Students will be required to work across at least two different disciplines, including the following disciplines represented by the 18-strong members of our supervisory team: biology, communication and media, ecology, environmental social science, geography, history, linguistics, literary studies, palaeontology, philosophy, political science, religious studies and sociology. You can see example project ideas here.

While candidates may choose their own topics, they are strongly encouraged to  discuss their proposals further with at least one member of the supervisory team. Further information about the team can be found here.

For more information about the programme, contact the programme convenor, Prof Graham Huggan (

Minimum entry requirements are a good first degree (2:1 BA/BSc or its equivalent). A Masters or relevant work / professional experience are desirable. Alongside other relevant documentation (CV, references, etc.), applicants must provide a 2-page research proposal and 1-page personal statement directed specifically towards the programme. Detailed instructions on how to apply are given  on the ‘How to Apply’ page. Please note that all candidates need to have an accepted place at the host School of their prospective lead supervisor in order to be granted funding.

The programme is committed to inclusion and diversity, and we welcome applications from all sections of the community. We particularly welcome Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) applicants as well as applicants with disabilities, as these groups are historically under-represented amongst research postgraduates. The funded studentships are for home students only, and are full time. International students are welcome to apply as well, but must have alternative sources of funding.

 Application deadline: February 26, 2021