Landscape is a key theme in cultural and historical geography, providing connections in theory and practice with disciplines throughout the humanities and social sciences.
The MA in Landscape and Culture has run successfully since 1996, and has attracted students from a wide range of disciplines and practical backgrounds.
The MA is aimed at students with an interest in theoretical and empirical developments in cultural geography, and those wishing to gain an understanding of the cultural landscapes of rural and urban environments throughout the world.
It aims to equip you with the theoretical and methodological skills to carry out successful research in the area of landscape and culture.
You will understand and be able to effectively employ research methods and philosophies from cultural geography and related disciplines in the humanities and social sciences.
You will also develop a range of transferable research and other skills to equip you for a successful career in whichever employment you choose. This includes critical analysis, creative thinking and individual research initiatives, as well as training in documentary and iconographical analysis and interview techniques.
- This course is recognised by the Arts and Humanities Research Council as providing training appropriate for PhD research, and an Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) recognised training route through the MA provides1+3 Research Training leading on to social science PhD study.
- The School of Geography is one of the strongest both nationally and internationally - this is reflected in its position in the UK's top five geography departments in The Times Good University Guide.
- The School was rated 5 in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise and 'excellent' in the HEFCE assessment of teaching provision.
- The MA in Landscape and Culture can be studied on a full-time basis over 1 year or part-time over 2 years.
Modules on this course combine:
- Formal instruction to introduce you to unfamiliar material and provide a common learning foundation
- Seminar-based discussion through which you will develop your own perspectives on key issues
- Workshops in which you will be encouraged to present your own ideas.
The majority of the teaching proceeds through discussion rather than formal lecture.
At each stage of the course, you will be integrated within the wider research community within the School of Geography, through informal social events and research workshops and seminars organised by the Cultural and Historical Geography Research Group.
Each year, a visiting speaker presents a special research seminar to the MA class; speakers in recent years have included Don Mitchell, Wolfgang Natter, John Wylie and Denis Linehan.
Each taught element module on this carries 30 credits, and is assessed through coursework and presentations. The optional 30 credits can be gained from any Masters level course within the university.
You will complete your 60-credit dissertation over the summer period towards the end of the course.
The dissertation is an extensive piece of independent research in a subject of your choice. You will benefit from the support of two dedicated project supervisors, as well as the generic research skills training offered by the University's Graduate School.
We also offer a Postgraduate Diploma in Landscape and Culture, which does not require the completion of a dissertation.