Geography and Earth Science research degrees

How to applyGeography and Geology

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.


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

Admissions status

Open for admission in 2018/19

Research options

MPhil: 2 years (full-time) / 4 years (part-time)

PhD: 4 years (full-time) / 7 years (part-time)

MSc by Research: 1 year (full-time) / 2 years (part-time)

MA by Research: 1 year (full-time) / 2 years (part-time)


Home/EU: £4,195 (full-time) / £2,098 (part-time)


MSc by Research/MPhil/PhD:

MA by Research:

These fees are for all Geography and Earth Science research degrees research programmes on this page. For courses lasting more than one year, small annual increases may apply. For more information, please visit

The Postgraduate Training Scheme

It is now widely recognised by employers, professional bodies and research funding agencies that specialist expertise alone is not sufficient preparation either for research or a subsequent career. With this in mind, the University of Hull requires all its postgraduate research students to follow a research training programme relating both to their particular field of study and to generic skills; for example, information technology and communication skills.

Postgraduate Training Scheme

Next steps


The University of Hull is part of the ESRC White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership - a collaboration between the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York, Sheffield Hallam, Hull, Bradford and Manchester Metropolitan University - and through this is able to offer a range of ESRC Postgraduate Scholarships for the following projects:

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 (language requirements)

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.


Hull is a world-leading research centre for Geography, which is studied in the School of Environmental Sciences. We use this research in our programmes to ensure they reflect the latest thinking.