PhD
4 years full time, 6 years part time
Choose to start in September 2017, January 2018 or May 2018

Geography

We enjoy a reputation for world-leading research in a wide range of areas, including policy-relevant studies on global socioeconomic and cultural transformations, and sensitive environmental systems.

You’ll work with expert faculty who are major contributors to policy debates within the UK Government, the EU and other international organisations.

Areas of study

PhD or MPhil?

You can choose to study for a PhD or an MPhil. PhD and MPhil degrees differ in the length of the course and therefore in the extent of the research work you can undertake and incorporate in your thesis.

  • An MPhil typically takes three years full time and four years part time. You’ll conduct an independent piece of research but in less depth than for a PhD. You will graduate with the degree title Master of Philosophy.
  • A PhD typically takes four years full time and six years part time. You will undertake a piece of research that makes a substantial original contribution to knowledge or understanding in your chosen field.

If you choose an MPhil, you might be able to change to a PhD during the course of your studies.

How to apply

If you’d like to join us as a research student, there are two main routes:

Find out how to apply for a PhD at Sussex

Full-time and part-time study

Choose to work on your research full time or part time, to fit around your work and family life. For details about part-time study, contact us at globalresearch@sussex.ac.uk

Faculty

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  • Climate Science and Society

    Dr Alexander Antonarakis
    Lecturer In Global Change Ecology
    A.Antonarakis@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Carbon Capture and Storage, Carbon cycles and land use land cover changes, Environmental modelling, GIS Mapping, Remote Sensing & Earth Observation, River Hydraulics, Terrestrial ecology

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    Dr Mick Frogley
    Senior Lecturer in Physical Geography
    M.R.Frogley@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Climate change, Palaeoenvironments, Quaternary Science

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    Prof Dominic Kniveton
    Professor of Climate Science & Society
    D.R.Kniveton@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Africa, Climate change, Development, Migration, South Asia

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    Prof Julian Murton
    Professor of Permafrost Science
    J.B.Murton@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Arctic, Engineering Geology, Ice Age Britain, Periglacial geomorphology, Permafrost

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    Dr David Ockwell
    Reader in Geography
    D.Ockwell@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Climate change, Climate change mitigation, climate policy, Energy, Energy and climate policy, energy policy, Energy transitions, Innovation Policy, International Development, Sustainable energy production

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    Dr Pedram Rowhani
    Senior Lecturer in Geography
    P.Rowhani@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Climate Impact, Food Security, GIS Mapping, Land Cover Change, Land Use Change, Remote Sensing & Earth Observation

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    Prof Martin Todd
    Professor in Climate Change
    M.Todd@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Aerosol Generation, Africa, Atmospheric sciences, atmospheric aerosols, Climate and climate change, climate and development, Climate change, Climate change adaptation, Climate modelling, Climatic Effects, Climatic Effects (Water Engineering), Climatology, groundwater, Water In The Atmosphere, Water Resources

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    Dr Yi Wang
    Senior Lecturer in Climate Change
    Yi.Wang@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Carbon cycles and land use land cover changes, Climate and climate change, Climate change adaptation, Climate change mitigation, Climate modelling, climate policy, Earth and environmental, Earth system sciences, Flood Risk Assessment, Global carbon cycles, Hydrology

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  • Geographies of Globalisation and Development

    Dr Grace Carswell
    Reader in Human Geography
    G.Carswell@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Land Use

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    Dr Daniel Haberly
    Lecturer In Human Geography
    D.Haberly@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Economic Geography, Financial Geography, globalisation, Human Geography

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    Prof JoAnn McGregor
    Professor Of Human Geography
    J.Mcgregor@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: African diasporas, Conflict and violence, Development studies, Migration, Refugees and asylum, Southern Africa social history, Ur

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    Dr David Ockwell
    Reader in Geography
    D.Ockwell@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Climate change, Climate change mitigation, climate policy, Energy, Energy and climate policy, energy policy, Energy transitions, Innovation Policy, International Development, Sustainable energy production

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    Prof Clionadh Raleigh
    Professor Of Human Geography
    C.Raleigh@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Political geography

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  • Geographies of Migration

    Prof Michael Collyer
    Professor of Geography
    M.Collyer@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: european union, Geopolitics, Migration, Refugees and asylum

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    Dr Priya Deshingkar
    Research Director/Senior Research Fellow
    P.Deshingkar@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Agriculture, IInernational Development, Internal Migration, Migration, Precarious Occupations, Rural Livelihoods

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    Prof Russell King
    Professor of Geography
    R.King@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Ageing and the lifecourse, ageing care and migration, Albania, Children and migration, Cultural Geography, Generations, geographies of socialist and postsocialist development, Greece, higher education, Human Geography, International Student Migration/Mobility, Island studies, Italy, Migration, migration studies, social geography, Southern Europe, The Mediterranean, Youth

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    Prof JoAnn McGregor
    Professor Of Human Geography
    J.Mcgregor@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: African diasporas, Conflict and violence, Development studies, Migration, Refugees and asylum, Southern Africa social history, Ur

