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The MRes Critical Human Geographies is a full-time taught Masters programme. It forms part of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) South West Doctoral Training Centre – a hub of world-class social science research – and so provides in-depth research training in the social sciences in general and human geography in particular. With a focus on preparing you for a career in social science research, whether at doctoral level at university, or in the public and private sectors, the MRes programme provides core modules in social and geographical theories and methodologies, along with three research-led modules through which you can experience the variety of cutting-edge scholarship undertaken in the department:

  1. Geographies of Culture, Creativity and Practice,
  2. Geographies of Life,
  3. Space, Politics & Power.

The programme structure and content of the MRes in Critical Human Geographies reflects our commitment to integrating MRes students into the wider research culture of the department, whilst the title of the degree reflects the commitment that human geography staff at the University of Exeter have to pursuing critical intellectual agendas within the discipline.

Programme structure

The MRes Critical Human Geographies programme comprises 180 credits which is made up compulsory research training modules (which includes a compulsory 60 credit research dissertation). The following tables describe the programme and constituent modules. Constituent modules may be updated, deleted or replaced as a consequence of the annual programme review of this programme.

Compulsory modules

The following is an indicative list of the likely compulsory modules;

  • Research Methods and Design in Human Geography
  • Contemporary Debates in Human Geography
  • Dissertation
  • Geographies of Culture, Creativity and Practice
  • Geographies of Life
  • Space, Politics and Power
  • Qualitative Methods in Social Research
  • Applied Quantitative Data Analysis
  • Philosophy of the Social Sciences


The MRes Critical Human Geographies is essentially designed to develop in you a broad based and relevant knowledge of research approaches and methods in human geography and the social sciences, and to provide you with a range of transferable skills appropriate to Masters level research within the discipline. The programme aims to prepare you for careers as a professional researcher in either academic or non-academic environment. The core training in social scientific philosophy, epistemology, methodology and analysis are set within a contemporary human geography context, allowing you to apply the wider concepts and skills introduced in the broader social scientific setting to specific topics of geographical inquiry.

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The Career Zone provides high-quality careers information and guidance to students of all disciplines. Our experienced careers team can give you individual support whilst you are at the University and after you have graduated. Services include talks, confidential careers interviews and an extensive careers library of reference books, magazines and journals. A computer suite is also available for accessing online careers information, vacancy services and specialist software on sources of funding for courses and worldwide volunteering. The service can help you to identify work experience placements, jobs, careers paths, and employers, and assist with your CV and interview technique.

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