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Course content

The MA in Geography (Research Methods) - or MARM - aims to give a broad training in social science research methodology as well as more specific training in the approaches and techniques used in human geography. There is a balance between theory and practical application. The degree programme includes skills training and reflection on personal experience, and those students who are going on to MPhil/PhD work are encouraged to relate what they learn to their future research. Most of the teaching is in small groups and emphasises student engagement and discussion. The MARM is an ESRC recognised Masters training course and all modules are designed and delivered in line within the ESRC's requirements. All modules include formative and summative assessment. The teaching programme is delivered in Terms 1 and 2. From Easter onwards students work on their dissertation with the support of an allocated supervisor.

Course Structure

The MARM is composed of six core (compulsory) modules and a choice from three optional modules. The core modules total 150 credits and, in addition, students take 30 credits from the optional modules adding up to a total of 180 credits. The course is delivered by the Department of Geography, the Department of Anthropology, the Department of Psychology and the School of Applied Social Sciences (SASS).

Core Modules

  • Philosophy and Theory in Contemporary Human Geography
  • Research Frontiers in Human Geography
  • Using Geographical Skills and Techniques
  • Perspectives on Social Research
  • Fieldwork and Interpretation: Qualitative Research Methods
  • Dissertation

Optional Modules available in previous years include:

  • Statistical Exploration and Reasoning
  • Applied Statistics
  • Quantitative Methods in Social Science.

Visit the Geography (Research Methods) - MA page on the Durham University website for more details!

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