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Postgraduate Study

Course closed:

Geography is no longer accepting new applications.


The course is exclusively by research. The project and supervisor are determined during the application process.

One to one supervision

The University of Cambridge publishes an annual Code of Practice which sets out the University’s expectations regarding supervision.

Seminars & classes

The Department runs a Skills and Research Training Programme over the first two terms for first-year PhD students (approx. 16 hours in the first year). There is also a programme of training sessions for third-year PhD students (approx. seven hours). The majority of second-year students do fieldwork outside Cambridge; those present in the Department are welcome to attend any session.

The Department runs a research seminar programme with invited speakers from outside the Department and PhD students are strongly encouraged to attend.

Posters and Presentations

First-year PhD students are expected to present their research to the Department at a research seminar, and third-year PhD students present their research at the 3rd Year Postgraduate Conference.


Students can expect to receive an online feedback report each term.


Thesis / Dissertation

Thesis not to exceed 80,000 words and a compulsory oral examination. A successful thesis will represent a substantial contribution to knowledge and will also represent a realistic amount of work for three years' study (five years' part-time).


All PhD students are probationary in the first year. Students are required to submit a written progress report which is examined by two assessors and an oral examination of the report will be undertaken. Progression to the second year and registration for the PhD depends on a successful first-year review.

Key Information

3-4 years full-time

4-7 years part-time

Study Mode : Research

Doctor of Philosophy

Department of Geography

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Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 4, 2023
Application deadline
March 26, 2024
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2024

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Course Funding Deadline
Dec. 5, 2023
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 11, 2023

These deadlines apply to applications for courses starting in Michaelmas 2024, Lent 2025 and Easter 2025.

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