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Queen Mary University of London - School of Geography

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Queen Mary is a proud part of our local community, with a commitment to the area around us being in the roots of our institution. In 1887, Queen Mary began life as the People’s Palace, declared by Queen Victoria at the opening of the building to be “for the benefit of the people of east London”. We are proud of these roots and have built on this with our work in and alongside the local community.

Queen Mary is one of the UK's leading research-focused higher education institutions. With more than 25,000 students, 4,000 members of staff and an annual turnover of £430m, we are one of the biggest University of London colleges.

The School of Geography at QMUL is recognised as an international centre for excellence in teaching and research. With courses in human and physical geography and environmental science, we offer students the opportunity to discover, explore and engage with the world around them.

Our School’s history dates back to 1894, making us one of the oldest Schools of Geography in the UK. We have an excellent reputation for teaching and research across human and physical geography as well as environmental science. Students and researchers come to study from all over the world to work side-by-side in a strong, supportive and forward-thinking School with some of the most prominent researchers in the field. Our home in east London – positioned between the historic City of London, Docklands and Canary Wharf, the ever-changing East End and the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford – make Mile End an inspiring place in which to live, study and work.

We collaborate with a wide range of organisations, including Citizens UK, V&A Museum of Childhood, The Geffrye Museum of the Home, Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), Natural History Museum and many more. The calibre of our researchers also brings collaborations with many national and international organisations from the Environment Agency to UNESCO. One of our key strengths is our ability to apply a geographical perspective to problem-solving from local to global scales. We are committed to research and research-led teaching that focuses on solutions to some of the biggest challenges affecting societies and the environment today.

Geography at Queen Mary is positioned fifth in the UK for the quality of its research outputs (books and articles) according to the Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) – the nation-wide assessment of the quality of research across all departments and schools in all UK universities. Eighty per cent of our research outputs are rated as world-leading (4*) or internationally excellent (3*).

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Development and Global Health MA
Development and International Business MSc
Environmental Science by Research MSc
Geography MRes
Global Development MA
Water & Environmental Management MSc