Durham University

Durham University

Geography (Research Methods)

The MA in Geography (Research Methods) - or MARM - 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, and those students who are going on to MPhil/PhD work are encouraged to relate what they learn to their future research. Most of the teaching is in small groups and emphasises student engagement and discussion. The MARM is an ESRC recognised Masters training course and all modules are designed and delivered in line within the ESRC's requirements. All modules include formative and summative assessment. The teaching programme is delivered in Terms 1 and 2. From Easter onwards students work on their dissertation with the support of an allocated supervisor.

Entry requirements

The MA in Geography (Research Methods) which admits any student with a Bachelors degree or higher in an arts or social science subject, of the required standard, to train in preparation for studying for the Ph.D. This course is partly taught and partly research-based and, if University conditions are met, leads to graduation with an MA degree. It is an approved course of the UK's Economic and Social Research Council.

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.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time October 2017 GBP 7,400 per Year 1 (EU) 1 years
MA Full-time October 2017 GBP 7,400 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MA Full-time October 2017 GBP 16,500 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
MA Full-time October 2017 GBP 7,400 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MA Full-time October 2017 GBP 7,400 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MA Full-time October 2017 GBP 7,400 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
MA Part-time October 2017 GBP 4,100 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years
MA Part-time October 2017 GBP 4,100 per Year 1 (Channel Islands) 2 years
MA Part-time October 2017 GBP 4,100 per Year 1 (EU) 2 years
MA Part-time October 2017 GBP 4,100 per Year 1 (England) 2 years
MA Part-time October 2017 GBP 9,100 per Year 1 (International) 2 years
MA Part-time October 2017 GBP 4,100 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years
MA Part-time October 2017 GBP 4,100 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years

Campus details

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

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Key information

Contact: 
Department of Geography
Telephone number: 
0191 334 1833