MRes/(Sc) MRes Geography

University of Nottingham - Faculty of Social Sciences

Program Description

MRes/(Sc) MRes Geography

University of Nottingham - Faculty of Social Sciences

Research overview

These programmes enable you to conduct in-depth research into a science, technological or social science focused aspect of geography.

They are aimed at students who wish to focus primarily on achieving a research-based masters-level qualification.

With close support and guidance from subject-specialist academics, MRes students typically conduct in-depth research into a social science aspect of geography, while (Sc) MRes students focus on a scientific or technological aspect of geography. It may be possible to upgrade to a PhD at the discretion of the school.

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.

Course details

You will take at least 20 credits of generic research training and can also take a further 40 taught credits. You will complete a thesis, credit-weighted according to a maximum number of words.



  • 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
  • Project Management and Environmental Legislation
  • Quaternary Environments
  • Research Design A
  • Research Design B
  • Space and Social Theory
  • Spatial Decision Making

Key facts

  • Top 50 worldwide for geography in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017
  • 75% of research output considered world-leading or internationally excellent in the latest Research Excellence Framework
  • 100% of geography postgraduates secured work or further study within six months of graduation


Library facilities

The Hallward Library stocks all of the major geography publications and journals. Our library facilities open long hours and include areas for group work, individual and silent study.

Graduate School

Representing the needs of postgraduate students across the University, the Graduate School provides research training and development for postgraduates and early career researchers.

You will have access to a dedicated space on University Park, which includes computer stations, Wi-Fi, study and social areas, and kitchen facilities.

Research support

Research seminars

Postgraduate students are integrated into the research community of the school through participation in research seminars given by visiting speakers, and research workshops given by members of the school. There is an active postgraduate research group in each of the school's four key research areas.

Student Services

Student Services provide a range of support and information to enhance your student experience. They are part of a comprehensive network of University services that includes academic and disability support, counselling, financial support and childcare services.

International Office

The International Office ensures EU and international students have all the information they need to live and study at Nottingham. It offers a welcome programme just before the start of the academic year.

Centre for English Language Education

Accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English in the UK, the University's Centre for English Language Education provides high-quality preparation and English language support, as well as a social programme for its students.

Students' Union

The Students' Union is an important source of support with their own Student Advice Centre and dedicated postgraduate officer.

Researcher Development Programme

Working closely with academic schools, the Graduate School's dedicated training team contribute to faculty-specific and doctoral training programmes. They deliver core training in line with the standards set out by the UK's major research funders through their researcher development programme.

As well as helping you to develop your research skills, this offers you opportunities to enhance your communication skills, career prospects, time management and entrepreneurship, as well as meet and work alongside researchers from other disciplines.

Find a supervisor

You will be allocated an appropriate dissertation supervisor who will oversee your progress.


Recent graduates have gone on to 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 via a PhD.

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

Many of our PhD students continue in the academic field, either at the University of Nottingham or elsewhere. Other recent graduates have gone on to work for organisations such as the Environment Agency, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Experian, the Forestry Commission and business and professional service firms.

Employability and average starting salary

100% of postgraduates from the School of Geography who were available for employment secured work or further study within six months of graduation. £25,721 was the average starting salary, with the highest being £29,847.*

* Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates 2015/16. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

Career and professional development

Whether you are looking to enhance your career prospects or develop your knowledge, a postgraduate degree from the University of Nottingham can help take you where you want to be.

The University's award-winning Careers and Employability Service offers specialist support and guidance while you study and for life after you graduate. They will help you explore and plan your next career move, through regular events, employer-led skills sessions, placement opportunities and one-to-one discussions.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated January 30, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
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Sept. 2018
1 - 2 years
Part time
Full time
4,300 GBP
£4,300 (UK/EU) - £16,350 (social science) or £21,060 (science) international
United Kingdom - Nottingham, England
Start date : Sept. 2018
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