Queen Mary University of London Geography
Queen Mary University of London Geography
Students can travel to Mumbai (India) in their third year to study development.
Are you interested in cultures, economies and societies, and their interaction with the natural environment? The flexibility of our Geography BA programme allows you to focus on exciting aspects of human geography, including globalisation and international development; geopolitics; social justice; cities past, present and future; economy and society; and culture and identity, while also keeping the option to explore elements of physical geography such as the science and politics of climate change. We will train you in innovative social science research methods, from visual analysis to interviewing and geographical information systems (GIS). You’ll learn in lectures, seminars and the field. Exciting field trip destinations include the UK as well as India, Ireland, Malaysia and the USA.*
Why study geography at Queen Mary?
- Join one of the UK’s leading research universities (member of the Russell Group) and receive a globally-recognised degree
- Explore the world with us on fieldwork in places such as Boston and Los Angeles (USA), Belfast and Dublin (UK and Ireland), Mumbai (India), Kuala Lumpur and Penang (Malaysia), as well as UK-based fieldwork including opportunities right here in London*
- Analyse samples from the field and simulate environmental processes in our state-of-the-art laboratories right here on campus
- Extend your skills and develop your CV by taking up some of our volunteering, work experience or study abroad opportunities and be supported throughout your degree with advice from dedicated careers staff
- Learn from leaders in the discipline – our staff’s research publications were ranked 5th in the UK while the School was ranked 11th overall for its excellence (REF2014). They have acted as advisers too for international organisations including the BBC, CNN, World Bank, UNESCO, Department of Health, HM Treasury, Environment Agency, Natural England and more
- Design your own project alongside our experts and develop the skills to become a researcher in your own right
- Live in the no.1 city in the UK to be a student; no. 3 in the world based on desirability, academic standards, job prospects and affordability (QS Best Student Cities 2017).
* Compulsory fieldwork in the School of Geography is undertaken at no extra cost. Optional overseas fieldwork in the second and third year ranges from £400 to £1,400 approximately, some with additional flight costs (based on costs in the year 2016/17). Destinations can vary year-on-year, are subject to availability and are dependent on the module combinations chosen. Overseas field class modules run in alternate years. Places on some field class modules are limited. If field trip modules are oversubscribed, places will be allocated by ballot. Students participating in overseas field trips are responsible for securing their own visas, if required.
QMUL will aim to deliver your programme so that it closely matches the way in which it has been described to you by QMUL in print, online, and/or in person. However, it is important to realise that in some circumstances, we may change aspects of your programme. See our full terms and conditions at www.qmul.ac.uk/prospective/termsandconditions.
You can choose to apply for a four-year version of this degree with a full year abroad. We have links with universities around the world, including Europe, North America, Australia, and Asia (specific partnerships for each programme may vary).
While there are no extra tuition fees associated with these placements abroad, you will need to cover the cost of your transport to your destination and your living expenses, including accommodation.
Find out more about study abroad opportunities at QMUL.
The Geography MA/MSc programmes provide a strong grounding in current geographical theory, methods and issues by drawing on the expertise of our human geography staff from across the School. Combining core training in theory and practice with the opportunity for you to specialise in your chosen areas, you can choose the length of the dissertation. It is possible to develop your own area of research or to complete a dissertation on a subject advertised by the School (see below). Opportunities to work with institutions and groups beyond the university are provided through our close ties with museums, archives, community organisations and artists. Depending on options you choose, you can study key issues such as globalisation and development; cities, space and power; and collaborative cultural geographies. MRes version of this course is also available.
What topics can I study?
Projects available from our human geography specialists change every year and a full lists of research topics is available here.
- provides an advanced understanding of geographical theory, methods and substantive issues for the discipline
- allows you to design your own programme with help from our staff and let’s you take advantage of the flexibility of the length of dissertation and the number of option modules you study
- equips you with advanced-level research skills including project design, planning and management, as well as analytical and interpretive skills that are ideal for those looking to enhance their qualifications, broaden skills and knowledge specialisms, or to conduct further research.
Become a part of QMUL Geography
- Professional and friendly environment: We are recognised as an international centre for excellence in teaching and research. Our work is at the forefront of geography, shaping debates and providing significant new insight and understanding. We are also known for our friendly and welcoming ethos and are home to many of contemporary human geography’s best known scholars. Joining the School of Geography places you alongside academics that are actively developing and challenging contemporary thinking in their field.
- Research excellence: Almost 80 per cent of the School’s research outputs (books and articles) are rated as world-leading (4*) or internationally excellent (3*) placing it 5th in the UK for this measure. Our scores increased across all areas in the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) and we were ranked joint 11th for geography in the UK overall. We are also proud to feature in the top 100 geography departments in the world (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017).
- Employability: 94% of respondents from our postgraduates were in work or further study six month after graduation; 91% at graduate level (DLHE 2015).
- Capital location: We’re a School that cares about the world beyond the university, working with a range of community groups, artists, cultural and heritage institutions and policy makers, particularly here in east London. Our passion is to demonstrate through research and teaching the intellectual and political significance of geographical research and understanding. We encourage our students to become part of this vibrant intellectual culture.
- Research centre: Option modules include some opportunities to work with external organisations, such as the Geffrye Museum, with whom we have a partnership through our jointly directed Centre for Studies of Home.
- Walter Oldershaw Award: eight awards (£3,000 each) are available across all masters degrees offered by the School of Geography
- Queen Mary Alumni Loyalty Award: all graduates of QMUL are awarded a £1,000 bursary
- Postgraduate Loans Scheme: eligible students are able to borrow loans up to £10,000
- Read more about these opportunities on the funding a masters page
- Weekly research seminars: As a postgraduate student you will be invited to weekly research seminars as well as several research frameworks sessions with top-level academic researchers.
- Dedicated working space: QMUL’s new Graduate Centre, opened in early 2017, provides excellent teaching and learning spaces for all postgraduate students, including a 200-seat lecture theatre, study spaces, seminar rooms, an open-plan study area, landscaped courtyard and a cafe. Additionally, postgraduate students have desk and computing space in dedicated offices within the School of Geography and access to facilities for specialist statistical and Geographical Information System (GIS) analyses, desktop publishing and the processing of video and electronic images.
- University of London network: QMUL is a part of the University of London, so our students have access to the facilities, learning resources and libraries across the group’s institutions. You can also use the first-rate resources of other libraries with London collections (e.g. the British Library).