Landscape and Culture MA

The University of Nottingham - Faculty of Social Sciences

Program Description

Landscape and Culture MA

The University of Nottingham - Faculty of Social Sciences

Landscape and Culture MA

Landscape is a key theme in cultural and historical geography, providing connections in theory and practice with disciplines throughout the humanities and social sciences.

The MA Landscape and Culture has run successfully since 1996, and has attracted students from a wide range of disciplines and practical backgrounds.

The MA is aimed at students with an interest in theoretical and empirical developments in cultural geography, and those wishing to gain an understanding of the cultural landscapes of rural and urban environments throughout the world.

It aims to equip you with the theoretical and methodological skills to carry out successful research in the area of landscape and culture.

You will understand and be able to effectively employ research methods and philosophies from cultural geography and related disciplines in the humanities and social sciences.

You will also develop a range of transferable research and other skills to equip you for a successful career in whichever employment you choose. This includes critical analysis, creative thinking and individual research initiatives, as well as training in documentary and iconographical analysis and interview techniques.

Key facts

  • This course is recognised by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) as providing training appropriate for PhD research, and an Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) recognised training route through the MA provides 1+3 Research Training leading on to social science PhD study.
  • The School of Geography is one of the strongest both nationally and internationally – this is reflected in its position in the UK’s top five geography departments in The Times Good University Guide.
  • 73% of our research was rated as 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent' in the Research Excellence Framework 2014 and we were rated 'excellent' in the Higher Education Funding Council for England assessment of teaching provision.

Course details

The MA Landscape and Culture can be studied on a full-time basis over one year or part-time over two years.

Modules on this course combine:

  • Formal instruction to introduce you to unfamiliar material and provide a common learning foundation
  • Seminar-based discussion through which you will develop your own perspectives on key issues
  • Workshops in which you will be encouraged to present your own ideas.
  • The majority of the teaching proceeds through discussion rather than formal lecture. At each stage of the course, you will be integrated within the wider research community within the School of Geography, through informal social events and research workshops and seminars organised by the Cultural and Historical Geography Research Group.

Each year, a visiting speaker presents a special research seminar to the MA class; speakers in recent years have included Don Mitchell, Wolfgang Natter, John Wylie and Denis Linehan. Each taught element module on this carries 30 credits, and is assessed through coursework and presentations. The optional 30 credits can be gained from any Masters level course within the University.

You will complete your 60-credit dissertation over the summer period towards the end of the course.

The dissertation is an extensive piece of independent research in a subject of your choice. You will benefit from the support of two dedicated project supervisors, as well as the generic research skills training offered by the University's Graduate School.

We also offer a Postgraduate Diploma Landscape and Culture, which does not require the completion of a dissertation.


During the autumn and spring semesters, you will study the following core modules (each worth 30 credits):

Semester 1

  • Approaches to Landscape
  • Critical Human Geography

Semester 2

  • Research Design B

In Semester 2, you will also be able to choose an optional module offered by one of the contributing schools including geography, history, art history, critical theory, architecture, American studies, and sociology.

Please note that all module details are subject to change.

Over the summer period towards the end of the course, you will undertake a dissertation of up to 20,000 words. You will have two specialist dissertation supervisors, both of whom will be active researchers in their field and who can engage you in terms of your specialist research question.


The School of Geography at Nottingham is well-known nationally and internationally as a principal centre for research and teaching on landscape and culture, and there is a well-established PhD programme in cultural and historical geography with around 15 research students.

Approximately half of the graduates from the MA Landscape and Culture have gone on to funded PhD research at Nottingham or elsewhere, while others find employment in the public, voluntary and private sectors - for example, in areas of heritage, conservation and landscape research.

Conducting postgraduate work in the School of Geography fosters many vital skills and may give you a head start in the job market. Studying at this level allows you to develop qualities of self-discipline and self-motivation that are essential to employment in a wide range of different fields.

A postgraduate qualification from an institution like The University of Nottingham shows potential employers that you are an intelligent, hard-working individual who is bright and flexible enough to undertake any form of specific career training.

Entry requirements:2.1(Upper 2nd class hons degree or international equivalent)

Including:Human Geography on related humanities or social sci subjects (history, cultural studies, art history or english studies)

Excluding:Purely Natural Science qualifications

IELTS:6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element)

Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic:62 (minimum 55)

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated August 14, 2015
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1 - 2 years
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Start date Aug. 2016
United Kingdom Nottingham, England
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