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Studying for your PhD in UCL Geography

UCL Geography is consistently ranked as one of the top 10 Geography departments globally in terms of both teaching and research. Our Departmental Graduate Tutor (Professor Tariq Jazeel) with a team of a deputy (Professor Vivienne Jones) and a Postgraduate Research specific administrator (Dr Rebekah Mann) are available to support and guide you through your PGR studies – from application, induction to upgrading from Mphil to PhD status and through to PhD completion.
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We have Research Degree programmes in Geography (usually more physical Geography based), Human Geography and Geography (Practice-related).

Why study with us?

  • We have approximately 90 Postgraduate Research students and are a relatively large Geography Department running big undergraduate and Masters programmes with opportunities for teaching and demonstrating on these courses.

  • We have a wide range of Human and Physical geography academic staff in the department covering a really diverse range of research interests resulting in PhDs in topics such as Politics on the Space Station, sustainable fishing in Greenland, Visualising Black British Millennial Livelihoods & The Urban Landscape of The White City Estate, Assessing Human Impacts on Groundwater Resources in Sub-Saharan Africa.

  • We are a social community – holding termly socials, fortnightly virtual coffee mornings, access to a varied programme of weekly seminars and other one off events.

  • We have a strong rapport with our PGR representatives at termly meetings where you have the chance to voice any opinions (and even get involved with this if you wish).

  • We provide departmental training in the first year of the research degree as well as access to a massive bank of UCL wide training and access to UCL facilities and services.

  • We provide dedicated departmental work offices for PhD students with their own desk spaces whilst they are registered as full time (and part-time where possible) fee paying students.

What to do next

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.

Please use the department website to find out more about the Department, our Research areas and specific academics who you might consider to supervise your PhD research.

You will also be able to request information about specific opportunities with them and to discuss how your project will be funded.

We ask you to undertake this research into the Departmental staff yourself as you are best placed to know who would be most relevant to your interests. It also gives you an insight into our Department and whether this is a place that you think would suit you.

Once you have an initial idea of a supervisor and project then formal applications are made via UCL Admissions. If the weblinks provided or a potential supervisor cannot help, then specific questions on making an application can be addressed to the Geography Office or Professor Tariq Jazeel, Graduate Tutor or Professor Viv Jones, Deputy Graduate Tutor.

After making your application to UCL, it will be assessed by the UCL admissions team and then by academics with relevant expertise and you may be invited for interview, either in person or by phone, Teams, Zoom, or other means.

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.

Useful links for prospective students

• UCL Admissions

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