Durham University

Durham University

Geography (Research Methods)

This course aims to give a broad training in social science research methodology as well as more specific training in the approaches and techniques used in human geography. There is a balance between theory and practical application. The degree programme includes skills training and reflection on personal experience.

Entry requirements

A Bachelors degree or higher in an arts or social science subject, of the required standard, to train in preparation for studying for the PhD.

Course modules

Core modules; philosophy and theory in contemporary human geography; research frontiers in human geography; using geographical skills and techniques; perspectives on social research; fieldwork and interpretation: qualitative research methods; dissertation. Optional modules available in previous years include: statistical exploration and reasoning; applied statistics; quantitative methods in social science.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods include essays, projects, reports, oral presentations, data analysis assignments, dissertation, critical (literature) review and unseen computer-based examination.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 6,600 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 14,900 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 6,600 per Academic year (EU fees) 1 years
MA Part-time - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Durham University Durham DH1 3LG North East

Key information

Department of Geography
Telephone number: 
0191 334 1851