Taught course

Cities and Cultures

Queen Mary, University of London · Geography

Entry requirements

An upper second class honours degree or higher in a humanities or social science subject from a UK University (or an equivalent international qualification) together with two supportive references. Candidates are expected to have good English language ability and to meet the standard of the IELTS, or equivalent, at level 7.0.

Months of entry


Course content

The MA in Cities and Cultures combines the study of cultural geography with a specific focus on urban cultures, both past and present. Taught by members of the School of Geography's Culture, Space and Power research theme, the programme draws upon the latest developments in cultural geography and urban studies to provide an advanced and critical understanding of how cities are socially produced, imagined, represented and contested.

Modules examine the relationships between urban space and power through themes that include empire, migration and postcolonialism. They also explore the meanings and politics of spaces in diverse cities by engaging with original texts as well as the built environment, art practices, literature, performance, film, exhibitions and museum curation. Core research training in geographical thought and practice equips you to undertake your own research in this field.

This programme:

  • takes your knowledge, understanding and skills to an advanced level through a research-led programme that provides flexibility for you to pursue your own interests
  • introduces innovative approaches to cities and urban life that make the most of Queen Mary’s location in London, and that draw upon the School’s strong connections with museums and artists

Our taught programmes

  • provide a unique basis for careers in the cultural and urban sectors, as well as for further research through its distinctive emphasis on urban practices and on creative collaborations between geographers, artists and curators.

Programme outline
The programme is made up of 180 credits.
Compulsory modules:
• Dissertation of 15,000 words (60 credits)
• Geographical Thought and Practice (30 credits).
Option modules – THREE from:
• Cities, Space and Power (30 credits)
• Cultural Geography in Practice (30 credits)
• Art, Performance and the City (30 credits)
• Empire, Race and Immigration (30 credits)

One of the option modules may be replaced by another approved module in consultation with the Programme Convenor.

Information for international students

For more information about applying to study at Queen Mary University of London, please visit the website.

Fees and funding

For the latest information about funding, please visit the Queen Mary University of London website funding and support pages.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment67
Dissertation33 (15000 words)

Course contact details

Postgraduate Administrator
+44 (0)20 7882 8165