Open geographies

Qualifications Duration Start dates Application period
(MPhil also available)
Full time: 3–4 years
Part time: 6–8 years
October and February November to April Mid-Jan for funded PhDs
PhD (MPhil also available)
Full time: 3–4 years
Part time: 6–8 years
Start dates
February and October
Application period
January to April

Our collective research agenda is defined by our commitment to Open Geographies: fostering new and emerging research exploring what it means to think geographically about the many social, political, cultural and environmental issues shaping these turbulent times.

We are not prescriptive in what you may set out to research – rather, our concern is with getting to grips with the many different issues, challenges and crises facing the world, driven by an overarching interest in the lively relationships between the spatial and political.

We draw inspiration from many different academic sources including: science and technology studies, anthropology, cultural studies, feminism, philosophy, political theory, postcolonial studies, urban studies and post-structuralism – and we are always open to new influences and ideas.

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree (or equivalent). If you are not a UK citizen, you may need to prove your knowledge of English.

Potential research projects

Applications are welcome to study any topic that resonates with the concerns of the OpenSpace Research Centre or Geography discipline more broadly.

Potential supervisors

Fees and funding

UK fee International fee
Full time: £4,786 per year Full time: £12,146 per year
Part time: £2,393 per year Part time: £6,073 per year

Some of our research students are funded via The Grand Union Doctoral Training Partnership; others are self-funded.

For detailed information about fees and funding, visit Fees and studentships.

To see current funded studentship vacancies across all research areas, see Current studentships.


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How to apply

Get in touch

If you have an enquiry specific to this research topic, please contact:

Andrea Yorke
Email: FASS-Geog-PG-Admissions
Phone: +44 (0)1908 654456

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If you’re interested in applying for this research topic, please take a look at the application process.