Geography and Environmental Sciences PhD/MSc (Research)

Start date
PhD: 3 years full-time
Course Type
Postgraduate, Distance learning, Doctoral research

£4,407 FT (Home/EU students) 
£22,500 FT (International Students) (*lab-based)
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Our Geography and Environmental Sciences PhD offers postgraduate research opportunities across the whole range of the School’s research activities, with funding coming from a variety of sources, including national research councils, and industry.


Please rest assured that we will make all reasonable efforts to provide you with the courses, services and facilities described. However, it may be necessary to make changes due to significant disruption, for example in response to COVID-19.

Information for future students and applicants

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

As a young scientist and an aspiring academic, I think that Birmingham has given me ample opportunities to prepare myself for the years ahead. I have received scientific training in my field of research, organised and participated in national and international symposia and conferences, and written grant applications (albeit small ones). These, together with a plethora of other training opportunities (e.g. academic writing, conference management, public engagement and the impact of research on public policy), have enabled me to continue to pursue a career in science.

Pallavi Pant

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Fees for 2020

  • Home/EU students £4,407 FT (£2,204 PT)
  • International students £17,580 FT class-based, £22,500 FT lab-based   

Learn more about fees and funding

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

The School is the lead institution for the NERC-funded CENTA Doctoral Training Centre, which funds between five and seven PhD UK/EU studentships at Birmingham each year.

For further information contact the School directly or get in touch with the Funding, Graduation & Awards via the online enquiries system.

For EU students applying for the 2020/21 academic year

The UK Government has confirmed that EU students will continue to be eligible for 'home fee status' for entry in September 2020, and will continue to have access to eligible financial support via the Postgraduate Masters or Doctoral loan for the duration of their course. For more information visit the website.

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Our Standard Requirements

Entry on to the courses requires a 2:1 Honours degree and a Masters in a relevant subject.

Learn more about entry requirements

International Requirements

International Students

English language requirements

Standard English language requirements apply (IELTS: 6.0 overall with no less than 5.5 in any band)

IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band is equivalent to:

  • TOEFL: 80 overall with no less than 19 in Reading, 19 in Listening, 21 in Speaking and 19 in Writing
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE): Academic 51 in all four skills
  • Cambridge English (exams taken from 2015): Advanced – minimum overall score of 169, with no less than 162 in any component


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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.

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