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Geographical Research

University of Cambridge

Course Description

This highly flexible course is primarily intended to cover the needs of students seeking advanced social science research training prior to beginning a PhD. It can also lead to a 'stand-alone' Masters degree. It aims to provide: ( i) training in geographical research including philosophical underpinnings and debates (ii) comprehensive training in research methods in geography and the social sciences as a whole and (iii) the opportunity to develop research skills through completion of a thesis under academic supervision and guidance. In fulfillment of (i) there is a flexible choice of two 'geography modules' through which core theoretical and methodological debates can be examined. The modules can be chosen from a range of other taught MPhils within (or occasionally outside) the Department andor specially designed modules involving guided reading and discussion. To meet the requirements of (ii) a dedicated research design and methods module is taught through a joint programme shared with a range of social science departments in the University. Thus the specific course content of this MPhil can to a significant extent be tailored for individual students, in consultation with their supervisor, taking into account their needs and prior knowledge and experience. Further details are provided on the Department's website.

This highly flexible course is primarily intended to cover the needs of students seeking advanced social science research training prior to beginning a PhD. It can also lead to a 'stand-alone' Masters degree. It aims to provide: ( i) training in geographical research including philosophical underpinnings and debates (ii) comprehensive training in research methods in geography and the social...

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