Taught course

Human Geography

University of Edinburgh · School of Geosciences

Entry requirements

1st class or 2:1 university honours degree, or international equivalent, in geography or a relevant social science or humanities subject.

Months of entry


Course content

The programme includes supervised independent research, supported by course-based research training, delivered by top scholars in the field of human geography and related disciplines. The research may be in any area of social, urban, environmental, development, political, economic, historical or cultural geography supported by the Human Geography Research Group.

Programme Objectives

This programme offers comprehensive research training for students who wish to pursue directed study at an advanced level in the area of Human Geography. The course offers both specialist and transferable skills training in a one-year course.

The programme is an ESRC and AHRC recognised training degree. It can be taken as a stand alone degree, or to fulfil the year-one training requirements of 1+3 ESRC funding, or by those students who wish to qualify for +3 funding from the ESRC.

Programme Structure

Students completing this programme will acquire advanced training in: advanced methodologies in social science, qualitative and quantitative data collection, and research design and management. They will also complete a 15,000-word dissertation. Students not undertaking the degree for ESRC training may also undertake the degree in a mode that allows for a larger dissertation.

Core Courses may include:

  • Research Design in Human Geography
  • Core Quantitative Data Analysis for Social Research Parts 1 and 2
  • Research Skills in the Social Sciences: Data Collection
  • Archives: History, Geography and Politics
  • Methodological Debates in Human Geography
  • Dissertation

Proposed Option Courses:

  • Conducting Research Interviews
  • Contemporary Social Theory
  • Documents of Life, The Explanation and Understanding in Social and Political Research
  • Intermediate Inferential Statistics: Testing and Modelling
  • Listening to Children: Research and Consultation
  • Political Ecology
  • Qualitative Methods and Ethnographic Fieldwork
  • Survey Methods and Data
  • Values and the Environment
  • or any other course within the University approved by the Programme Director.

Careers and Next Steps

The dominant destination for graduates of this programme is PhD research, whether staying on at Edinburgh, or moving to other UK or international institutions. A smaller percentage move into the public sector in areas such as planning, teaching and the environment.

Specialist Support

The programme is delivered by highly qualified staff in both the Human Geography Research Group of the School of GeoSciences and other relevant parts of the University, including the Graduate School of Social and Political Studies. Students who undertake the programme will become part of a well-supported and vibrant postgraduate research group.


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Information for international students

Students whose first language is not English must provide evidence of proficiency in English. For more information, please visit our website.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Please visit: Scholarships and Student Funding Services

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24,36 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Secretary
+44 (0 )131 650 2543