Geography and Environmental Sciences PhD/MSc (Research)

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

£4,500 FT (UK students) 
£18,450 FT (International Students) (*not lab-based)
£23,580 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.

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 2021/22

  • UK students £4,500 FT (£2,250 PT)
  • International students £18,450 FT class-based, £23,580 FT lab-based   

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Are you an international applicant?

All international applicants to this course will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit of £2,000 on receipt of an offer, to secure their place.

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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 2021/22 academic year

The UK Government is currently working to determine the future fee status for new EU students for the 2021/22 academic year. The Government will provide sufficient notice for prospective EU students on fee arrangements ahead of the 2021/2022 academic year and subsequent years in future. For more information please 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.

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International Requirements

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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 64 with no less than 59 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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