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    Dr Ceri Oeppen
    Lecturer In Human Geography
    C.J.Oeppen@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Afghan diaspora, Afghanistan, Development studies, Human Geography, Migration, Multiculturalism, Peace and conflict, Politics of asylum and migration, Refugee Studies, Social and cultural geographies of migration

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    Prof Ben Rogaly
    Professor of Human Geography
    B.Rogaly@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: class, community, employment in agriculture and food, Identity, labour geography, migration studies, place, race and racism, social geography, work migration

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    Prof Paul Statham
    Professor of Migration
    Paul.Statham@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: ageing care and migration, Comparative Studies, Domestic Politics of European Integration, Immigration, Islam, Media & Communication Studies, Multiculturalism, Public sphere theory, Social movements, Sociology

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    Dr Katie Walsh
    Senior Lecturer in Geography
    Katie.Walsh@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Ageing and the lifecourse, Belonging, British diaspora, Britishness, Domestic material culture, Dubai, Expatriate migration, family studies, Highly Skilled migration, Home, Home-making practices, Intimacy, Intimacy and transnational kinship relations, Migration and diaspora, The politics of domesticity

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  • Geomorphology

    Dr John Barlow
    Lecturer in Applied Geomorphology
    John.Barlow@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Slopes

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    Prof Roger Moore
    Professor of Applied Geomorphology
    R.Moore@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Erosion, Geomorphology, landslides, Slopes, subsea

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    Prof Cherith Moses
    Professor of Geomorphology
    C.Moses@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Oceanography

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    Prof Julian Murton
    Professor of Permafrost Science
    J.B.Murton@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Arctic, Engineering Geology, Ice Age Britain, Periglacial geomorphology, Permafrost

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    Dr David Ockwell
    Reader in Geography
    D.Ockwell@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Climate change, Climate change mitigation, climate policy, Energy, Energy and climate policy, energy policy, Energy transitions, Innovation Policy, International Development, Sustainable energy production

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  • Histories, Cultures, Networks

    Dr Grace Carswell
    Reader in Human Geography
    G.Carswell@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Land Use

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    Dr Fae Dussart
    Lecturer In Human Geography
    F.C.Dussart@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: British Empire, class, Colonialism, Cultural Geography, domestic service, Gender and Sexuality, Historical Geography, Home, Humanitarianism, Imperial/Colonial History, Modern British history, Place and Identity, Race, The politics of domesticity

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    Dr Carl Griffin
    Reader in Historical Geography
    Carl.Griffin@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Cultural Geography, Eighteenth-Century History, Historical Geography, More-than-human histories, Nineteenth-Century History, Popular politics, Protest, Rural history

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    Prof Alan Lester
    Professor of Historical Geography
    A.J.Lester@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: apartheid, British Empire, Colonialism, Humanitarianism, indigenous peoples, Settler Colonies

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    Prof JoAnn McGregor
    Professor Of Human Geography
    J.Mcgregor@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: African diasporas, Conflict and violence, Development studies, Migration, Refugees and asylum, Southern Africa social history, Ur

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    Prof Ben Rogaly
    Professor of Human Geography
    B.Rogaly@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: class, community, employment in agriculture and food, Identity, labour geography, migration studies, place, race and racism, social geography, work migration

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    Dr Simon Rycroft
    Senior Lecturer in Human Geography
    S.P.Rycroft@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: 20th Century Visual Culture, Cultural Geography, Historical Geography, Post-war cultural politics, Post-war Culture

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    Dr Katie Walsh
    Senior Lecturer in Geography
    Katie.Walsh@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Ageing and the lifecourse, Belonging, British diaspora, Britishness, Domestic material culture, Dubai, Expatriate migration, family studies, Highly Skilled migration, Home, Home-making practices, Intimacy, Intimacy and transnational kinship relations, Migration and diaspora, The politics of domesticity

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Entry requirements

A Masters degree in geography although those with a Masters degree in a closely related discipline may also be admitted. In exceptional circumstances, candidates with other backgrounds may be considered. Applicants must submit an outline research proposal of two to three pages indicating the nature, ambitions and primary questions of the project

Research training

If you’re applying for ESRC funding, you might need to do a Masters first. Find out about our Social Research Methods MSc.

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall, with not less than 6.0 in each section.

Find out about other English language qualifications we accept.

English language support

Don’t have the English language level for your course? Find out more about our pre-sessional courses.

Additional information for international students

We welcome applications from all over the world. Find out about international qualifications suitable for our PhD degrees.

Visas and immigration

Find out how to apply for a student visa


Scholarships and fees

How can I fund my course?

Postgraduate Masters Loan

MPhil students might be eligible for a Postgraduate Masters Loan. This is not available for students registering for a PhD.

Scholarships

Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.

Part-time work

We advertise around 2,500 part-time jobs a year so you can make money and gain work experience. We have a special scheme to employ students on campus, wherever possible.

Find out more about careers and employability

How much does it cost?

Fees for self-funding students

Home: £4,195 per year

EU: £4,195 per year

Channel Islands and Isle of Man: £4,195 per year

Overseas: £15,100 per year

Our fees follow the indicative fee level set nationally by Research Council UK and may be subject to change.