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Queen Mary University of London - School of Geography

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At Queen Mary University of London, we believe that a diversity of ideas helps us achieve the previously unthinkable.

Diversity and inclusivity continue to lead the way at the School of Geography, which brings together recognised experts in their fields to provide research-informed teaching and innovative collaboration across disciplines that explore global challenges from climate change to poverty and inequality. Our history dating back to 1894 means the School is deeply embedded in our East End home, researching unique social and environmental questions in a dynamic urban context – while benefitting from the community and industry engagement opportunities that London offers, helping our graduates to secure jobs at influential organisations across the private and public sector, from prestigious museums and cultural organisations to the UK Environment Agency and Civil Service groups like Defra. Beyond our local connections, the international nature of our work takes staff and students to research and learning sites all over the world – including field classes to other global cities like New York, Belfast and Rotterdam.

Students on our Geography programmes explore the critical challenges of our time, from globalisation and international development to climate change and social justice, as they expand their knowledge of the social, political, economic and environmental processes that shape the world around us. We combine a broad foundation in key elements of geography with a choice of specialist subjects should students prefer to focus more on physical or human geography pathways in their degree programme. Students gain subject-specific and transferable skills, from research methods to communication and problem-solving, unlocking a wide range of career options after graduation.

Our academic experts collaborate with colleagues in the School of Biological and Behavioural Sciences to lead our unique Environmental Science programme, where students develop a strong base of scientific knowledge while also choosing specialist areas tailored to their own interests and career goals. Students learn about physical and ecological processes behind global emergencies like climate change, biodiversity loss, environmental degradation and sustainability – allowing them to explore novel management and policy interventions to mitigate environmental risks and restore damaged ecosystems. Through a final year project they design themselves, students make a real personal contribution to the evidence base on their chosen issue.

Global Development examines pressing issues from health pandemics to social inequalities and climate change through an innovative interdisciplinary programme delivered with colleagues in the Schools of History, Politics and International Relations, Languages, Linguistics and Film. As well as studying the social science theories and methods needed to understand development challenges from different perspectives, students learn about different languages and cultures in order to challenge the common use of Western historical experiences as the universal templates against which the rest of the world is understood. Graduates are equipped for a career with first-hand experience of debating development in both theory and practice, conducting original fieldwork, and engaging with global policy actors to better understand evidence-based responses to key development challenges.

Queen Mary’s School of Geography provides an innovative education across diverse subject areas in a supportive and inclusive environment. Staff and students alike strive to solve the major environmental and societal challenges of our time, generating rigorous research evidence and turning that into impactful practical and policy change at a local or national and even global level, often working with powerful partners like Government agencies and big tech companies to drive progress. In recognition of all that our School stands for, QS World University Rankings (2022) name us among the top 100 geography departments worldwide, while the Research Excellence Framework (2021) puts the quality of our research outputs in the UK top 10 – proof positive that our inclusive academic community encourages diverse ideas across disciplines and helps us achieve more together.


Geography BA
Human Geography BA
Geography with Business Management BSc
Environmental Science BSc
Environmental Science with Business Management BSc
Global Development BA


Development and Global Health MA
Development and International Business MSc
Geography MRes
Global Development MA
Water & Environmental Management MSc