Research may be in any area of social, urban, environmental, development, political, economic, historical or cultural geography that is supported by the Human Geography Research Group. It is co-delivered with the University’s Graduate School of Social Science.
The programme can stand alone as a masters degree, or form the first year of a ‘1+3’ ESRC-backed PhD programme.
Students who successfully complete this programme will:
- acquire transferable skills relevant to advanced researchers
- develop skills in data acquisition and analysis
- understand wider methodological and epistemological debates relevant to their research
We offer a balance between general and specialist research training. The programme combines lectures, practical work, workshops, essays, seminars and one-to-one supervision of independent research leading to delivery of a dissertation.
The emphasis on independent research allows you to work closely with scholars at the cutting edge in order to advance your own research passions. A highlight of the programme is the postgraduate conference where you present your research to colleagues.
The University of Edinburgh has an unbroken record of teaching and research in the earth sciences going back to 1770, when Robert Ramsay became the first Professor of Natural History.
James Hutton and Arthur Holmes were prominent among those who set an academic tradition in Edinburgh that continues today with the University achieving top ratings in earth sciences teaching and research.
- Research Design in Human Geography
- Methodological Debates in Human Geography
- Core Quantitative Data Analysis 1 and 2
- Research Skills in the Social Sciences: Data Collection
- Dissertation in Human Geography
In consultation with the Programme Director, you will choose from a range of option courses. We particularly recommend:
- Conducting Research Interviews
- Contemporary Social Theory
- The Documents of Life
- Explanation and Understanding in Social and Political Research
- Intermediate Inferential Statistics: Testing and Modelling
- Listening to Children: Research and Consultation
- Political Ecology
- Qualitative Methods and Ethnographic Fieldwork
- Survey Methods and Data
- Values and the Environment
- 12 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- StartingApply anytime.
We encourage you to apply at least one month prior to entry so that we have enough time to process your application.
DisciplinesEarth Sciences Geology Environmental Sciences View 323 other Masters in Environmental Sciences in United Kingdom
- A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent.
International31100 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 31100 GBP per year during 12 months.
National9700 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 9700 GBP per year during 12 months.
Living costs for Edinburgh
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