Geographical Sciences (Human Geography)Find a programme
|Awards available||PhD, MPhil|
MPhil: One year full-time;
two years part-time
PhD: Four years full-time;
seven years part-time
|Location of programme||Clifton campus|
|Part-time study available||Yes|
|Start date||Most students will start in September 2018, however other dates can be considered. Please contact the postgraduate student administrator to discuss the options available.|
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).
Fees for 2018/19
We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2018/19 are as follows:
- UK/EU: full-time
- UK/EU: part-time
- Overseas: full-time
- Channel Islands/Isle of Man: full-time
Fees are subject to an annual review. For programmes that last longer than one year, please budget for up to a five per cent increase in fees each year. Find out more about tuition fees.
University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a ten per cent reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study. Check your eligibility for an alumni scholarship.
Funding for 2018/19
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.
Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.
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.
English language requirements
If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.
Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.
There are three main research groups:
- Geographies of Political Economy
Research expertise includes neoliberalism, globalisation, governmentality, regulation and analytical political economy.
- Historical and Cultural Geography
Main interests include the history of geographical thought and the history of science, cultural landscapes, geographies of performance and issues of textuality.
- Spatial Modelling
Research focuses on quantitative analysis of social, housing, health and political data. Expertise in methods including multi-level modelling, GIS, spatial statistics, spatial time-series analysis, ecological inference and non-linear systems.
Geographies of Political Economy
Dr Adam Dixon, (Reader), Comparative and international political economy; Political and economic geographies of finance and financial institutions
Dr Maria Fannin, (Senior Lecturer), Governmentality and the body feminist theory political economy of science and technology.
Dr Sean Fox, (Lecturer), Comparative historical research; Conflict and violence demography; Political economy of development ; Public policy; Quantitative methods ; Sub-Saharan Africa and East/Southeast Asia; Urban studies
Dr Mark Jackson, (Senior Lecturer), Contemporary and historical urbanisation; Human/natural interaction; Postcolonial geography; Social theory; Visual culture
Dr Julie MacLeavy, (Senior Lecturer), Gender; Political and economic geographies of work and welfare; State theory; Urban studies
Historical and Cultural Geography
Dr John-David Dewsbury, (Reader), Cultural geography, in particular the performing arts; Embodied practices and performativity in everyday life; Post-structural theory
Dr Joe Gerlach, Critical cartography; Cultural, political and social geography
Dr Franklin Ginn, (Lecturer), Cultures of nature; Environment-society relations ; Philosophical questions concerning the nonhuman
Dr Paul Glennie, (Senior Lecturer), Food and agrarian change; Geographies of times and timing; Historical geography, especially of late-medieval and early modern England (consumption and consumer societies, urbanism, demography).
Professor Robert Mayhew, (Professor), Historical geography and intellectual history; history of geographical thought.
Dr Merle Patchett, (Lecturer), ' More-than-human' geographies: museum geographies or the geographies of collections; Architectural practices and aesthetics, built space, design and lived experience; Art-geography collaborations.
Dr Yvonne Sherratt, Continental philosophy and intellectual history and in geographies of knowledge.
Professor Richard Harris, (Professor), Geographies of education; Quantitative geography; Social geography; Spatial statistics
Professor Ron Johnston, (Professor), Electoral and political geography; Ethnicity; The history of human geography.
Professor Kelvyn Jones, (Professor), Geography of health; Multilevel modelling; Spatial data analysis.
Dr David Manley, (Reader), Advanced quantitative analysis (especially of large and complex datasets); Neighbourhood effects; Segregation, inequalities, social geography.
Dr Winnie Wang, (Senior Lecturer), China; Population and urban geography; Quantitative methods
We welcome applications at any time of year; early application is advised.
The closing date for ESRC studentship funding applications for 2018/19 is midday on Tuesday 30 January 2018.
Find out more about becoming a student at Bristol, applying for a visa and the support we offer to international students.
REF 2014 results
- 51% of research is world-leading (4 star)
- 33% of research is internationally excellent (3 star)
- 14% of research is recognised internationally (2 star)
- 2% of research is recognised nationally (1 star)
Results are from the most recent UK-wide assessment of research quality, conducted by HEFCE. More about REF 2014 results.
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