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Most students pursue specific topics tailored to their individual needs by arrangement in small reading groups or in one-to-one discussions with their supervisors. The course also consists of a research project and taught elements including the Social Science Research Methods modules and additional Departmental training on elements such as research design and ethics.

One to one supervision

Each student is allocated a supervisor before the course begins. Generally up to ten meetings of up to one hour of one-to-one supervision as well as briefer meetings when needed.

The University of Cambridge publishes an annual Code of Practice which sets out the University’s expectations regarding supervision.

Seminars & classes

The Department runs a series of research seminars each term which students are expected to attend. This introduces them to the breadth of the discipline and a new level of academic debate. Students may attend other lectures, seminars, classes and reading groups after consultation with their supervisors. Students attend Social Science Research Methods classes and lectures in the first and second term. Students are also expected to take part in their research group’s activities.


Skills and research training programme approximately eight one-hour lectures in first term and optional lectures in the second term.




Social science research methods courses consisting of workshops and practicals. Approximately 15 hours per term. Prior to the beginning of term, students complete an online skill check to determine the modules best suited to their individual skills levels.


As part of the dissertation.


Dissertation presentation in the third term.


Written feedback on each submitted essay and the dissertation. Students receive written termly progress reports.



20,000-word dissertation; oral examination at the discretion of examiners.


Three essays or other exercises of up to 4,000 words each.

Practical assessment

Practical assessment for research methods courses.

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Key Information

11 months full-time

Master of Philosophy

Department of Geography


Course on Department Website

Dates and deadlines:

Michaelmas 2020

Applications open
Sept. 2, 2019
Application deadline
March 31, 2020
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2020

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Graduate Funding Competition
Jan. 7, 2020
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 9, 2019

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