Geography Studentships

Geography PhD Studentships 2019-20 

Available Funded PhD Opportunities

US-Ireland Studentship

UrbanARK: Assessment, Risk Management, & Knowledge for Coastal Flood Risk Management in Urban Areas

The School of Natural and Built Environment at Queen’s University Belfast currently offers a fully funded PhD position (3 years with the possibility of a 1 year post-doctoral extension) as part of the UrbanARK project.

The UrbanARK project is an international multi-disciplinary collaboration between Queen’s University Belfast (QUB), University College Dublin (UCD) and New York University (NYU) funded under the US - Ireland Research & Development Programme.  The multinational project brings together leading researchers across the areas of geomatics, spatial data analysis, hydrology, computer science and risk communication to investigate innovative approaches for the collection and management of spatial data to refine flood risk assessments for urban coastal cities and to support immersive risk communication tools. 

The researcher will be based with the Centre for GIS and Geomatics and the Environmental Change & Resilience Research Group at QUB under the supervision of Dr. Jennifer McKinley and Dr. Ulrich Ofterdinger.  The researcher will focus on the acquisition and analysis of mobile LiDAR Scanning and other Remote Sensing data in the urban environment and support the integration of these data into numerical flood risk models and risk communication tools.  Research activities will include field-based activities in Belfast, Dublin and New York and data analysis in collaboration with collaborating research groups at UCD and NYU. 

Qualifications sought:

BSc/BEng 2(i) or higher and/or or an MSc/MEng; Geomatics, Geography, Geoscience, Environmental or Civil Engineering or related subject; must be numerate & familiar with IT; experience of Geographical Information Science (GIS) and digital data acquisition and analysis is advantageous

Interested candidates should contact Dr. Jennifer McKinley ( or Dr. Ulrich Ofterdinger ( for further details.



Bryden Centre Studentship:

Project title: Regional Geochemical Provenance of feedstock: Investigation of Geo-genic influence on Anaerobic Digestion

For further details contact: Dr Jennifer McKinley (

AHRC Northern Bridge studentships:

Suitably qualified applicants interested in applying with a project proposal orientated towards the humanities will be eligible for a Northern Bridge (AHRC) studentship. For further details of this competition, please visit the Northern Bridge website: Note that the deadline for applications is 5pm Wednesday 9 January 2019. For further inquiries about this funding opportunity, please contact Dr Diarmid Finnegan (

ESRC NINE DTP studentships:

Suitably qualified applicants interested in applying with a project proposal orientated towards the social sciences may be eligible for a NINE (ESRC DTP) studentship. Note that the deadline for applications is 4pm Friday 18 January 2019.


General Information on Postgraduate Research in Geography

The School warmly welcomes all enquiries regarding MPhil and PhD research in geography (physical and human); potential supervisors based in the School are listed below.

How to Apply

There are two possible routes to devising a suitable PhD / MPhil topic. The first is to construct a proposal in consultation with a potential supervisor based in the School; the second is to apply for an advertised staff-driven proposal. It is possible to apply for a place to study towards a PhD at any time. Part-time study is possible for self-funded students. We are delighted to receive applications from international/non-EEA students at any time. Deadlines for funding competitions relevant to UK/EU applicants vary.

To apply for any of the opportunities outlined above, please complete an application form on the Queen’s University Postgraduate Applications Portal.


Doctorates are awarded for the creation and interpretation of knowledge through original research. This requires the ability to conceptualise, design and implement projects for the generation of significant new knowledge and understanding. The programme runs for 3 year full-time or 6 years part-time.


An MPhil is like a PhD but is undertaken over a shorter period of time. Entry to the MPhil programme normally requires at least an upper second-class honours degree (or equivalent) in an appropriate discipline. The programme runs for 2 years full-time or 4 years part-time.


For a place to pursue PhD and MPhil postgraduate studies, we normally require an upper second-class honours degree (or equivalent) as a minimum in geography or a related subject. Please note that there are differences between entrance requirements and requirements for funding, which are assessed separately. 

Eligibility for funding

There is a residency requirement (UK, EU) for most funding schemes. Funding for non-EEA students varies by country. For examples of international funding opportunities through Queen’s for 2019-20 please see here: Applicants who are non-EEA nationals must satisfy the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) requirements for English language for visa purposes.

Potential Supervisors in Geography 

Dr Merav Amir

Dr Oliver Dunnett

Dr Paul Ell

Dr Diarmid Finnegan

Dr Rory Flood

Prof. Nuala Johnson

Dr Satish Kumar

Prof. Keith Lilley

Prof. David Livingstone

Prof. Chris Lloyd

Dr Niall Majury

Dr William Megarry

Dr Jennifer McKinley

Dr Donal Mullan

Dr Andrew Newton

Dr Helen Roe

Dr Alastair Ruffell

Dr Ian Shuttleworth

Dr Tristan Sturm

Dr Patricia Warke