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About our programmes

Geography and Earth Science research at the University of Hull is renowned for its international scope and relevance across human and physical geography and geology. Specialisms at Hull range from mass extinction research and simulating water and sediment flows on flood plains and Mars to environmental policy and governance and mapping the historic connections between women’s property ownership and status.

Whether you choose to study at PhD or Masters level, you will find that we combine research expertise and cutting-edge facilities to deliver a unique experience. We have a network of exceptional research opportunities, and you will join established research groups which gather staff, postdoctoral researchers and postgraduate researchers into clusters of world-class expertise.

We are a world-class centre of excellence for interdisciplinary research into, and postgraduate study of both human and physical environments, as well as earth science. We also offer opportunities for multidisciplinary research between geography and other subject areas at PhD level.

We offer research opportunities as MSc by Research in Physical Geography, MA by Research in Human Geography, as well as MPhil and PhD options in the research areas of your choice, providing we can match you up with a supervisor whose area of expertise matches your proposal.

Research supervisors


Open for admission in 2018/19

Full time Part time
MA by Research 1 year 2 years
MSc by Research 1 year 2 years
MPhil 2 years 4 years
PhD 4 years 7 years

Start in January, June or September


We welcome applications for postgraduate research across a broad range of areas. Please click on the following links for more information and for help with being matched up with a potential supervisor.

Human Geography

Our human geography research is divided into two themes:

  • Environment and spaces of governance
  • Knowledges, cultures and space

Physical Geography and Earth Sciences

We separate our physical geography research into three themes:

  • Sediment and flow dynamics
  • System response to environmental change
  • Aquatic systems and resources

“I chose Hull because of its reputation for high-quality teaching, research, and its collaboration with many other educational and research institutes.”

Ejike Udeze, MSc Renewable Energy

Fees and funding

  • Home/EU: £4,260 (full-time) 
  • Home/EU: £2,130 (part-time)


  • MSc by Research/MPhil/PhD: £15,300
  • MA by Research: £12,800

Please note, fees for International applicants for 2018/19 have not yet been confirmed, and may increase.

These fees are for all research degree programmes on this page. For courses lasting more than one year, small annual increases may apply. For more information, please visit www.hull.ac.uk/money.

For information about bursaries and how to fund your studies see our money page, or take a look at our PhD scholarships page for specific funded PhD opportunities.

The University’s Postgraduate Training Scheme (PGTS) provides a range of modules (both generic and discipline-specific) to support research students through their programme.

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The library has an exclusive lounge for postgraduate research students and a dedicated Skills Team to provide a wide range of study and research skills help.

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The Graduate School provides support to postgraduate research students. Offering skills development opportunities and dedicated facilities, the school is here to help you achieve your potential.

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Research at Hull tackles big challenges and makes an impact on lives globally, every day. Our current research portfolio spans everything from health to habitats, food to flooding and supply chain to slavery.

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Entry requirements

Applicants should normally hold a good first degree, at 1st or 2.1 level for entry onto MPhil and PhD programmes.

Entrance requirements for the MSc and MA courses are, ideally, a degree (at least 2:2 or equivalent) in a science or social science subject: e.g., Geography, Politics, Sociology, Environmental Science, Biology, Chemistry, Engineering etc.

International students

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

Visit your country page to find out more about our entry requirements.