Our Human Geography Research MA is a recognised pathway within the the ESRC Northern Ireland/North East (NINE) Doctoral Training Partnership. It provides advanced-level training in research skills, methods and theories so you can pursue a career in research.
Our course equips you with the knowledge and research skills needed to develop as a human geography researcher. Throughout the course you will develop:
- the ability to define research problems and design appropriate methods for their investigation
- individual research interests through choosing your own projects
- your research profile
- research skills in data collection and analysis
- an understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of different data types and research methods
- bibliographic and computing research skills, including the use of specialist software
- a professional approach to ethical issues surrounding research in human geography
- research skills in qualitative and quantitative data analysis techniques
- communication skills for the effective dissemination of research to both specialist and non-specialist audiences
Our key areas of research in human geography include:
- social and cultural geography
- economic geographies
- international development
Newcastle University is one of the leading places for geographical research in the UK. In 2014, we received recognition for the quality of our publications and research outputs. 80% of our geography research output is world-leading or internationally excellent. This ranks us fourth in the UK for output quality. The impact of our research was also recognised, with Newcastle ranked equal third in the UK.
Following the assessment of case studies ranging from a wide topic area, 70% were rated as world-leading, including:
- the role of universities in regional growth
- new ways of benchmarking economic areas
- standards for the assessment of water quality
- the impact of people trafficking
Members of our vibrant research community deliver teaching and assessment. Tutors are from geography and the Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies (CURDS).
We provide high quality facilities for our postgraduate students. Facilities include a dedicated postgraduate suite for geography students.
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You will study modules on this course. A module is a unit of a course with its own approved aims and outcomes and assessment methods.
Modules for 2018 entry
Compulsory modulesCompulsory modules
- HSS8001 Thinking about Research
- HSS8002 Information Skills
- HSS8003 Dissertation Preparation
- HSS8004 Qualitative Methodology in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
- HSS8005 Introduction to Quantitative Methods
- GEO8015 Doing Geographical Research
- GEO8016 Philosophies in Human Geography
- GEO8017 Human Geography: Concepts in Action
- GEO8089 Research Dissertation
Modules change annually to take account of:
- changing staff expertise
- developments in the discipline
- the requirements of external bodies and partners
- student feedback.
Most module information for 2019 entry will be available from mid-May 2019.
Fees & Funding
The fees displayed here are per year.
Full time: £7,200
Part time: £3,600
Full time: £7,200
Part time: £3,600
Full time: £16,200
Find out more about our tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts.
EU students starting at Newcastle in 2018 and 2019 will pay the UK (Home) tuition fee for the full duration of their course.
A 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in a relevant arts, humanities or social science subject, such as:
- urban studies
- environmental studies
- business studies
We will also consider your application if you have lower or non-standard qualifications and relevant industry experience.
If you live in the UK you may be invited to an interview.
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English Language Requirements
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Pre-sessional English Course RequirementsPre-sessional English Course Requirements
- 6 week Pre-sessional entry: IELTS 6.0 overall (with a minimum of 6.0 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in all other sub-skills)
- 10 week Pre-sessional entry: IELTS 6.0 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in all sub-skills)
You can study our Pre-sessional English course at the INTO Newcastle Centre.
Our Business and Humanities Graduate Diplomas will prepare you for Master's study at Newcastle. If you're successful then you're guaranteed a place on this Master's course. Depending on your level of English, you can choose from:
How to Apply
You apply online, track your application and contact the admissions team via our applicant portal. Our step by step guide can help you on your way.
The course starts in September.
There is no application closing date for this course though specific deadlines for funding may apply.
We suggest international students apply at least two months before the course starts. This is so that you have enough time to make the necessary arrangements.
If you live outside the UK/EU you must:
- pay a deposit of £1,500
- or submit an official letter of sponsorship
The deposit is payable after you receive an offer to study at Newcastle University. The deposit is non-refundable, but is deducted from your tuition fees when you register.