MRes Geography

The University of Nottingham - Faculty of Social Sciences

Program Description

MRes Geography

The University of Nottingham - Faculty of Social Sciences

MRes Geography

This exciting Master of Research course is aimed at students who wish to focus primarily on achieving a research-based postgraduate masters level degree qualification. With close support and guidance from subject-specialist academics, students typically conduct in-depth research into a social science aspect of geography.

By undertaking this programme you will benefit from being part of a world leading, research-intensive school, spending time on a topic of your choice while enhancing your research skills and subject expertise.

Our culture of interdisciplinary study and knowledge transfer enables us to generate high-impact research that influences government public policy, private enterprise and third sector organisations.

Key facts

  • 75% of our research was rated as 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent' in the most recent Research Excellence Framework in 2014
  • We were rated 'excellent' in the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) assessment of teaching provision
  • We are ranked 39th worldwide for Geography according to QS World University Rankings by subject 2016

Course details

This programme can be studied full time over one year, or part time over two years.

Students are required to undertake at least 20 credits of generic research training. 40 further taught credits may also be taken, with the balance consisting of a thesis, appropriately credit-weighted, according to maximum number of words permitted, supervised within the School of Geography.

Successful students will graduate with a Master of Research arts degree.


Optional modules

  • Advanced Geographical Research Tutorials
  • Advances in Remote Sensing
  • Approaches to Landscape
  • Approaching Economic Geography
  • Contaminated Land Management Practice
  • Critical Human Geography
  • The Cultural Geography of English Landscape
  • Dissertation: Environmental Management
  • Dissertation: Geographical Information Science
  • Dissertation: Human Geography
  • Dissertation: Landscape and Culture
  • Dissertation: MSci Natural Sciences Geography
  • Environment, Development and Livelihoods
  • Environmental Management in Practice
  • Environmental Management Tutorial
  • Foundations of Environmental Management
  • Frameworks for Environmental Management
  • Fundamentals of Geographical Information Science
  • Geospatial Information Services
  • Geographical Research Methods
  • Geospatial Technologies: Mobile, Augmented and Virtual
  • Geographical Information Science in Action
  • Geographical Information Science Study Skills and Research Methods
  • Principles of Contaminated Land Management
  • Professional Geographical Information Science: Consultancy Project
  • Project Management and Environmental Legislation
  • Quaternary Environments
  • Research Design A
  • Research Design B
  • Space and Social Theory
  • Spatial Data Handling
  • Studies in Environmental History

The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. This list is an example of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.


Recent graduates have gone on to have successful careers in the public, private and third sectors including national and local government departments and regulatory agencies and charities. Many use this degree a foundation for further study, ie. a PhD.

A postgraduate qualification from 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.

Average starting salary and career progression

In 2014, 100% of postgraduates in the School of Geography who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £22,375 with the highest being £26,000*.

*Known destinations of full-time home and EU postgraduates, 2013/14.

Career prospects and employability

Our award-winning Careers and Employability Service will help you to plan your career throughout your time at the University and beyond.

Services available include:

  • Presentations and drop-in sessions with employers
  • One-to-one careers guidance and CV sessions with our advisers
  • Over 250 careers events
  • A specialist careers adviser for research postgraduates

All postgraduate students also become members of the Graduate School, which provides dedicated facilities and resources to enhance your postgraduate experience.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated September 12, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2016
1 - 2 years
Part time
Full time
4,121 GBP
Start date Sept. 2016
United Kingdom Nottingham, England
Application deadline Request Info
End date Request Info
Duration 1 - 2 years
Price 4,121 GBP
HEU fees: £4,121, International fees: £19,140