Joint PhD Programme in Geography

Offered jointly by Department of Geography, Faculty of Social Sciences, Hong Kong Baptist University &

School of Geography, The University of Plymouth

About the Department/School of Geography at two Universities

The Department of Geography at HKBU emphasizes quality research. Research interests of faculty members cover a wide spectrum of specializations in human geography (notably in urban, social, transportation, energy studies, and regional development) and physical and technological geography (such as geomorphology, quaternary studies, climatology, environmental studies, remote sensing and GIS). Faculty members carry out their research on major socio-economic and environment-related issues confronting Hong Kong and Mainland China, focusing on the rapid spatial transformations unfolding in the region within recent decades.

In addition, there are three research centres housed within the Department: the Centre for China Urban and Regional Studies (CURS), the Hong Kong Energy Studies Centre (HKESC) and the Centre for Geo-computation Studies (CGS). They are very active in promoting collaborative research locally and internationally.

The Department is committed to upholding the values of geographic education and to promote the application of geographic theories and techniques to solve real world problems, explicit in the motto of the Department: "Balancing Theories and Practices; Promoting Scholarly Interaction; and Achieving Academic Excellence."

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School of Geography at Plymouth is a leading research-led Geography School in the United Kingdom.  It is one of the foremost research units within the University and its research activities encompass a broad range of work in both physical and human geography.  It is organised around six research themes, including “Catchment Process and Management”, “Quaternary Environments, “Environment, Society and Governance”, “The Geography of International Development”, “Electoral Politics” and “Sustainable Transport”. Together these themes make up the Centre for Research in Environment and Society (CeRES), one of the most active Research Centres in the University. 

Most of the School’s research work is published in geographical journals, academic books and policy documents and 95% of it was judged to be internationally significant by the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise. Find out more about the School of Geography at Plymouth, please click here