MPhil/PhD Human Geography

MPhil/PhD Human Geography

"Geography at Lincoln represents one of the most significant investments in UK university Geography for a generation" Dr Rita Gardner CBE, former Director of the Royal Geographical Society

The Course

The School of Geography offers the opportunity to work at doctoral level alongside academics whose research has been internationally recognised.

You will have the chance to work within a supportive academic community, sharing ideas and experiences with the aim of advancing knowledge.

The Course

Human Geography seeks to explore the relationship between people and their communities, considering language, religion, economic and government structures, and a broad range of other cultural aspects.

The School of Geography offers the opportunity to work at doctoral level alongside academics whose research has been internationally recognised. Researchers in the School include Professor Mark Macklin, whose expertise lies in river systems, global environmental change, and in catchment hazard and pollution issues, and Professor of Climate Science and Meteorology, Edward Hanna, and Dr Gary Bosworth, Reader in Rural Geography.

Students can benefit from the supportive academic community, where ideas and experiences are shared with the aim of advancing knowledge.

Lincoln’s human geographers are working on projects exploring national and international migration; rural development; the spatial dimension of social and technological innovations; environmental history and geoarcheaology; environmental management, governance and behaviour; and the analysis and mapping of a range of economic and social inequalities from international to sub-regional scales.

Human geographers at Lincoln are working on projects researching
innovations in the agri-food sector, rural development policy, the regional impacts of migration and the experiences of EU migrants, broadband internet infrastructure and adoption, urban crime, the use of remote sensing in managing post-disaster scenarios, geographies of health, natural conservation, perceptions of ‘place’ and rural tourism.
Due to the nature of postgraduate research programmes, the vast majority of your time will be spent in independent study and research. In addition to this, you are strongly encouraged to attend School seminar and guest speaker events, and engage in a range of research and skills training opportunities in support of your studies.

You will have meetings with your academic supervisors, however the regularity of these may vary depending on your own individual requirements, subject area, staff availability and the stage of your programme.

You will be required to demonstrate adequate and appropriate progress on an annual basis. Final assessment is by viva voce examination of a research thesis. You are also expected to demonstrate how your research findings have contributed to knowledge or developed existing theory or understanding.
The key to a successful programme is to find a research subject that you are passionate about, and a supervisory team that have expertise in this area. The first thing that all students should do is directly contact a member of staff who works in an area that they are interested in. We have wide areas of expertise in the School spanning climate change, river and coastal processes and pollution, waterborne diseases, biogeography, environmental behaviour, rural economy, social and political geography, development studies, and more.

Please visit the pages of the School to find the areas you are interested in, and then identify potential academic supervisors:

https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/geography/

You are invited to contact the supervisors that you feel are best suited to your research area to discuss the process further.

Once you have spoken to potential supervisors, you can follow the formal application process here:

https://my.lincoln.ac.uk/welcome/pages/login.aspx

Enrolment Dates

To support your experience within the postgraduate research community, new students are encouraged to enrol in October, February or May.

In addition to meeting peers across the University who are starting their research programme at the same time, there is access to a central training programme designed around the first three months of study, and targeted support aligned to each stage of the postgraduate research journey. Alternative enrolment dates may be agreed with your supervisor on an individual basis.

Typically, students considered for postgraduate research are interviewed. Interviews may be in person or conducted by Skype or telephone if necessary.
2020/21 Entry*Full-timePart-time
Home/EU £4,433** £2,217**
Home/EU 
(including Alumni Scholarship*** 20% reduction)
£3,546 £1,773
International £16,100 £8,050
International
(Including International Alumni / Global Postgraduate Scholarship £2,000 reduction)****
£14,100 £7,050
Thesis Pending Home/EU (MPhil/PhD only) £710 £710
Thesis Pending International (MPhil/PhD only) £2,308 £2,308

 

2019/20 Entry*Full-timePart-time
Home/EU £4,327 £2,164
Home/EU 
(including Alumni Scholarship*** 20% reduction)
£3,462 £1,731
International £15,800 £7,900
International
(Including International Alumni / Global Postgraduate Scholarship £2,000 reduction)****
£13,800 £6,900
Thesis Pending Home/EU (MPhil/PhD only) £696 £696
Thesis Pending International (MPhil/PhD only) £2,263 £2,263

 

* Academic year August – July

** Estimated RCUK fee for 2020/21. The University of Lincoln sets its fees in line with the Research Councils UK (RCUK) research fee support level. For home students commencing in 2020 this will be set early in the New Year. The indicative fee level from RCUK for 2019/20 is £4,327. For 2020 this fee is expected to increase in line with inflation, based on the Treasury GDP deflator.

