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Human Geography (MRes)

Course Description

MRes in Human Geography

• The MRes programme in Human Geography was introduced in 2012 and is accredited by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) for subsequent doctoral research.
• Taught modules include both skills training and coursework.
• The programme can be tailored to the interests of individual students.
• Funding is available through a variety of channels including research councils, research contracts and University scholarships.
• Dedicated workspace and computing facilities, access to financial support for fieldwork and attendance at conferences.

Contact hours: Approximately 100 hours of lectures, seminars and workshops. Up to 40 hours one-to-one supervision over the year.
Assessment: Essays, research/lab reports, presentations, research proposal, research dissertation.


* The School of Geography & Geosciences incorporates the Department of Geography & Sustainable Development and the Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences and has 40 permanent academic staff, 4 teaching fellows, 28 support staff, 20 research fellows and 49 research postgraduate students.

* The MRes in Human Geography was introduced in 2012 (Economic and Social Research Council approved for 1+3 studentships).

* Geography is now the home of the award-winning Sustainable Development postgraduate programmes.

* Wide range of expertise with particular strengths in health and population geography, Quaternary (ice age) and glacial studies, urban and historical geography, housing and labour markets, biogeography, oceanography, and environmental management and sustainable development.

* Further strengths in Earth Science research related to the coevolution of Earth and Life, development of the continental crust, and interpreting the influence of tectonic and climate change on the development of sedimentary systems from the Precambrian to the present.

* Excellent in-house laboratory, IT and field resources for teaching and research.

* Emphasis on a range of different skills producing highly literate and numerate graduates with excellent employment prospects.

* The School is a partner in the University’s Scottish Oceans Institute (SOI).

Postgraduate community

We currently have postgraduate students from across the globe. They are a vital part of the life of the School and contribute in many ways, not least in the widening and deepening of experiences brought to the learning environment. Groups and individuals within the School collaborate actively with several overseas universities, and there may be opportunities for postgraduates to spend time abroad while studying for a higher degree.


We see postgraduate study as part of your long-term career. We are here to offer advice and also support you in the development of your career, as is the University’s Careers Centre. There are opportunities for postgraduates to run tutorials, practical demonstrations and other academic work to gain experience of working in an academic context. Others gain practical experience working with companies and governmental organisations.
Recent postgraduates have obtained postdoctoral and lecturing positions in leading universities around the world, while others have jobs in environmental management, market research, health research and the oil industry.

Visit the Human Geography (MRes) page on the University of St Andrews website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Our minimum academic requirement for entry to most programmes is a 2:1 degree classification from a recognised UK university or the equivalent in a subject-related area

Course Fees

2016/17: Home/EU £6,800; Overseas £19,400

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