The degree includes both course-based research training (which comprises 100 credits of work) and supervised independent research (80 credits of work).

The course-based research training covers a range of skills, including:

  • advanced methodologies in social science and/or humanities, with special attention to human geography applications
  • general research design and management
  • transferable skills relevant to the successful design, execution and dissemination of advanced human geography research

Course-based research training (taught element)

Core courses

All students will take the following courses:

Students complying with AHRC training requirements must normally also take the following:

Elective courses

Students will also have the opportunity to take additional optional courses. Examples of optional courses that might be taken as part of this programme include:

Dissertation element

Each student conducts an individual research project and produces a dissertation totalling not more than 15,000 words.

The dissertation is designed to provide an opportunity for students to undertake detailed independent research on a topic of their own choice in human geography, employing appropriate research methodologies and involving theoretical and empirical work.

When applying to study on the programme, you will be required to submit a research proposal which outlines your proposed research topic. The dissertation element of the programme is supported by expert supervision, and each student is matched with a Dissertation Supervisor.

The potential scope of the dissertation project is perhaps best illustrated by some examples of abstracts from some previous projects.

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