"With over 200 graduate students from a range of nationalities, professional and disciplinary backgrounds we are one of the largest, most diverse and vibrant graduate schools in the world offering advanced degrees in Geography and the Environment. The inter-disciplinary nature of research and teaching, the interplay between theory and practice, the calibre and enthusiasm of the students and the School's leading position within the University of Oxford combine to produce an intellectually exciting environment. Students without previous experience of geography are encouraged to apply."
Prof Danny Dorling, Director of Graduate Studies (Research), and
Dr Jamie Lorimer, Director of Graduate Studies (Taught)
Our graduate degree programmes
Doctor of Philosophy (DPhil) in Geography and the Environment
The DPhil is an advanced research degree which provides outstanding candidates with the support and intellectual environment to complete their own original research.
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MSc/MPhil in Biodiversity, Conservation and Management
Designed to develop critical understandings of conservation and biodiversity science and practice, and the socio-economic, political, cultural and institutional environments within which policy and management decisions are made, the course produces high level researchers and conservation professionals able to operate at the intersection of the natural and social sciences.
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MSc/MPhil in Environmental Change and Management
This MSc aims to produce students with a broad appreciation of all aspects of the management of people and institutions in relation to environmental change, who are analytical in their approach, and are competent and aware decision makers. As part of the ECI the MSc emphasises cross-cutting, interdisciplinary approaches to the critical environmental problems of our time.
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MSc/MPhil in Nature, Society and Environmental Governance
Responding to profound political and environmental challenges requires a new generation of researchers and policy professionals who are able to think in innovative, rigorous and flexible ways across disciplinary and sectoral boundaries.This MSc equips students with a theoretically sophisticated and empirically grounded understanding of the dynamic relations between environment, society and policy.
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MSc/MPhil in Water Science, Policy and Management
Sustainable water management is an increasingly complex challenge and policy priority facing global society. This MSc aims to equip the next generation of water professionals with the blend of skills necessary to make a significant contribution to sustainable water management pathways across competing priorities of water for ecosystems, food, energy, economic growth and human consumption.
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Our four MSc programmes are part of the Oxford 1+1 Programme which enables exceptional and motivated students to combine their MSc with the Oxford MBA. Find out more …
Geography at Oxford
Geography at Oxford has a long tradition and, we believe, an exciting future in a top-rated department, where new research initiatives and key contributions to scholarship are valued. The origins of the School of Geography as a university department lie in the establishment of the Halford Mackinder Readership in Geography in 1886: the first university position in a British university. Since that date geography has been taught continuously in Oxford, although in the earlier years, the main emphasis was on undergraduate teaching. Graduate studies are now much more significant part of the School.
Graduate students and academic staff are working within and across the discipline. Research in key areas of environmental, human, and physical geography is supported, from studies on migration, through pensions policies, biogeography, climate change, flood risk, desertification, biological and cultural diversity, and many other areas. Research is currently organised into five distinct research clusters, which also build synergies between themes by addressing common, cross cutting themes. At present these themes include governance, measurement and mobilities. For more detail please see the webpages of the five research clusters and of individual members of staff.
Our Teaching Approach
The emphasis in Oxford is on independent learning accomplished through research, writing and discussion. Students are expected to take responsibility for planning their own time and study programme and to ensure that the requisite work is accomplished. MSc courses offer a framework of core lectures, field courses, electives, and workshops and symposia for learning. Our courses are not standardised; individual classes reflect the research interests of individual faculty and often mix seminar style teaching with discussions or practical exercises. We make every effort to treat each student as an individual and to help students customise their own learning. A common comment of students is that to get the most from studying in Oxford you need to be a self starter and willing to explore opportunities in the wider University, which are exceedingly rich. This is particularly so for DPhil and MPhil students.
Oxford is famous for its small group tutorials. This is a characteristic of undergraduate teaching. Post-graduate teaching is provided on a one-to-one basis for DPhil and MPhil students (in the form of supervisory meetings) and in classes for MSc teaching. Electives are taught in smaller groups of normally no more than eight. Most of the rest of the MSc teaching is in class sizes of 20-30 (depending on the programme. Integrated classes (e.g. research skills) are taught in larger groups across the four MSc programmes.
For more information on studying in Oxford please visit the University of Oxford's University of Oxford Graduate Admissions website.
Info for current students
Please also see the main University of Oxford Student Gateway for more information.
SoGE Alumni Network
The School has an active alumni community. With over 5,000 former geography undergraduates as well as more than 1,500 Masters and DPhil graduates this network is a growing source of professional contacts, knowledge, and advice.
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Student Services Office,
School of Geography and the Environment,
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