Queen Mary University of London

Course Introduction

This programme will allow you to explore the unique specialisms within our physical geography and environmental science research team, and to work closely on a specialist topic with an expert in your chosen field of interest. The support available is on a one-to-one basis and culminates in a substantial MSc dissertation. This can take the form of a traditional monograph, a research report or two draft manuscripts intended for publication in an international, peer-reviewed journal. This programme is ideal for those looking to continue on to PhD research or to work independently, for example, as a consultant.

This programme will: places you with one or more internationally acknowledged experts in physical geography or environmental science, with superb research and analytical facilities that ensure a top-quality research environment ; offers you the opportunity to work with partner organisations, providing insight into their structure and operation; combines a smaller taught element that will provide you with key research methodology, skills, approaches and debates relevant to your field of study, along with a substantial element of independent work to focus on a specific area of research; provides you with a range of transferable skills suitable for further research and employment, including analytical field and laboratory skills, data modelling, statistical analysis, project management and critical evaluation of information. The direction of your individual study will be guided by the formal study sessions you attend, along with your reading lists and assignments. However, we expect you to demonstrate an active role in your own learning by reading widely and expanding your own knowledge, understanding and critical ability. Independent study will foster in you the ability to identify your own learning needs and determine which areas you need to focus on to become proficient in your subject area. This is an important transferable skill and will help to prepare you for the transition to working life. All modules are assessed through coursework, including essay writing, report writing, and presentations.

This programme will equip students with a range of transferable skills and attributes sought by diverse graduate employers. In addition, the programme will provide students with knowledge and understanding relevant to employment in organisations such as Environment Agency, Defra, Natural England, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, British Geological Survey and environmental consultancies. The opportunity to develop links with partner organisations as part of the research project will create work experience opportunities and provide insights into the structure and operation of these organisations.

Start Date:

EXPECTED SEP-2019. EXPECTED SEP-2019.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
MSc £9,150 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc £9,150 European Fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc £19,450 Overseas Fees
2 years
Part Time
MSc £4,575 Home Fees
2 years
Part Time
MSc £4,575 European Fees
2 years
Part Time
MSc £9,725 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Students need to have an upper second class honours degree or higher in a relevant subject from a UK university (or an equivalent international qualification) together one supportive academic reference is usually required. It is not a requirement to have previously studied geography and we encourage applications from students from a natural and environmental sciences background. Applicants must specify a topic from our list of research topics that they wish to investigate and include a research proposal with their application.
  • International entry requirements: The minimum English Language requirements for entry to postgraduate degree programmes within the School of Geography are: IELTS: 7.0 overall including 6.5 in Writing, and 5.5 in Reading, Listening and Speaking; TOEFL: 100 overall including 24 in Writing, 18 in Reading, 17 in Listening and 20 in Speaking; PTE Academic: 68 overall including 62 in Writing, and 51 in Reading, Listening and Speaking; Trinity ISE: Trinity ISE III with Merit in Writing, Reading, Listening and Speaking; C2 Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE): 185 overall including 176 in Writing, and 162 in Reading, Listening and Speaking; C1 Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): 185 overall including 176 in Writing, and 162 in Reading, Listening and Speaking.
  • IELTS score: 7