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Postgraduate studies in the Humanities at Queen Mary

Queen Mary has an outstanding reputation for graduate study in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. Programmes in the Schools of English and DramaGeography, History, Languages, Linguistics and Film and Politics and International Relations are extremely popular with students from the USA. Masters programmes in the UK and at Queen Mary are shorter than those in the US, allowing you to move on to the next step in your career with a qualification from an internationally recognised institution within just one year. 

Students choose to study at Queen Mary because of our Academic Excellence, World Renowned Faculty, Exceptional International Research, International Community, Campus Experience, The recognition of a Queen Mary graduate degree and our status as a member of the Russell Group.

A selection of some of the courses available include:

MA International Relations

MA English Studies: English Literature

MA History

MA History of Political Thought and Intellectual History

MA Cities and Cultures

MA Linguistics

MA Theatre and Performance

MA Film Studies

MSc Public Policy

MSc International Business and Politics

MA Documentary Practice

Graduate study at Queen Mary has a number of distinctive features: a high level of engagement between distinguished academics and outstanding students, a campus environment that fosters a real community, and innovative programmes with demonstrable success in preparing students for a range of careers.

Graduate study with us is a challenging, stimulating and, frequently, life-changing experience. Postgraduate students can benefit from our many exciting links with cultural organisations from the Mile End Institute, the university’s forum for government and politics; Centre for Studies of Home, which draws on the academic expertise of staff in Geography, History, English and Psychiatry, exploring aspects as diverse as interior design, social identity and home-making on a global scale, to the Centre for the Study of Islam and the West, which is the first of its kind in the UK dedicated to the field. 

Academic Excellence: The results of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) confirm Queen Mary University of London (QMUL)’s place in the very top group of research-led universities. QMUL has been ranked 9th among multi-faculty institutions in the UK

Courses within the Humanities and Social Sciences in particular are marked by some outstanding successes – independently confirmed by impressive rankings. In national university guides for 2016, seven disciplines in the Faculty were judged to be in the UK top ten. Several subjects – English, History, Linguistics, Geography and Film were positioned among the global Top 50-100 in the QS World University Rankings by Subject.

World Renowned Faculty: At Queen Mary you will be taught by faculty who are at the cutting edge of their disciplines.   Our academics are engaged in world leading research and together with our highly motivated graduate students form an inspirational academic community.  Some of our most high profile academics include:

Dr Tom Asbridge a leader in the field of medieval history, specialising in the study of the crusades and the broader history of relations between Islam and the West.

Professor Amanda Vickery specialises in Early Modern History, research interests include the history of British society and culture, gender and family, words and objects.

Dr Shahidha Bari from the School of English and Drama has an interest in a variety of subjects including culture, politics and philosophy.

Professor Paul Heritage is a Professor of Drama and Performance and Director of People’s Palace Projects

Dr Brendan O’Duffy from the School of School of Politics and International Relations teaches subjects which focus on nationalism and ethnic conflict regulation.

You can find full details of our Faculty on individual school and department web pages.

Exceptional Research Reputation: QMUL is ranked 11th overall, and 9th if specialist institutions are removed, as is traditional:

We are also a member of the prestigious University of London Senate House Library.

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Russell Group Institution: Queen Mary is one of 24 leading UK universities represented by the Russell Group, that are committed to maintaining the very best research, an outstanding teaching and learning experience, excellent graduate employability and unrivalled links with business and the public sector.

International Community: Queen Mary is a popular destination for international students, and well respected for world-class standards of teaching. The Queen Mary campus is particularly diverse with 1,858 EU and 5,932 international students. The diversity of the campus makes it a great place for meeting and making connections with students from all over the world.

Campus Experience: One of the most striking things about Queen Mary is our campus. It’s the largest self-contained student campus in central London. You will be able to enjoy all the advantages of a campus lifestyle: a safe environment and a friendly community of staff and students. All whilst being just a short tube ride away from London’s most popular attractions. We are located in vibrant East London, an area rich in history and today one of the most exciting areas of the capital. The 2012 Olympics, held less than two miles from our campus, has sealed east London’s status as the place to be.

International Recognition: UK qualifications are respected and recognised by employers and academics worldwide. Research by The British Council USA found that employers in the US consider degrees earned in the United Kingdom to be the same as or better than those earned in the US.

What You Say About Us:

As a former study abroad student at Queen Mary, I was eager to re-join the well respected and top rated Drama department. Having lived here before, I was able to quickly jump in without much of a culture shock. My MA programme is small and throughout the programme we’ve all become a mini-family. It’s so refreshing to be around like-minded people whilst simultaneously having very different research interests.
Ashley Steed, MA Theatre and Performance

I chose Queen Mary for myriad reasons; not the least because the Drama department here is first rate. The Theatre and Performance programme appealed to me specifically as I knew it would serve both my academic and artistic aspirations. I was also excited about the prospect of regularly venturing over to East London, a very vibrant and multicultural area of the city.
Garrett Turner, MA Theatre and Performance

For more information please contact:

Meghan Harper
International Office
Queens' Building, Room CB105
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 6523

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