University of Leeds, School of Geography

Introduction

Ranked in the top five Geography departments in the UK for research power in REF2014 and awarded an 'Excellent' grading by HEFCE for the quality of our teaching, we disseminate cutting edge knowledge and research on topics as diverse as tropical ecology, social inclusion and future cities. We offer an excellent student experience and achieved a 91% satisfaction rating in the 2015 National Student Survey results (NSS).

School

  • 59 academic staff
  • 30 postdoctoral researchers
  • 36 support staff

Student

  • 630 undergraduates
  • 50 masters, 126 dist. learners
  • 92 research postgraduates

Research

  • 13.6m awarded since Jan 2012
  • 25 different sponsors
  • 3 research fellows

Our vision

To provide international leadership on major social, political and environmental challenges associated with global change. To ensure the quality of our research and its impact, combined with the excellence of our student experience, will enable the School to be recognised as one of the world’s leading geography departments. To pursue our vision, we have identified the following priorities:

  • To lead internationally excellent research collaborations and foster future research activity in ways that minimise our use of global resources and offer value for money
  • To develop our students as lifelong Leeds geographers with outstanding career opportunities
  • To nurture a thriving research postgraduate network
  • To build progressive knowledge transfer partnerships
  • To continue to engage our alumni community to support current students and research activities
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Programs

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MSc

MA/MSc (By Research)

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years August 2017 United Kingdom Leeds + 1 more

Our MSc or MA by Research (MbR) is distinct from our taught masters programmes and involves planning, implementing and writing up a research project (12 months full time; 24 months part time). You will be supervised by two members of academic staff and will be encouraged to submit your work for publication at the end of the course... [+]

Our MSc or MA by Research (MbR) is distinct from our taught masters programmes and involves planning, implementing and writing up a research project (12 months full time; 24 months part time). You will be supervised by two members of academic staff and will be encouraged to submit your work for publication at the end of the course. We have projects to which you can apply but you are also welcome to propose your own research project. By undertaking an original piece of research you will develop a mixture of high-level subject-specific and generic skills. These include: Project management (the ability to organise, plan and carry through to completion a complicated project). Technical expertise (project dependent but may also include good laboratory and fieldwork practice and advanced health and safety skills). High-level oral communication skills (especially on projects involving external partners and sponsors with whom you will liaise). Strong written communication skills (in writing up your research project you will become proficient at explaining complicated ideas in simple language). Data analysis skills (data handling, collation, and, where appropriate, statistical and graphical analysis). Self-motivation. Although you will be closely supervised, you will have to be strongly self-motivated to succeed. The MbR is suitable for: Recent graduates who wish to follow up their first degree with more in-depth study of a particular field of interest, linked to further study such as a PhD or to a job in a particular sector (e.g. water company). Mid-career candidates who are currently employed, for instance in education, local government, or environmental consultancy, who want a continuing professional development opportunity that allows them to enhance their skills in areas relevant to their job. As a MbR student you will have regular meetings with your supervisors and will receive training in research skills on the University of Leeds's research student training programme. You will join a large and dynamic community of research students in one of the UK's highest-rated Geography departments. The MbR is assessed by a thesis of up to 30,000 words (typically 15,000-20,000 words in physical geography), and by an oral examination. One key learning outcome of the MbR is that your research should be of a publishable standard, and once you have passed your exam we will offer advice about preparing your work for publication. An attractive feature of the MbR is that you can start at any time of year (on the first day of any month) giving you maximum flexibility in organising your post-BSc/BA learning. Entry requirements and fees You will need at least a UK 2.i honours degree or equivalent. English language requirements are as follows if English is not your first language: TOEFL score (internet-based test) of at least 92 overall with at least 21 in listening and reading, 22 in writing and 23 in speaking IELTS (Academic) score of at least 6.5, with at least 6.0 in all components PTE (Academic) score of 64, with at least 60 in all components Note that, for part-time students who combine their studies with paid employment, their employment should normally be related to the research project they are undertaking. Tuition fees for 2015/16 are £4,100 for UK/EU students, £15,500 for international students. These fees include some laboratory expenses, to be discussed prior to application with your proposed supervisors. For masters projects involving extended periods of laboratory work or field work, students may have to meet additional expenses, typically in the range of £1000 - £2000. However, in most years we are able to offer project specific bursaries of £1000 or more, some of which are funded by project partners or outside sponsors. Projects Within physical geography it is usual to apply for a particular topic, while in human geography it is more usual to propose your own topic. However, we welcome topic proposals in both sides of the discipline. We will consider any topic provided it can be supervised by our staff. Application guidance The first step is to decide on a project. You may apply to one of our named projects or propose your own. What you do next depends on whether you are applying for an existing project or proposing your own. For existing projects, you should write a Statement of Motivation of 500-1000 words explaining which project you have applied for, why you are suited to the project, and how you see the project developing (in outline indicate what work you would undertake to complete the project successfully). If proposing your own project you should write a 1000-2000 word Research Proposal in which you include the project title, the members of Geography staff you have consulted, the project's aims and objectives, and your planned work programme. We need sufficient information to judge whether your project is novel and achievable in the time available for the MbR. [-]

