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Geography PhD Degree

Research (PhD) degrees in the Department of Geography

The Department has one of the largest Graduate Schools of Geography in the UK. Currently, there are approximately 120 students registered for PhD programmes and over 220 on taught Masters programmes. Our students are supported by 40 academic staff in the Department, and by collaborative supervision with external individuals and organisations in the UK and worldwide, including a series of joint PhD programmes with international partners.  The Department has high completion rates (86 awards, 77 within four years since 2008).  

Opportunities for the funding and training of post graduate research students have recently been enhanced significantly, with funding opportunities from four key research training consortia, which offer funding for 'home fees' (UK/EU) students:

  • London Interdisciplinary Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership (LISS DTP) supporting interdisciplinary social science research in 13 thematic pathways covering  broad areas of research from (i) health, well-being and social inclusion, (jj) economics and business, (iii) language, culture and education, (iv) the environment and urban life and (v) security and governance.

  •  the London NERC Doctoral Training Partnership involving physical geographers and other natural scientists from King's and 9 other London universities and research institutes

  • AHRC London Arts and Humanities Partnership supporting PhD research at the intersection of geography with the humanities at King's, UCL, and the University of London's School of Advanced Studies
  • the EPSRC-funded Centre for Doctoral Training in Cross-Disciplinary Approaches to Non-Equilibrium Systems (CANES)

Within the Department, PhD students are supported through their affiliation with one (or more) research groups, which sponsor seminars and other opportunities for learning and interaction with leading researchers.

Membership of these groups is non-exclusive, and there is considerable collaboration and cross-research group activity, particularly on the urban environment, land degradation, natural hazards, and climate and water. 

Our staff research interests page will provide further information about academics' interests.

For information on the application process for a Geography research degree at King's, click on how to apply in the left hand column. Consult the College prospectus for further information relating to graduate study.

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