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Geography (Human Geography) (MScR)

Course Description

Research profile

The research degree in Geography draws on expertise from the School’s Human Geography Research Group, part of the Geography and the Lived Environment Research Institute.

The Human Geography Research Group is recognised for its leading contribution to research at the forefront of the field.

The group’s research efforts provide challenging new insights to core geographical concerns through three research themes:

relations and identities

knowledges, practices and policies

development and power

We draw on quantitative and qualitative methods, making innovative contributions to both approaches. Several research projects span our specified research themes, and many of us work in collaboration with colleagues in other parts of the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences.

We have expertise in a wide range of regions, including the UK and Europe, South Asia, Australia, North and South America, Canada, the Caribbean and the Middle East. We also have productive collaborations with colleagues in many parts of the University.

We support a lively programme of seminars, symposiums, readings groups and postgraduate workshops that support and disseminate our three research themes.

Training and support

The Human Geography Research Group is a member of the ESRC-recognised Scottish Human Geography Consortium and the Kindrogan Consortium for Advanced Postgraduate Research Training in Human Geography. It has expertise in qualitative and feminist methodologies, archive use, and GIS-linked analysis of large datasets.

The School of GeoSciences is recognised as an outlet for the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) RT (1+3) postgraduate training programme and has a RT-recognised masters by research programme:

As a research student affiliated to a research institute, you will also benefit from an excellent peer-supported network.

As groupings of researchers with related interests, the institutes provide a forum for development of ideas, collaboration, and dissemination of results, and an environment for training, development and mentoring of research students and early career researchers.

We encourage our students to undertake demonstrating and tutoring work for the School's undergraduate programmes, for which appropriate training is given.


We have one of the best-equipped GIS laboratories in Europe, together with software for data handling in a range of social, economic and demographic datasets, GIS, database management, modelling and visualisation.

Our collaborations with colleagues in other parts of the University include the Schools of Education, Health in Social Science (including Counselling Studies), Edinburgh College of Art and other areas within the College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences.

Visit the Geography (Human Geography) (MScR) page on the University of Edinburgh website for more details!

Student Profiles

Entry Requirements

A UK undergraduate degree, or its international equivalent, in a related subject.

We may also consider your application if you have other qualifications or experience; please contact us to check before you apply.

All applicants must also meet our English language requirements.

Last Updated

21 November 2016

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