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MPhil in Geography

Master of Philosophy Degree Course
Full-time, one year (12 months)

The MPhil in Geography is a 12 month full-time programme of research that introduces students to research skills and specialist knowledge. It involves carrying out an original piece of research and is examined on the basis of a dissertation; there are no taught courses, although, if relevant, you may participate in training offered by the Social Sciences Research Methods Programme or other similar programmes offered by the University.

If you are exploring the possibility of doing the MPhil in Geography you will:

  • have done an undergraduate degree in Geography or related subject, either in the Physical Sciences or the Social Sciences / Humanities or spanning the two;
  • be looking for a research-focused course that allows you to develop skills and gain knowledge as an independent researcher, possibly, but not necessarily, with a view to going on to do a PhD;
  • be eager to pursue a piece of research under the supervision of one of our members of academic staff.

The deadline for applications for October 2024 admission is 26th March 2024. Applications can be made from September 2023 for October 2024 admission. You will be expected to have made contact with a potential supervisor before making an application to discuss ideas for a research project.

The Department strongly encourages early application to enable you to engage with any potential supervisors.

Cambridge Funding Competitions deadline

GATES Scholarships for US Citizens 11th October 2023

​All other Scholarships 5th December 2023

Please note these deadlines include all references which must have been submitted in advance of these funding deadlines.

Please note that this MPhil is not a taught programme – it is a research MPhil.


Applicants wishing to pursue study via a UKRI funded studentship should follow the link for more information.

Expected academic standard

Applicants for this course should have achieved a UK High 2.1 Honours Degree or equivalent.


Please apply via the University Postgraduate Admissions webpage, which also gives information about the Finances (fees and maintenance) associated with the course.

For further details please contact the Department’s Postgraduate Administrator.

Apply now for entry in 2024

Update: Prof Charlotte Lemanski has replaced Prof Mia Gray as the MPhil Geography Director

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