Postgraduate taught 

Human Geography: Spaces, Politics, Ecologies MRes



  • The course is taught primarily through small group teaching, involving lectures, but mainly through workshops, seminars and reading-based discussion groups. Students are encouraged to take an active part in these sessions and also to give short presentations on their proposed research topics during the year.
  • To complete the MRes degree you must undertake a dissertation project (worth 60 credits).
  • The dissertation is a piece of original research leading to a written document of up to 15,000 words. It is usually expected that this will involve empirical research, although in special cases it may be possible to undertake a more theoretical and/or literature-based piece of work.

Example dissertations

Here are some typical dissertation titles from recent years that are substantial pieces of guided but independent research:

  • Animal Geographies, Lived Veganism and Theorised Veganism
  • Collateral Damage? The Negotiation of Tenure Policy in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
  • “One endless Day”: Performance, Memory and Landscape in a Traveller’s Tale
  • ‘It rips my knittin’: Girls and Young Women in the Scottish Criminal Justice System
  • ‘Are we there yet?’: Driving Malaria Control into a Human Rights Paradigm
  • The Geography of the Sex Trade in the Post-Industrial City
  • Deconstructing the Call of Duty: the Geopolitics of War Video Games
  • Geographical Representations of Asylum Seekers
  • Social Centres: Imperfect Experiments in Co-operation and Disruption
  • ‘Themselves but shadows of a shadow world: a Cultural Geography of Camouflage
  • Anti-Social Behaviour and Retailing in a Residential Neighbourhood
  • Producing from the Periphery: Collaboration and Short Food Supply Chains
  • Mental Health and Geographies of the Body
  • To Travel by Older Ways: a Cultural Geography of Driving and Drove Roads in Scotland
  • Militant Particularism and Anti-Rail Protests in Genoa

Furthermore, for students hoping to continue into doctoral research, we have an excellent track-record of student’s successfully progressing into funded PhD studentships. See details of our research.