About This Course
The Geography MSc by Research (MScRes) is a one-year full-time research programme that differs from a taught Masters programme by placing more emphasis on research, and by being examined much more like a PhD, by viva voce (oral) examination, rather than by grading of coursework and dissertation. This degree will equip you with confidence and competence in the latest research skills (including generic skills such as literature searching, legal and ethical aspects, project planning, grant proposal writing, and statistical manipulation of data) and allow you to apply for further research training (PhD) programmes, or to directly apply for research positions in universities or research institutes.
You will be expected to participate in the graduate training programme provided by the College of Environmental Sciences and Engineering Graduate School to develop your subject-specific skills. You will also undertake training through the University’s Doctoral School to gain broad postgraduate-level skills.
Specific funded projects leading to this degree may be advertised from time to time, but you are welcome to discuss options at any time with potential supervisors. Details of research specialisms and contact details for staff can be found on the School Research pages. As well as offering strong support for research activities, the School offers unique opportunities for students to conduct project work under internationally recognised supervisors. Students also benefit from our extensive local, national and international links with state and private sector organisations.
- Rural land-use change and controversies
- Glacial and fluvial geomorphology
- Sustainable communities, tourism and eco-developments
- Natural flood management
- Environmental governance
- Catchment hydrology and hydrometeorology
- Food values, justice and poverty
- Participatory approaches, citizen science and knowledge-politics
- Long-term river response to environmental change
- Geoarchaeology of alluvial environments
- Alluvial Geochemistry and impact of PHEs on river systems
1 year full-time or pro-rata part-time.
Entry requires a good first degree (2.ii or above) in a relevant subject from a university, or a similar qualification from any other institution. Alternatively, possession of a suitable professional qualification and relevant practical experience may also be accepted.
Applicants who do not speak English or Welsh as their first language must pass the IELTS English test with a score of 6.5 (with no element below 6.0).
Candidates are accepted on both the strength their academic performance at Bachelor’s level, and on the originality and feasibility of their research proposal.
As well as finding specific employment based on the specialist knowledge acquired during postgraduate training, your general employability will be enhanced by evidence of your ability to work independently, to think analytically and innovatively, and to conceptualise and question. During your studies, you will also have the chance to develop essential professional skills such as good communication, teamwork and leadership skills and enhance your practical experience. Our past graduates have gone on to careers in research (both in academia and research institutes) as well as in commercial environmental consultancies, DEFRA, water authorities, scientific publishing, landscape architects and many others.