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Graduate Research

Graduate Research Programmes

The UCL Department of Geography is a world-class environment for research students to develop their projects.

Both UCL and the Department are consistently ranked among the best research environments in the world. Currently rated 6th for research power, and with the impact of our work classified as world-leading and internationally excellent in the REF 2021, we are an outstanding setting for taking on your MPhil and PhD.

We welcome applications from across human, physical and environmental geography. In particular, we are keen to see proposals for projects that complement our existing areas of research strength.

Our Programmes

You can work towards yours MPhil/PhD in geography, environmental science and other related areas of interdisciplinary study. You will benefit from seminars, training and a dedicated team of supervisors made up of world-leading research academics. We attract a wide range of prestigious graduate research scholarships and studentships, giving you the funding you will need to carry out fieldwork around the world.

Additionally, you can work towards your MPhil/PhD in Geography (practice-related), allowing you to develop a thesis alongside a body of creative work which, combined, makes an original contribution to knowledge.

Learn more about the MPhil/PhD in Geography (Practice-Related)

Our supportive environment enables you to complete your project within the timescale set by the University and your funding bodies. You will get help and guidance to develop your project, upgrade to PhD status and realise your research at PhD level.

As well as working with your supervisory team, your research training will be supported by a dedicated seminar in term two of your first year.

See our most recent PhD Awards


Information for current students

Information for current graduate students can be found on Moodle.


Graduate Research

Fees and funding

What our students have to say...

"I am thoroughly enjoying being a researcher here - geographers do very varied things, and there are many opportunities to meet friendly people across this department. So I learn new things every week, and have a lot of freedom to explore different multi-disciplinary and creative approaches to my own work."
Lubaina Mirza