PhDs in Geography

Geography is divided into two inter-connected sub-disciplines: physical geography and human geography. Physical geography uses plenty of techniques and information from cartography, while human geography analyses topics related to human society such as agriculture, economy, population distribution, etc. The interaction between humans and the Earth is an object of study especially for students in a Master’s degree in geography.

The traditional fields that are studied during such a programme concern land formations, inhabitants, terrain and the derived phenomena. Specializations can be taken in physical study, relations between man and land, Earth science and the spatial analysis of natural and human phenomena. The main skill that students gain after a Master degree in geography is the understanding of the complex natural and artificial mechanism of the Earth.

Geography is also one of the basic sciences in education and helps students acquire skills in matters of conflict and war, energy dependence, climate change, globalization and terrorism. Graduates can easily get employed as cartographers, international development workers or tourism officers.

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Suggested PhD Programmes

Ohio State University

PhD Geography - Doctor of Philosophy
  • Dec 2016
  • National $ 12,424 per year
  • International $ 30,968 per year
  • Not specified

Graduate work in geography has been offered at The Ohio State University since the early 1920s. Currently, the department offers programs leading to an MA or a PhD. At both levels, an emphasis is placed on two of the requirements for present day geographers - theoretical understanding and methodological skills.

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University of Maribor

PhD Geography
  • Oct 2016
  • EEA € 4,030 per year
  • International € 4,030 per year
  • 36 months

The PhD programme Geography level 3 is a postgraduate study programme that builds on the undergraduate (Bologna) study programme of geography. It enables students to acquire knowledge from a wide range of geographical disciplines, giving doctoral students a wide diapason of knowledge as well as extensive opportunities for employability. A special emphasis is given on the didactics of geography, environmental geography, urban geography and rural geography, which are the core of the proposed level 3 study programme.

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Swansea University

PhD Human Geography
  • Jan 2017
  • Apr 2017
  • Jul 2016
  • Oct 2016
  • EEA £ 4,052 per year
  • International £ 14,400 per year
  • 36 months

The Geography department is always keen to attract applications from highly motivated and suitably qualified candidates to undertake postgraduate research in the Department of Geography. Swansea Human Geography has secured a coveted place in the ESRC's UK-wide network of doctoral training centres (DTCs) as part of the prestigious Wales Doctoral Training Centre.

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University of Bristol

Ph. D. Geographical Sciences (Physical)
  • Any time
  • EEA € 4,121 per year
  • International € 18,100 per year
  • 36 months

The School of Geographical Sciences is one of the world's leading international centres for research. It has been ranked the top geography department in the UK in every government assessment of research excellence.Geographical Sciences (Physical) programme is offered by University of Bristol.

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University of Zurich

PhD Geography/Earth System Sciences
  • Any time
  • EEA € 144 per semester
  • International € 144 per semester
  • 48 months

At the centre of the doctoral programme "Zurich Graduate School in Geography" is a written dissertation describing an original, independent scientific research project. Typically, these projects are completed in 3 to 4 years (full-time).

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Kansas State University

PhD Geography
  • Jan 2017
  • Oct 2016
  • National $ 415 per module
  • International $ 877 per module
  • Not specified

The Geography Ph.D. at Kansas State University is designed to develop and enhance a student's knowledge and ability to conduct original independent research that makes a scholarly contribution to the student's areas of specialization. The Ph.D. program fosters: an understanding of scientific inquiry knowledge of the structure of the geographic discipline, its history, issues, methods, and trends; proficiency in appropriate analytical and technical skills; and competency in communicating the results of research.

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Swansea University

PhD Physical Geography
  • Jan 2017
  • Apr 2017
  • Jul 2016
  • Oct 2016
  • Not specified
  • 36 months

The Geography department is always keen to attract applications from highly motivated and suitably qualified candidates to undertake postgraduate research in the Department of Geography.

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Ca' Foscari University of Venice

PhD Asian and African Studies
  • Sep 2016
  • EEA € 1,012 per year
  • International € 1,012 per year
  • 36 months

The aim of this PhD programme is to provide advanced knowledge of the field as well as advanced skills in methodology and analysis. The graduate will thus be capable of efficiently and innovatively comprehending the differing phenomena that occur in historical, geographical and cultural dimensions, focusing principally on primary sources within numerous Asian languages.

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