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MRes Research in Human Geography

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Full time | University of Birmingham | 1 year | SEP

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Qualification type

MRes - Master of Research

Subject areas

Human Geography Research Methods (Science)

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Course Summary

Our Research in Human Geography MRes combines interdisciplinary expertise from Geography, Political Science and International Studies. The course can provide a useful foundation for undertaking a PhD in Human Geography, or is ideal for those who want to acquire rigorous research skills more generally.

The MRes Research in Human Geography is a research training Masters degree. It can provide a useful foundation for undertaking a PhD in Human Geography, or is ideal for those who want to acquire rigorous research skills more generally.

The programme provides research training in theoretical, philosophical and methodological issues relevant to human geography and social science research. These include debates concerning social theory and epistemology, qualitative and quantitative techniques and their application to human geography, and research design, ethics and presentation.

The aims of the programme are:

  • To develop a deeper understanding of advanced level theoretical, philosophical and methodological debates in contemporary human geographies and related social sciences;
  • To provide advanced training in social science research methodologies and their application in social research in general and human geography in particular
  • To develop a student's ability to communicate ideas and research effectively.

Why study this course?

The MRes Research in Human Geography is intended to develop skills in critical analysis and academic research, enabling students to acquire research skills and to understand and apply research methodologies as appropriate in a human geography context, as well as the subsequent potential development of doctoral research projects.


Former students have developed successful academic, business and policy-based careers (for example, in policy development, international finance and accountancy, economic development and consultancy, journalism and market research for a range of public, private and voluntary organisations). Other graduates have continued to PhD research in the School and elsewhere, such as Oxford.


The Research Design module covers a number of different themes including i) introduction to concepts and varieties of social science research design; ii) research questions associated with design, methodology and warranting practices; iii) research claims and conclusions that can be reliably drawn from different kinds of evidence produced by different designs; iv) key design features, such as groups, timing and measurement; and v) detailed analysis of a range of research designs.

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Entry requirements

Normally a 2:1 Honours degree or equivalent in Geography or a related discipline.

University information

The University of Birmingham - part of the prestigious Russell Group of universities in the UK – has been helping to develop the next generation of leaders, push boundaries of innovation and challenge existing thinking for over 100 years - and it continues to grow stronger. The university has a vibrant and diverse community of students, with the 14,000 strong academic community coming to the city from over 150 countries. Impressively, over...more

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