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Keele University: Human Geography and Sustainability Research

Institution Keele University View institution profile
Department School of Geography, Geology and the Environment
Study type Taught


This Master's programme in Human Geography and Sustainability Research provides you with advanced-level skills in human geography and sustainability-related research for a career in the public, private and/or voluntary and community sector. It delivers high quality postgraduate training, enabling you to pursue a PhD in human geography or environmental studies.

The MA in Human Geography and Sustainability Research provides students with advanced-level skills in human geography and sustainability-related research for a career in the public, private and / or voluntary and community sector. This includes positions with national and local government, other public bodies, Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), private sector consultancies and research and policy institutes. It also delivers high quality postgraduate training to students wishing to pursue a PhD in human geography or sustainability and environmental studies.

The programme is distinctive in three ways. First, it brings together expertise in Human Geography and Sustainability-related research to provide a truly interdisciplinary approach focused around equipping students with the necessary methodological skills to investigate key societal problems and their resolution. Second, through providing both subject-specific and broader social science training, the MA provides students with a wide-ranging set of research competencies which can be utilised in a range of academic, policy and practice- based settings. Third, in developing research skills and knowledge of human geography, sustainability and the environment, the MA is compliant (subject to approval) with the research training requirements for Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) PhD scholarships (commonly termed +3), and is also suitable as the master's year as part of an ESRC scholarship award that covers both the master's and PhD (commonly termed a 1+3 award).

One third of the course (60 credits) involves students following a number of new subject-specific research training modules in Human Geography and Sustainability, including a focus on contemporary key themes in human geography and sustainability, advanced methods in human geography and sustainability and a 'research traineeship', whereby students will have the opportunity to get 'hands on' real world research experience working with a research mentor on a live research project. Such modules will be delivered by internationally recognised experts from within the School of Geography, Geology and Environment.

A further 60 credits involves students studying alongside other social science postgraduates at Keele University to develop advanced qualitative and quantitative research and data analysis skills, as well as exploring approaches to research design and the philosophy of the social sciences. The remaining element of the course involves students undertaking an extended independent research project of their choice (60 credits) and which allows students to develop and apply skills generated during the taught component of the programme and to focus on a topic of interest to them.

The programme will be suitable for those considering doctoral (PhD) study or looking to work in the public, private or third sectors, for example, social or market research; social and health care; local and national government; or charitable and community organisations. It will be equally valuable to people already working in these sectors who wish to update or develop their social research skills.


Keele University


Situated at the heart of England, we are world-renowned for our breath of teaching and research that tackles the world’s most urgent problems. Founded in 1949, we value our excellence in teaching as highly as our global research. We are committed to providing our students with outstanding teaching facilities which include the David Attenborough Laboratories and Keele Business School. Our 600-acre green campus is close to the town of Newcastle-under-Lyme and the city of Stoke-on-Trent which offers great links to major cities by train with Manchester and Birmingham only 45 minutes away and London …

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