Geography at Streatham Campus: New postgraduate students
Welcome to Geography
A big welcome to all of you who have chosen to come and study Geography at the University of Exeter and many congratulations on securing a place here. My colleagues and I in Geography are looking forward to meeting you in September at the start of your degree programme. I sincerely hope you will have an enjoyable, stimulating and productive time as a Geography student at Exeter. Certainly we will do all we can to help achieve that.
Once again, welcome to Exeter Geography!
Professor Henry Buller - Head of Geography, Streatham Campus
Congratulations on securing a place on one of our two taught postgraduate programmes (MRes Critical Human Geographies and MSc Global Sustainability Solutions). Below you will find some useful information regarding your first few weeks here in Exeter.
Information about things you'll need to do before arriving at Exeter can be found on our New Students website.
Geography is located on Rennes Drive, in the Amory Building, a large red-brick building on the eastern edge of the Streatham Campus (building 29 on the Streatham Campus map). Academic members of staff have their offices on the second, third and fourth floors. Staff in the Global Systems Institute are located on the eighth floor of the nearby Laver Building (building 22 on the map).
Student Support can be accessed via the Amory Info Point, based on the ground floor of Amory Building. The Info Point is part of the Amory Hub, where you will also find a café, social study area, computer space, and a self-service kitchen.
Support staff at the Info Point will be available from 08:15 – 17:00 every weekday to answer any questions you have, or point you in the direction of someone who can help. If you’re not on campus, you can still reach the Info Point on 01392 723301 or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
You will arrive at the University for the start of Freshers’ Week (Monday 16 September). Although there is no teaching in Freshers’ Week, you will find that you are quite busy as the Students’ Guild organises a packed programme of events.
Freshers’ Week gives you a chance to get to know your new surroundings and make friends before the academic term starts. It also gives you a chance to visit the Geography Department, get to know your way around and familiarize yourself with members of staff.
Geography Taught Postgraduates Welcome Talk
This is a compulsory meeting for you to attend during Freshers’ Week, led by the Director of Taught Postgraduate Programmes in Geography, Dr Sean Carter.
This will take place on Thursday 19 September, from 11:00 to 13:00, starting in room B308 in the Amory building (building 29 on the Streatham Campus map).
The first part of the meeting will cover important information for all Masters students in Geography/GSI; in the second part, we will split into two groups and you’ll receive more specific information according to the Masters programme that you are taking. The second part will be led by the respective programme directors: for MRes Critical Human Geographies students this will be Dr Sean Carter; for MSc Global Sustainability Solutions, this will be Dr James Dyke.
In this talk we will also discuss the module registration process.
Teaching on both Masters programmes commences in week 1 of term, which starts on Monday 23 September. Your timetable will be available to you electronically once you have registered.
MRes Critical Human Geographies
In Term 1 you will take 4 modules, each worth 15 credits. One of these modules is delivered by the Politics department (POLM809 Applied Quantitative Data Analysis); in this module you will be taught alongside Masters students from other Social Science disciplines.
The other three modules are delivered by the Geography department:
- GEOM106A: Contemporary Debates in Human Geography (convened by Dr. Pepe Romanillos)
- GEOM131: Geographies of Life (convened by Dr. Angeliki Balayannis)
- GEOM132: Space, Politics and Power (convened by Dr. Sean Carter)
Each of these modules is team taught, and will consist of a 2-hour session per week. In total then, you can expect to receive around 8 hours of direct contact per week in Term 1. If you would like any more information about these modules prior to the start of term, then please email the respective module convener.
MSc Global Sustainability Solutions
In Term 1 you will take 3 core modules, each worth 15 credits. One of these modules is delivered by Biosciences (BIOM568).
- BIOM568 - Blue Planet (convened by Dr. Steve Simpson)
- GEOM141 - Global Challenges (convened by Dr. James Dyke)
- GEOM143 - Global Systems Thinking (convened by Prof. Tim Lenton)
You will also attend some workshops for the dissertation modules.
There is one optional module that runs in Term 1: GEOM148 - Green Consultants.
Share your experiences, support prospective students and earn while you learn
Can you commit to one hour a week chatting to prospective students on your smartphone? Do you enjoy talking/writing? If yes, apply to become a Unibuddy Ambassador for the University of Exeter.
- Share your experiences of University life
- Build professional skills
- Improve your CV and increase employability prospects
- Support students just like you
- Earn while you learn
Unibuddy is a social platform that connects current students with prospective applicants from around the world. Through informal chats, blogs and videos, Unibuddy ambassadors offer support, guidance and information to help applicants make the right decisions about higher education.
As a Unibuddy ambassador you will:
- Answer questions from students about study, life and your experience at university (one hour per week at the standard ESA (Exeter Student Ambassador) hourly rate).
- Help students find the right information and contact details for particular departments/people at the University of Exeter.
- Check your account on a daily basis and answer questions in a timely manner.
- Keep conversations going and build up a friendly relationship with students by asking questions and being engaging.
- Provide a real insight into the University of Exeter experiences through chats, blogs and videos (a minimum of two pieces of content per month).
To be a successful Unibuddy you will:
- Be a confident communicator who enjoys producing engaging content.
- Have a positive outlook on university life and study.
- Be flexible and willing to respond to questions quickly and efficiently.
- Adopt a mature and professional approach to conversations.
How to apply:
To apply for this role, please express your interest to G.Ryder2@exeter.ac.uk. We look forward to hearing from you!
See you soon!
We look forward to welcoming you to Exeter in September and hope you enjoy your Freshers’ Week activities. If you have any queries in the meantime, please contact either the MRes Critical Human Geographies programme director, Dr. Sean Carter (email@example.com) or the MSc Global Sustainability Solutions programme director, Dr. James Dyke (firstname.lastname@example.org).
There is a lot more information about the University of Exeter, the Geography department, and the Global Systems Institute on our website and we really recommend that you take a look around before you arrive! You can also find us on twitter: @ExeterGeography @GSI_Exeter.