Human Geography and Sustainability Research at Keele University - UCAS

Keele University

Degree level: Postgraduate

Human Geography and Sustainability Research (Taught)

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Course summary

Accredited by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), and compliant with the research training requirements for ESRC PhD scholarships, our MA aims to equip you with skills, knowledge and 'hands-on' experience of human geography and sustainability-related research to generate the new insight needed to make a positive difference to our world, now and for the future. Why choose this course?

  • Top 20 in the UK for Geography and Environmental Studies (Guardian University League Table 2022)
  • Subject-specific and broad social science research training - accredited by the ESRC - develops wide-ranging research competencies useful in academic, policy and practice-based settings
  • Membership of the 'Geography and Environmental Studies' pathway of the ESRC North West Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership provides access to funding for outstanding students
  • Gain practical experience of 'live' research working with leading experts tackling society's greatest challenges - from mobility and inclusion to diversity and sustainability
  • Our 600 acre campus has become a ‘true Living Lab’, a testbed for a range of smart and sustainability-related initiatives
Adopting an interdisciplinary approach, the MA in Human Geography and Sustainability Research not only draws on social sciences more generally, but also brings together Keele’s internationally recognised expertise across the two distinct disciplines of human geography and sustainability. Generic and subject-specific research training prepares you to consider why and how humans behave, interact with, shape and affect their surroundings; studying our many diverse environments, habitats and resources (both natural and man-made). Hands-on practical research equips you with valuable experience and skills to identify innovative solutions to broader societal problems. Such measures could include the development of new approaches for securing migrant settlement and integration, tackling rural deprivation, addressing health inequalities and / or generating new forms of sustainable energy. About Keele Keele University was established in 1949 by the former Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University. Founded to meet the needs of a changing world, Keele has always had a pioneering vision to be a different kind of university. We excel in both teaching and research, with some of the most satisfied students in England, and research that is changing lives for the better at a regional, national and global level. Our beautiful 600-acre campus is one of the biggest in Britain – but all the most important services and facilities are on your doorstep, with accommodation, teaching spaces, facilities including a medical centre, sports centre and pharmacy, and a range of shops, eateries and entertainment venues – including the Students’ Union – clustered around the centre.


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Entry requirements

Applicants should be graduates with an Honours degree (2.1 or above) in a relevant social science subject. However, applicants from different backgrounds who believe they have the capacity to undertake postgraduate work in the social sciences should contact us to discuss their situation. Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to view our available projects on our website, then contact and discuss research options with the Keele University staff member listed for the research area/topic of interest before making an official application. In your application documents, state clearly your preferred subject area or specific project, including potential supervisor, and your motivation and background for carrying out a project in a particular area. Please contact us if you would like to discuss options. Acceptance on the course is subject to having an agreed research project and project supervisor. IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component. The University also accepts a range of internationally recognised English tests. If you do not meet the English language requirements, the University offers a range of English language preparation programmes. During your degree programme you can study additional English language courses. This means you can continue to improve your English language skills and gain a higher level of English.

Fees and funding

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Human Geography and Sustainability Research at Keele University - UCAS