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
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
• 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
The programme is made up of 180 credits.
• 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
For the latest information about funding, please visit the Queen Mary University of London website funding and support pages.
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Postgraduate Administrator
- +44 (0)20 7882 8165