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MA by Research Countryside and Community

MA by Research Countryside and Community

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Full time | Francis Close Hall Campus (Cheltenham) | 2 years | OCT-20

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Full time


2 years

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Community Studies Country / Rural Estate Management

Course type


Course Summary

The university is widely recognised as a centre for sustainability research. In combination with the CCRI, sustainability research increasingly moves across traditional disciplinary boundaries. The team at the CCRI are leaders in their fields bringing together research across the social science disciplines, with a focus on policy from the grassroots upwards, using innovative forms of data collection and analysis, as well as a strong drive to co-produce new knowledge with a diverse group of research partners. This strong team ethos, coupled with a participatory approach and rigorous standards, has produced a pocket of excellence recognised by the ESRC.

The CCRI has expertise in all aspects of research in policy and planning for the countryside and the environment of the UK, Europe and further afield. It brings together social scientists across a range of disciplines, working closely with partners in society, policy and industry to co-produce new knowledge.

Actively engaged in innovative research the CCRI was recognised as having 71% of its research outputs classed as ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally recognised’ in the REF, 2014.

Research Areas:

food, farming and the environment
environmental governance
policy analysis and programme evaluation
social innovation
rural development and knowledge systems
heritage and landscape
rural economies and societies
commons management and governance

As a postgraduate student, you will critically evaluate an approved topic, resulting in an independent contribution to knowledge, and demonstrate an understanding of research methods through a thesis and coursework.

Tuition fees

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Entry requirements

MA or MSc by Research/MRes: at least a 2.1 honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject. In exceptional circumstances, we will consider applications from non-graduates with experience of undertaking research, or graduates who wish to work in a new subject area.

University information

Join the University of Gloucestershire and you will be part of a creative, professional community of 1,000 postgraduate students, 2,000 staff and an alumni network of 40,000 graduates. The University has recently been ranked 6th globally in the Postgraduate Research Experience Survey 2019 and has a growing reputation for its high level of satisfied students and excellent teaching. They strive to be outward looking and are intensively engaged...more

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