MSc Human Geography

The University of Nottingham - Faculty of Social Sciences

Program Description

MSc Human Geography

The University of Nottingham - Faculty of Social Sciences

MSc Human Geography

Our MSc Human Geography course covers current themes in critical human geography and research methods for social scientists. It provides students with a thorough grounding in key developments in contemporary human geography, as well as advanced level training in geographical research methods, research design, and broader social science concepts and intellectual traditions.

The school has world-recognised expertise in cultural, historical, economic and medical geography along with environmental history. Plus, our academics have received accolades for their research from institutions such as the British Medical Association and the Royal Academy.

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.

It requires you to complete 120 credits of core and optional modules, before undertaking a supervised dissertation.


Core modules

  • Critical Human Geography
  • Dissertation: Human Geography
  • Geographical Research Methods
  • Space and Social Theory

Optional modules

Students not on the ESRC DTC pathway must take:

  • Research Design B

Students select 30 credits of optional modules either provided by the School of Geography, or in other Social Science schools across the University, following agreement by the Course Director and Geography DTC pathway leaders.

Students on the ESRC DTC pathway must take:

  • Philosophy of Research - Social Science
  • Research Design A

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.


Graduates from this programme have gone on to pursue a wide range of successful careers in diverse areas including the high-tech, consultancy, and financial services industries as well as in public sector fields such as the National Health Service. Some have also gone on to study 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.

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

IELTS 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element)

If these grades are not met, English preparatory courses are available

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
6,630 GBP
Start date Sept. 2016
United Kingdom Nottingham, England
Application deadline Request Info
End date Request Info
Duration 1 - 2 years
Price 6,630 GBP
HEU fees: £6,630, International fees: £15,140