Human Geography/Sustainable Development (MRes) 2020 entry
This programme is aimed at those who have secured a PhD research place in Human Geography or Sustainable Development at St Andrews and who desire or require a year of research training before progressing to their PhD. Applicants must apply to the School of Geography and Sustainable Development to secure a PhD place in the first instance.
Those who have not secured a PhD research place may be interested in the taught MSc in Sustainable Development programme instead.
Postgraduate, leading to a Master of Research (MRes)
- Start date: 7 September 2020
- End date: 30 September 2021
Information about all programmes from previous years of entry can be found in the archive.
One year full time
- A good 2.1 Honours undergraduate degree in a subject-related area and the offer of a PhD place within School of Geography and Sustainable Development.
- If you studied your first degree outside the UK, see the international entry requirements.
- English language proficiency. See English language tests and qualifications.
The qualifications listed are indicative minimum requirements for entry. Some academic Schools will ask applicants to achieve significantly higher marks than the minimum. Obtaining the listed entry requirements will not guarantee you a place, as the University considers all aspects of every application including, where applicable, the writing sample, personal statement, and supporting documents.
UK and EU: £9,450
Wednesday 12 August 2020. Applicants should apply as early as possible to be eligible for certain scholarships and for international visa purposes.
Applicants should first secure the offer of a PhD place within the School of Geography and Sustainable Development by emailing the PhD postgraduate secretary, Helen Olaez, at firstname.lastname@example.org with the following:
- at least 500 words of original, referenced writing, detailing a specific project proposal and identifying a potential supervisor (see School staff pages)
- identified source of funding – see scholarships for research postgraduates.
For more guidance, see supporting documents and references for postgraduate taught programmes.
The modules in this programme have varying methods of delivery and assessment. For more details of each module, including weekly contact hours, teaching methods and assessment, please see the latest module catalogue which is for the 2019–2020 academic year; some elements may be subject to change for 2020 entry.
- Advanced Social Science Research Training 1: Reviewing, Conceptualising, Framing: deepens your understanding of your field of special interest and develops your ability to review the work of others and conceptualise and frame your own.
- Advanced Social Science Research Training 2: Designing Planning, Implementing: deepens your understanding of methodology specific to your special interest and develops your ability to design, plan and implement a research project.
- Being a Social Scientist: focuses on how to design and produce a research dissertation and addresses issues of professional development (e.g. ethics, careers, grant writing).
- Philosophy and Methodology of the Social Sciences: introduces students to the basic theoretical approaches in the social sciences, covering the methodological and epistemological issues involved in conducting social scientific research.
- Qualitative Methods in Social Research: offers both a theoretical and practical introduction to the collection, analysis and writing of qualitative social science research.
- Quantitative Research in Social Science: an introduction to the fundamental concepts of quantitative analysis.
The dissertation offers the opportunity for students to complete a 15,000-word research project that acts as a pilot for their PhD research (in terms of one or more of topic, site, methods, questions etc). Advised by a member of academic staff, you will work across the summer months on your individual dissertation.
The modules listed here are indicative, and there is no guarantee they will run for 2020 entry. Take a look at the most up-to-date modules in the module catalogue.