Entry requirements

A 2:1 or above at undergraduate level in a relevant subject.

Months of entry


Course content

About the School

Geography has been taught at Queen Mary since 1894, making us one of the longest-established schools of geography in the UK. Today, we are one of the leading centres for geographical scholarship. We were ranked 11th overall for our excellence in the latest UK research rankings and fifth for the quality of our staff’s research publications (Research Excellence Framework 2014).

Set in the heart of one of London’s most vibrant and diverse areas, the School is ideally placed for studying the capital’s people, places, cultures and environment, as well as being a global hub for geographical expertise. We have a culturally diverse and inclusive postgraduate community.

We pride ourselves on our close links with external partners including the Environment Agency, the Geffrye Museum of the Home, Citizens UK and Natural England.

The School of Geography received the Athena SWAN bronze award in September 2016.


Explore the changing relationship between states and markets. In recent years, interest in the relationship between international business and development has increased. On this joint MSc, you will study the politics of development, foreign direct investment and international institutions of global political-economic governance.

  • A joint programme, taught in partnership with the School of Business and Management
  • Gain an advanced theoretical grounding in the core aspects of business, considering its history and politics and its growing internationalisation
  • Gain insight into global working lives, economic restructuring, migrant labour, multinational companies, work, geo-politics, industrialisation and development
  • Conduct independent field-based research in diverse locations

What you'll study

Develop an advanced and critical understanding of the development of international business from various intellectual perspectives. Examine many approaches, from neo-liberal and mainstream business studies, through to more critical views which engage with questions of power and resistance.

You will consider issues concerning world economy and development, and will examine new theories around development futures. You will gain formal training in research design and methods.

Thereafter, you may select optional modules to focus on your areas of interest. These might include study of the economics of development, global governance, international business strategy and social and political marketing, among many other options offered by the School of Geography and the School of Business and Management.

You will receive tailored research supervision and training suitable to your individual research interests in order to complete your dissertation.

This programme also offers students the opportunity to undertake an unpaid internship with London International Development Centre (LIDC) while studying. LIDC will take on up to 4 Masters students as interns per year. Learn more here.

  • Use dedicated Masters study and computing spaces within the School of Geography.
  • Access specialist qualitative, quantitative, and GIS computing software to support your learning and research.
  • Access an unparalleled range of learning resources, special collections, and world-leading libraries within QMUL and the University of London, such as the QMUL Library, Senate House Library. Other specialist collections are accessible nearby, for example at the British Library.

Fees and Funding


Career Paths

This programme will prepare you for a broad range of careers but will specifically deliver the research skills and substantive knowledge required by NGOs, development organisations and national government departments. Previous graduates have gone onto undertake PhDs. They have also worked in an environmental waste management department, in consultancy, as a trader and marketer and in management.

Information for international students

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Fees and funding


Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

School of Geography
+44 (0)20 7882 8128