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MSc Human Geography: Society and Space

MSc Human Geography: Society and Space

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Full time | University of Bristol | 1 year | 25-SEP-23

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Full time


1 year

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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Human Geography Space Science Sociology

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Course Summary

Programme overview

Human geography is a dynamic discipline with profound influence on current debates in the social sciences and humanities. Human geographers focus on the relationships between space and society, particularly the interconnection between environment, place and identity; knowledge; globalisation processes; social justice; and a variety of other vital themes relevant to the contemporary world.

This programme provides you with a rigorous grounding in social theory and mainstream debates and techniques in human geography. It also offers a thorough training in qualitative and quantitative methods. Options allow for the development of specialisms in historical–cultural themes, postcolonial and decolonial geographies, spatial modelling, and debates surrounding environmental conflict and science and technology.

The programme is closely linked to the University's Cabot Institute, which brings together multidisciplinary research into all aspects of global environmental change.


This programme equips you for a career in high-level public research, business or the creative industries, and provides an outstanding academic training for prospective PhD students and for those seeking a master's-level qualification.

Graduates from this programme have progressed to a variety of future careers, including journalism and writing, urban and town planning, housing justice, food poverty initiatives, creating start-up businesses, the third sector and research. Around 40 per cent of our graduates go on to pursue further research training, for example through a PhD.


This course is designed to build student capacity to evaluate the research practice, data and interpretations of others and be sensitive to ethical, political and value concerns in qualitative research. The course develops expertise in assessing how quantitative methods are used across academic writing, applied knowledge and evidence-based policy. It ensures that students can themselves select and use appropriate qualitative methods in their own geographical research. The course compliments the research design and ethics training offered in the Dissertation unit. A review of qualitative research carried out by human geographers over the last 40 years provides the platform for the main emphasis of the course - on a range of qualitative methods including archives, mapping, focus groups, documentary research, interviews and participant observation. The importance of marrying theory to practice is emphasized with a focus on the importance of the choice of method employed in conducting empirical research.

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Entry requirements

An upper second-class honours degree (or international equivalent) in Geography, Sociology, Anthropology, Philosophy, International Relations, Politics, Cultural Studies, or any degree within the Social Sciences.