Masters | Postgraduate Course - Geography MA, MSc Course Details within Queen Mary University of London

School of Geography
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School of Geography
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Geography MA, MSc

Study Details

MA/MSc 1 year Full-time / 2 years Part-time

The Geography MA/MSc programmes provide a strong grounding in current geographical theory, methods and issues by drawing on the expertise of our human geography staff from across the School. Combining core training in theory and practice with the opportunity for you to specialise in your chosen areas, you can choose the length of the dissertation. It is possible to develop your own area of research or to complete a dissertation on a subject advertised by the School. Opportunities to work with institutions and groups beyond the university are provided through our close ties with museums, archives, community organisations and artists. Depending on options you choose, you can study key issues such as globalisation and development; cities, space and power; and collaborative cultural geographies. MRes version of this course is also available.

This programme:

  • provides an advanced understanding of geographical theory, methods and substantive issues for the discipline 
  • allows you to design your own programme with help from our staff and let's you take advantage of the flexibility of the length of 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.

Module details

Option A - Geography (Research) MA/MSc:

  • Core module: Dissertation of 30,000 words (120 credits)
  • Compulsory module: Geographical Thought and Practice (30 credits)
  • Plus option modules worth 30 credits

Option B - (Named Specialism) MA/MSc: 

  • Core module: Dissertation of 22,500 words (90 credits)
  • Compulsory module: Geographical Thought and Practice (30 credits)
  • Plus option modules worth 60 credits 

Option C - Geography MA/MSc

  • Core module: Dissertation of 15,000 words (60 credits)
  • Compulsory module: Geographical Thought and Practice (30 credits)
  • Plus option modules worth 90 credits

Option modules:  

  • Advanced Readings in Geography (30 credits)
  • Art, Performance and the City (30 credits)
  • Cities, Space and Power (30 credits)
  • Cultural Geography in Practice (30 credits)
  • Democracy, Right and Citizenship (15 credits)
  • Global Working Lives (15 credits)
  • Migration and Mobilities (15 credits)
  • Re-theorising Development Futures (30 credits)

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. If you do not meet language or scholarly requirements it might be possible for you to undertake foundation or pre-sessional programmes that will prepare you for the masters programme.

Programme Funding

Walter Oldershaw Award: eight awards (£3,000 each) are available across all masters degrees offered by the School of Geography

Queen Mary Alumni Loyalty Award: all graduates of QMUL are awarded a £1,000 bursary

Postgraduate Loans Scheme: eligible students are able to borrow loans up to £10,000

Student Destinations

Employability: 94% of respondents from our postgraduates were in work or further study six month after graduation; 91% at graduate level (DLHE 2015).