Taught course

Environmental Science by Research

Institution
Queen Mary, University of London · Geography
Qualifications
MSc

Entry requirements

An upper second class honours degree or higher in a relevant subject from a UK university (or an equivalent international qualification) together with two supportive references is usually required. It is not a requirement to have previously studied geography and we encourage applications from students from a natural and environmental sciences background. Applicants must specify a topic from our current topics list (available at http://www.geog.qmul.ac.uk/admissions/essresearch/index.html) that they wish to investigate and include a research proposal with their application. Candidates are expected to have good English language ability and to meet the standard of the IELTS, or equivalent, at a level of 6.5.

Months of entry

September

Course content

This programme allows students to tap into the unique specialisms within our physical geography and environmental science research team and create a tailored project and degree to match their own interests. The support available can be on a one-to-one basis and culminates in a substantial MSc thesis - ideal for those looking to continue on to PhD or to work independently as a consultant, for example.

Themes for projects change every year and are updated on our website, but recent topics have included:
• environmental impact of historical landfill
• lateral moraine formation
• analysis of glacitectonic structures
• assessment of rare species
• analysis of braided channel networks
• river restoration in urban areas
• quantifying forest fire regimes in the Mediterranean
• analysis of contaminents in estuarine sediments
• quantifying landslides using satellite imagery
• testing lichenometric dating in glacial forelands

The programme:
• places you with one or more internationally acknowledged experts in Physical Geography or Environmental Science, with superb research and analytical facilities, ensuring a top-quality research environment
• offers you the opportunity to work with partner organisations, providing insights into their structure and operation
• combines a smaller taught element to provide key research methodology, approaches and debates relevant to your field of study along with a substantial element of independent work to focus on a specific area of research
• provides you with a range of transferable skills suitable for further research and employment, including analytical field and laboratory skills, data modelling, statistical analysis, project management

Programme outline

The programme is made up of 180 credits.

Core module:

• Independent Research Project (120 credits)

Compulsory modules (15 credits each):

• Environmental Science Research and Practice

• Data Analysis

• Elective taught component: EITHER Project-specific Research Training OR Field Methods for Freshwater Environmental Science

Plus ONE option module from the following (15 credits each):

• Flood Risk Management and Modelling

• Biogeosciences and Ecosystem Services

• Desk Study

• River Assessment and Restoration.

Information for international students

For more information about applying to study at Queen Mary University of London, please visit the website: http://www.qmul.ac.uk/international

Fees and funding

UK students
7,950
International students
16,950

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

Qualification and course duration

MSc

full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Name
Postgraduate Administrator
Email
Geog-PGadmin@qmul.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)20 7882 8165