We are pleased to announce that for the academic session 2018-2019, we will be able to offer 4 (four) fees-only Scholarships for students wishing to take the MRes in Human Geography. We are not able to cover the full fee, unfortunately, or to provide a stipend to cover living expenses. There are 2 options here:
(1) 1 x £5,000 Scholarships - where GES will pay £5,000 towards your fees (which this year are £7650 in total, and hence GES is agreeing to pay a substantial proportion of that amount);
(2) 3 x £5,000 Scholarships - on the same basis as (1) above - but with the added specification that these awards are for students who commit to focussing their MRes dissertation work on the theme of ‘Stressed Environments and Communities’ (SEC: taking seriously both natural landscapes and socio-cultural processes). This is a particular emerging research theme of the HGRG in GES, linking across to the Earth Systems Research Group (ESRG): see information about this theme here
The awarding of these Scholarships will be competitive, based in part upon student performance in undergraduate degree programmes, and hence we will not be able to make decisions until later in July when we gain full information about student degree performance.
If you wish to be considered for option (1), one of the basic £5,000 scholarships, then you simply make the normal application through the University of Glasgow Taught Postgraduate online application system, with no additional documentation specifying research interests. Please ensure that your application arrives and is logged on the system, with all necessary additional material such as references and transcripts, by Friday 22nd June, 2018.
If you wish to be considered for option (2), one of the 3 x £5,000 scholarships tagged as SEC-facing, then in addition to the standard online application (which you may already have submitted) you also need to submit (electronically) a three page MRes dissertation proposal on a form designed for this purpose to Professor Chris Philo (at Christopher.Philo@glasgow.ac.uk) by Friday 22nd June, 2018. Please complete the MRes in Human Geography Scholarships 2018-19 form
You are welcome to discuss your ideas for an MRes SEC-facing dissertation proposal in advance with any member of the Human Geography Research Group here at the University of Glasgow (see our staff list and associated personal webpages accessible from the main School webpages). For these latter awards, while quality of degree performance will be paramount, we will nonetheless also factor in our evaluation of your proposal and its fit with our theme. It is possible that students applying under option (2) could still be given an award under option (1).
These scholarships are open to all applicants, Home/EU and ‘Overseas’, although we acknowledge that the £5,000 will go much further to cover the cost of a Home/EU fees than it will to cover the cost of an ‘Overseas’ fee.
More generally, if you wish to speak to the MRes Convener – Professor Chris Philo (at Christopher.Philo@glasgow.ac.uk) - about the MRes in Human Geography, then please do not hesitate to e-mail and we can either speak on the e-waves or meet up in person.
Timelines for Scholarships clarified
Friday 22nd June, 2018: all standard online applications (with supporting materials) must have been uploaded on to the University of Glasgow Taught Postgraduate online application system by this date. It will automatically be assumed that all such applications are eligible for award of our basic scholarship (option (1)).
Friday 22nd June, 2018: any students also wishing to make an application tagged to the SEC theme (option (2)) must have sent through a completed MRes dissertation proposal on the relevant form to Christopher.Philo@glasgow.ac.uk by this date.
Between the above and below dates, we will be receiving updated information about degree results/performances of some students (you are advised to update Chris Philo directly with this information).
Wednesday 25th July, 2018: deadline for decisions to be made on the allocation of Scholarships, with the objective of informing all applicants (successful, unsuccessful and possibly ‘reserves’).
Eligibility for Scholarships clarified
Applicants must have completed – or will have completed by the end of June 2018 – an undergraduate degree in Geography or a related subject (eg. Environmental Studies/Science, Anthropology, Sociology, Political Science, History, Cultural Studies). They must normally have secured – or will secure – a 1st-class degree classification. There must be no legal reasons why they cannot be resident in the UK undertaking higher education. [ANY MORE DETAILED RESIDENCE REQUIREMENTS NEEDING TO BE SPECIFIED]
Selection process clarified
For the basic scholarship (option (1)), the criteria for selecting the successful candidate will be evidence of the best academic record on paper. We will consider not just degree classification, but evidence of level of award (eg. within the 1st-class degree range) and distribution/preponderance of credits/units graded at different levels within an overall degree. The implication is that you need to provide us with as much detail as possible about the precise break-down of your degree. This evidence should be apparent from degree award transcripts included with your on-line application, but you are welcome to contact the MRes Convener if you have additional documentation/information that you would wish to be considered. We will not be at liberty to discuss with you the degree performances of other applicants.
For the SEC-facing scholarship (option (2)), this academic quality criteria will be balanced with a consideration of your MRes dissertation proposal form. A decision will hence be made about the 4 candidates who best balance a record of high-quality academic performance with the most exciting, innovative and plausible dissertation proposals demonstrably fitting with the SEC theme. It is possible here that some of the successful candidates will not have the very best academic records on paper, but will have produced the very best dissertation proposals. We will be able to give feedback on your dissertation proposal, but will not be at liberty to discuss in any detail how your application compares with that of any other candidate.
The Selection Panel will comprise of the MRes Convener and 2 other senior academic human geographers in the HGRG/GES.