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Programme structure: Human Geography: Society and Space (MSc) - what's running in 2020/21

Please note: you are viewing unit and programme information for a past academic year. Please see the current academic year for up to date information.

This programme is also available on a part time basis over two years.

Unit name Unit code Credit points Status Teaching Block
Students must take the following mandatory units
Dissertation and Research Design GEOGM0042 60 Mandatory AYEAR
Theorizing Society and Space GEOGM0001 20 Mandatory TB-1
Qualitative Research Methods in Human Geography GEOGM0041 20 Mandatory TB-1
Non-ESRC Students choose 80 credit points from the following units
Environmental Policy and Politics GEOGM1409 20 Optional TB-2
Conflicted Environments: Studying environmental social movements from the grassroots GEOGM0036 20 Optional TB-1
Global Development and Environment: History, Theory, Practice GEOGM0044 20 Optional TB-2
Practical Statistics for Use in Research and Policy GEOGM0010 20 Optional TB-1
Explanation, Causation and Longitudinal Analysis GEOGM0024 20 Optional TB-2
Postcolonial Matters GEOGM0028 20 Optional TB-2
Global Development and Environment: History, Theory, Practice GEOGM0044 20 Optional TB-2
An Introduction to GIS and Remote Sensing for Environmental Policy and Management GEOGM0013 20 Optional TB-2
ESRC funded students have to take one of the following quantitative units:
Practical Statistics for Use in Research and Policy GEOGM0010 20 Optional TB-1
Explanation, Causation and Longitudinal Analysis GEOGM0024 20 Optional TB-2
ESRC funded students have to take 60 credits points from the following optional units:
Conflicted Environments: Studying environmental social movements from the grassroots GEOGM0036 20 Optional TB-1
Global Development and Environment: History, Theory, Practice GEOGM0044 20 Optional TB-2
Environmental Policy and Politics GEOGM1409 20 Optional TB-2
Postcolonial Matters GEOGM0028 20 Optional TB-2
Global Development and Environment: History, Theory, Practice GEOGM0044 20 Optional TB-2
An Introduction to GIS and Remote Sensing for Environmental Policy and Management GEOGM0013 20 Optional TB-2
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Progression/award requirements

The pass mark set by the University for any level 7(M) unit is 50 out of 100.

For detailed rules on progression please see the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes and the relevant faculty handbook.

Exit awards

All taught masters programmes, unless exempted by Senate, must allow the opportunity for students to exit from the programme with a postgraduate diploma or certificate.

To be awarded a postgraduate diploma, students must have successfully completed 120 credit points, of which 90 must be at level M/7.

To be awarded a postgraduate certificate, students must have successfully completed 60 credit points, of which 40 must be at level M/7.

Degree classifications:

An award with Merit or Distinction is permitted for postgraduate taught masters, diplomas and certificates, where these are specifically named entry-level qualifications. An award with Merit or Distinction is not permitted for exit awards where students are required to exit the programme on academic grounds. An exit award with Merit or Distinction may be permitted where students are prevented by exceptional circumstances from completing the intended award.

The classification of the award in relation to the final programme mark is as follows:

Award with Distinction*: at least 65 out of 100 for the taught component overall and, for masters awards, at least 70 out of 100 for the dissertation. **Faculties retain discretion to increase these thresholds.

Award with Merit*: at least 60 out of 100 for the taught component overall and, for masters awards, at least 60 out of 100 for the dissertation. Faculties retain discretion to increase these thresholds.

* The MA in Law has separate regulations for awarding distinction and merit.

** For the award of Distinction, the Faculty of Engineering requires at least 70 out of 100 for the taught component overall and, for masters awards, at least 70 out of 100 for the dissertation.

Diploma/certificate stages:

All taught masters programmes, unless exempted by Senate, must allow the opportunity for students to choose, or be required, to leave at the postgraduate diploma or certificate stage.

To be awarded a postgraduate diploma, students must have successfully completed 120 credit points, of which 90 must be at level M/7.

To be awarded a postgraduate certificate, students must have successfully completed 60 credit points, of which 40 must be at level M/7.

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