The Programme holds full postgraduate research training recognition from the Economic and Social Science Research Council. Students intending to take the MRes as a direct bridge to PhD research are welcome to discuss possible applications to the ESRC for "1+3" fees and maintenance funding. Students who successfully complete the MRes and wish to begin a PhD will be helped to apply to the ESRC for "+3" studentships covering 3 years fees and maintenance.
The main aim of the programme is to prepare students for a research degree in Human Geography, broadly defined, while providing a comprehensive introduction to social sciences research strategies. The inter-disciplinary nature of Human Geography means that subject specific training incorporates a wide range of philosophies, epistemologies, concepts and methods. These subject-specific components combine the expertise of staff who represent various research specialisms within the discipline. Students are introduced to the diverse ways of currently doing Human Geography by researchers who work in fields including rural and regional development and policy, uneven development economic restructuring, transport and mobility, environmental management and policy. The complementary social sciences training delivered by the School of Social Science exposes students to the research of staff and peers from cognate disciplines (e.g. Sociology, Anthropology, Politics and International Relations).
International Student Requirements:
The minimum requirement is a first degree (equivalent to a British second class Honors degree). Evidence of English Language Proficiency may also be required. The Programme Director will consider applicants with non-standard qualifications, particularly those with substantial work experience.
We have one intake each year in September. Late applications may be asked to wait until the next intake should the programme coordinator feel there is insufficient time to consider the application. Prospective students are advised to apply as early in the year as possible to secure a place. Overseas students wishing to study on the course are particularly advised to apply in plenty of time to allow visa applications to proceed in a timely manner.