This programme, which is ESRC recognised for research training, and part of the White Rose Doctoral Training Centre, combines a thorough grounding in social science research methodologies with an in-depth exploration of topics at the forefront of contemporary social and cultural geography.
The topics covered include: social identities (race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability; national identity); migration, transnationalism, and refugee/asylum issues; the life course and innovative methodologies. You will be able to choose from a number of ‘optional’ modules that will allow you to explore modules on other programmes, such as Activism and Social Change, Gender Studies, or Sustainability.
On completing the programme you will have greater confidence in conducting independent research that you can apply in both academic and non-academic contexts. In addition to developing a firm grounding in qualitative and quantitative methods of research, you are exposed to a range of theoretical approaches in the module ‘Space and Social Theory’. You will also have the opportunity to explore cutting edge themes in social and cultural geography through modules associated with the School’s research clusters on ‘Citizenship and Belonging’ and ‘Cities and Social Justice’.
In addition to continuing to PhD study, our graduates have obtained posts in local government, the NGO sector, and private industry. The transferable research skills developed on this masters are applicable in a wide range of contexts.
The programme consists of core and optional modules, with space for students to take appropriate electives from other departments in the University (including the Centre for Interdisciplinary Gender Studies; the School of Earth and Environment; Politics; Sociology, and related areas.
You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.Full-time
You only need to take one of these language tests:
Minimum required score:
The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.Book IELTS
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Minimum required score:
The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).
Our normal minimum requirement is a good second class Honours degree or equivalent in geography or a related subject. However, many candidates are still in their final year of undergraduate study when they first apply, in which case we take note of what your academic referee's assessment of your abilities.
Successful candidates in recent years have included those with good first degrees in related subjects such as sociology & social policy, English and history. If you think that you might be interested in our course, but feel unsure as to whether you have the necessary background, get in touch with us to discuss your position. The same may apply if you have been away from geographical study at a university level for a while and want to use the course to update your understanding and skills; we are pleased to offer advice on the status of your existing qualifications.
Relevant work experience is viewed positively and is taken into account particularly for candidates whose first degree grade is slightly below our requirement.
We usually recruit several part-time students every year who take the course over two academic years and combine study with paid work or other commitments. This means that you can work to fund your studies, or gain a new qualification without giving up an existing job. We aim to be particularly flexible in helping you to put together a part-time course structure that meets your academic goals while recognising the constraints upon your time for study.
We welcome applications for full-time study from overseas and EU candidates.
In recent years we have attracted students from all around the world including the USA, Italy, Spain, Nigeria, Canada, Australia and India. To be able to get the most out of our course we ask that you have an academic qualification equivalent to a good second class degree from a British university.
If your first language is not English, the University requires you to provide evidence of competence in English. We ask that you meet our minimum language requirements by enclosing a recent TOEFL or IELTS certificate with your application. Minimum requirements are:
If you feel that your level of English is not adequate for your course, you should consider enrolling on one of the full-time pre-sessional English language courses run by the Language Centre at the University of Leeds. These courses are of six or ten weeks duration and prepare students in the English language skills needed for study and provide a useful orientation to academic and social life in Britain. Even if you already fulfil the University's English language requirement, you may still find the preparation given by these courses very helpful.
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