PhD Human Geography

  • All East Midlands, EnglandAll East Midlands, England


About the course

A University of Hertfordshire research degree is an internationally recognised degree signifying high levels of achievement in research. It develops extensive subject expertise and independent research skills which are honed over an extended period,  depending on the level of the award.

The topic of research will depend upon your specific interests and the expertise of available academic staff. Current topics include, but are not limited to:

  • geopolitics of the anthropocene
  • borders and shatterzones
  • small island geopolitics
  • diplomatic geographies
  • migration
  • transport and transport planning
  • urbanism and urban planning
  • rural planning
  • traditional irrigation
  • children’s geographies
  • geographies of diversity and inequalities

You undertake an original research project for the duration of the degree, under the supervision and guidance of two or more academic members of staff. You are also supported by attendance at the University’s generic training courses and our seminar series. For the duration of the degree, you are given opportunities to present your work at major conferences, subject to available funding for which applications for financial support would be required.

The degree is assessed on the final research output, in the form of a written thesis of up to 25,000 words, which is defended in a viva voce examination with an external examiner present.

Teaching methods

Research degrees are not taught programmes, but you are supported with a range of skills-based training.

You will meet with your supervisory team regularly to discuss your research and receive feedback on your writing and research. You are given the opportunity to attend the University’s generic skills training sessions and attend staff and student seminars and other research events within the Geography, Environment and Planning subject group.

Our emphasis is on the development of the individual student’s research programme and research skills: you can expect high quality tuition and a highly supportive and friendly atmosphere in which to conduct your studies.

Course experts

Programme Leader Professor John Sturzaker

What’s next for my career?

By undertaking a PhD at the University of Hertfordshire, you will gain:

  • an internationally recognised research qualification
  • advanced subject expertise at postgraduate level
  • research skills through practice and extensive research experience

Employers are looking for high calibre graduates with advanced skills who can demonstrate independence through research.

Entry Requirements

In most circumstances, we would expect an upper second-class honours degree in geography or a related field (for example international relations, planning, etc.), and/or a master’s level qualification in geography or a cognate area. However, do please contact Professor John Sturzaker to discuss your individual circumstances as, for example, relevant industrial experience may be considered.

Who is eligible to apply?

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