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Social Theory and Space (by Research)

12 months
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All programmes of study will be delivered in a dual way combining both online and face to face teaching as appropriate. Face to face teaching will be delivered in a blended format with no large lectures to begin with. Please visit our website for more information. The MSc Social Theory and Space (by Research) programme is offered by Swansea University.

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The MSc Social Theory and Space (by Research)  programme at Swansea University allows you to undertake a year-long (full time) or two-year-long (part time) individual programme of personally and professionally enriching research, supervised by our Human Geography academic staff.

Your social theory and space research project will be shaped by participation in research activities such as seminars and reading groups, as well as your involvement in one of our established Human Geography research groups.

While this Social Theory and Space (by Research) programme at Swansea University usually finishes after a year (or two years for part-time students), it can be used to progress to the second year (full-time equivalent) of a PhD degree in Human Geography in the appropriate circumstances.


The Department of Geography and the College of Science provide a supportive and friendly environment for our thriving community of research students from all over the world, and you will work closely with and be supported by the Department's academic staff. 

One of our Human Geography academic staff members will be your primary supervisory, and they will guide you through your studies. You will also have a second supervisor from either Human Geography or an appropriate cognate discipline, depending on the nature of your project. 

Programme Structure

The range of our current human geographical research in this area includes:
  • Structuralist and poststructuralist geographies 
  • Psychoanalytic geographies
  • Political economy and cultural political economy
  • World cities and global-city networks
  • Geographies of violence
  • Modernity and Postmodernity
  • Urban theory

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

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Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
Upper Second Class

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • MSc by Research programmes: We normally require a minimum of an upper second class Honours degree or equivalent in geography or a related field.

  • IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.0 in each component) or equivalent.
  • Before applying, please identify a research topic or area by consulting our list of current research areas. Once you have identified a research topic or an area, please complete a Research Proposal Form‌ which can be downloaded, and discuss this with the Admissions Tutor,


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Social Theory and Space (by Research)
Swansea University