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.


The Geography MRes is a research-oriented masters programme. Alongside the opportunity to specialise in a chosen area of human geography, you will develop social science research skills and methods appropriate for further research in this field.

  • Develop your own area of research or complete a dissertation on a subject advertised by the School
  • This MRes is an approved pathway for ESRC funding, enabling students to apply for ESRC 1+3 funding to cover the MRes and a PhD
  • A pre-doctoral training programme taught in conjunction with the London Interdisciplinary Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership (LISS DTP)
  • Can also be pursued as a stand-alone degree
  • Work with institutions and groups beyond the university through our close ties with museums, archives, community organisations and artists

What you will study

The programme provides an advanced understanding of geographical theory, methods and substantive issues for the discipline.

You will gain advanced-level research skills including project design, planning and management, as well as analytical and interpretive skills, preparing you to progress successfully into PhD study. You can choose two elective modules relevant to your research interests from a range of modules in human geography, as well as modules from other QMUL Schools.

You will have the opportunity to attend weekly research seminars and research framework sessions with renowned academic researchers.


  • 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.

Career paths

Our students have gone on to undertake successful careers within government and secure positions in international non-governmental organisations among others. One recent graduate has become a researcher in the Housing and Development Board.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MRes
    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
020 7882 8165