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  • Entry requirements
    This MA will appeal to any student interested in social and cultural studies, either wishing to apply for a PhD in this field of research, or looking to gain a postgraduate degree from a highly reputable Department of Geography.
  • Academic Title
    MA Social & Cultural Geography
  • Course description
    Social & Cultural Geography - MA

    The MA has been specifically designed to allow maximum flexibility and choice. It offers a 'split pathway', one predominantly research-based pathway involving: 40 credits of optional modules and a 90 credit dissertation, and the other predominantly teaching-based pathway involving: 70 credits of optional modules and a 60 credit dissertation.

    Choosing between the pathways will enable you greater flexibility and choice, and might even allow you to take the course on a part-time basis.

    Entry requirements
    Good 2:1 or first class Honours degree in geography or a related subject.

    Applicants whose first language is not English are required to take a suitable test, e.g. IELTS, minimum score 6.5; TOEFL, minimum score 575, plus a score of 4.5 in the Test of written English, or minimum 232 in the computer-based TOEFL.

    Studentships
    One-year University bursaries offering either fees and subsistence, or full/partial remission of fees, are available on a competitive basis.

    Course description

    The MA in Social and Cultural Geographies is built around the research of one of the world's largest research groups in social and cultural geography.

    It combines training in qualitative research and social theory, with a range of optional modules delivered by staff with interests in:

    -Consumption and material culture
    -The migration of people
    -Objects and practises
    -Geographies of landscape and the visual
    -Social and spatial inequalities

    Our MA students will benefit from critically engaging with these areas of debate, as delivered by the Department's internationally recognised researchers.

    Course content

    The MA in Social and Cultural Geographies comprises of four elements that make up 180 credits worth of study:

    -training in generic social science research methods (15 credits)

    -discipline-specific methods training in human geography (35 credits)

    -substantive subject training in chosen specialist areas of human geography (40 or 70 credits, depending on the pathway chosen)

    -a research dissertation (60 or 90 credits, depending on the pathway chosen)

    The core modules are:

    SCS6001 The Research Process (15 credits)

    GEO6704 Theoretical Issues in Human Geography (10 credits)

    GEO6705 Qualitative Research Methods in Human Geography (10 credits)

    GEO6703 Researching Human Geographies (5 credits)

    You then have the choice of either following a predominantly research orientated route involving 40 credits from:

    GEO6001 Researching population change (10 credits)

    GEO6130 Landscape and nature (10 credits)

    GEO6140 Environment and development (10 credits)

    GEO6150 Contemporary issues in development (10 credits)

    GEO6160 Ethnicity and identity (10 credits)

    GEO6170 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (10 credits)

    GEO6391 Bodily geographies (10 credits)

    GEO6401 Consumption cultures (10 credits)

    GEO6411 Cultures of Technology (10 credits)

    GEO6440 Work: new forms, relations and places (10 credits)

    GEO6450 Politics, place and governance (10 credits)

    GEO6402 Geographies of institutions (10 credits)

    GEO6403 Postcolonial geography and spatial politics (10 credits)

    GEO6404 Sites of memory, politics of memorialisation (10 credits)

    GEO6405 Researching practice (10 credits)

    You then take the following two modules to make up the 180 credits worth of study:

    GEO6707 The Research Proposal (10 credits)

    GEO6421 Extended Dissertation (90 credits)

    An alternative route, which involves more teaching and a relatively smaller dissertation project involves 70 credits from the list of modules above and the following two modules:

    GEO6707 The Research Proposal (10 credits)

    GEO6420 The MA Dissertation (60 credits)

    Teaching
    -Seminars
    -Lectures
    -Workshops
    -Reading groups

    Assessment
    -Examination
    -Course papers
    -Project work
    -Dissertation

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