School of GeoSciences

Degree structure, teaching & assessment

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

Core courses

This MSc has four compulsory core courses. Each core course consists of a balance of lectures, seminars and directed research.

Optional courses

In addition to the Core Courses, you will select 20 credits from a very broad range of elective courses across the School of GeoSciences and other Schools across the University.

Teaching & assessment

MScR teaching is executed through a range of teaching and assessment modes the majority of which are designed to support the student's dissertation project.


Your dissertation contributes 80 credits of your marks for the programme, and is your springboard into a career in Human Geography or further PhD research.

Part time studies

Committed to helping people back into Education whilst continuing to work or managing family and personal commitments, you may study our MSc part time over two years.