Research course

Physical Geography

University of Hertfordshire · School of Life and Medical Sciences

Entry requirements

In most circumstances, we would expect an upper second-class honours degree in geography or a related field (for example geology, environmental science) and/or a relevant master's level qualification. However, do please contact Professor John Sturzaker to discuss your individual circumstances as, for example, relevant industrial experience may be considered.

An IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent is required for overseas students.

Months of entry

February, October

Course content

A University of Hertfordshire research degree is an internationally recognised degree signifying high levels of achievement in research. It develops extensive subject expertise and independent research skills which are honed over an extended period, depending on the level of the award.

The topic of research will depend upon your specific interests and the expertise of available academic staff. You undertake an original research project for the duration of the degree, under the supervision and guidance of two or more academic members of staff. You are also supported by attendance at the University's generic training courses and our seminar series. For the duration of the degree, you are given opportunities to present your work at major conferences, subject to available funding for which applications for financial support would be required.

The degree is assessed on the final research output, in the form of a written thesis of up to 25,000 words, which is defended in a viva voce examination with an external examiner present.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MRes/MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Professor John Sturzaker