MSc in Environmental Water Consultancy

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2016 United Kingdom Leeds + 1 more

This is currently the only course in the world that offers you training in environmental water management with a specific focus on consultancy. Building on the University’s world-class reputation for water-related research, it delivers highly practical business-focused training to prepare graduates for... [+]

This is currently the only course in the world that offers you training in environmental water management with a specific focus on consultancy. Building on the University’s world-class reputation for water-related research, it delivers highly practical business-focused training to prepare graduates for a role in water consultancy. Be taught by practicing consultants and lecturers, developing the relevant skills that meet industry demand. More information Taught by practising consultants and lecturers, the programme offers: understanding of the policy underpinning environmental water management. detailed knowledge and investigation of hydrological processes. skills in interpreting client needs and formulating a contract for the project delivery of consultancy work. skills in managing a consultancy project from inception to completion. Your dissertation allows you to undertake a more research-focused project. In your final semester, you'll choose from a variety of modules, including a work-based project, which gives an insight into how businesses operate and enables you to apply your project management knowledge. Course content In the first semester, the 30-credit Issues and Skills module gives you a broad background in the knowledge and skills you’ll need to be a professional water manager, such as understanding the policy framework and the range of skills used, including field work and data analysis. There will also be visits from practising professionals. The Hydrological Processes module gives you the essential understanding of hydrology needed by any water manager, whilst Systems Thinking will provide you with the skills to approach and solve business problems in a practical way. In semester 2, you will take complementary modules on client management and project management, delivered by practising water management consultants. You’ll also choose optional modules on water quality or a range of consultancy-focused topics. Throughout the course you will take a specific professional development module. This all leads up to your dissertation, where you get the chance to use the skills you have learned to undertake a cutting edge research project. If you study this programme part time you will study fewer modules in each year. Course structure These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. - Professional Development - Dissertation for River Basin Dynamics and Management - Issues and Skills for River Basin Dynamics and Management - Water Consultancy: Contract Development - Hydrological Processes and Analysis - Water Consultancy: Project Management - Systems Thinking and Consulting Practice Assessment You’ll be assessed through a range of techniques, such as essays, group and individual reports, exams, presentations, poster presentations, computer-based practicals, and reflective work-based logs. Entry requirements A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in geography, geology, earth sciences, environmental science, environmental management, chemistry, biology or related disciplines. Relevant work experience is viewed positively and is taken into account, particularly for candidates whose first degree grade is slightly below our requirement. If you’re interested in this programme but are unsure if you have the necessary background, please get in touch with us to discuss your position Language requirements IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in all components [-]

MSc in Geographical Information Systems

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2016 United Kingdom Leeds + 1 more

This programme focuses on scientific, technical and computational aspects of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and Geographical Information Science (GIScience), with particular reference to the socioeconomic and environmental sciences. It provides highly qualified and motivated students sought by employers in the sector... [+]

This programme focuses on scientific, technical and computational aspects of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and Geographical Information Science (GIScience), with particular reference to the socioeconomic and environmental sciences. It provides highly qualified and motivated students sought by employers in the sector. Core modules introduce GIS, a rapidly evolving area in business, health and planning settings, as well as in environmental applications. You will be introduced to GIS packages and database systems, useful for those wanting to undertake social and environmental science research and those wanting to understand the application of geotechnology as practitioners. You’ll study theories and concepts underpinning GIS and explore topics including spatial data models, data capture, spatial analysis and statistical and mathematical modelling. Optional modules allow you to focus on quantitative human geography, environmental applications and programming GIS. Additional Information This programme is available part time, allowing you to combine study with other commitments. You can work to fund your studies, or gain a new qualification without giving up an existing job. We aim to be flexible in helping you to put together a part-time course structure that meets your academic goals while recognising the constraints on your study time. Course content The programme comprises two semesters of taught modules followed by a dissertation project. The first semester includes three core modules. In the second semester, all modules are optional to allow you to specialise in your chosen pathway. We group our modules thematically so that you can include topics within streams relating to Planning and Society, to Environment and to Technical Development. Optional modules include a highly recommended module in programming for geographical information analysis. The dissertation is carried out over the summer months and is an opportunity for you to investigate a topic and demonstrate your ability to apply the techniques you have learned during the course and bring in additional methods, whilst placing the work within appropriate literature contexts. Our aim is to submit the best dissertations for journal publication. If you study this programme part time you will study fewer modules in each year. Compulsory modules - Principles of GIS - Dissertation - Using GIS - Quantitative and Spatial Methods Optional modules - GIS and Environment - Geographical Information and Planning - Qualitative Research Methods - Digital Image Processing for Environmental Remote Sensing - Programming for Geographical Information Analysis: Advanced Skills - Environmental Assessment - Work Placement/Research Placement (GIS) - Web-based GIS - Programming for Geographical Information Analysis: Core Skills Assessment Assessment is through coursework with no exams. There is a mix of essays and reports, the latter usually based on analysis of real world datasets. Most modules have an assessment part way through the semester and then a further assessment at the end. Entry requirements A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in a related subject Language requirements IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in in any component [-]

MSc in Geographical Information Systems (Distance learning)

Online Part time 3 years April 2017 United Kingdom Leeds

This innovative programme combines expertise from the universities of Leeds and Southampton, both renowned for their Geographic Information Systems (GIS) teaching and research. It builds on the University of Leeds’ considerable experience in successfully delivering taught Masters programmes in GIS and draws on the University of Southampton’s expertise in teaching GIS in non-traditional settings... [+]

This innovative programme combines expertise from the universities of Leeds and Southampton, both renowned for their Geographic Information Systems (GIS) teaching and research. It builds on the University of Leeds’ considerable experience in successfully delivering taught Masters programmes in GIS and draws on the University of Southampton’s expertise in teaching GIS in non-traditional settings. The programme is designed to meet a wide range of requirements, covering areas of specialisation as diverse as business, environment, health and planning and is well-suited to an international audience. It offers open distance learning for people working in commercial or public sector organisations, who need core training and skills development, as well as those who simply want to study in their own environment and at their own pace. You’ll benefit from tutor support and online discussion with fellow-students, and will have access to online resources at both universities. More information The Business, Planning and Developer streams are taught entirely by the University of Leeds, the Health and Remote Sensing streams are taught by the University of Southampton and the Environment stream is taught jointly by both universities. If you choose an environment, health or remote sensing stream you will complete your dissertation and graduate with a qualification from the University of Southampton. If you choose any of the other streams you will graduate with a qualification from the University of Leeds. Course content The programme runs over three years on a part-time basis, with study to Postgraduate Certificate level in year one, Postgraduate Diploma level in year two and an MSc achieved after three years. The first year consists of four core modules, providing an introduction to theories and concepts that underpin GIS, skills in GIS software and database systems, knowledge of spatial analysis, statistical and mathematical modelling and the requirement to undertake a feasibility study of GIS in a workplace. In year two you tailor your study to specialise in areas as diverse as business, environment, health, planning, remote sensing and GIS development. This is ideal for students already in full-time employment and looking to enhance their existing GIS skills to progress in their chosen career or make a career change. In year three, you further build on your interests and expertise by undertaking a programme of independent research through the dissertation module. This gives you the opportunity to develop research in any area of GIS, expanding on work undertaken as part of the course, studying a problem of personal interest or researching a topic relevant to a workplace. You’ll be supported by a supervisor from amongst the distance learning teaching staff. We aim to submit the best dissertations for journal publication. Year 1 - Principles of GIS - Using Databases and GIS - GIS in the Workplace - Spatial Analysis and GIS Year 2 In year 2 you choose one from: Business, Environment, Health, Planning, Developer and Remote Sensing. Each of these streams has two compulsory modules. You study a further two modules from the selection below: - Retail Decision Support Systems - Geodemographics and Database Marketing - Introduction to Java Programming - Web-based GIS - GIS for Environmental Management - Applied Environmental - GIS for Analysis of Health - GIS for Health Care Management - GIS and Planning - GIS and Geocomputation - Remote Sensing for Earth Observation - Topographic Data Analysis Techniques and Applications - Applied Population and Demographic Analysis Year 3 - Dissertation Assessment Assessment is through coursework with no exams. There is a mix of essays and reports, the latter usually based on analysis of real world datasets. Most modules have two assessments which are due for submission at the end of each three-month study period. Entry requirements A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in a related subject + internet access Language requirements IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in in any component. [-]

