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Aberystwyth University: Practising Human Geography

Institution Aberystwyth University View institution profile
Department Department of Geography and Earth Sciences
Telephone 01970 622606
Study type Taught


This course will challenge you to personally engage with the theoretical and practical approaches to Human Geography. You will critically assess the way in which Human Geography has dealt with key themes including space, place, time, scale, mobility and power, and also the ethical, moral and legal perspectives on the subject. You will relate geographical concerns to ethical issues and relevant public policy debates, and argue your case with academic rigour. You will then prove this learning in your own practical research project.

Our excellent teaching staff will support and encourage you throughout your studies. The world-renowned Department of Geography and Earth Sciences (DGES) will expose you to the widest possible range of expertise, through its regular guest seminar series and a residential ‘theory school’, involving Cardiff and Swansea universities. These stimulating interactions provide excellent opportunities for the career-minded to network and socialise in a professional context.

The course is a year-long, full-time programme divided into two parts over three semesters. In part one, you will establish a breadth of necessary skills in a number of core modules whilst directing your own study by choosing specialist modules. In part two, you will apply your learning in the individual dissertation worth an additional 60 credits. Contact time is approximately 10 -14 HOURS per week and our small, friendly classes provide a productive environment where you can engage with your subject matter fully supported by staff and your peers.

By graduating from this course, you will have strengthened your employability in both specialist and more general areas of work. As a specialist, you will be a highly competent contributor to any work relating to territory, landscape, policy and governance, sustainability, research design and data handling. In more generic employment situations, your strengths will be broad and deep because you will be able to demonstrate mastery of any planning, project-management, analysis and reporting skills that your employer will require.

Whether you progress into doctoral research or employment, your practical training in research, monitoring and analysis will make you highly desirable to employers, academic institutions and other consulting agencies.


Aberystwyth University

Learn and live in an exceptional environment.

The Town and University
Established in 1872, Aberystwyth University was the first University Institution in Wales and has a long tradition of excellence in teaching and research.
Aberystwyth is a medium sized, scenic coastal town situated in one of the most beautiful and safest parts of the UK.  You’ll benefit from easy access to the seafront and beaches, rolling green mountains, a vibrant social and cultural life, and an excellent education.  The University campus is compact, friendly, and has a thriving cosmopolitan postgraduate community.  It is a bustling centre of …
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