MRes Geography

The University of Nottingham - Faculty of Social Sciences

Program Description

MRes Geography

The University of Nottingham - Faculty of Social Sciences

MRes Geography

The Geography (Sc) MRes and Geography MRes programmes enable you to conduct in-depth research into a science, technological or social science focused aspect of geography.

These courses are 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 focussed on either a social science, scientific or technological 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 in the top 50 worldwide for geography according to QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017

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 science degree.



  • 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


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 these degrees as 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.

The University of Nottingham is the best university in the UK for graduate employment, according to The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017.

Entry requirements

  • 2:1 (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 March 16, 2017
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
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Sept. 2017
1 - 2 years
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4,183 GBP
United Kingdom - Nottingham, England
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International fees: science based 20,070 GBP or social science based 15,570 GBP (HEU fees: 4,183 GBP)