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Queen Mary University of London - School of Geography

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At Queen Mary University of London, we believe that a diversity of ideas helps us achieve the previously unthinkable.

Dating back to 1894, the School of Geography is deeply embedded in our East End home, researching unique social and environmental questions in a dynamic urban context. Our graduates benefit from the community and industry engagement opportunities that London offers, securing jobs at influential organisations across the private and public sector, from the UK Environment Agency to Civil Service groups like Defra.

We strive to solve the major environmental and societal challenges of our time, generating rigorous research evidence and turning that into impactful practical and policy change at local, national or even global levels, often working with powerful partners like Government agencies and big tech companies to drive progress. QS World University Rankings (2023) name us among the top 100 geography departments worldwide, while the Research Excellence Framework (2021) puts the quality of our research outputs in the UK top 10. 

Undergraduate courses

Students on our Geography programmes explore the critical challenges of our time, from globalisation and international development to climate change and social justice, as they expand their knowledge of the social, political, economic and environmental processes that shape the world around us. Students gain subject-specific and transferable skills, from research methods to communication and problem-solving, unlocking a wide range of career options after graduation.

Our academic experts collaborate with colleagues in the School of Biological and Behavioural Sciences to lead our unique Environmental Science programmes, where students develop a strong base of scientific knowledge while also choosing specialist areas tailored to their own interests and career goals. Students learn about physical and ecological processes behind global emergencies like climate change, biodiversity loss, environmental degradation and sustainability – allowing them to explore novel management and policy interventions to mitigate environmental risks and restore damaged ecosystems.

BA Geography
BSc Geography
BSc Geography with Business Management
BSc Environmental Science
BSc Environmental Science with Business Management 

Postgraduate courses 

Our MSc Water and Environmental Management provides fundamental and applied training in environmental science and environmental management, with a focus on water. Students on this course develop their existing interests in hydrology, applied geomorphology, biogeochemistry and ecology, all while gaining hands-on experience with industry-standard assessment and modelling tools. There are opportunities to engage in fieldwork at our research sites including rewilding projects, globally rare chalk streams, and heavily impacted urban rivers. Graduates are equipped for a career in catchment science, policy and management with first-hand experience of collaborating with leading industry professionals drawn from our advisory board.

MSc Water and Environmental Management
PhD Studentships