MSc in River Basin Dynamics and Management with GIS

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2016 United Kingdom Leeds + 1 more

River basins are of fundamental importance to the world’s population. Research training in water dynamics and management are demanded by both industry and academia. The University has a world-class reputation for water-related research and GIS development in an environmental context. This programme builds on that success... [+]

River basins are of fundamental importance to the world’s population. Research training in water dynamics and management are demanded by both industry and academia. The University has a world-class reputation for water-related research and GIS development in an environmental context. This programme builds on that success. Core components are river basin hydrology and basic environmental GIS. Students choosing a RB pathway gain advanced knowledge and skills in channel hydraulics and sediment transport, river ecology and environmental assessment. Students on a GIS pathway gain advanced knowledge and skills in GIS for environment, GIS programming and digital image analysis and remote sensing. This highly practical course advocates learning by doing and is assessed 100% by coursework. We host guest lecturers from business, industry and academia, visit work places and conduct a series of field-, laboratory- and PC-based practicals. You also have the chance to take a work placement module. More information The programme offers a detailed understanding of the principles of water resource management and an appreciation of the institutional and legal frameworks impacting on river basin management. You learn to formulate important research questions and design methodological approaches to answer them; and to develop quantitative analyses skills. This programme is available part time, allowing you to combine study with other commitments. You can work to fund your studies, or gain a new qualification without giving up an existing job. We aim to be flexible in helping you to put together a part-time course structure that meets your academic goals while recognising the constraints on your study time. Course content This programme delivers advanced pure and applied education and training in key modern and developing fields of catchment dynamics and management and GIS. This is achieved across the modules of study by developing research methods (15% time), communication and interpersonal skills (10%), independent working (10%), instruction in advanced techniques (10%), specialist disciplinary knowledge (15%), quantitative skills training (15%), field skills training (10%) and vocational/employability/research career awareness and training (15%). As such the programme emphasis is on practical work, is assessed by 100% coursework (no exams) and permits considerable interaction of students with industry and business. If you study this programme part-time you will study fewer modules in each year. Compulsory modules - Issues and Skills for River Basin Dynamics and Management - Professional Development - Dissertation for River Basin Dynamics and Management and - Introducing GIS and Hydrological Processes and Analysis or - Principles of GIS and Using GIS Optional modules - Environmental Assessment - River Basin Management for Water Quality - Professional Development - Programming for GIS: Core Skills - Programming for GIS: Advanced Skills - Digital Image Processing for Environmental Remote Sensing - GIS and Environment Assessment Assessment is entirely by coursework, not examinations. You’ll need to show you can conduct independent in-depth enquiry and evaluate and criticise received opinion. You’ll apply breadth and/or depth of knowledge to a complex specialist area and will complete an independent masters-level dissertation. Career opportunities This programme offers a range of transferable, marketable skills required to obtain employment in river basin processes and management or to pursue a career in research and education. Typical roles undertaken by our recent graduates are: Assistant Analyst Flood warning Engineer Graduate Engineer Graduate Water Scientist/Catchment Scientist Hydrologist/Hydrogeologist Licensing Officer Planning Liaison Officer PhD study Projects Co-ordinator Water Resource Manager. Some of the organisations our graduates work for are: Arup Ballinderry Fish Black and Veatch Carlbro Consultant Engineers Dales Water Services Ltd Environment Agency Farrer Consulting Hatchery Ltd JBA Consulting Scott Wilson Yorkshire Water. Entry requirements A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in a related subject Language requirements IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in in any component. [-]

