MSc Human Geography: Society and Space

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Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law
Awards available MSc
Programme length One year full-time;
two years part-time
Part-time study available Yes
Open to international students Yes
Number of places 15
Start date September 2016

Programme overview

Human geography is a dynamic discipline with profound influence on current debates in the Social Sciences and Humanities. Human geographers focus on the critical study of the relationships between space and society, in particular the interconnection between environment, place and identity, knowledge, globalization processes, social justice, and a variety of other themes of crucial relevance in our contemporary world.

This programme is world-leading in the field. It provides you with a rigorous grounding in social theory and mainstream debates and techniques in human geography. It also offers a thorough training in qualitative and quantitative methods.

The programme is also closely linked to the University of Bristol Cabot Institute, which brings together multidisciplinary research into all aspects of global environmental change.

Fees for 2016/17

Full time fees


Part time fees


Fees quoted are per annum and subject to annual increase.

Funding for 2016/17

The Faculty of Social Sciences and Law has an allocation of 1+3 and +3 ESRC scholarships. School bursaries of up to £2,000 for outstanding students are also available; please contact the school for details.  

Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.

Programme structure

Core units

  • Experimental Geographical Methods: Practising Post-humanism in Social Research
  • Theorising Society and Space
  • Researching Society and Space: Hermeneutics, Genealogy, and Critical Theory

Optional units including (subject to change)

  • Affect/Biopolitics/Technologies
  • Explanation, Causation, and Longitudinal Analysis 
  • Geographies of Time and Timing
  • Geographies of Knowledge
  • Migration, Mobility and Environment
  • Practical Statistics for Use in Research and Policy
  • Urbanisation and Global Development
  • Violent Environments: The Geography of Violent Conflict

ESRC funded students must take either of the following:

  • Explanation, Causation, and Longitudinal Analysis 
  • Practical Statistics for Use in Research and Policy


You will complete a research based dissertation of up to 15,000 words. The project accounts for 60 credit points. You begin work on the dissertation in May and submit by the middle of September.

Entry requirements

An upper second-class honours degree (or equivalent) in an appropriate subject.

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

Application method Online application form
English language requirements Profile B
Further information about English language requirements
Admissions statement Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.
How to apply
Application deadline:

Not fixed but early application is advised.


The programme equips you for careers in high-level public research, business and the creative industries, and provides an outstanding academic training for prospective PhD students and for those seeking a Masters-level qualification.

International students

Find out more about becoming a student at Bristol, and the support we offer to international students.

I chose Bristol because of its outstanding academic reputation. It's reassuring to be taught by people who truly love their subject - their passion becomes contagious.


REF 2014 results

  • 30% of research is world-leading (4 star)
  • 40% of research is internationally excellent (3 star)
  • 25% of research is recognised internationally (2 star)
  • 5% of research is recognised nationally (1 star)

Results are from the most recent UK-wide assessment of research quality, conducted by HEFCE. More about REF 2014 results.

Get in touch

Postgraduate Student Administrator Phone: +44 (0) 117 331 7328 Email:

Dr. Naomi Millner Programme Director Phone: +44 (0) 117 928 9107 Email:

School of Geographical Sciences
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