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
This school offers programs in:
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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... [-]

MSc in Environmental Water Consultancy

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2017 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,... [-]

MSc in Geographical Information Systems

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2017 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,... [-]

MSc in River Basin Dynamics and Management with GIS

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2017 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... [-]

MA

MA in Global Urban Justice

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2017 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... [-]