Birkbeck, University of London

Course Introduction

PhD researchers can specialise in geography, geographical information science, environmental studies, development studies, international childhood studies, or community, youth and voluntary sector studies. Our MPhil/PhD programmes aim to train you to conduct research of the highest academic standard and to make an original contribution to the subject through your research. Our doctoral programme aims to respond to the needs and interests both of students seeking an academic career or other professional employment and of those who wish to pursue a line of intellectual enquiry for its own sake. We aim to recruit both recent graduates and mature students who now have the time to pursue an intellectual enthusiasm, perhaps after a lifetime of professional work. Our students benefit not only from the advisory insight of specialist academics within the department, but also from a wider culture of support and advice from staff and other research students. We see our research students as a central part of our community, who play a key role in the vitality of the wider research process.

Course Modules

Our research areas include: Cultures of childhood; visual culture and representation of childhood; the governance of childhood; childhood and social identities; histories of childhood.

Course Additional Entry

Good Honours degree in geography or a relevant discipline. If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 7.0, with not less than 6.5 in each of the sub'tests.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
2 - 4 years
Full Time
MPhil £11,475  Academic year. First year overseas fees
2 - 4 years
Full Time
MPhil £3,840  Academic year. First year home fees
3 - 7 years
Part Time
MPhil £5,750  Academic year. First year overseas fees
3 - 7 years
Part Time
MPhil £2,020  Academic year. First year home fees
3 - 4 years
Full Time
PhD £11,475  Academic year. First year overseas fees
3 - 4 years
Full Time
PhD £3,840  Academic year. First year home fees
5 - 6 years
Part Time
PhD £5,750  Academic year. First year overseas fees
5 - 6 years
Part Time
PhD £2,020  Academic year. First year home fees