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MRes Critical Human Geographies

Please note: The below is for 2025 entries. Click here for 2024 entries.
UCAS code 1234
Duration 1 year full time
2 years part time
Entry year 2024
Campus Streatham Campus
Discipline Geography

Programme Director: Dr Sean Carter
Web: Enquire online 
Phone: +44 (0)1392 725818

Typical offer

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Normally a 2:1 degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline

Contextual offers


  • MRes Critical Human Geographies forms part of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) South West Doctoral Training Partnership, which provides in-depth research training in the social sciences in general and human geography in particular
  • Focused 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 research in the department

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Programme Director: Dr Alicia Lazzarini

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Phone: +44 (0)1392 72 72 72

Top 50 in the world for Geography

QS World University Subject Rankings 2024

Top 10 for Geography and Environmental Science

10th in The Times and the Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024

6th in the UK for world-leading research in Geography and Environmental Studies

Based on 4* research in the Research Excellence Framework 2021

9th in the world for Geography

ShanghaiRankings Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2022

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.


MRes Critical Human Geographies

Entry requirements

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

Entry requirements for international students

English language requirements

International students need to show they have the required level of English language to study this course. The required test scores for this course fall under Profile B2. Please visit our English language requirements page to view the required test scores and equivalencies from your country.

Course content

This 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 and Power. 

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

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.

This programme provides you with the opportunity to develop both your research skills and your interest in Human Geography in one of the world's leading Geography departments. You will learn how to undertake rigorous and high-quality research appropriate to both academic and non-academic careers, and take modules that engage with the latest research being undertaken in the department.

Dr Sean Carter

Programme Director


2024/25 entry

UK fees per year:

£10,500 full-time; £5,250 part-time

International fees per year:

£28,600 full-time; £14,300 part-time


We invest heavily in scholarships for talented prospective Masters students. This includes over £5 million in scholarships for international students, such as our Global Excellence Scholarships*.

For more information on scholarships, please visit our scholarships and bursaries page.

*Selected programmes only. Please see the Terms and Conditions for each scheme for further details.

Teaching and research

Research in Geography and climate change

Our research groups span the breadth of geography: Cultural and Historical Geographies; Environment and Sustainability; Life Geographies; Space, Politics and Society; Cryosphere, Coastal and River Dynamics; and Landscape and Ecosystem Dynamics. We are engaged in interdisciplinary research in areas including climate change and sustainable futures, environmental sciences and earth system science.

We enjoy strong links with national and international research projects, and we attract funding from a wide range of sources including research councils, charities, the UK government and industry.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has seven contributors from Exeter: more than any other university in the world.

How will I learn?

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 Streatham Campus in Exeter offers the £3.7 million Sediment Research Facility which provides additional laboratories, experimental facilities and a wide range of state-of-the-art analytical equipment.


Employer-valued skills this course develops

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 a career as a professional researcher in either academic or non-academic environments. The core training in social scientific philosophy, epistemology, methodology and analysis is 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.

Careers services

Our careers teams at the Career Zone can help guide you through a wealth of information to match your skills and interests to a career that will suit you. Our staff work with regional, national and international employers to develop new work placement, project and graduate opportunities.

Recent graduates

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:

  • British Gas
  • Carbon Tree
  • City of London Corporation
  • EDF Energy
  • E.on Energy
  • Hong Kong Outstanding Education
  • Intesa Sanpaolo Group Services
  • Joint Marine Environ Guard Limited
  • Met Office
  • The Energy and Resources Institute

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 2016/17.

  • MPH Environment, Energy and Resilience
  • MPH Geography
  • MPhil Geography
  • PhD Physical Geography

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