University of Sheffield

University of Sheffield

Physical Geography

The PhD involves detailed research in a specific subject, with guidance from 1 or more supervisors in the department; the department has 2 major research groupings in physical geography: climate and cryosphere and sediment systems.

Entry requirements

1st or 2.1 Honours degree in geography or related subject; a Master's degree or relevant work experience may be an advantage.

Course modules

Research topics: environmental change and drylands: palaeoenvironmental reconstruction; arid and semi-arid geomorphology; aeolian processes; desertification and environmental degradation; glaciated or formerly glaciated environments; mid and low latitude quaternary environmental change; synoptic climatology and precipitation variability; environmental hydrology and fluvial geomorphology: water quality management; groundwater modelling; wetland hydrology and hydrochemistry; cold region hydrological processes; river hydraulics and modelling; monitoring channel patterns and morphology; radar images and geomorphology; remote sensing in environmental monitoring and assessment; application of spatial statistics to geographical information systems.

Sponsorship information

University; NERC awards may be available.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MPhil Full-time - 2 years
PhD Full-time - 3 years
MPhil Part-time - 4 years
PhD Part-time - 6 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Main Site Sheffield S10 2TN Yorkshire and the Humber

Key information

Department of Geography
Telephone number: 
0114 222 7900