Researching Crisis and Change in Human Geography MA

  • Programme duration: Full-time: 12 months   Part-time: 24 months
  • Programme start: September 2022
  • Entry requirements: You will need a 2:1 honours degree or above (or equivalent for overseas students) in geography or the social sciences.
Contemporary Human Geography MA


This programme will provide advanced training in geographical thought and analysis. Students will gain postgraduate level expertise on Human Geography research, with a depth and breadth that corresponds to Masters-level accreditation.

The course is roughly delivered in three sections. The first part of the course will deliver core research skills training required in order for ESRC Research Training Accreditation. This is delivered in combination with Planning staff in the Department, but also in combination with students studying in Sociology. It provides a bedrock of essential research skills which can also qualify students to complete a doctoral research project if they wish.

One second part of the course (60 credits) will provide specific training in Human Geography. You will learn about different aspects of the discipline that correspond to the specialist knowledge of staff, both in the Power, Space and Social Change cluster as well as also in related human geography subfields. You will also learn in more depth about the ways in which geographers apply theory to their work, and the way in which they can use an array of methods to engage with research participants, policy-makers and communities. In this part of the course students will also have the chance to take mini-modules in sociology, which overlap generatively with the geography course.

Finally, students will also undertake a 60 credit dissertation. This piece of independent research will allow students to apply the skills developed during the taught components of the research and to focus on a topic of interest to them.

Please note this programme was previously known as Contemporary Human Geography (Research Methods) MA

Why Geography?

We’ve exceptional academic staff with expertise in a range of areas:

  • Geographies of Power and Resistance
  • Geographies of Race and Migration
  • Health Geographies
  • Gender, Space and the Body
  • Geographies of Identity and Belonging