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Human Geography

The Human Geography pathway within the Midlands Graduate School is available to applicants whose projects fall within ESRC remit. The School of Geography at Nottingham offers excellent opportunities for postgraduates both during and beyond the PhD, with an excellent track record in supporting students into post-doctoral work.

The School is committed to high quality research and knowledge transfer and has a strong culture of interdisciplinary and collaborative work. This generates high-impact research which informs government public policy, private enterprise and third sector organisations, as well as inter-government organisations. We collaborate with leading organisations in the private and public sectors, ensuring our research has important and beneficial applications and impacts for society. Our community is organised into four research themes and three collaborative research hubs that reflect and shape our research strategy and we pride ourselves on a strong collegiate research culture.

Research Themes Collaborative Research Hubs


Potential applicants for 2024 entry should contact a prospective supervisor or, if you have yet to identify an appropriate advisor, please contact Professor Sarah Jewitt by Monday 11th December.

When you contact a prospective supervisor or Professor Jewitt, please send your CV, a one-page note on your preparation and motivation to conduct research to PhD level on a topic in Human Geography and a one-page outline of your proposed research topic. This will help us to advise on your eligibility and the fit of your proposed research with our interests and expertise.

As this studentship is funded by the ESRC, your proposed research project must principally employ social science methods. If you have concerns about the ‘fit’ of your project with the ESRC remit, this page provides further guidance on disciplinary remit. In addition, the ESRC has a remit query form where you can submit project summaries for a decision in advance of making an application.

Key Facts:
Structure of provision: Masters + PhD funding or PhD-only funding, either full-time or part-time
PhD Application:

Apply for the PhD in Geography

Please specify you have applied for ESRC funding in your University of Nottingham application.

Pathway Contact: Professor Sarah Jewitt