Taught course

Human Geography: Spaces, Politics and Ecologies

University of Glasgow · School of Geographical and Earth Sciences

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for postgraduate taught programmes are normally a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent (eg GPA of 3.0 or above) in a relevant subject unless otherwise specified.

Months of entry


Course content

The MRes in Human Geography: Spaces, Politics, Ecologies engages at an advanced level with conceptual debates in human geography, with cutting edge methodological approaches and with the skills needed to communicate geographical ideas beyond the academy. The course will equip you with the knowledge and skills appropriate to undertake independent research in human geography. The research skills fostered and developed through the course can also be used in a range of different contexts such as the public sector, NGOs, trade unions and research consultancies.

  • Geography and Environmental Science at Glasgow is ranked 7th in the UK (Complete University Guide 2023)
  • This programme will equip you with independent research skills which will be transferrable to careers in research in public, private and voluntary sectors.
  • The programme has a strong track record of preparing students for doctoral research in Human Geography.
  • The work of the teaching team is at the forefront of debates in critical geographies and there is particular expertise in environmental geographies, cultural, historical, political and social geography.
  • The teaching team includes editors of leading journals in geography including Antipode, GeoHumanities and Urban Studies.
  • The programme draws on the teaching staff’s extensive experience of working beyond the academy in collaborations with a diverse range of organisations in both the global North and South.
  • You will be encouraged to engage in significant critical depth with specific theories and literatures and supported to develop your own critical perspectives.
  • You will develop your own individual research project in the form of a dissertation supported by expert supervision.
  • MRes students are part of broader human geography related activity such as the regular meetings of the Human Geography Research Group.
  • The School of Geographical & Earth Sciences has an Athena Swan Silver Award, demonstrating the school’s commitment to supporting women in scientific studies and careers, and to improving the working environment for all.
  • 97% of our research has been evaluated as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ in the latest Research Excellence Framework [2021]

Information for international students

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)

  • 6.5 with no subtests under 6.0.
  • Tests must have been taken within 2 years 5 months of start date. Applicants must meet the overall and subtest requirements using a single test.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MRes
    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

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