Doing Human Geography


This MSci module is designed to integrate theoretical perspectives and qualitative methodologies through the medium of guided student research projects.

It aims to give students the opportunity to critically reflect on a range of conceptual, practical and ethical issues relating to their planned research methods.

The module provides insights into a wide range of innovative methods used by contemporary human geographers and draws out some core themes and debates about how students as researchers might approach ‘the field’, the politics of representation and the interpretation of data.


The module will be delivered in 2 hour sessions which will be student-led seminar discussions.

The sessions in weeks 2-6 are based around pre-assigned readings, which will be discussed in detail in class. Some sessions will be delivered by additional Human Geography staff showcasing the innovative use of methods in their own research.

Week 7 is a ‘reading week’ when students pursue independent study. Weeks 8 and 9 will involve practical surgery sessions based around students’ own projects and the methodological issues which students are confronting in designing their research.

The final session in week 10 will be an opportunity for students to present, give and receive constructive feedback on their own refined research proposals.

Copies of readings will be distributed to students the week before they are due to be discussed and these readings must be completed in time or the next class.


  • Dissertation presentation on methods (10%)
  • A 4000 word ‘Methodological Reflection’ essay (90%)

Key skills

  • Critical analysis
  • Independent research
  • Verbal and written communication
  • Presentation skills