School of GeoSciences

Social Sciences programme

In the area of Social Sciences, we award degrees classed as Human Geography.

The University of Edinburgh has an internationally recognised community of scholars in Human Geography and related social sciences and humanities. The Human Geographers in the School of GeoSciences are connected to other social scientists elsewhere in the University, notably in the College of Humanities and Social Science. Academic staff within the school offer a variety of expertise across the discipline, with particular strengths in urban, cultural, historical and health geographies.
There are five research groups affiliated to the Institute of Geography & the Lived Environment-

Research Masters and PhDs

Human Geography at the University of Edinburgh is a member of the ESRC Scottish Graduate School of Social Science via the Human Geography, Environment and Urban Planning Pathway.  We accept applications for ESRC 1+3 funding, where you will study an MSc by research prior to undertaking a PhD. The MSc by Research in Geography is a training degree recognised by the ESRC. You can take this MSc to fulfil the year-one training requirements of 1+3 ESRC funding; or to qualify for +3 funding from the ESRC.

More information on how to apply for an ESRC studentship

Human Geography is also a member of the AHRC Scottish Graduate School for Arts andHumanities. We accept applications for AHRC doctoral funding. The University of Edinburgh as part of the Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities is offering studentships in cultural and historical geography.

More information on how to apply for an AHRC studentship

Deciding on a PhD topic

The usual process is that a prospective student will develop a 1500-word research proposal and initiate a conversation with prospective supervisors with appropriate expertise. In most cases, applicants will come with a particular topic in mind. In other cases, applicants may choose to select a topic that has already been outlined by a member of academic staff. If you would like to pursue your own project, please get in touch with a potential supervisor.

Finding a supervisor

Once you have spoken to a potential supervisor, you can apply online using our degree finder.

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Applicants should clearly specify in the ‘funding’ section of the form that they want to be considered for an ESRC or AHRC studentship.