MA

MA in Global Urban Justice

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2016 United Kingdom Leeds + 1 more

Cities are becoming crucibles of political action and contest around diverse aspects of social, environmental and spatial justice. Across the world we face multiple challenges of climate change, migration and citizenship that threaten our very social and ecological sustainability... [+]

Cities are becoming crucibles of political action and contest around diverse aspects of social, environmental and spatial justice. Across the world we face multiple challenges of climate change, migration and citizenship that threaten our very social and ecological sustainability. The MA in Global Urban Justice (GUJ) combines cutting-edge theoretical and methodological training with real-world experience of working with civil society organisations and campaign groups. It aims to meet a growing demand for interdisciplinary knowledge and expertise in the challenges of contemporary urbanisation and social justice. If you’re interested in becoming part of a new generation of urban practitioners who are theoretically informed, methodologically proficient and empirically grounded, and who can work across disciplinary divides to create more just, sustainable and inclusive urban environments, this course is for you. Course content The programme introduces the core concepts and debates around urban justice and injustice across the global north and south with genuine broad coverage. It offers interdisciplinary and critical engagement with contemporary urbanisation in the global north and south, with the aim of creating more just, equitable and sustainable urban futures. You’ll explore cutting edge themes in global urban justice through modules associated with the School’s research clusters on “Citizenship and Belonging” and “Cities and Social Justice”. You’ll also receive advanced training in qualitative, quantitative and action research methods, offering an excellent pathway to employment or doctoral study. If you study this programme part-time you will study fewer modules in each year. To get the most from this programme, you’ll need to bring a strong sense of critical thinking and intellectual rigour, as well as a sound work ethic and good time management skills. Compulsory modules - Thinking through Global Urban (In)Justice - Qualitative Research Methods - Collaborative Research Placement - Dissertation for Global Urban Justice - Reclaiming the City (long or short module) and - Action Research in Urban Contexts or - Quantitative and Spatial Methods Optional modules - Global Environmental Ethics - Critical Perspectives in Environment and Development - Global Issues in Transport Learning and teaching Teaching is through lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials, taken by leading academic researchers in the field of global urban justice. You’ll also learn though an innovative and interdisciplinary range of learning by doing experiences, including essays, reports, online blogs, presentations, design/policy/campaign manifestos, reflective logs and group projects. The programme features guest talks and training by journalists, campaigners, researchers and activists, as well as visiting academics and researchers from specialist research and activism networks. There are short-term internship opportunities, working with civil society organisations and campaign groups. Assessment The programme encompasses a range of assessment types and methods that both test and enable learning. These include: 1000-word blog posts, critical essays ranging from 1500-5000 words, group project and individual project reports (1500-3000 words), case study reports, verbal presentations, research plans, public-facing articles and dissertation thesis (10000 words). These are designed to: evidence ability to conduct independent in-depth enquiry within the discipline; demonstrate the ability to apply breadth and/or depth of knowledge to a complex specialist area; draw on a range of perspectives on an area of study; evaluate and criticise received opinion and make reasoned judgements whilst understanding the limitations on judgements made in the absence of complete data. Assignments are set early in each semester and deadlines are spaced to prevent assessment clustering. Career opportunities You will be trained to be able to work across theoretical and practice-based divides to positively intervene in a range of pressing urban challenges to achieve social, spatial and environmental justice. You could undertake further postgraduate study as research student, or pursue wide-ranging employment, for example you could become a research analyst for a think-tank, an advocacy leader in an NGO or campaign group, or take-up a senior position in an international consultancy. There is wide variety of roles within these organisations, from researchers, consultants, policymakers, project managers, to development planners and entrepreneurs. The programme is recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) as suitable for continuation onto doctoral programmes offering ESRC funding. Entry requirements A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in geography, sociology, social policy, politics, international relations, or a related subject. Relevant work experience is viewed positively and is taken into account, particularly for candidates whose first degree grade is slightly below our requirement. If you’re interested in this programme but are unsure if you have the necessary background, please get in touch with us to discuss your position. Language requirements IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in in any component [-]