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Faculty of Science and Engineering

Geography and Earth Science research degrees

Postgraduate - Research

MA by Thesis MSc by Thesis PhD

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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 include mass extinction research; simulating water and sediment flows on flood plains and Mars; 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 Thesis in Physical Geography, MA by Thesis in Human Geography, as well as 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.

Details

Open for admission in 2019/20

Full time Part time
MA by Thesis 1 year 2 years
MSc by Thesis 1 year 2 years
PhD 3 years* 5 years*

* plus writing-up time

Start in January, May or September

Research

We welcome applications for postgraduate research across a broad range of areas. 

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: £4,327 (full-time) 
  • Home/EU: £2,163 (part-time)

International:

  • MSc by Thesis/MPhil/PhD: £16,000
  • MA by Thesis: £15,300

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 the fees and funding page.

The standard length of a full-time PhD programme is three years, or five years part-time, plus 'writing-up'.

For full-time students, writing up typically takes about three months but may be extended to one year without further paperwork. For part-time students, writing up typically takes one year, but may be extended to two years without further paperwork.

There is a small continuation fee to be paid for the writing-up period. The continuation fee is partly reimbursed, if you submit in less than one year (full-time) or less than two years (part-time).

Additional costs

There are some extra costs that you may have to pay, or choose to pay, depending on your programme of study and the decisions you make. The list below has some examples, and any extra costs will vary:

  • Student visas (international students).
  • Books (you’ll have access to many books through the University library, but you may want to buy your own copies).
  • Optional conference/field/archive/library trips (Faculties support some travel and conference attendance financially. Details vary. Please check with the Department/School to which you are applying).
  • Laptop (you’ll have access to laptops and PC’s on campus, but you may want to buy your own).
  • Printing and photocopying (There is a printing allowance in place for all students, currently £20 a year. Some Faculties grant PGR students access to printing and photocopying as staff. Please check with the Department/School to which you are applying).
  • Professional-body membership.
  • Graduation (gown hire and photography).

Remember, you’ll still need to take into account your living costs. This could include accommodation, travel and food – to name just a few. 

Some postgraduate research students may be asked to pay a bench fee in addition to the tuition fee to cover additional costs of their research project. If such a fee is levied for additional project-specific costs, not included in the tuition fee, you will receive further information during the application process.

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 generic and discipline-specific modules 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 Doctoral College 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

You should normally have, or expect to obtain, at least 2:1 Honours degree (or international equivalent) in a related subject.

Contacting your prospective supervisor before you submit your application is not essential but may be helpful.

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 academic IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. See other English language proficiency qualifications accepted by this University.

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.