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University of Leicester, Full Time Masters Degrees in Geography

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An MRes is a degree in which students undertake a one year research project (with taught courses) supervised by academic members of staff. Read more
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 http://www2.le.ac.uk/departments/geography/newsevents/new-physical-geography-mres-topics-listed

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

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This MSc responds to one of the greatest challenges humanity is facing today. the sustainable management of our planet's natural resources and environment, to provide sustainable livelihoods for all people into the twenty-first century and beyond. Read more
This MSc responds to one of the greatest challenges humanity is facing today: the sustainable management of our planet's natural resources and environment, to provide sustainable livelihoods for all people into the twenty-first century and beyond.

The programme :

• is designed for those wishing to develop a career in natural resource management.
• allows you to explore and develop your own interests within a carefully designed and vocationally relevant set of taught modules and a dissertation.
• is taught jointly between ecologists, economists and geographers – meaning that you will study this programme to its fullest breadth and depth.
• offers postgraduates an unrivalled opportunity to understand the scientific basis of natural resource management through lectures, seminars, practical and field-based courses, both in the UK and overseas.


Course modules
Core:
• Research Design and Methods in Geography
• Living with Environmental Change
• Sustainable Management of Biological Resources: Ecosystem and Biodiversity Conservation
• Dissertation
Option modules:
• Earth Observation and Remote Sensing
• Global Climate and Environmental Change
• Biodiversity Conservation and Global Change: Tropical East Africa
• Environmental Economics
• Ecological and Environmental Assessment
• The Changing Water Cycle
• Water Quality Processes and Management

Teaching and Learning

We recognise the need for challenging and diverse methods of assessment. Our methods vary from traditional examinations, individual oral presentations, reports, web pages, research proposals, literature reviews and posters. We also include an amount of field-based teaching and computer practical sessions in our courses. As well as being taught subject knowledge, you will also receive training on how to plan, develop and execute a programme of individual research. We feel that the development of group skills is very important and a number of pieces of coursework involve a team of people. Coursework feedback is given promptly and in considerable detail, enabling you to improve continuously.

Opportunities/ Reasons to study

As a student on our MSc Sustainable Development of Natural Resources programme you will have the opportunity to:

• Engage with leading research and researchers in the field
• Select from a range of optional modules to best fit your interests and career aspirations
• Study part time if preferred, to fit with your existing professional and personal commitments
• Undertake fieldwork in the UK and Kenya
e.g. Biodiversity Conservation and Global Change: Tropical East Africa
The module will take place for ten field days at locations in the Rift Valley Kenya. It will be largely under canvas, in a safari camp that is already maintained by the Department of Biology for its Rift Valley Lakes research.
• Enhance your career prospects
• Complete an in-depth research project for your dissertation, with support from a dedicated supervisor.

World Class Facilities

Students have access to state-of-the-art Physical Geography instrumentation. There are separate laboratories for environmental, molecular stable isotope and palaeoecological research that can be used to reconstruct past climates and environments, the preparation of thin sections, hardware modelling using rainfall simulation and flume channels as well as a large, general-purpose laboratory that recently been completely refurbished.

Additional resources include an Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer, a Scanning Electron Microscope, a cold store, a Coulter Laser Diffraction particle size analyser, differential GPS and a wide range of field equipment. A new eddy covariance flux tower was purchased recently to measure carbon, energy and water fluxes between vegetation and the atmosphere.

The department has installed suites of PCs, LINUX work-stations and Virtual Reality Equipment (including a theatre) in several newly refurbished computing laboratories as a result of securing £3.9 million from HEFCE to house a Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) on the subject of spatial literacy and spatial thinking.

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The MSc in Environmental Informatics aims to provide students with a multi-disciplinary education and training in geographical information systems in the context of environmental science, enabling them to gain employment in public/private agencies/ businesses that deal with the sustainable management of natural resources(including conservation, planning, and environmental management). Read more
The MSc in Environmental Informatics aims to provide students with a multi-disciplinary education and training in geographical information systems in the context of environmental science, enabling them to gain employment in public/private agencies/ businesses that deal with the sustainable management of natural resources(including conservation, planning, and environmental management).

Core Modules:
Introduction to GIS
Research Design and Methods in Geography
Geographic Visualisation
Theories, Concepts and Applications of Sustainable Development
Dissertation

Optional Modules:
Programming for Spatial Scientists
Spatial Information Science
Earth Observation and Remote Sensing
Environment, Space and Society
Global Climate and Environmental Change
Biodiversity Conservation and Global Change: Tropical East Africa (Kenya field trip)
Environmental Economics
Sustainable Management of Biological Resources

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Spatial data play an increasingly important role in many areas of our lives. environmental protection, forecasting, agriculture, and local and regional planning. Read more
Spatial data play an increasingly important role in many areas of our lives: environmental protection, forecasting, agriculture, and local and regional planning. Understanding Geographical Information Systems and GI science is essential for effective management and analysis of spatial data.

Core
• Introduction to GIS
• Spatial Information Science
• Earth Observation and Remote Sensing
• GIS Research Methods Field Trip
• Dissertation tutorial
• Geographical Visualization
• Programming for Spatial Scientists
• Plus a 60 credit master’s dissertation

We recognise the need for challenging and diverse methods of assessment. Our methods vary from traditional examinations, individual oral presentations, reports, web pages, research proposals, literature reviews and posters. We also include an amount of field-based teaching and computer practical sessions in our courses. As well as being taught subject knowledge, you will also receive training on how to plan, develop and execute a programme of individual research. We feel that the development of group skills is very important and a number of pieces of coursework involve a team of people. Coursework feedback is given
promptly and in considerable detail, enabling you to improve continuously.

• The MSc in Geographical Information Science at the University of Leicester is the longest running MSc in GIS in England and offers comprehensive training in GI Science and Systems.
• The MSc in GIS has been recently been accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).
• The course is overseen by an employer panel of representatives from industry, government, research and environmental agencies in order to maintain the relevancy of the course content and direction.

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This new course follows the same taught modules as our MSc in GIS, but with the option for a 6-12 month industrial placement, designed to enhance your practical, applied skills and career prospects. Read more
This new course follows the same taught modules as our MSc in GIS, but with the option for a 6-12 month industrial placement, designed to enhance your practical, applied skills and career prospects.

• Placements start between June-September at the end of your first year.

• Students need to obtain at least a Merit grade from the taught component of the course to progress to the industrial placement.

• Students find their own placement with support from the Department.

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The MA in Urban History will provide you with a broad introduction to the historical study of towns and cities from classical antiquity to modern times. Read more
The MA in Urban History will provide you with a broad introduction to the historical study of towns and cities from classical antiquity to modern times. Our course is the only Urban History MA in the UK and attracts students from the across the globe.

The exciting and challenging course will enhance your historical understanding and allow you to concentrate on specialist fields including the cultural and social history of British and Irish towns, urban behaviour and landscapes, global and colonial cities, and contemporary issues in urban regeneration and conservation.

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