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Postgraduate research at Newcastle University

PhD supervision on military-related topics

If you are interested in taking forward your studies to PhD level, on a military-related theme, we'd like to hear from you. Prof. Rachel Woodward, Dr K. Neil Jenkings, Dr Jocelyn Mawdsley, Dr Jackie Leach Scully and Dr Alison Williams are all able to offer supervision at PhD level. Please get in touch if you have a proposal - or even just a basic idea. Our research interests are listed in the People section of this website, and you'll also find links there to our university staff webpages.

Research areas where we can offer supervision include:

  • The sociology of the military, including gender
  • Geopolitics and the political geography of military activities
  • Military environments, military land use, military landscapes
  • Representations of militarism and military activities

The PhD programme at Newcastle University includes postgraduate level research training in research methodologies and the research process. This is co-ordinated by our Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. All postgraduate research students from across the Faculty participate in this programme, which is ESRC-recognised.

Further details about postgraduate research in the School of Geography Politics and Sociology, including the applications process, funding opportunities and procedures for visiting postgraduate students, is available here.

More general information about studying at Newcastle University, including information for international students and details on how to submit an application, is available here.

MA programmes

A suite of MA programmes are offered in the School of Geography Politics and Sociology at Newcastle. Although none of these are explicitly focused on military-related issues, a number of these are either concerned more generally with critical geopolitics and security issues, such as:

or provide a research-based training Masters programme for those wishing to proceed to PhD - see details for:

More general information about taught postgraduate programmes at Newcastle University, is available here.

Reading lists

GEO3063 Militarism: Space and Society

This is a Stage 3 undergraduate module, taught by Dr Rachel Woodward. The themes covered include: the politics of military land use; military environments; military landscapes; gender issues in armed forces; cultural and media representations of armed forces. A reading list for this module is available here [pdf].

GEO2105 Military Environments and Landscapes Fieldcourse

This is a Stage 2 undergraduate module, taught by Dr Dave Passmore and Professor Rachel Woodward. This is a non-residential fieldcourse, which runs for 5 days during the Easter vacation, following some preliminary lectures during Semester 2. The fieldcourse comprises visits to various military sites in North-East England, including Hadrian's Wall, the Millfield plain and Wooler, and the Otterburn Training Area.

GEO3102 Geopolitical Thought and Practice

This is a Stage 3 undergraduate module, on which Dr Alison Williams teaches about airspace, airpower and aerial geopolitics. A reading list for this part of the module is available here [pdf].

The University Armed Services Units: NUOTC, NUAS, NURNU

The five universities in the north-east of England (Newcastle, Durham, Northumbria, Sunderland, Teesside), work collectively with the three university armed services units - Northumbrian Universities Officer Training Corps (NUOTC), the Northumbrian Universities Air Squadron (NUAS) and the University Royal Naval Unit (URNU), co-ordinating activities through the Northumbrian Universities Military Education Committee (NUMEC).