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Durham University

Department of Geography

Physical Geography

Durham is part of the NERC funded IAPETUS2 partnership including the Universities of Glasgow, Newcastle, St Andrews and Stirling along with the British Geological Survey and the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.

Below are the IAPETUS2 PhDs offered by staff in Durham, which may obtain IAPETUS2 funding. For the full list of IAPETUS2 projects, please visit the IAPETUS2 website.

Applicants should contact the project supervisors in the first instance, or Kathy Wood (

The deadline for 2020 applications is now closed. The 2020 Department of Geography IAPETUS2 projects are listed below.

In addition to the NERC funded projects, below is a list of other potential PhD and / or Masters by Research projects within the area of Physical Geography. These are examples to give an idea of possible projects and the range of physical geography research interests and themes covered by the department. Other projects that are related to the research areas within Physical Geography (or interdisciplinary links with Human Geography or other cognate disciplines) are also welcome. Potential applicants should contact the relevant member of staff to discuss project ideas from the links below or alternatively, that are not on this list.

To apply for any of these projects please visit the How to Apply page for further information.

Potential topics are grouped into the three research themes:

For more information and questions on research topics please consult the research topic pages (above) or contact a potential supervisor within your research area of interest or the Physical Geography Postgraduate Admissions tutor (