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MA in Geography and Sociology (Full Time)

University of Aberdeen

Masters Degree , Geography

Course Description

Geography is the study of the Earth's surface, with particular emphasis on the relationships between people and their environment. Few other subjects cover such a diversity of phenomena, combining elements of the natural sciences, the social sciences and the humanities.

Sociology is the study of modern societies and how they have evolved through time. At Aberdeen, you will gain a deep understanding of how society influences people. Throughout the programme, you will explore a range of different themes, including crime, religion, family and the state. The social awareness and analysis skills that you develop will help you prepare for a variety of interesting careers.

Geography is the study of the Earth's surface, with particular emphasis on the relationships between people and their environment. Few other subjects cover such a diversity of phenomena, combining elements of the natural sciences, the social sciences and the humanities. Sociology is the study of modern societies and how they have evolved through time. At Aberdeen, you will gain a...

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Course Content

  • Year 1

Compulsory Courses

Academic Writing for Social Sciences (AW1006)

Professional Skills Part 1 (PD1001)

Global Worlds, Global Challenges (GG1008) - 15 Credit Points

Introduction to Sociology II: Systems of Power (SO1509) - 15 Credit Points

Global Worlds, Local Challenges (GG1510) - 15 Credit Points

Introduction to Sociology I: Self, Identity & Society (SO1007) - 15 Credit Points

Optional Courses

Select a further 60 credit points from courses of choice.

  • Year 2

Compulsory Courses

Space, Economy and Society (GG2014) - 15 Credit Points

Sociology of Everyday Life i: the Embodied Self (SO2006) - 30 Credit Points

Skills and Techniques in Geosciences (GG2508) - 15 Credit Points

Sociology of Everyday Life II: Global Issues in the 21st Century (SO2509) - 30 Credit Points

Optional Courses

Select two of the following:

  • Physical Environments (GG2013)
  • Environment and Society (GG2509)
  • Mapping and Monitoring the Environment (GG2510)

Physical Environments (GG2013) - 15 Credit Points

Environment and Society (GG2509) - 15 Credit Points

Mapping and Monitoring the Environment (GG2510) - 15 Credit Points

  • Year 3

Compulsory Courses

Approaches to Geography (GG3071) - 15 Credit Points

Social Research Methods (SO3524) - 30 Credit Points

Optional Courses

Select one of the following:

  • Religion and Society (SO3067)
  • Thinking Sociologically (SO3066)

Plus further credit points from level 3 or 4 courses in Geography to gain a total of 60 credits in the discipline.

NOTE: If you intend to take your dissertation in Geography you must take GG3574 Research Design in programme year 3.

Religion and Society (SO3067) - 30 Credit Points

Thinking Sociologically (SO3066) - 30 Credit Points

Research Design (GG3574) - 15 Credit Points

  • Year 4

Optional Courses

Select one of the following dissertation options:

  • Research Project (Sociology) (SO4049) AND Geographical Issues (GG4537)
  • Geography Dissertation (GG4023)

Plus select further credit points from level 3 or 4 course(s) in Geography, and level 4 course(s) in Sociology to gain a total of 60 credits in each discipline.

NOTE: If you choose to take GG 4023 Geography Dissertation, you are not required to take GG 4537 Geographical Issues but may take both courses if you wish.

NOTE: You are required to gain a minimum of 90 credit points from level 4 courses.

Research Project (SO4049) - 30 Credit Points

Geographical Issues (GG4537) - 30 Credit Points

Geography Dissertation (GG4023) - 30 Credit Points

Year 1 Compulsory Courses Academic Writing for Social Sciences (AW1006) Professional Skills Part 1 (PD1001) Global Worlds, Global Challenges (GG1008) - 15 Credit Points Introduction to Sociology II: Systems of Power (SO1509) - 15 Credit Points Global Worlds, Local Challenges...

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Entry Requirements

SQA Highers

Standard: AABB

Applicants who have achieved AABB (or better), are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/ Advanced Highers may be required.

Minimum: BBB

Applicants who have achieved BBB (or are on course to achieve this by the end of S5) are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/Advanced Highers will normally be required.

Adjusted: BB

Applicants who have achieved BB, and who meet one of the widening participation criteria are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/Advanced Highers will be required.

More information on our definition of Standard, Minimum and Adjusted entry qualifications.

A LEVELS

Standard: BBB

Minimum: BBC

Adjusted: CCC

More information on our definition of Standard, Minimum and Adjusted entry qualifications.

International Baccalaureate

32 points, including 5, 5, 5 at HL.

Irish Leaving Certificate

5H with 3 at H2 AND 2 at H3 OR AAABB, obtained in a single sitting. (B must be at B2 or above).

Entry from College

Advanced entry to this degree may be possible from some HNC/HND qualifications, please see www.abdn.ac.uk/study/articulation for more details.

English Language Requirements

To study for an Undergraduate degree at the University of Aberdeen it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write English fluently. The minimum requirements for this degree are as follows:

IELTS Academic:

OVERALL - 6.0 with: Listening - 5.5; Reading - 5.5; Speaking - 5.5; Writing - 6.0

TOEFL iBT:

OVERALL - 78 with: Listening - 17; Reading - 18; Speaking - 20; Writing - 21

PTE Academic:

OVERALL - 54 with: Listening - 51; Reading - 51; Speaking - 51; Writing - 54

Cambridge English Advanced & Proficiency:

OVERALL - 169 with: Listening - 162; Reading - 162; Speaking - 162; Writing - 169

SQA Highers Standard: AABB Applicants who have achieved AABB (or better), are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/ Advanced Highers may be required. Minimum: BBB Applicants who have achieved BBB (or are on course to achieve this by the end of S5) are...

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Assessment Methods

Students are assessed by any combination of three assessment methods:

  • coursework such as essays and reports completed throughout the course;
  • practical assessments of the skills and competencies learnt on the course; and
  • written examinations at the end of each course.

The exact mix of these methods differs between subject areas, year of study and individual courses.

Honours projects are typically assessed on the basis of a written dissertation.

Students are assessed by any combination of three assessment methods: coursework such as essays and reports completed throughout the course; practical assessments of the skills and competencies learnt on the course; and written examinations at the end of each course. The exact mix of these methods differs between subject areas, year of...

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