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Graduate Research Programmes


The Department offers a world-class environment for pursuing graduate-level research in geography, environmental science and related areas of interdisciplinary inquiry.

Benefits of being an MPhil or PhD student at UCL

Supported by a supervisory team of expert academics, you will also benefit from:

    • Dedicated weekly PhD training seminar in term two of year one
    • Research-oriented seminars within and beyond the Department
    • World-leading computing and laboratory facilities
    • Access to UCL’s world-leading research environment and facilities
    • Access to a vast array of resources and opportunities across London

      How to apply

      If you are interested in working towards an MPhil or PhD, the first stage is to contact the relevant members of academic staff in order to discuss your project ideas. You will also be able to request information about specific opportunities and to discuss how your project will be funded.

      Formal applications are made via the UCL Application page. Questions on making an application can be addressed to the Geography Office or Professor Helen Bennion, Graduate Tutor.

      Your application will be assessed by two academics with relevant expertise and you may be invited for interview, either in person or by phone, email or Skype. This is an opportunity for us to find out more about your ideas, skills, experience and commitment to research and for you to learn more about how we work.

      Fees and funding

      Information about fees for postgraduate research can be found via the UCL Graduate Research page. Specific fees, and funding, if available, will be listed under individual Programmes.

      The Department hosts a range of studentships and scholarships awarded competitively within and beyond UCL. These include the UCL Graduate Research Scholarships and Overseas Research Scholarships and research training studentships awarded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). The Department is a key partner in the NERC London Doctoral Training Partnership and hosts the UCL ESRC Doctoral Training Centre Pathway in Human Geography. Information is posted on this page when these schemes are opened each year.

      ESRC studentships in Human Geography at UCL Geography

      Applications process open for 2019 start

      ESRC studentships (+3 and 1+3) in the Department of Geography at UCL can be applied for via the Human Geography Pathway in the UBEL Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP).

      We are particularly interested in applications that complement the Department’s existing research strengths. We will also consider applications for co-supervision with other UBEL DTP pathways, which are listed here. Co-supervision is further available with colleagues at Birkbeck Department of Geography, Environment and Development Studies.

      We would especially like to invite expressions of interest proposing interdisciplinary projects that might link the environmental and social sciences, which the Department is particularly well-suited to host, and which can be supported through joint ESRC-NERC or NERC-ESRC awards. In these cases, students would have a supervisory team including one social scientist and one environmental scientist, and would seek to bring together distinct approaches to environmental issues within an interdisciplinary framework.

      Studentships will be administered through the UBEL Doctoral Training Partnership.

      Application procedure:

      1. Potential applicants through the Human Geography Pathway at the UBEL DTP should in the first instance contact potential supervisors to discuss project ideas, copying the Pathway Leader ( into correspondence.
      2. Following this, formal expressions of interest should be registered by sending the following information to the Pathway Leader ( in one Word or pdf document by Friday 7 December 2018 by 5.00pm:
        1. A project description (max 300 words)
        2. A short biography including track record and competencies (max 300 words)
        3. Potential applicants will be notified soon thereafter whether they are invited by the Department to submit a formal preliminary application to the DTP. Instructions on preparing and submitting preliminary applications to the DTP appear on the UBEL DTP’s ‘How to Apply’ guidelines. The deadline for formal preliminary applications is Tuesday 8 January 2019.


      UCL Overseas Research Scholarships

      The UCL Overseas Research Scholarships (UCL-ORS) aim to attract high-quality international students to UCL to undertake research. Approximately 35 UCL-ORS awards are available annually.

      Information for the 2019/20 Academic year

      For further information as to how to apply, please see:

      UCL Overseas Research Scholarships

      Deadline: 4 January, 2019


      UCL Graduate Research Scholarships

      UCL Graduate Research Scholarships aim to attract high-quality students to undertake research at UCL. Up to 25 Graduate Research Scholarships (GRS) are available annually to prospective and current UCL research students from any country.

      Information for the 2019/20 Academic year

      For further information as to how to apply, please see:

      UCL Graduate Research Scholarships

      Deadline: 4 January, 2019


      London NERC Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP)

      Applications for the 2019 programme will open in November 2018.

      For further information please go to:

      London NERC DTP


      UCL Research Opportunity Scholarships to support UK BME postgraduate students

      The closing date for a completed UCL-ROS application is midnight on 31st January 2019.

      For further information please go to:

      Support for BME postgraduate students

      Visiting research students

      Students currently enrolled on a PhD overseas can apply to study at UCL as a visiting research student to spend 3 to 12 months at UCL undertaking research which is complementary to the Doctoral/PhD project at your 'home' university. If you are interested in spending time in the Department as a visiting research student, you should contact members of staff who might be able to supervise your research while you are here. Further information on the application process can be found on UCL’s Visiting Research Students page.

      What our students say...

      “UCL Geography is a world-class department with leading scholars and a great reputation. It is located in central London in the heart of an academic community. It has great networks including with international scholars. It values both empirical and theoretical research. Staff are very friendly and offer great support.”
      Sam Halvorsen