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Course content

An MRes is a degree in which students undertake a one year research project (with taught courses) supervised by academic members of staff. It is essentially a “mini PhD” as the projects are directly related to ongoing departmental research.

Core Modules

• Dissertation
Optional Modules (two)

• Introduction to GIS
• Programming for Spatial Scientists
• Spatial Information Science
• Research Design and Methods in Geography
• Geographical Visualisation
• Earth Observation and Remote Sensing
• Global Climate and Environmental Change
• Environmental Economics
• Sustainable Management of Biological Resources
• Living with Environmental Change
• Ecological and Environmental Assessment

Teaching and Learning

The 40 taught credits are delivered by a variety of methods including lectures, seminars, self-paced learning, directed reading and practicals.

Opportunities/Reasons to Study

The flexibility of the MRes in Geography allows students to develop their domain knowledge and research skills under the direct supervision of a member of staff. The relationship between staff and student is more direct than that under traditional MSc supervision. Each student will take 40 taught credits from existing modules and the dissertation component of the MRes allows the student to develop and explore a deep understanding of their topic. It is expected that the MRes will result in publications. The MRes is an ideal basis for pursuing a research career through a PhD.

Within this course, there is a high range of research topics which are split into the following themes:

Human Geography
Physical Geography
Geographical Information Science

For information on some of our latest MRes research topics see

You are also encouraged to contact members of staff and develop your own topic.

Visit the MRes in Geography page on the University of Leicester website for more details!




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