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Department of Geography


Postgraduate study

The Department of Geography has a world-class reputation as a leading centre of geographical research. The community of around 120 postgraduate students are at the heart of this activity. We offer a range of taught and research orientated degrees that showcase the Department’s strengths in human and physical geography.

The overall responsibility for postgraduate admission in Cambridge rests with Postgraduate Admissions, to whom formal applications must be made. Admissions for entry in October 2024 open on 4th September 2023.

Some advice to help demystify the applications process has been written by two of our PhD students.

The University’s central Postgraduate Admissions Office Help Centre has answers to their most frequently asked questions, so your question may have been answered already! Please visit their FAQ website.

MPhil courses

The Department offers a range of taught and research Masters courses, including Anthropocene, Conservation Leadership, Geography, Holocene, and Polar Studies. Our postgraduate students are part of the vibrant research culture of the Department.

Our MPhil courses


As well as Departmental opportunities, there are many funding opportunities at Cambridge from a wide variety of sources.

Studentship opportunities

PhD research

The Department has a large community of around 80 PhD students working on their own projects. The PhD students at Geography and the Scott Polar Research Institute (SPRI) study a broad range of topics that reflect the diverse interests of our staff.

PhD study in the Department

Advice on applying

Some advice from some current students on applying to conduct research in the Department, plus videos about postgraduate study in the Department – giving an overview and how to apply.

Advice from current students

Watch our videos

Contact details

The Postgraduate Office in the Department of Geography manages the admission process for PhD students and Masters/MPhil students, and oversees the development of the postgraduate Training Programme and the MPhil programmes.

  • +44 (0)1223 333375
  • Contact form

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