 41 45527 
    Email: j.l.waters@bham.ac.uk  
  • Past and future climate change; statistical modelling and numerical simulations from regional to global scales.
    Contact: Dr Martin Widmann
    Tel: +44 (0)121 414 5520
    Email: m.widmann@bham.ac.uk

Contact

Dr Lee Chapman
Tel: +44 (0)121 414 7435
Email: l.chapman@bham.ac.uk

Gretchel Coldicott
Tel: +44 (0)121 414 6935
Email: g.coldicott@bham.ac.uk

Employability

We receive funding for this research from a variety of sources, including national research councils, School scholarships and industry. This PhD will equip you to work within areas such as these.

Contact

Dr Lee Chapman
Tel: +44 (0)121 414 7435
Email: l.chapman@bham.ac.uk

Gretchel Coldicott
Tel: +44 (0)121 414 6935
Email: g.coldicott@bham.ac.uk