Taught course

Environmental Science by Research

Queen Mary, University of London · Geography

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 website) 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


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

Information for international students

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Fees and funding

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Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Postgraduate Administrator
+44 (0)20 7882 8165