*** UoL Alumni students only enrolling on to a Postgraduate Research programme. 20% Offset against the tuition fee payable for each year of study.

****Subject to eligibility. Reduction applied to first year’s fees only.

Research students may be required to pay additional fees in addition to cover the cost of specialist resources, equipment and access to any specialist collections that may be required to support their research project. These will be informed by the research proposal submitted and will be calculated on an individual basis. Any additional fees will be outlined in your offer letter, prior to accepting your place at the University of Lincoln.

Guidance for Postgraduate Fees

Postgraduate Research

Full time and part time postgraduate research students will be invoiced the published set fee each academic year enrolled, up to the point of thesis submission.

Upon first enrolment, the full set fee is payable.

All continuing students are required to re-enrol on their anniversary of their first enrolment. The relevant set full time or part time fee is payable by all continuing students on re-enrolment.

A reduced 'writing-up' fee in the 12 month period prior to thesis submission may be applicable subject to your progress. After your Viva Voce examination, additional fees will be payable if a second Viva Voce examination is required.

For further information and for details about funding your study, scholarships and bursaries, please see our Postgraduate Fees & Funding pages [www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studyatlincoln/postgraduateprogrammes/feesandfunding/].

First or second class honours degree.

For direct PhD entry, applicants should possess a relevant Master's or MPhil degree.

Potential areas of work are aligned with the School’s current research strengths and specialisms and include (but are not limited to):

  • Food production and water security
  • Rural development policy
  • Sustainable rural, agricultural, and urban communities
  • Migration and geodemographics
  • Urban security and governance
  • Managing post-disaster scenarios
  • Geographies of health
  • Environmental management/governance and behaviour
  • Environmental history and geoarcheaology
  • Perceptions of ‘place’
  • Development studies.


Research in the School of Geography is conducted within the following centres and groups:

Lincoln Centre for Water and Planetary Health (LCWPH)

Lincoln Centre for Water and Planetary Health focuses on solving the most pressing global environmental and societal problems emerging from the world’s largest rivers. These include climate change impacts on extreme floods and droughts, flood-related contamination from metal mining and processing, and waterborne and vector-borne diseases affecting humans and animals where riverine environments provide the principal habitat.

Rural Visions Research Group

Rural Visions is a collaboration of researchers at Lincoln who embrace an eclectic range of research topics including rural economic and community development, rural landscape histories, animals and nature, environmental issues, rurality in literature and the media, rural migration and demography, rural poverty, and the impacts of technology for rural places.

Find out more on the School’s research pages:

https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/geography/research/

Due to the nature of postgraduate research programmes, the majority of time is spent in independent study and research. In addition, students are encouraged to attend School seminar and guest speaker events, and engage in a range of research and skills training opportunities in support of their studies.

Students will meet with their academic supervisor, however the regularity of this will vary depending on individual requirements, subject area, staff availability, and the stage of their programme.

Students will be required to demonstrate adequate and appropriate progress on an annual basis. Final assessment is by an oral examination (viva voce) of a research thesis. Students are also expected to demonstrate how their research findings have contributed to knowledge or developed existing theory or understanding.
The key to a successful programme is to find a research subject that you are passionate about, and a supervisory team that has expertise in that area. All students should initially contact a member of staff who works in an area that they are interested in. The School has a wide range of expertise spanning climate change, river and coastal processes and pollution, waterborne diseases, biogeography, environmental behaviour, rural economy, social and political geography, development studies, and more.

Please visit the School pages to explore the areas you are interested in, and then identify potential academic supervisors:

https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/geography/

You are invited to contact the supervisors that you feel are best suited to your research area to discuss the process further.

Once you have spoken to potential supervisors, you can follow the formal application process here:

https://my.lincoln.ac.uk/welcome/pages/login.aspx

Enrolment Dates

To support your experience within the postgraduate research community, new students are encouraged to enrol in October, February, or May.

