MRes Critical Human Geographies

Duration Full time
Part time
  • Geography
LocationExeter (Streatham)
Start date September


The MRes Critical Human Geographies is a full-time taught Masters programme. It forms part of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) South West Doctoral Training Centre – a hub of world-class social science research – and so provides in-depth research training in the social sciences in general and human geography in particular. With a focus on preparing you for a career in social science research, whether at doctoral level at university, or in the public and private sectors, the MRes programme provides core modules in social and geographical theories and methodologies, along with three research-led modules through which you can experience the variety of cutting-edge scholarship undertaken in the department:

  1. Geographies of Culture, Creativity and Practice,
  2. Geographies of Life,
  3. Space, Politics & Power.

The programme structure and content of the MRes in Critical Human Geographies reflects our commitment to integrating MRes students into the wider research culture of the department, whilst the title of the degree reflects the commitment that human geography staff at the University of Exeter have to pursuing critical intellectual agendas within the discipline.

After completing my undergraduate degree, I wanted to continue with some further research in the areas I had become interested in, namely rural and participatory geographies. However, I felt that I needed some extra training in research methods, and more time to concentrate on the big theoretical, ethical and practical questions concerning human geography today. The MRes gave me the tools I needed to be confident in myself as a geographer to go on and undertake my own research project, which I am now doing with a PhD at Exeter.

Matthew Grace, MRes Critical Human Geographies graduate and Geography PhD student.

The MRes Critical Human Geographies at the University of Exeter is an innovative, high quality programme of study.

Professor Crewe, External Examiner for the MRes Critical Human Geographies.

Programme structure

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.

Learning and teaching

We utilise a range of teaching methods to help you learn,  from lectures and seminars, to reading groups and tutorials. Methods modules involve practicals and substantive modules are often based on lectures and student-led seminars. You will be encouraged to develop your own research and disciplinary interests over the course of the academic year.


Assessment will vary by module, but will include coursework essays, seminar papers, presentations and a 15,000-word dissertation.


The University of Exeter has an excellent reputation with graduate recruiters and our students and graduates compete very successfully in the employment market. Whatever path you follow after graduating, we're here to help and support you with all your career and employability needs.

The MRes Critical Human Geographies is essentially designed to develop in you a broad based and relevant knowledge of research approaches and methods in human geography and the social sciences, and to provide you with a range of transferable skills appropriate to Masters level research within the discipline. The programme aims to prepare you for careers as a professional researcher in either academic or non-academic environment. The core training in social scientific philosophy, epistemology, methodology and analysis are set within a contemporary human geography context, allowing you to apply the wider concepts and skills introduced in the broader social scientific setting to specific topics of geographical inquiry.

Graduate destinations

Below are a few examples of initial jobs undertaken by graduates of University of Exeter Geography Masters programmes. This information has been taken from the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) Survey (2011-2016). Please note that, due to data protection, the job titles and organisations are listed independently and do not necessarily correspond.

Job titleOrganisation
Sustainability Manager
Business Development and Marketing Executive
Financial Planning Technician
Marketing Manager
Energy Trader
Junior Researcher
Quality Engineer
Policy Officer
Green Deal Knowledge Transfer Associate
Sustainability Consultant
Senior Scientist
Seasonal Ranger
Sustainability Project Officer
Sustainability Specialist
Research Consultant
Sustainability Consultant
Project Coordinator
Regeneration and Energy Officer
Account Manager
Widening Participation and Student Recruitment Assistant
Enterprise Projects Assistant
Officer for Town Planning
Earth Skills Network Manager
Geothermal Policy Officer
Water Resources Engineer
GIS Assistant
Social Researcher
Source Energy Ltd
Surrey County Council
Focal Research
Nuture Lakeland
Univrersity of Exeter
E3G - Third Generation Environmentalism
Stover Country Park
University of Exeter
Lehigh Valley Health Network
Miller Research
Aran Services Ltd
Gestión Ambiental S.A.
Forum for the Future
Cornwall Council
Green Rewards
University of Nottingham
Devon County Council
Wardell Armstrong
Pod Talent
City Council Prijedor
Earthwatch Institute
City of Oslo
Delcan Corporation

Further study

Further study is a popular choice for a number of students following graduation from a University of Exeter Geography Masters programme. Below are a few examples of further study undertaken by recent graduates of our Masters programmes. This information has been taken from the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) Survey (2011-2016). Please note that, due to data protection, the subjects of study and institutions are listed independently and do not necessarily correspond.

Subject areaInstitution
PhD Human Geography
PhD Geography
PhD Urban Climate and Health Stress
MSc by Research
MRes Environment, Energy and Resilience
University of Exeter
Humboldt University
Durham University
Oxford Brookes University
University of Nottingham

Employability and Graduate Development Service

The Employability and Graduate Development Service provides high-quality careers information and guidance to students of all disciplines. Our experienced careers team can give you individual support whilst you are at the University and after you have graduated. Services include talks, confidential careers interviews and an extensive careers library of reference books, magazines and journals. A computer suite is also available for accessing online careers information, vacancy services and specialist software on sources of funding for courses and worldwide volunteering. The service can help you to identify work experience placements, jobs, careers paths, and employers, and assist with your CV and interview technique.

Further information

Visit the employment and professional development pages for more information, including podcasts and profiles, about the range of support available. 

Find out more about our career support schemes for postgraduate students.

Entry requirements 2017

All applicants are considered individually on merit, although we usually require a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline.

Requirements for international students

If you are an international student, please visit our international equivalency pages to enable you to see if your existing academic qualifications meet our entry requirements.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

Overall score 6.5. No less than 6.0 in any section.


Overall score 90 with minimum scores of 21 for writing, 21 for listening, 22 for reading and 23 for speaking.

Pearson Test of English (Academic)

58 with no less than 55 in all communicative skills.

Other accepted tests

Information about other acceptable tests of linguistic ability can be found on our English language requirements page.

Pre-sessional English

Applicants with lower English language test scores may be able to take pre-sessional English at INTO University of Exeter prior to commencing their programme. See our English language requirements page for more information.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees per year 2017/18

  • UK/EU: £7,600 full-time; £3,800 part-time
  • International: £19,200 full-time

Fee information

Fees can normally be paid by two termly instalments and may be paid online. You will also be required to pay a tuition fee deposit to secure your offer of a place, unless you qualify for exemption. For further information about paying fees see our Student Fees pages.

UK government postgraduate loan scheme

Postgraduate loans of up to £10,000 are now available for Masters degrees. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.


Find out about funding opportunities available to students on our taught Masters programmes.

University funding

The Scholarships, Bursaries and Studentships website has information on all available options for funding open to prospective students of taught Masters programmes. You can also use the searchable database of all Scholarships and Bursaries to find funding for which you are eligible.

Our MRes Critical Human Geographies is recognised by the AHRC and presents opportunities to apply for AHRC Masters studentships.

Contact us

If you have any queries about this programme, please contact:

Tel: +44 (0)1392 723335

The Programme Director is Dr Jennifer Lea.