Queen Mary, University of London

Course Introduction

Geographers and environmental scientists in the School of Geography at Queen Mary are at the cutting edge of their discipline. We are recognised as one of the top departments nationally for research and each year we host international scholars who want to come and work with us. If you choose to study here you will not only be taught by academics who are regarded as expert in their fields, but also by people who are committed to making a difference; for example, by addressing the marginalisation of immigrant communities in London and overseas, contributing to the cultural economy through our close ties with nationally and internationally significant museums and improving the quality of urban rivers in Britain and Europe. The School's contribution to shaping understanding and promoting real change is not limited to research, our staff act as advisers to local, national and international organizations: from the Greater London Authority, the Department of Health, the Environment Agency and Natural England to UNESCO, UN'Habitat and the World Bank. Significantly for you, we recognise that in order to make a difference in the longer term we need to ensure that our students get the opportunity to engage with some of these organisations too. Our work helping Citizens UK rebuild civil society and participatory democracy in Britain is one such example, which also allows students to develop key transferable skills. Our staff are successful and engaged, as well as accessible, friendly and welcoming. You will also have the opportunity to study on one of our exciting field trip modules, current destinations include: Belfast, Boston, Dublin, Florida, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Mumbai and New Zealand. Queen Mary has a study abroad exchange programme with universities in Australia and North America and is also a part of the EU's Erasmus scheme.

Course Modules

Year 1: Core units: Human geography; research methods in social science; introduction to geographical ideas and practics; options include: geography of modern Britain; planet Earth (global systems); geomaterials; processes and landforms; people and the environment; global environmental issues. Year 2: Core units: Research skills and project management; options include: geography of population; society, city and economy; development geography; society, culture and space; landscapes of power; urban futures; geographies of health; geographical information systems; environmental change; hazards; coastal processes and management. Year 3: Core units: Independent geographical study; options include: readings in geography; population geography II; politics of development; urbanism; culture and modernity; gender and development; health and society; geographies of home; the geography of technology; regional economics and policy; geographies of labour; environmental management; water and catchment management; environmental pollution; cold environments.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
3 years
Full Time
BA (Hons) £28,200  Academic year. First year overseas fees
3 years
Full Time
BA (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees

Qualifications required:

  • Irish Leaving Certificates AABBB
  • European Baccalaureate 75%
  • International Baccalaureate
  • GCE A-level BBB-AAB
  • SQA Higher
  • SQA Advanced Higher AAB-BB
  • GCSE/SQA Standard Grade
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma DD
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma