The School of Geography, Politics and Sociology

Postgraduate Research

Postgraduate Research


Geography at Newcastle provides a lively environment for both physical and human geography research

Our research focuses on core geographical topics and issues, and we have a strong interdisciplinary orientation. We are located in the School of Geography, Politics and Sociology, and connect with earth science, humanities and social science research across the university.

Geography is home to the Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies (CURDS) which is an internationally recognised research centre focusing on applied and policy-orientated research on urban and regional development issues.  

Our staff and PhD researchers also have good links to the Institute of Health and Society and the Newcastle Institute for Research on Sustainability.

Our postgraduates come from a wide range of academic backgrounds and our postgraduate research is equally diverse in terms of its subject matter and geographical focus.

PhD studies

We welcome applications from students interested in PhD and MPhil topics in a range of areas.  The research areas for both Human Geography and Physical Geography where we can provide supervision give an indication of our range of research interests.

Please also look at our listing of current PhD research in Geography

Research Clusters

Research clusters

Our research activity in Geography is organised through a number of clusters, and postgraduate researchers are very involved in these clusters, which bring both staff and students together.

Further Information

Further information

For any further information please contact Professor Rachel Woodward (Director of Geography PhD and MPhil Programmes) or the Postgraduate Research Secretary at

Human Geography

All our academic staff welcome inquiries from prospective PhD students about supervision. The following information shows the range of topics where we can offer supervision, grouped by research clusters.

For any further general information, please contact: 

GPS Postgraduate Secretary 
School of Geography, Politics and Sociology 

Telephone: +44 (0)191 208 5200 
Fax: +44 (0)191 208 5421 

Physical Geography

Researchers in the Physical Geography cluster work in interdisciplinary teams with a focus on four core research areas: palaeoclimatology, water science, cryospheric systems and landscape evolution.  There is a breadth of research experience across the team which has excellent international and national profile.  Our research has a strong science base, and this is supported by the development of dedicated laboratory and computing facilities.  Environments where we are active in research include places in the UK, Greenland, Iceland, Pagagonia, Turkey, USA, Tibet and Japan.  
Key themes:

  • paleoclimatology
  • landscape evolution
  • applied geomorphology and natural hazards
  • Quaternary geochronology
  • glaciology
  • water science


IAPETUS NERC Doctoral Training

Geography welcomes applications to the 2017 IAPETUS doctoral studentship competition. Further information will be posted here once these projects are confirmed, and more information is also available on the IAPETUS website.

For any further general information, please contact:

Postgraduate Secretary
School of Geography, Politics and Sociology
Newcastle University
Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7RU
United Kingdom

Telephone: +44 (0)191 208 5200
Fax: +44 (0)191 208 5421