Aberystwyth University

Aberystwyth University

Practicing Human Geography

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.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 6,000 per Year 1 (England) 12 months
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 11,750 per Year 1 (International) 12 months
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 6,000 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 12 months
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 6,000 per Year 1 (Scotland) 12 months
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 6,000 per Year 1 (Wales) 12 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Penglais Campus Aberystwyth SY23 3AR Wales

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Key information

Department of Environmental and Geographical Sciences
Telephone number: 
01970 622643