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The School of Geography at Queen Mary University of London is a friendly and research driven department with a drive to instigate change and impact the world around us. Queen Mary’s academic faculty are renowned for their research, and their enthusiasm for the great breadth of subjects they teach. Staff and students are actively engaged in local, national and international organisations working for change and our students take their learning out into the real world working across the globe.
Established in 1894, the School of Geography is one of the oldest in the UK. Throughout the university’s history, world-class and politically engaged research has fed into the teaching ethos which, in turn, examines some of the most pressing issues facing our planet and society. Working side-by-side, students and researchers from a diversity of backgrounds examine topics such as climate change, sustainability, global health, ecology and biodiversity. Students also have access to cutting-edge field and laboratory resources which allow students to measure geographical phenomena, analyse samples from the field and simulate environmental processes.
- Geography BA
- Geography BSc
- Human Geography BA
- Geography with Business Management BSc
- Environmental Science BSc
- Environmental Science with Business Management BSc
- Global Development BA
- Development and Global Health MA
- Development and International Business MSc
- Geography MRes
- Global Development MA
- Water and Environmental Management MSc
As a School, we are dedicated to equipping our graduates to have a positive impact on shaping the world we live in – from the places we inhabit, to the environments that we exist within, and the policies that govern them. This commitment has led us to seek prestigious external accreditation for several of our undergraduate programmes, ensuring that our students receive a high-quality education and preparing them to excel in their future careers.
By choosing one of our accredited programmes, you gain the assurance that your education aligns with the highest standards set by professional bodies. Accreditation not only adds prestige to your degree but also opens doors to a vast network of valuable connections and opportunities for your future endeavours after graduation.
(More information about accreditation here)
Where can a degree in Geography / Environmental Science / Global Development take you?
Queen Mary’s graduates are prepared for the world around them and go on to careers in a variety of sectors. Take a look below at just a few what a few of our alumni have to say about their time studying at QMUL and their roles now:
Kana Alam, BSc Environmental Science – Assistant Producer at the BBC: ‘Queen Mary just brought the nicest people together, and that made the whole experience so enjoyable […] I truly believe that my degree makes me a confident environmental scientist. I am comfortable talking about the fundamentals of climate change, the role of policies, new technologies to monitor and evaluate environmental conditions, and how to communicate the complexities of climate change in a really digestible way to the wider public.’
Anis Islam, BA Geography – Policy Advisor at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: ‘I had always wanted to study in London and Queen Mary had the most liberal course options which explored Geography from non-western perspectives. They are also the only Russell Group university in London with a campus and they had some of the best field trip options in the country!’
Marjan Nur, BSc Environmental Science and Business Management – Climate Change Policy Manager for the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO): ‘The most enjoyable aspect was the learning process. It was entirely facilitative and there were plenty of resources offered by the School of Geography. The field trips to different places gave me real exposure to practical understanding. As an international student, it also really helped me to develop my communication skills and build a strong network.’
In addition to this, our new BA Global Development programme combines the academic expertise across the School of Geography together with the School of Politics and International Relations, the School of Languages, Linguistics and Film, and the School of History. The programme will equip you with a range of theoretical and methodological tools for understanding development challenges from a global, intersectional perspective that centres the role of gender and race. You will learn about different languages and cultures in order to challenge the common use of Western historical experiences as the universal templates against which the rest of the world is understood.
Research at Queen Mary’s has yielded significant breakthroughs for social justice on a local and national level. The university is proud of having led the research for the Living Wage campaign, which revealed how decent wages could save the government £1billion per year on income support in London alone. This campaign has since been instrumental in lifting 15,000 low-wage workers out of poverty. The academic faculty have also conducted important research on the possible toxic effects of coastal landfills, global policies – from abortion rights to WhatsApp policy updates, conducted pioneering lowland rewilding projects, and so much more!
Through academic excellence and pioneering research, the School of Geography continues to confront inequality and focus on combatting some of the most pressing global challenges.
Find out more about the school and the wide range of programmes available on the Queen Mary’s website
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