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.

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

Entry requirements

2:1 (or international equivalent)

IELTS: 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element)


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.

Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated February 13, 2019
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