Research in Human Geography MSc

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The MSc Research in Human Geography is a research training Masters degree that provides the skills necessary to undertake a PhD in Human Geography, or for those who want to acquire rigorous research skills more generally. Its recognition by the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) means that applicants are eligible to apply for 1+3 funding for Masters and PhD or, on successful completion, can apply to ESRC for +3 funding for a PhD.

Course fact file

Type of Course: Taught

Study Options: Full time, part time

Duration: 1 year full-time; 2 years part-time

Start date: September

Details

The programme combines interdisciplinary expertise from Geography, Political Science and International Studies, and is truly multidisciplinary. Students will interact with other MSc students from across the social sciences and thereby gain a unique breadth of academic research, teaching and key transferable skills.

In addition to exposing individuals to cutting-edge debates in human geography, environmental science and related fields, the programme provides research training in theoretical, philosophical and methodological issues relevant to human geography and social science research. These include debates concerning social theory and epistemology, qualitative and quantitative techniques and their application to human geography, and research design, ethics and presentation.

In essence, the MSc provides rigorous research skills with a broad human geography focus, but can also be combined with a number of optional modules concerned with environmental management and decision-making and urban resilience.

The Aims of the Programme are as follows: 

  • To develop a deeper understanding of advanced level theoretical, philosophical and methodological debates in contemporary human geographies and related social sciences; 
  • To provide advanced training in social science research methodologies and their application in social research in general and human geography in particular;
  • To develop a student's ability to communicate ideas and research effectively; and 
  • To develop specialist research-grounded expertise (for example, environmental management and/or urban resilience)

Why study this course

Selfridges building in the city centreThe MSc programme incorporates the School’s Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)-recognised research training masters qualification Research in Human Geography, which fulfils the requirements of year one in the ESRC's ‘1+3’ training model for postgraduates.


Modules

Compulsory modules:

  • Theoretical Themes for Geographers (20)
  • Doing Human Geography (20)
  • Social Research Methods I (20 – Delivered by CoSS)
  • Social Research Methods II (20 – Delivered by CoSS)
  • Dissertation (60)

Optional modules (Choose 2):

  • Resilience and Urban Living (20)
  • Geopolitics and Globalisation (20)
  • The City and Modernity (20)
  • Negotiating Environmental Controversies (20)

See module descriptions (PDF 16KB)

Fees and funding

  • Home/EU students £5,940 FT (£2,970 PT)
  • International students £13,655 FT only

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Scholarships and studentships
Scholarships may be available, contact the Postgraduate Administrator on +44 (0)121 414 6935 or email g.coldicott@bham.ac.uk. International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government.

For further information contact the School directly or get in touch with the Student Funding Office via the online enquiries system.

Entry requirements

Normally a good Honours degree or equivalent in Geography or a related discipline.

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International students

Academic requirements

We accept a range of qualifications, our country pages show you what qualifications we accept from your country.

English language requirements

You can satisfy our English language requirements in two ways:

How to apply

You will be able to make applications to this course for 2013-14 entry shortly. In the meantime, please register your interest by contacting the Postgraduate Administrator (g.coldicott@bham.ac.uk).

When clicking on the Apply Now button you will be directed to an application specifically designed for the programme you wish to apply for where you will create an account with the University application system and submit your application and supporting documents online. Further information regarding how to apply online can be found on the How to apply pages

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Learning and teaching

Modules are taught using a diverse blend of teaching styles and assessment formats. Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, workshops and guided reading.

Assessment methods

Assessment formats include essays, presentations, a research proposal and a 12,000 word dissertation.

Employability

Former students taking this Masters degree programme have developed successful academic, business and policy-based careers (for example, in policy development, international finance and accountancy, economic development and consultancy, journalism and market research for a range of public, private and voluntary organisations). Other graduates of the course have continued to PhD research in the School and elsewhere, such as Oxford. Given the increasing competition for graduate jobs, many students are now deciding to read for an MSc to enhance their CVs.