Taught course

Society and Space

Aberystwyth University · Department of Geography and Earth Sciences

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements A good 2:2 Bachelors (Honours) degree in a relevant subject area, or equivalent. Non-graduates will be considered individually based on relevant work experience.

English Language Requirements IELTS 7.0 with minimum 6.0 in each component, or equivalent

Other Requirements Applicants are encouraged to submit an up-to-date CV as part of their application.

Months of entry


Course content

The MA in Society and Space at Aberystwyth University provides advanced training in research practices, theories and qualitative and quantitative methodologies in the social sciences. It is designed as a specific gateway into social science research, examining how key thinkers have understood themes such as space, place, society, community, nation, mobility and power, as well as providing detailed training on the methods and ethical frameworks underpinning social science research.

You will develop an awareness of policy debates, ethical, moral and legal perspectives, and practical, philosophical, epistemological and theoretical approaches to the spatially-attuned social sciences. You will also develop social science research skills by undertaking specialist training modules, all of which you will then apply to your own practical research project.

You will complete specialist modules in human geography and cognate disciplines, and participate in a theory and methods school with students from Cardiff and Swansea universities. You can expect to be part of an energetic postgraduate community and participate in the Department’s active and inclusive research culture.

This course is a recognised training pathway by the ESRC Wales Doctoral Training Partnership, meaning that students may be eligible to apply for competitive 1+ 3 funding covering the MA year and PhD, or +3 funding for a follow-on PhD.

This course provides innovative and cross-institutional training with a Theory School and Methods School delivered jointly with the Geography departments at Cardiff and Swansea Universities.

You will have the opportunity to participate in two major research groups (the Cultural and Historical Geography Research Group and the New Political Geographies Research Group) which are comprised of experts who regularly contribute to or lead international debates.

You will have the opportunity to network and increase your professional exposure through the department’s regular guest seminars and the residential theory school (held in conjunction with Cardiff and Swansea Universities).

Information for international students


Fees and funding

Course Fees:

Please see the tuition fee pages for current tuition fees. Please note that all fees are subject to an annual increase.


Funding opportunities may be available; please check our funding calculator for details.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

+44 (0)1970 622270