MRes Critical Human Geographies
Full time 1 year
Part time 2 years
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:
- Geographies of Culture, Creativity and Practice,
- Geographies of Life,
- 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.
The teaching and course content within this degree programme is excellent, and I received brilliant support from my dissertation supervisor. I really enjoyed the diverse range of themes and assessments and was able to explore debates within human geography through a variety of lenses.
Daisy, MRes Critical Human Geographies, Streatham Campus.
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.
Below are a few examples of initial jobs undertaken by graduates of our Geography postgraduate programmes. This information has been taken from the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) Survey 2016/17. Please note that, due to data protection, the job titles and organisations are listed independently and do not necessarily correspond.
Recent graduates are now working as:
- Analyst Consultant
- Ecological Planning advisory intern
- English teacher
- Environmental Impact Assessment Consultant
- GIS specialist
- Graduate Research Assistant
- Marine and Environmental Consultant
- Research Assistant
- Research Officer
- Vulnerability Assessment Framework Coordinator
Recent graduates are now working for:
- Asian Development Bank
- BMT Isis
- British Gas
- Carbon Tree
- City of London Corporation
- Clicper Logistics
- EDF Energy
- E-on Energy
- Fable Videographics
- FX Plus
- Hong Kong Outstanding Education
- Intesa Sanpaolo Group Services
- Joint Marine Environ Guard Limited
- Legal and General
- Met Office
- Overbury and Morgan Lovell
- Ovo Energy
- Plowright Organic
- SLR Consulting Ltd
- Sustainable Restaurant Association
- Taylor Woodrow
- Teamwork Energy Bureau Services Ltd
- Tetra Pak
- The Energy and Resources Institute
- TTP Consulting
- Turkish Petroleum Company
- University of Exeter
- University of Southampton
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 2016/17.
- MPH Environment, Energy and Resilience
- MPH Geography
- MPhil Geography
- PhD Physical Geography
Further information is available through the Careers pages of the University’s Postgraduate Study website.
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
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.
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 2020/21
- UK/EU: £7,900 full-time; £3,950 part-time
- International: £21,100 full-time
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 £10,609 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.
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.
Global Excellence Scholarship
We are delighted to offer Global Excellence Scholarships for students of outstanding academic quality applying to postgraduate Taught programmes starting in autumn 2020.
Please note that this scholarship isn't offered for all our masters programmes.