Research course

Human Geography

Institution
University of Worcester · Institute of Science and the Environment
Qualifications
MPhil/PhD

Entry requirements

MPhil - First or Second Class Honours Degree or equivalent award in an appropriate discipline or appropriate research or professional experience which has resulted in appropriate evidence of achievement.

PhD - A Postgraduate Masters Degree in a discipline which is appropriate to the proposed programme of study or First or Upper Second Class Honours Degree or equivalent award in an appropriate discipline or the applicant has appropriate research or professional experience at postgraduate level which has resulted in published work, written reports or other appropriate evidence of achievement.

Months of entry

September

Course content

Research at Worcester has grown significantly in the last 10 years as the University itself has expanded. As a research student you will join a vibrant student community in our Research School and become part of our dynamic research environment.

You will have the opportunity to be supervised by leading researchers in your field and take advantage of our rich Researcher Development programme which will help you to develop the skills and knowledge you need to complete your research degree but also enhance the skills you will need in any future career.

Our MPhil/PhD research degree programme offers you:

  • Wide variety of research interests - The Institute of Science and the Environment has a strong mix of academics with a high degree of professional and personal experience, enabling you to get the most out of your programme. Our staff have expertise in sustainable development, development geography, urban planning, rural planning, economic, social, agricultural and environmental change, political geography.
  • Excellent supervision - Benefit from a professional and challenging relationship with your supervisory team, drawn from experienced academics working at the forefront of their disciplines.
  • Resources - Access to the University of Worcester’s virtual resources and its state of the art library facilities. The Human Geography team at Worcester have an excellent range of resources available to support your learning and your research project, including a fully-equipped GIS, Mapping and Visualization Suite, which provides access to high-end computers, industry-standard GIS (ArcGIS) and statistical analysis software (e.g. Primer-E, Matlab, SPSS) and other mapping and remote sensing software (e.g. Photoscan Pro (Agisoft LLC)). This facility is run by a GIS technician, who provides advice and training to students and the suite also has its own A3 colour laser printer and A3 scanner for staff and student use. The Institute also has digital camcorders, cameras and microphones which students can use for data capture and creating podcasts.

Recent successful projects have included examining farmers’ interpretation of climate change in the Southern Welsh marches by Dr Rebecca Griffiths, as part of a PhD studentship. Dr Rachael Carrie, a Post-doctoral Researcher is currently exploring the impacts and processes of the of the ‘Functional Landscape Approach’: a ‘people-centered’ approach that seeks to contribute to environmentally sensitive and climate-resilient strategies for safeguarding wetland ecosystem services and improving livelihoods and well-being at the catchment-scale.

Qualification and course duration

MPhil/PhD

full time
24 months
part time
48 months

Course contact details

Name
Research School
Email
research@worc.ac.uk
Phone
01905 542182