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: Global environmental issues; environmental research methods; introduction to environmental ideas and practice; Earth (portrait of a planet); options include: ecology and evolution; people and the environment; animals and plant physiology; microbes to multicells; introductory chemistry. Year 2: Core units: Research strategies in physical environments; options include: environmental change; hazards; geomorphological and hydrological processes; palaeoecology; coastal processes and management; environmental pollution; community ecology; conservation and natural resource management; estuarine and coastal biology; environment and civilisation; limnology; geography of population; environmental law. Year 3: Core units: Project in environmental science; environmental management; options include: water and catchment management; geohazards; freshwater ecology; behavioural ecology; ocean biology; turtles, seals, whales, and dolphins; aquatic pollution and management; cold environments; quaternary environmental change; population geography II; politics of development; theory and practice in environmental politics.

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

Qualifications required:

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