Geography MRes/(Sc) MRes

MRes/(Sc) MRes Geography
These programmes enable you to conduct in-depth research into a science, technological or social science focused aspect of geography.
 
  

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Qualification
MRes/(Sc) MRes Geography
Duration
1 year full-time, 2 years part-time
Entry requirements
2:1 (or international equivalent)
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
School/department
Economic Worlds
Other requirements
You will need a research proposal, two academic references and academic transcripts

 

Overview

These programmes enable you to conduct in-depth research into a science, technological or social science focused aspect of geography.

They are aimed at students who wish to focus primarily on achieving a research-based masters-level qualification.

With close support and guidance from subject-specialist academics, MRes students typically conduct in-depth research in human geography (social science, arts and humanities aspects of geography), while (Sc) MRes students focus on a scientific or technological aspect of geography. It may be possible to transfer to a PhD at the discretion of the school.

You will benefit from being part of a world-leading, research-intensive school, spending time on a topic of your choice while enhancing your research skills and subject expertise.

Our culture of interdisciplinary study and knowledge transfer enables us to generate high-impact research that influences government public policy, private enterprise and third sector organisations.

Course details

You will study modules worth 180 credits of which at least 120 must be obtained from a thesis module at Level 4. The Regulations for the Degree of Master of Research (MRes) state that 60 credits should be obtained from taught modules at Level 4 and/or generic training courses from within the University.

Where 60 credits of modules of the requisite level and clearly cognate with your research topic are not available, you may take a smaller number of taught/training credits and a thesis module of more than 120 credits (such that the overall number of credits remains at 180). In these circumstances, the maximum word length of the thesis will reflect its credit weighting.

Key facts

 

Facilities

Library facilities

The Hallward Library stocks all of the major geography publications and journals. Our library facilities open long hours and include areas for group work, individual and silent study.

Graduate School

Representing the needs of postgraduate students across the University, the Graduate School provides research training and development for postgraduates and early career researchers.

You will have access to a dedicated space on University Park, which includes computer stations, Wi-Fi, study and social areas, and kitchen facilities.

 

Research support

Research seminars

Postgraduate students are integrated into the research community of the school through participation in research seminars given by visiting speakers, and research workshops given by members of the school. There is an active postgraduate research group in each of the school's four key research areas.

Student Services

Student Services provide a range of support and information to enhance your student experience. They are part of a comprehensive network of University services that includes academic and disability support, counselling, financial support and childcare services.

Centre for English Language Education

Accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English in the UK, the University's Centre for English Language Education provides high-quality preparation and English language support, as well as a social programme for its students.

Students' Union

The Students' Union is an important source of support with their own Student Advice Centre and dedicated Postgraduate Officer.

Researcher Development Programme

Working closely with academic schools, the Graduate School's dedicated training team contribute to faculty specific and doctoral training programmes. They deliver core training in line with the standards set out by the UK's major research funders through their researcher development programme.

 

Find a supervisor

You will be allocated an appropriate dissertation supervisor who will oversee your progress.

 

Fees and funding

See information on how to fund your studies, including our step-by-step guide. Further information is available on the school website.

Government loans for doctoral study

The Government recently introduced doctoral student loans of up to £25,000 for PhDs and equivalent research programmes. Applicants must ordinarily live in England.

Doctoral training programmes

Linked to research councils, doctoral training programmes offer funding opportunities connected to our research priorities.

International and EU students

Research scholarships are available for outstanding international and EU students. You must already have an offer to study at Nottingham to apply. Please note closing dates to ensure your course application is submitted in good time.

Information and advice on funding your degree, living costs and working while you study is available on our website, as well as country-specific resources.

Additional costs

As a student on this course, you should factor some additional costs into your budget, alongside your tuition fees and living expenses.

You should be able to access most of the books you'll need through our libraries, though you may wish to purchase your own copies or more specific titles.

 
 

Careers

Recent graduates have gone on to careers in the public, private and third sectors, including national and local government departments and regulatory agencies and charities. Many use this degree as a foundation for further study via a PhD.

Many of our PhD students continue in the academic field, either at the University of Nottingham or elsewhere. Other recent graduates have gone on to work for organisations such as the Environment Agency, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Experian, the Forestry Commission, and business and professional service firms.

Employability and average starting salary

85.7% of postgraduates from the School of Geography who were available for employment secured work or further study within six months of graduation. £26,000 was the average starting salary, with the highest being £33,000.*

* Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates 2016/17. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

Career and professional development

Whether you are looking to enhance your career prospects or develop your knowledge, a postgraduate degree from the University of Nottingham can help take you where you want to be.

The University's award-winning Careers and Employability Service offers specialist support and guidance while you study and for life after you graduate. They will help you explore and plan your next career move, through regular events, employer-led skills sessions, placement opportunities and one-to-one discussions.

 
 
 
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Disclaimer
This online prospectus has been drafted in advance of the academic year to which it applies. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content) are likely to occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for the course where there has been an interval between you reading this website and applying.

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