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 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. It may be possible to upgrade an MRes to a PhD at the discretion of the school.

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 output was rated as 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent' in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF)
  • 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

You are required to undertake at least 20 credits of generic research training. A further 40 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 examples

  • Advanced Geographical Research Tutorials
  • Approaches to Landscape
  • Critical Human Geography
  • Dissertation: Environmental Management
  • Dissertation: Geographical Information Science
  • Dissertation: Human Geography
  • Dissertation: Landscape and Culture
  • Environment, Development and Livelihoods
  • Environmental Management in Practice
  • Environmental Management Tutorial
  • Environment, Space and Society
  • Foundations of Environmental Management
  • Geographical Research Methods
  • Geospatial Technologies: Mobile, Augmented and Virtual
  • Geographical Information Science Study Skills and Research Methods
  • Professional Geographical Information Science: Consultancy Project
  • Project Management and Environmental Legislation
  • Quaternary Environments
  • Research Design A
  • Research Design B
  • Space and Social Theory
  • Spatial Decision Making

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 2015, 95% of postgraduates in the School of Geography who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation.*

  • Known destinations of full-time home higher degree postgraduates 2014/15.

Career prospects and employability

The acquisition of a masters degree demonstrates a high level of knowledge in a specific field. Whether you are using it to enhance your employability, as preparation for further academic research or as a means of vocational training, you may benefit from careers advice as to how you can use your new found skills to their full potential.

Our Careers and Employability Service will help you do this, working with you to explore your options and inviting you to attend recruitment events where you can meet potential employers, as well as suggesting further development opportunities, such as relevant work experience placements and skills workshops.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated October 15, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2017
1 - 2 years
Part time
Full time
4,121 GBP
Start date Sept. 2017
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