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Human Geography (MSc in Research)

Course Description

The MSc at Reading is an ESRC-recognised programme that allows you to focus on your own topic and develop advanced research skills within human geography. The degree suits independent students interested in a research career in academia or non-academic organisations. You will be supervised by research-active human geographers with expertise and a world-class reputation in their subject area. Teaching is largely by individual supervision, supported by seminars and classes that enable you to develop wider understanding of current human geography research philosophies and methodologies.

See the website http://www.reading.ac.uk/ready-to-study/study/subject-area/geography-and-environmental-science-pg/msc-human-geography-research.aspx

Why Reading?

Our MSc in Research provides you with the flexibility to develop your personal research interests with academics of your choice. You will be guided by tutorials with leading geographers in their field, and join an open and friendly department with an international reputation for excellence in teaching, and state-of- the-art facilities. You will be supervised by highly successful and research-active staff internationally renowned in their subject areas. We have an established reputation for interdisciplinary approaches inspired by our research projects. The Masters is skills-focussed and the core modules will allow you to develop your critical analytical writing and argument; evaluation of complex data, identification of key issues and concepts; research design and management; preparing grant applications, reports and papers for publication; and enhance your knowledge of ITC and quantitative and qualitative applications in geography. These modules, as well as seminars, help you to develop oral and presentation skills.

Research topics

Our particular areas of expertise are the Geographies of Justice, Care and Responsibility; Development, Environment and Sustainability; and Geographies of Resilience and Transformation. We have a global reach with research projects spanning Latin America and the Caribbean (Colombia, Jamaica, Trinidad), Asia (India, Nepal), Africa (Mozambique, Ruanda, Sudan, Tanzania, Liberia, Ghana, Senegal), Australia, Europe, and the British Isles.

Career prospects

The programme has a focus on research skills training and is particularly suitable for students interested in research careers either in academia (e.g. university, research centre) or in non-academic organizations (e.g. museums, government, non-governmental organizations, and consultancy). The programme can be taken as first year of a '1 + 3' ESRC pathway towards a doctoral degree. For more information visit: southeastdtc.surrey.ac.uk

Our students emerge well educated and skilled. Graduates go on to work in a wide variety of academic and research posts as well as in public and private sector organisations within the UK and internationally. Graduates will be highly employable in the growing market for environmental managers and consultants. Our courses also provide in-service training for those already working within the profession.

Visit the Human Geography (MSc in Research) page on the University of Reading website for more details!

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Entry Requirements

An upper second-class degree (or equivalent from a university outside the UK) in an appropriate subject, e.g. Geography, Environmental Sciences, Planning, Politics or Economics.

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