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MPhil/PhD Geography (Human)

University of Exeter

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  • Qualification

    MPhil - Master of Philosophy

  • Location

    University of Exeter Penryn Campus, Cornwall

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    3 years

Course summary

Human Geography

In human geography our research is established around the following five groups:

Cultural and Historical Geographies

Focusing around six key themes:

  • Geographies of creativity
  • Creative geographies
  • Historical geographies of science and exploration
  • Geographies of landscape
  • Visual, haptic and material geographies
  • Theory and geophilosophy

Space, Politics and Society

This group is concerned with the question of ‘Who Gets What Where and How?’ We investigate contemporary geographies of inequality, injustice and insecurity, and seek to understand new scales of governance, the emergence of oppositional practices, and innovative forms of popular participation.

Life Geographies

Research focuses on the geographies and politics of living and material systems. We address key questions around geography, life science and bio-politics.

Environment and Sustainability

This is a group of leading and emerging social scientists who undertake interdisciplinary research on frontier issues of environment and sustainability. The group bring spatial and geographical dimensions to research on sustainability theory and policy, and undertake cutting-edge research in distinctive areas such as place attachment, political economies of energy, climate justice and ecosystem services.

Energy Policy

Based at our Penryn Campus, Energy Policy is a core element of our wider environment and sustainability research and has a focus on placing sustainability and change at the heart of debates about energy policy and governance.


No matter what your ambitions, aspirations or career choice may be there has never been a better, or more significant, time to study geography. Key global issues such as climate change, migration, environmental degradation and social cohesion are not only at the forefront of socio-political philosophies and attitudes, but are also deep-rooted within geography, making it one of the most relevant courses that you could choose to study.

You can be confident that a Geography research degree from the University of Exeter will serve you well upon graduation. Our students graduate with a wide range of skills desirable to employers including data gathering, problem solving, project planning, report production, presentation skills and team work. Almost all our research students have the opportunity to train to teach or teach, acquiring and practising additional transferable skills.

Opportunities on graduation are diverse and include work in academia, the voluntary sector, the public sector (eg, Environment Agency, councils), the private sector, and consultancy.

Tuition fees

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£ 18,100per year

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University information

University of Exeter

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  • Campus address

    University of Exeter, Northcote House, The Queen's Drive, Exeter, Devon, EX4 4QJ, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    14th out of 71 5

  • Entry standards

    / Max 210
    154 77%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    74.0 74%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.05 81%



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