The Department of Geography has a large and vibrant Graduate School, with over 90 students registered for research degrees, including the PhD, the MSc (by research), the MA (by research) and the MA in Research Methods. The Graduate School is in one of the top rated Geography departments in the UK, having been ranked joint first in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise. It has a culture of research that seeks to define the direction of the discipline through cutting edge research and the attainment of world-leading scholarship. Our Mission is to recruit, to inspire and to graduate the very best postgraduate students, both Masters and Doctoral, in geographical research. We do this through a wide ranging postgraduate programme, with research that covers the full range of the discipline and recruiting students with backgrounds in the sciences (natural and social), humanities and engineering. It is supported by a community of scholars, a resource framework that is comparable with other world class centres of geographical learning and a diverse range of funding sources for both UK / EU and overseas scholars.