The MRes in Human Geography offers the opportunity for students to develop research skills in preparation for a PhD, or for a career as a researcher working in government or at an international organisation.
Postgraduate; leading to a Master of Research (MRes)
One year full time or two years part time
A good 2.1 Honours undergraduate degree in Geography or a related degree subject.
If you studied your first degree outside the UK, see the international entry requirements.
English language proficiency. See English language tests and qualifications.
UK and EU: £6,800
Applications for 2016 entry are now closed.
For more guidance, see supporting documents and references for postgraduate taught programmes.
The MRes in Human Geography is a one-year taught postgraduate programme run by the Department of Geography and Sustainable Development.
Students on the MRes should expect to explore key methodological and philosophical debates across the discipline through research areas in human geography that St Andrews is best known for, including population and health research, residential and international migration, labour and housing market studies, development geography, political geography, and social and cultural studies.
Teaching on the course is in small groups involving a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials and laboratories. Student-led learning is a fundamental part of the MRes. Students will take two types of modules, some focused entirely on human geography as a sub-discipline, and others focused on positioning human geography in the wider context of research issues and methods in social science.
Students take four modules in each semester before focusing on a 15,000-word dissertation over the summer. The MRes is entirely assessed through coursework, and assessments include projects which prepare students for undertaking a PhD in Human Geography.
Students on the MRes will take eight modules over two semesters.
The modules in this programme have varying methods of delivery and assessment. For more details of each module, including weekly contact hours, teaching methods and assessment, please see the latest module catalogue.
The modules listed ran in the academic year 2015-2016 and are indicative of this course. There is no guarantee that these modules will run for 2016 entry.
Take a look at the most up-to-date modules in the module catalogue.
Modules are subject to change each year; please see the University’s position on curriculum development.
The final element of the MRes is a research dissertation designed to give you an opportunity to engage in innovative research practices that tackle key questions relevant to current debates in Human Geography. Student dissertations will be supervised by members of the teaching staff who will advise on the choice of subject and provide guidance throughout the research process. The completed dissertation of not more than 15,000 words will be submitted by in August.
If students choose not to complete the dissertation requirement for the MRes, there is an exit award available that allows suitably qualified candidates to receive a Postgraduate Diploma. By choosing an exit award, you will finish your degree at the end of the second semester of study and receive a PGDip instead of an MRes.
Students on the course have the opportunity to participate in the wider postgraduate community in the Department and to learn from other Human Geography postgraduates (from the UK and all over the world) who are in the process of undertaking research degrees.
During the MRes, you will be expected to participate in the activities of at least one of the Department’s research clusters, where you will hear staff and postgraduates reporting on research as it evolves, as well as engaging in debate about the recent journal papers in their field.
The MRes is recognised by the UK's Economic and Social Research Funding Council (ERSC) as a qualifying training course for students funded on their 1+3 doctoral training programme. It is also listed as part of the pathway for students wishing to pursue an ESRC-funded PhD through the Scottish Doctoral Training Centre.
Recent postgraduates from the MRes in Human Geography have obtained postdoctoral and lecturing positions in leading universities around the world, while others have jobs in environmental management, market research, health research and the oil industry.
The Careers Centre offers one-to-one advice to all students on a taught postgraduate course and offers a programme of events to assist students to build their employability skills.
Admission to the University of St Andrews is governed by our Admissions policy.
As a research intensive institution, the University ensures that its teaching references the research interests of its staff, which may change from time to time. As a result, programmes are regularly reviewed with the aim of enhancing students' learning experience. Our approach to course revision is described online. (PDF, 72 KB).
The University will clarify compulsory fees and charges it requires any student to pay at the time of offer. The offer will also clarify conditions for any variation of fees. The University’s approach to fee setting is described online. (PDF, 84 KB).