Masters in Research (MRes) Geography and Environmental Management
Please note that new student recruitment to this course has been suspended for the September 2020 intake. Applications for 2021 should be made from October 2020. If you would like information about our alternative courses, please visit our Geography and Environmental Management page.
Page last updated 16 July 2020
An opportunity to undertake in-depth research training in your chosen field of Geography and Environmental Management with the support of UWE Bristol's research teams and centres.
Offered under the umbrella title of MRes Geography and Environmental Management, this multidisciplinary course allows students to specialise in one of several areas which address pressing social and environmental issues.
The pathways on offer within the course are relevant to a range of professions across industry, the public sector and the third sector. Depending on your chosen subject area, you will graduate with one of the following qualifications:
- MRes Geography
- MRes Flooding
- MRes Bio-energy
- MRes Air Quality Management
- MRes Carbon Management
- MRes Water Management
- MRes Transport studies
- MRes Mobilities
The course is suitable for students who have enjoyed the research components of their undergraduate degree and wish to prepare for a research-based career. It also offers excellent preparation for Doctoral study. Likewise, it is appropriate for people who are already working and wish to either develop their research skills or undertake a research project to enhance their continued professional development.
Real world research skills
This Master's degree will equip you with the skills necessary to undertake sustained, independent and innovative research. You will gain the confidence to work in creative and flexible and ways, and develop the ability to plan, produce and present rigorous, independent and theoretically informed studies. It also fosters the development of essential professional skills to enhance your employability, such as self-management, team work, problem solving and communication.
The taught components of the course provide a balance between training in interdisciplinary research methods and subject specific research under the supervision of UWE Bristol's active research specialists. Alongside these, you will put your skills into practice by conducting a supervised independent extended research project.
Within the taught modules, there will be a seminar programme delivered by academics and practitioners from inside and outside UWE Bristol. You will be expected to present on your own research, using skills learnt in the taught modules and gaining valuable communication experience in the process.
For the final extended research project, you can choose to engage with ongoing research from one of UWE Bristol's specialist research groups or to embark on a new project relating to or inspired by your particular interests. In either case, this may relate to your current or future employment.
Flexible learning options
This Masters is available as a full time or part time course with a high degree of flexibility. The taught modules are delivered on one day a week, making it suitable for day release study.
The course consists of two taught modules. You will then undertake a supervised extended research project in one of the available subject areas.
- Research Design and Methodologies (30 credits) covers qualitative and quantitative research methods, their use and analysis.
- Research in Context (30 credits) a subject specific module designed to develop your research skills through reviewing, evaluating and presenting independently generated research material relevant to your extended project. Includes library skills development.
- Extended Research Project (120 credits) allows you to investigate a relevant research topic in detail, working with a research supervisor and drawing on the skills developed in the taught modules.
The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved we will inform you.
Learning and Teaching
The course is designed to allow students to develop transferable research skills and then put them into practice under the supervision of active researchers. You will work both individually and in teams to build your skills.
The MRes will draw on the expertise of the research centres and clusters within UWE Bristol, including the Centre for Transport and Society, Bristol Bioenergy Centre, Artificial Intelligence Group, Centre for Floods and Community Resilience, Construction and Property Research Centre, Air Quality Management Resource Centre, Human Geography cluster and Centre for Architecture and Built Environment Research.
Additionally, there may be contributions by practitioners from industry, giving you valuable insights into how research is used in various career paths.
Learning methods will include lectures, workshops, seminars, student presentations, supervised independent study and one-to-one supervision.
For more details, see our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.
The MRes degree can be taken as either a one year full-time or two years part-time course.
The taught component of the course is delivered on one day a week during term one. If studying full-time, you will be expected to complete your extended research project during term two. If studying part-time, you will have a further year to complete your extended project. This enables you to schedule your study time around work and other commitments.
We will use a variety of assessment tools throughout the course. These include coursework, a portfolio, written exams and an extended research project.
For more details, see our full glossary of assessment terms.
The course is delivered on Frenchay Campus where your time will be split between lecture rooms, seminar rooms, IT suites and UWE Bristol's extensive library.
Find out more about the facilities and resources UWE has to offer.
Careers / Further study
The course will equip you for a variety of roles in both the public and private sectors, as well as within NGOs. It is designed with the flexibility to allow you to target both skills and subject matter towards a particular career trajectory or to your current employment.
The research training provided in this MRes could provide a foundation for further study at doctoral level or employment including design, data collection and analysis:
- To equip students for future careers that require postgraduates with a high level of analytical and communication skills, and who are able to pursue complex tasks in an independent, self-disciplined and flexible manner.
- To equip students for further high-level research (e.g. PhD).
We normally require an honours degree of 2.1 or above (or the equivalent if it is a non-UK degree) in a relevant subject.
With your application, you should submit a draft project proposal of 300-500 words, to include a project title, aim or research question, possible methods and six relevant references.
You may be invited to informal interview, where your proposal will be discussed and appropriate optional modules selected. International students who are not able to attend an informal interview may be interviewed electronically or by telephone.
For further information
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Telephone: +44(0) 117 32 83333