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I started my PhD in the Department of Geography following several years working in East Africa. I felt that a PhD was the next step for me, but I knew it was no easy undertaking, so it had to be in the right place and for the right reason. After careful thought I chose geography at Cambridge because I knew that it was home to both innovative critical thinkers, and interdisciplinary research; exactly what I wanted.

My undergraduate degree at University College Cork was in zoology so I knew I would have plenty to learn in geography. I took full advantage of all the incredible learning opportunities at my disposal: lectures, seminars, training sessions and workshops. My research has also benefitted tremendously from the guidance of my supervisor and the network of people who work on similar questions, particularly because the department are part of the Cambridge Conservation Initiative. Being exposed to the thinking and work of world-leading academics both within the department and university, as well as other visiting academics, constantly challenges my own work.

Throughout all of this I have really enjoyed the friendship and support of my cohort of Geography PhD students. We are all studying such different but fascinating questions from the global to the local, from the tropics to the polar regions, from the human to the more-than-human! Yet we are all happy to help each other wherever needed, whether it’s a methodological question or a helping hand in the veggie-patch.

Peadar Brehony (April 2019)

Following my MPhil in Modern Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Oxford, I joined the PhD programme at the geography department in Cambridge. As a newcomer to the field of geography, I appreciated the training opportunities provided by the department and the kind support and encouragement I received from the department’s staff – not only from my supervisor, but from every academic, student, and staff member I approached. I also valued the diverse disciplinary background of other PhD students and lecturers. My own study on diplomatic services in the Middle East benefitted enormously from the expertise of fellow department members in areas such as architecture, development, migration, state and postcolonial theory. Given its daily engagement with cutting-edge research, its numerous academic events, and its regular invitation of leading academics and talented junior researchers, I experienced the geography department at the University of Cambridge as an academically stimulating environment for graduate students. Overall, I think of my PhD as a particularly exciting, challenging, and rewarding time of my life, marked by personal and academic growth, and, let’s not forget, a great deal of fun!

Judit Kuschnitzki (April 2018)

Pursuing a PhD at the Department of Geography has been a thought-provoking, rewarding and thoroughly enjoyable experience. I have been fortunate enough to work with an extremely supportive supervisor who has both encouraged the development of my thesis and consistently provided insightful critique. There are a wide range of funding sources across the University with which to support research visits, and the skills training provided by the Department ensures that students are able to undertake a wide range of fieldwork and teaching opportunities.

What is more, the frequent seminars, research group events and visiting speakers make the Department an intellectually stimulating and vibrant community within which to conduct research. I would wholeheartedly recommend it to any aspiring student wishing to pursue postgraduate study within the field of Geography.

Ed Bryan (April 2018)

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Key Information


3-4 years full-time

5-7 years part-time

Doctor of Philosophy

Department of Geography

Enquiries

Course on Department Website

Dates and deadlines:

Michaelmas 2020

Applications open
Sept. 2, 2019
Application deadline
March 31, 2020
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2020

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

Graduate Funding Competition
Jan. 7, 2020
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 9, 2019

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