Human Geography MSc

 
  

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Qualification
MSc Human Geography
Duration
1 year full-time, 2 years part-time
Entry requirements
2.1 (or international equivalent) in a social science subject
Other requirements
IELTS
6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element)

If these grades are not met, English preparatory courses are available
Start date
September
Campus
University Park
School/department
Tuition fees
You can find fee information on our fees table.
 

Overview

The MSc Human Geography is an ESRC-recognised masters course that covers current themes in critical human geography and research methods for social scientists.
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This course provides you with a thorough grounding in key developments in contemporary human geography, as well as advanced level training in geographical research methods, research design, and broader social science concepts and intellectual traditions.

The school has world-recognised expertise in cultural, historical, economic and medical geography along with environmental history. Our academics have received accolades for their research from institutions such as the British Medical Association and the Royal Academy.

Key facts

  • 75% of our research output was rated as 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent' in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF)
  • We were rated 'excellent' in the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) assessment of teaching provision
  • We are ranked 39th worldwide for geography according to QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016
 

Course details

This course requires you to complete 120 credits of core and optional modules, before undertaking a supervised dissertation.

 
 

Modules

Core

Critical Human Geography

The module introduces you to a range of philosophical approaches and current research themes within human geography. It enables you to integrate questions of theory and empirical research, each stage of the module stressing the philosophy underpinning the research under discussion, and the cultural and political contexts of the research.

Key thematic issues structure the module, including geographical understandings of culture and economy, and the geographies of nature. Each section of the module integrates historical and contemporary understanding, emphasising the distinctive contribution made by human geography in thinking spatially, while at the same time highlighting geography's relationship to the social sciences, natural sciences and humanities. 

 
Dissertation: Human Geography

Building directly on the work undertaken in the Research Design module, this module requires you to write a substantive research dissertation on a subject chosen following discussion with a nominated supervisor. The dissertation will be 20,000 words in length.

 
Geographical Research Methods

This module is split into three major sections:

  • Quantitative Methods: An introduction to parametric and non-parametric statistics and the use of databases and statistical packages.
  • Social Research Methods: An introduction to the philosophical and analytical issues that lie behind designing social research methods. A range of social research methods are considered in terms of their approach, design, implementation and analysis.
  • GIS: An introduction to the technologies of GIS. It covers the design and operation of these systems and how they are used as decision support tools. The material also covers the concept of modelling and what issues the user must be aware of in evaluating model outputs.
 
Space and Social Theory

The module provides an introduction to space and social theory. The module will provide an introduction to a range of theoretical approaches within the social sciences, that have influenced research in human geography. The module will focus upon the work of some of the following (and others), and its relationship to geographical research:

  • Haraway
  • Harvey
  • Foucault
  • Latour
  • Said
  • Comte
  • Polanyi
 
Research Design B

The module takes the form of weekly seminars in which the following topics are covered: 

  • Introduction to research design
  • 'Subjects' and research
  • Research methods
  • Qualitative analysis
  • Group project
  • Evaluating qualitative research
  • Writing strategies
  • Research plans for dissertations

You will write a report on your group project. You also write a full research plan, and make an individual presentation of this plan.

 

Optional

You will select 30 credits of optional modules either provided by the School of Geography, or in other social science schools across the University.

The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. This list is an example of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.

 
 

Funding

The school has details of funding opportunities on our funding webpage. Further information can also be found on the Graduate School website.

International and EU students

The University of Nottingham offers a range of masters scholarships for international and EU students from a wide variety of countries and areas of study.

Applicants must receive an offer of study before applying for our scholarships. Applications for 2017 entry scholarships will open in late 2016. Please note the closing dates of any scholarships you are interested in and make sure you submit your masters course application in good time so that you have the opportunity to apply for them.

The International Office also provides information and advice for international and EU students on financing your degree, living costs, external sources of funding and working during your studies.

Find out more on our scholarships, fees and finance webpages for international applicants.

 
 

Careers

Graduates from this programme have gone on to pursue a wide range of successful careers in diverse areas including the high-tech, consultancy, and financial services industries as well as in public sector fields such as the National Health Service. Some have also gone on to study a PhD.

A postgraduate qualification from The University of Nottingham shows potential employers that you are an intelligent, hard-working individual who is bright and flexible enough to undertake any form of specific career training.

Average starting salary and career progression

In 2015, 95% of postgraduates in the School of Geography who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation.*

* Known destinations of full-time home higher degree postgraduates 2014/15.

Career prospects and employability

The acquisition of a masters degree demonstrates a high level of knowledge in a specific field. Whether you are using it to enhance your employability, as preparation for further academic research or as a means of vocational training, you may benefit from careers advice as to how you can use your new found skills to their full potential.

Our Careers and Employability Service will help you do this, working with you to explore your options and inviting you to attend recruitment events where you can meet potential employers, as well as suggesting further development opportunities, such as relevant work experience placements and skills workshops.

 
 
 
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