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  • Qualification

    PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

  • Location

    University of Aberdeen

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    MAR-21, APR-21, MAY-21, JUN-21, JUL-21

  • Duration

    36 months

Course summary

Research in Geography and Environment draws on the perspectives informed by the social, environmental and physical sciences to address societal challenges and to understand the impacts of environmental change, both natural and anthropogenic, on the physical environment, from the local to global scales.

Research is organised into three broad themes:

Smart Sustainable Futures

The Low Carbon Society theme focuses on transitioning to low carbon and a sustainable society. We research rural sustainability and resilience, digital divides, transport and mobility and intelligent mobility

Earth Surface Processes

We research fundamental questions about the earth, surface process, Cryosphere and climate change. We focus on ice and climate interactions, ice sheet dynamics, glacial landform genesis and paleo glaciology and glaciogenic reservoirs.
Within Industry 4.0, we research the application of GIS, remote sensing, digital image processing, UAV data capture and its application to the coast, viticulture, landscape and biodiversity. Our Hydrological research focuses on the application of tracer and tracer-aided modelling, characterisation of hydrological systems, ecohydrology of headwater catchment, hydrogeology, geophysical investigations and aquifer modelling.


We focus on reconstructing environmental changes, landscape and climate, links to human activity during prehistory and early history. We use multiple techniques which include the use of dedicated labs, palynology, plant macrofossil analysis, non-pollen microfossils, peat geochemistry and stable isotopes. Our research is interdisciplinary, and we collaborate with archaeologists, biologists, chemists, historians and climate modellers.

Our Research Centres

  • Aberdeen Institute for Coastal Science and Management (AICSM)
  • UAV/UAS Centre for Environmental Monitoring and Mapping (UCEMM)
  • Northern Rivers Institute
  • Green Economy Research Centre
  • Medical and Health GIS
  • GIS and History

There are many opportunities at the University of Aberdeen to develop your knowledge, gain experience and build a competitive set of skills to enhance your employability. This is essential for your future career success. The Careers and Employability Service can help you to plan your career and support your choices throughout your time with us, from first to final year – and beyond.

Tuition fees

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£ 16,500per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of Aberdeen

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  • Campus address

    University of Aberdeen, Directorate of External Relations, King's College, Aberdeen, Aberdeen, City Of, AB24 3FX, Scotland

One of the top 30 universities in the UK (Complete University Guide).
Student population includes over 130 nationalities, with strong international global networks.
An International Centre provides support to students from application to graduation.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    23rd out of 72 3

  • Entry standards

    / Max 210
    179 85%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    68 68%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.02 80%



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