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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

I don’t have a first degree in Geography. Can I still apply?

Our standard requirement for our masters programmes is a 2:1 from a UK university or the international equivalent. Although many successful applicants will have a first degree in Geography or a closely allied subject, we will also welcome applications from students with other academic backgrounds.

I do not have a 2:1 or the international equivalent. Is it worth my while applying?

Although a 2:1 from a UK university or the international equivalent is our standard entry requirement, we do occasionally accept applicants who do not have this requirement if they have, for example, relevant work experience or particularly good references. If you apply your application will be given careful consideration by the masters admissions tutor.

When do your masters programmes start?

All our masters programmes start in September. It is not possible to start at any other point. Term dates are here: please note that induction to the School takes place during registration week.

What is the workload like for students on a masters programme?

A full-time student can expect to attend around 8–10 hours a week teaching, and undertake private study such that the total number of hours studied is 35–40 a week.

Is it possible to study part-time, and how would this be structured?

All our Masters programmes are offered on a part-time basis. As a part-time student you would take the same classes as the full-time students, but you would take only half the amount of modules at any one time. You would probably take one or two modules a term, which would mean coming in for around four hours a week. These four hours may or may not be all on the same day depending on which modules you take. Overseas students should note that it is extremely rare for the government to award a student visa for part-time study, unless you are already working in Britain with a work permit.

Do any of your courses run in the evening?

No, all our programmes are taught during usual working hours.

Do I have to send two academic references?

We would prefer to see two academic references. If it is several years since you graduated from your first degree we will understand if this will not be possible, and will accept one academic and one non-academic reference.

Need more advice about postgraduate study?

Steps to Postgraduate Study provides information for students who are making decisions about postgraduate study. From visas to accommodation and funding, this website brings all this information together in one place to help you make your decision about postgraduate study.

What if I have questions not answered in the FAQs?

If you have specific queries relating to the applications process that is not addressed here, please contact the Postgraduate Administrator. For questions on the academic content of any programme please contact the relevant Programme Coordinator. 
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