This programme aims to provide a unique Masters degree which concentrates exclusively on the practice of Human Geography, and to provide students with a comprehensive research training, preparing them either for postgraduate research or for a career utilising social science research skills. It explores a number of relevant methodological and philosophical debates in contemporary Human Geography, and look at how these have been used to develop the research practice of the discipline. The scheme also draws on a range of expertise in social science across the university in order to deliver research training in research design and in the analysis of both quantitative and qualitative research data. The Research Group structure of the Institute of Geography and Earth Sciences offers MA students access to an exceptionally wide range of research expertise in areas at the forefront of contemporary Human Geography. Postgraduate students are members of the research groups and participate in seminars and research meetings.