In addition to meeting peers across the University who are starting their research programme at the same time, there is access to a central training programme designed around the first three months of study, and targeted support aligned to each stage of the postgraduate research journey. Alternative enrolment dates may be agreed with your supervisor on an individual basis.

Upon positive evaluation of an online application (including the research proposal), candidates will be interviewed by a panel of qualified academics from within the School of Geography and/or the wider University.
2020/21 Entry*Full-timePart-time
Home/EU £4,433** £2,217**
Home/EU 
(including Alumni Scholarship*** 20% reduction)
£3,546 £1,773
International £16,100 £8,050
International
(Including International Alumni / Global Postgraduate Scholarship £2,000 reduction)****
£14,100 £7,050
Thesis Pending Home/EU (MPhil/PhD only) £710 £710
Thesis Pending International (MPhil/PhD only) £2,308 £2,308

 

2019/20 Entry*Full-timePart-time
Home/EU £4,327 £2,164
Home/EU 
(including Alumni Scholarship*** 20% reduction)
£3,462 £1,731
International £15,800 £7,900
International
(Including International Alumni / Global Postgraduate Scholarship £2,000 reduction)****
£13,800 £6,900
Thesis Pending Home/EU (MPhil/PhD only) £696 £696
Thesis Pending International (MPhil/PhD only) £2,263 £2,263

 

* Academic year August – July

** Estimated RCUK fee for 2020/21. The University of Lincoln sets its fees in line with the Research Councils UK (RCUK) research fee support level. For home students commencing in 2020 this will be set early in the New Year. The indicative fee level from RCUK for 2019/20 is £4,327. For 2020 this fee is expected to increase in line with inflation, based on the Treasury GDP deflator.

*** UoL Alumni students only enrolling on to a Postgraduate Research programme. 20% Offset against the tuition fee payable for each year of study.

****Subject to eligibility. Reduction applied to first year’s fees only.

Research students may be required to pay additional fees in addition to cover the cost of specialist resources, equipment and access to any specialist collections that may be required to support their research project. These will be informed by the research proposal submitted and will be calculated on an individual basis. Any additional fees will be outlined in your offer letter, prior to accepting your place at the University of Lincoln.

Guidance for Postgraduate Fees

Postgraduate Research

Full time and part time postgraduate research students will be invoiced the published set fee each academic year enrolled, up to the point of thesis submission.

Upon first enrolment, the full set fee is payable.

All continuing students are required to re-enrol on their anniversary of their first enrolment. The relevant set full time or part time fee is payable by all continuing students on re-enrolment.

A reduced 'writing-up' fee in the 12 month period prior to thesis submission may be applicable subject to your progress. After your Viva Voce examination, additional fees will be payable if a second Viva Voce examination is required.

For further information and for details about funding your study, scholarships and bursaries, please see our Postgraduate Fees & Funding pages [www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studyatlincoln/postgraduateprogrammes/feesandfunding/].

First or second class honours degree in Geography or related discipline.

For direct PhD entry, applicants should possess a relevant Master's or MPhil degree in Geography or related discipline.

Learn from Experts

Throughout this degree, students may receive tuition from professors, senior lecturers, lecturers, researchers, practitioners, visiting experts or technicians, and they may also be supported in their learning by other students.

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Dr Gary Bosworth

Academic Contact

Dr Gary Bosworth is the Deputy Head of the School of Geography. His research interests are centred on rural development and the creation of sustainable and liveable rural communities. Gary's ongoing research continues to explore the impacts of growing mobility and interdependence between urban and rural areas. In particular, he is interested in the role that businesses play in providing key services, attracting infrastructure, providing employment and training, and facilitating the social interactions that create the identity of rural places.


Your Future Career

Facilities

At Lincoln, we constantly invest in our campus as we aim to provide the best learning environment for our students. Whatever the area of study, the University strives to ensure students have access to specialist equipment and resources, to develop the skills, which they may need in their future career.

Over the past two decades, the University has invested more than £350 million in its Brayford Pool Campus, with further plans to invest in additional facilities and refurbishments of existing buildings.

Students also make the most of the University's award-winning Great Central Warehouse Library, which provides access to more than 250,000 printed books and over 400,000 electronic books and journals, as well as databases and specialist collections. The Library has a range of different spaces for shared and individual learning.


The University intends to provide its courses as outlined in these pages, although the University may make changes in accordance with the Student Admissions Terms and Conditions.