Postgraduate research opportunities

Our Geology and Environmental Sciences PhD programmes are suitable for students wishing to pursue a PhD which aligns to one of our Earth Systems Research Group themes. Often staff work across themes and are happy for you to get in contact with them to discuss your proposed research. Staff contact details are contained within each of the theme pages.  

Our Human Geography PhD programme is suitable for students wishing to pursue a PhD which aligns to one of our Human Geography Research Group themes.

College Scholarship (Human Geography) for 2021/22

GES is able to offer one College Scholarship to begin in Jan 2022. The scholarship will be awarded to a student of outstanding ability and academic potential seeking to undertake a PhD on a topic that complements the current research activities of the Human Geography Research Group (HGRG). The HGRG research themes can be found here, and a list of HGRG staff here:

The award provides for UK tuition costs* as well as an annual stipend in line with the Research Council rate (currently £15,285) over the course of three and a half years, and the provision of up to £1000 per annum in research monies.

* The award covers UK tuition fee costs. There may be scope for an international tuition fee waiver to be provided by the School for an outstanding candidate, but this is not guaranteed. International applicants may consider providing the difference between UK tuition fees and international tuition fees through alternate sources.

Competition process

We invite applicants to apply by submitting:


  1. A Research Proposal of maximum 2000 words (in Word, not PDF) comprising title, proposed supervisor(s), introduction to the project, aims and objectives, research context, policy context and potential impact (if relevant), research methodology, provisional schedule, and bibliography;
  2. A two-page CV;
  3. Applicant statement, maximum 500 words, how your qualifications, skills, attributes and experience fit with the requirements of the proposed research project. You may include reference to relevant education, training, work/voluntary experience and personal interests;
  4. Degree transcripts in English (Undergraduate and Masters, if relevant).
  5. A reference letter in support of the application sent separately by the referee – with the name of the applicant and reference to HGRG college scholarship clearly in the title of the email - by 30th August to  If the applicant does not yet have a master qualification, the projected outcome should be discussed in the reference.


Please send these documents to by 5pm (Glasgow time) 30th August, 2021. Applications after this time/date will not be considered.


Selection Process

  • Stage 1. A small group of HGRG staff (with no conflict of interest) will assess applications to select a shortlist for interview. Interviews will be held in September 2021.
  • Stage 2. The preferred candidate will be asked to undertake a formal application to the University of Glasgow Graduate School, and will be proposed for approval by the College of Science and Engineering so that a formal offer can be made in September/October 2022.