Academics in geography and environmental science research across the broad areas of environment and society and are part of the wider School of Social Sciences.

Our Physical geographers have a key focus on the sensitivity of local and global environmental systems to natural and anthropogenic change while our Human geographers have particular expertise related to crime, forced labour, health and disability, media, migration, policing, poverty, and security.

To read more, please visit our Geography and Environmental Science research pages.

Entry requirements

You should have an honours degree at 2.1 or above, and/or a Masters degree in a relevant discipline.

English Language Requirement: IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in the written component and no less than 5.5 in any other component, if your first language is not English. Please check our Language Requirements page for details of equivalent grades from other test providers, and information about the University of Dundee English Language courses.

English language pre-sessional programmes

We offer pre-sessional programmes which are designed to prepare you for university study, the 24 week and 10 week programmes provide additional English language tuition for students who do not meet our minimum English language requirements by up to 1.0 IELTS and 0.5 IELTS respectively. Successful completion of these programmes guarantees progression to various degrees at the University of Dundee as long as you hold a relevant offer.

PhD fees

Applying for a research degree

Use UCAS Postgraduate to apply for a research degree. Please read the guidance on filling in your UCAS Postgraduate application before proceeding with your application.

PhD opportunities

View PhD opportunities on the School of Social Sciences website

Learn about our Doctoral training programmes

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Dr Theresa Dunne
Director of Doctoral Studies, School of Social Sciences
 +44 (0)1382 385174