The School of Geography, Politics and Sociology

Postgraduate Research

Postgraduate Research Programmes

We offer a wide variety of postgraduate taught and research programmes across geography, politics and sociology. These provide an excellent way for you to develop your research interests, skills and knowledge.

Quality academic staff and passionate postgraduates makes our School an exciting place to research. Postgraduate students take part in the School’s research clusters and participate in seminars, workshops and conferences. There are opportunities to develop teaching skills and join other School research projects.

PhD students in the School take part in an integrated training programme. You will develop your own research project but also learn more about doing research in the social or physical sciences.

The School especially welcomes applicants who are keen to pursue interdisciplinary and international research. We supervise students across the School's research disciplines, and within the Universities research areas:

  • environmental change
  • health and society
  • identities and cultures
  • social transformations
  • geographies of development
  • governance and citizenship
  • political and social theory

Many of our research programmes are recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council.

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National and international connections

We have extensive international networks and our researchers contribute to a wide range of national and international academic and policy debates. 

Applications from postgraduate research students already studying at other universities are welcome. There are opportunities to study at Newcastle as an occasional postgraduate student. This can be either on a self-funded basis or through School funding.

In recent years, we have welcomed visiting PhD students from:

  • Italy
  • France
  • Finland
  • Australia
  • UK

The School is part of a consortium of universities forming the Centre for Russian, Central and East European Studies (CRCEES). This is a multi-disciplinary centre funded by HEFCE, SHEFC, the ESRC and AHRC.

Through the activities of the Jean Monnet Centre, students engage with the wider community on the subject of the European Union.