Geographers at Newcastle combine academic excellence with a thorough understanding of how their work can inform public debate, underpin public policy and be applied to current local, national and international issues.
We offer a range of taught and research programmes, and with over 50 of our postgraduate researchers and 20 members of staff from countries other than the UK, you can be assured of joining a varied and vibrant community.
We cover both human and physical geography. Our key areas of research in human geography include: urban social geography; economic geographies; international development and geopolitics. Physical geography has key interests in Earth surface processes and quaternary research. Much of our research is interdisciplinary and engages in a variety of ways with public policy concerns and debates. The quality of our research was confirmed in the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) 2008. Eighty per cent of our submission was classed as ‘internationally excellent’ or ‘internationally recognised’ with 10 per cent classed as ‘world leading’.
Our research community is organised through four clusters: environmental change and management; new economic geographies; society, space and practice; and territory, culture and politics. Integral to our interdisciplinary approach is the Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies, a leading international research centre that undertakes funded research on issues relating to regional development, spatial economics and finance. The Centre has close connections with a broad range of local, national and global companies and organisations and links into our PGCert, PGDip and MA in Local and Regional Development.
All postgraduate students are integrated into our research culture and encouraged to participate in the activities of our various research clusters such as seminars (both inside and outside the University), workshops and conferences.
As part of this inclusive postgraduate community, you will enjoy recently refurbished accommodation with dedicated postgraduate facilities. We have GIS and cartography software, fieldwork vehicles and research equipment as well as an excellent suite of laboratories for the analysis of water and sediments for projects in geomorphology, environmental change and hydrology.
Human geography is a recognised pathway within the ESRC North East Doctoral Training Centre (DTC). Building on past success in winning ESRC funding for MA and PhD degrees, we encourage students to come and talk to us about research ideas that can be funded through the DTC.