Taught course


Queen Mary, University of London · Geography

Entry requirements

An upper second class honours degree or higher in a humanities or social science subject from a UK University (or an equivalent international qualification) together with two supportive references. Candidates are expected to have good English language ability and to meet the standard of the IELTS, or equivalent, at level 7.0.

Months of entry


Course content

The MA/MSc Geography programme provides a strong grounding in current geographical theory, methods and issues by drawing on the expertise of the human geography staff from across the research themes of the School. The programme is designed to be flexible, combining core training in theory and practice with the opportunity for you to specialise in your chosen areas, and you can choose to graduate with a MA or MSc. You can also choose the length of your dissertation. Opportunities to work with institutions and groups beyond the university are provided through our close ties with numerous museums, archives, community organisations and artists. Those opting for the longer dissertation may graduate with a named specialism, chosen in conjunction with the Programme Convenor.

This programme:

• provides an advanced understanding of geographical theory, methods and substantive issues at the cutting edge of the discipline

• promotes flexibility, allowing you to choose the length of your dissertation and the number of option modules you study

• equips you with advanced level research skills including project design, planning and management, as well as analytical and interpretive skills that are ideal for those looking to enhance their qualifications, broaden skills and knowledge specialisms, or to conduct further research.

Programme outline

The programme is made up of 180 credits.

There are three programme options based on different lengths of dissertation:

Option A – MA/MSc Geography (Research):

Core modules:
• Dissertation of 30,000 words (120 credits)
• Plus ONE option module (30 credits)

Compulsory module:
• Geographical Thought and Practice (30 credits)

Option B – MA/MSc (Named Specialism):

Core modules:
• Dissertation of 22,500 words (90 credits)
• Plus TWO option modules (30 credits each)

Compulsory module:
• Geographical Thought and Practice (30 credits)

Option C – MA/MSc Geography:

Core modules:
• Dissertation of 15,000 words (60 credits)
• Plus THREE option modules (30 credits each)

Compulsory module:
• Geographical Thought and Practice (30 credits)

Option modules include (30 credits unless stated):

• Advanced Readings in Geography

• Art, Performance and the City

• Cultural Geography in Practice

• Cities, Space and Power

• Democracy, Rights and Citizenship (15 credits)

• Empire, Race and Immigration

• Global Working Lives (15 credits)

• Introduction to Social Science Research: Qualitative Methods

• Introduction to Social Science Research: Quantitative Methods

• Migration and Mobilities (15 credits)

• Researching Development in Practice: Mumbai Unbound

• Re-theorising Development Futures

• The Theory and History of Community Organising.

You may also substitute one module option from this list with another approved module offered by another School.

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
International students

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

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations25
Dissertation75 (15,000-30,000 words)

Course contact details

Postgraduate Administrator
+44 (0)20 7882 8165