MPhil in Geographical Research
The primary purpose of this course is to lay the foundations of training to enable students to undertake a PhD (although students can also take the course as a freestanding training in research methods). Hence, each student is assigned a supervisor at the admission stage who is likely to be the supervisor through both this MPhil and any subsequent PhD. This supervisor must be specified in your application, and you must also fulfil all the other requirements for PhD admissions (see separate website pages) including providing a specification of your proposed research. Applicants for ESRC funding need to make prior contact with their potential supervisors well before applying.
On entry to the Department, MPhil students on this course are treated in most ways identically to PhD Students (in terms of facilities, support, supervision, and requirements). As a result, this is a demanding course, but our experience shows that students who do it tend to have better research skills and make as rapid progress as those who go straight into a PhD.
In addition to individual supervision, students are expected to attend the seminars, other events and reading groups in their relevant Departmental research cluster.