Our Geography MA, MSc course provides you with an excellent foundation in advanced Geography. The
course will offer you comprehensive study opportunities in the geographical fields of your choice:
The MA pathway concentrates on human geography, including environment and development, environmental policies and politics, geopolitics, urbanisation and globalisation.
The MSc focuses on physical geography, particularly modules available on the Environmental Monitoring, Modelling & Management course.
You will be studying innovative modules in a range of disciplines taught by staff who are recognised leaders in their fields.
Our recently refurbished accommodation offers high-quality teaching and social facilities.
Our Geography department is one of the largest in the UK.
The study programme is highly flexible and can be tailored to reflect your academic interests.
The Geography MA, MSc study course is made up of optional and required modules. You must take modules with a total of between 180 and 190 credits to complete the course.
In addition to a required dissertation, you will select from a range of related modules. Your choice of modules will determine whether you take the MA or MSc pathway. If you are enrolling for the Geography MA course, you are expected to choose options in human geography, whereas the Geography MSc course will mean you will study physical geography.
If you are studying full-time, you will complete the course in one year, from September to September. If you are studying part-time, your course will be delivered over two years, you will take the required module in the first year, and the dissertation in your second year.
Course format and assessment
We use lectures, seminars and group tutorials to deliver most of the modules on the course. You will also be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study. Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.
Per 20-credit module:
Lectures, seminars and feedback: The total contact time for each 20-credit taught module is 20 hours. These sessions will include lectures, teacher-led and student-led group discussions based on the main areas of study
Self-study:180 hours of self-guided learning time (some modules may involve lab work or e-learning).
Lectures, seminars and feedback: Usually four dissertation workshops/ tutorials and five contact hours of one-to-one or group consultation with supervisors.
Self-study: 587 hours.
Assessment methods will depend on the modules selected. The primary method of assessment for this course is a combination of essays/reports, oral presentations, lab work and occasionally by examination.
Our graduates usually continue on to further research, but many have also entered the fields of national and international consultancies and NGOs, governments, charities, research organisations, journalism and teaching.