Taught course

London Studies

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 is required. Candidates are expected to have good English language ability and to meet the standard of the IELTS, or equivalent, at a level of 7.0. We actively encourage applications from students who have developed an interest in any aspect of metropolitan culture at undergraduate level and/or who have practical experience of working in related areas.

Months of entry


Course content

London has long been an international centre of cultural production and political power. This interdisciplinary programme takes the city as its focus, using London as a central example, resource and inspiration. It is taught collaboratively, drawing on expertise from the Culture, Space and Power research theme in the School of Geography, and from the School of English and Drama. The programme brings together historical and contemporary perspectives on metropolitan culture through approaches that span the humanities and social sciences, and through engaging with urban history and theory, literature, art practice, performance, exhibitions, the built environment and more.

This programme:

  • provides a sound conceptual base as well as suitable practical training to conduct independent research on London, introducing resources in the city and ways of using them intelligently and creatively
  • makes the most of Queen Mary’s location in the East End, being close to key cultural resources and institutions as well as in an area whose historical changes and current transformations provide a focus for study and debate
  • involves working with a range of London-based archives, libraries, museums and other repositories with collections relating to the cultural life of the city, while exploring the practices of museums, institutions, artists and others working beyond the academy.

Programme outline

The programme is made up of 180 credits.

Core module:
• Dissertation of 15,000 words (60 credits)

Compulsory module:
• Cities, Space and Power (30 credits)
• Resources for research (not assessed)

Option modules may include (30 credits each):
• Art, Performance and the City
• Contemporary Theatre and Performance
• Cultural Geography in Practice
• Empire Race and Immigration
• London Spaces from FitzStephen to Stow
• Metrointellectuals: British Women Writers in London and Paris
• Postcolonialism, Language and Identity
• Sociability, Literature and the City
• The Propaganda War in London, 1793-96
• The Theory and History of Community Organising
• Victorian Print Culture
• Writing the East End

PGCert option

It is possible to take fewer modules and achieve a Postgraduate Certificate. Contact the Postgraduate Administrator for more information on how to apply.

Information for international students

Read more about information specific to international students on the Queen Mary University of London website: http://www.qmul.ac.uk/international/index.html

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Read more about funding and support on the Queen Mary University of London website.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Administrator
020 7882 8165