MSc by Research Urban Studies

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    MSc by Research 1 year full time; 2 years part time

Course Description

Start date: MSc by Research – 1st October, 1st January, 1st April & 1st July.

The MSc by Research in Urban Studies allows you to undertake a year-long (full time) or two-year-long (part-time) individual programme of personally and professionally enriching research, supervised by our Human Geography academic staff.

Your urban studies research project will be shaped by participation in research activities such as seminars and reading groups, as well as your involvement in one of our established Human Geography research groups.

The range of our current human geographical research in urban studies includes:

  • Global cities
  • World cities
  • Global urban networks
  • Poststructuralism, actor-network theory, assemblage theory and the city
  • Psychoanalytic urban geographies
  • The political economy and cultural political economy of cities
  • Urban geographies of violence
  • Modernity, Postmodernity and the city
  • Alternative Urban theories

In the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) assessment of research in the UK, 95% of Geography research at Swansea was judged to be of international quality, and 60% was rated as world-leading or internationally excellent.

We are ranked:

  • Top 200 in the World (Shanghai Ranking Subject Rankings 2022)
  • Top 250 in the World (Environmental Sciences) (QS World University Rankings 2023)
  • UK Top 20 for Research Quality (The Times Good University Guide 2022)
  • 90% of our research outputs have been recognised as world leading and internationally excellent – Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021
  • 100% of the environment was rated as world leading and internationally excellent – Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021

Entry Requirements

Applicants for MSc by Research must normally hold an undergraduate degree at 2.1 level (or Non-UK equivalent as defined by Swansea University).

As well as academic qualifications, Admissions decisions may be based on other factors, including (but not limited to): the standard of the research synopsis/proposal, performance at interview, intensity of competition for limited places, and relevant professional experience.

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Programme Funding

We offer a wide range of scholarships and bursaries for both taught and research courses to help you fund your study.

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