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Geography (Research Methods) (MA)

Course Description

The MA in Geography (Research Methods) - or MARM - aims to give a broad training in social science research methodology as well as more specific training in the approaches and techniques used in human geography. There is a balance between theory and practical application. The degree programme includes skills training and reflection on personal experience, and those students who are going on to MPhil/PhD work are encouraged to relate what they learn to their future research. Most of the teaching is in small groups and emphasises student engagement and discussion. The MARM is an ESRC recognised Masters training course and all modules are designed and delivered in line within the ESRC's requirements. All modules include formative and summative assessment. The teaching programme is delivered in Terms 1 and 2. From Easter onwards students work on their dissertation with the support of an allocated supervisor.

Course Structure

The MARM is composed of six core (compulsory) modules and a choice from three optional modules. The core modules total 150 credits and, in addition, students take 30 credits from the optional modules adding up to a total of 180 credits. The course is delivered by the Department of Geography, the Department of Anthropology, the Department of Psychology and the School of Applied Social Sciences (SASS).

Core Modules

-Philosophy and Theory in Contemporary Human Geography
-Research Frontiers in Human Geography
-Using Geographical Skills and Techniques
-Perspectives on Social Research
-Fieldwork and Interpretation: Qualitative Research Methods

Optional Modules available in previous years include:

-Statistical Exploration and Reasoning
-Applied Statistics
-Quantitative Methods in Social Science

Visit the Geography (Research Methods) (MA) page on the Durham University website for more details!

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Various Scholarships - No. of awards TBC

We have a host of scholarships available. Details of each scholarship can be found at http://www.idoxopen4learning.co.uk/durham.

Value of Scholarship(s)



We have a host of scholarships available. Details of each scholarship can be found at http://www.idoxopen4learning.co.uk/durham.

Application Procedure

You must apply to each scholarship individually following the instructions for each scholarship.

Further Information



Durham University NEFirst Postgraduate Loan Scheme - No. of awards TBC

1. The finance cost will be at an annual rate of interest of between 6.2% and 9.4% depending upon the outcomes of the Experian credit score.2. The maximum loan value will be seven thousand pounds (£7,000) to cover tuition fees.3. All loans will be on a twelve (12) month deferred payment schedule.Example:
◦£7,000 loan granted on 1st October 2015
◦First repayment instalment due 1st October 2016
◦Term 4 years (following first instalment) at a fixed rate of APR 9.4%
◦Monthly instalments £163.98
◦Interest during deferred period 0.00% APR
◦Total amount repayable £8274.96

Value of Scholarship(s)



The scheme is available to all UK residents who have a UK bank account, regardless of their undergraduate institution. However, NEFirst is bound by a ‘common bond’ requirement, meaning applicants must be living or working in Durham or have been offered a place at Durham University. Prospective applicants are also invited to include guarantors as part of the application to lower the risk profile, and subsequently the cost of finance to the applicant.

Application Procedure

Applicants should apply first to the University for a place on the course they are interested in studying. The University will provide a link to the NEFirst application form to those applicants who are made an offer of a place on their course and are interested in applying for the loan. Applicants interested in this scheme should apply direct to NEFirst.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

The MA in Geography (Research Methods) which admits any student with a Bachelors degree or higher in an arts or social science subject, of the required standard, to train in preparation for studying for the Ph.D. This course is partly taught and partly research-based and, if University conditions are met, leads to graduation with an MA degree. It is an approved course of the UK's Economic and Social Research Council. Full-time students must study for one year.

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