We offer high-quality doctoral training to postgraduate students who wish to pursue an MPhil, MRes or PhD. As a research student, you will work under a supervisor who will assist you in your research and thesis design.The school has close ties to the University’s MindsetResearch Centre - which promotes and conducts crossfacultyinterdisciplinary research in to environmentalissues. We are interested in research projects relating toour core areas of research in environmental technologydevelopment and ecology and biodiversity conservationin tropical Asia.
Our Current research projects include:
- agro-tourism and community development
- atmospheric composition and climate variability
- climate change impacts on biodiversity conservation assessment of vulnerability and adaptation strategies
- conservation ecology of large animals, including the Management & Ecology of Malaysian Elephants (MEME)
- conservation planning and prioritization
- disaster recovery monitoring and assessment – remote sensing multi-scale approach
- distributed hydrological modelling: characterisation of watershed, precipitation, run off processes and hydrography shape
- geospatial applications and capabilities for forecasting river floods and predicting urban watershed; climatechange and its impact of terrestrial ecosystems
- hydro-biogeochemical process and climate changes
- institutional responses towards community participation in natural resources management
- location-based crowd-sourcing data quality assessment
- machine learning for remote sensing image analysis andhigh-performance computing
- mapping and monitoring vegetation with UAVs to enhance ecological knowledge
- optical properties of water from different sources
- remote sensing of intercrops
- social and environmental impacts of mining past, present and future trajectories using remote sensing, GIS and social surveys methods
- social capital and natural resources management
- spatially explicit modelling of ecosystem services forregional-scale natural resource management and land use planning
- sustainable intensification of agroecology forcommunity development and agrobiodiversity conservation
- tropical ecology and biodiversity conservation
- valuing the ecosystem services
- water pollution and public health
Within Management and Ecology of Malaysian Elephants we
have a number of sub-projects:
- development and application of molecular genetic tools for the management and conservation of elephants in Peninsular Malaysia
- development of adaptive management strategies for human-elephant conflict across Asia
- monitoring the effectiveness of translocations as a management and conservation tool for Asian elephants in peninsular Malaysia
Research degrees with joint supervision from the Nottingham UK campus are also possible in a number of research areas, including:
- peat and mangrove swamp sedimentary archives of environmental change
- the importance of mangrove habitats in global and regional carbon budgets
- water quality in the inland waters of Peninsular Malaysia
If you are interested in applying, we would recommend that you familiarise yourself with our research areas and staff expertise and then contact us to discuss your research project proposal with the relevant supervisor in the first instance.
How to apply for MPhil/MRes/PhD
If you are interested in applying to do an MPhil, MRes and PhD in the School of Geography we would recommend that you contact us and discuss your research project proposal with the relevant supervisor in the first instance. You can then visit our applications pages to find out how to apply.
MPhil: At least an upper second class honours degree (or international equivalent) in science, engineering or geography and environment-related subjects. Non-UK qualifications will be assessed against this standard.
MRes: At least a second class honours degree (or international equivalent) in a relevant discipline. Non-UK qualifications will be assessed against this standard.
PhD: A masters degree or a master of philosophy degree, plus at least a second class honours degree (or international equivalent) in science, engineering or geography and environment-related subjects. Non-UK qualifications will be assessed against this standard.
A first class honours degree (or international equivalent) in science, engineering or geography and environment-related subjects. Non-UK qualifications will be assessed against this standard.
Applicants must have graduated from an approved university. Other equivalent qualifications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Entry requirements in the prospectus and website may not always apply and individual offers may vary.
English language requirements
IELTS: 6.0 (with no less than 5.5 in each element)
TOEFL (iBT): 79 (minimum 17 in Writing and Listening, 18 in Reading, 20 in Speaking)
PTE (Academic): 65 (with no less than 59 in each element)
MUET: Band 3
IELTS, TOEFL and PTE (Academic) test results must be less than two years old and all IELTS must be the academic version of the test. MUET results are valid for five years from the date of the release of results.