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Geography with Business Management

FVN1 BSc (Hons) 3 years


Associate Geography student Zoe Grant from the United States captured this shot of London while studying in the capital

Are you interested in studying a mix of physical and human geography while developing skills in business management? Taught by staff in the School of Geography and the School of Business Management, this degree explores diverse topics from globalisation, international development, social justice, cities past, present and future, economy and society; to the science and politics of climate change, environmental systems and natural hazards. There are options to cover the fundamentals of business such as economics, management, marketing, financial accounting and human resources. You will develop research skills and techniques in the classroom, field and laboratory and destinations include Durham, England or the Cairngorms, Scotland, Ireland, India and the USA*.

Why study geography with business management at Queen Mary?

  • Join one of the UK’s leading research universities (member of the Russell Group) and receive a globally-recognised degree
  • Explore the world with us on fieldwork in places such as Boston and Los Angeles (USA), Belfast and Dublin (UK and Ireland), Mumbai (India), New Zealand as well as UK-based fieldwork including Durham and Somerset (England) and right here in London*
  • Develop analytical techniques using geographical information systems (GIS) to analyse data and build reports
  • Extend your skills and develop your CV by taking up some of our volunteering, work experience or study abroad opportunities and be supported throughout your degree with advice from dedicated geography careers staff
  • Learn from leaders in the discipline – our staff’s research publications were ranked 5th in the UK while the department was ranked 11th overall for its excellence (REF2014). They have acted as advisers too for international organisations including the BBC, CNN, World Bank, UNESCO, Department of Health, HM Treasury, Environment Agency, Natural England and more.
  • Design your own project alongside our experts and develop the skills to become a researcher in your own right
  • Be confident – the majority of our students said they were satisfied overall with their QMUL Geography degree programmes – 93 - 94 per cent overall (National Student Survey 2015)
  • Live in the no.1 city in the UK to be a student; no. 3 in the world based on desirability, academic standards, job prospects and affordability (QS Best Student Cities 2015).
•    Field work destinations and availability can vary year-to-year and also depend on the module combinations you choose


Year 1

Compulsory modules:

  • Ideas and Practice in Geography and Environmental Science
  • Research Methods for Geographers and Environmental Scientists
  • Fundamental of Management
  • Economics for Business
Options include:
  • Geography in the World
  • People and the Environment
  • Reinventing Britain
  • Global Worlds
  • Fieldwork in Physical Geography and Environmental Science
  • Earth Surface Science

Year 2

Compulsory modules:


  • Geographical Research in Practice/ Research Strategies in Physical Environments
  • Marketing
  • Financial Accounting

Options include:

  • Health, Inequality and Society
  • Society, Culture and Space
  • Urban Futures
  • Earth System Cycles
  • Global Environmental Change
  • Health, Biomedicine and Society
  • Boston Reworked: The making of a North American City
  • Alpine Environments: Physical Proceses in the NZ Southern Alps
  • Spaces of Uneven Development
  • Geography, Identity, Belonging


  • Geographical Information Systems /  Digital Cartography and GIS:Remote Sensing and Modelling

Year 3

Compulsory modules:

  • Independent Geographical Study
  • Strategy
  • The Management of Human Resources

Options include:

  • Gender and Development
  • Geography, Identity, Belonging
  • Globalisation and Regional Development
  • Advanced GIS
  • The Politics and Geographies of Global Health
  • Urban Futures
  • Urbanism, Culture and Modernity
  • Victorian London: Economy, Society and Culture
  • The Geopolitics of Life
  • Development Futures: Mumbai Unbound
  • Boston Reworked: The making of a North American City
  • Geographies of Nature
  • Geographies of Democracy
  • Geography, Technology and Society
  • Religion, Belief and Space
  • Cold Environments
  • Environmental Hazards
  • Science and Politics of Climate Change
  • Integrated Catchment Management
  • Environmental Management Applications
  • Geo-ecology and Geo-ecosystems
  • Terrestrial Vegetation Modelling
  • Alpine Environments: Physical processes in the NZ Southern Alps
  • Progress in Physical Geography and Environmental Science
  • Readings in Geography: Geographies of Nature/Democracy

Entry requirements


Typical grades required: AAB-BBB from the best three A-levels (excluding General Studies).  Though Geography A-level is preferred, it is not required. We usually ask for a grade B in Geography or another appropriate subject.

Excluded subjects:

General Studies.

International Baccalaureate:

30-32 points overall.

Vocational and other qualifications:

The College accepts a wide range of qualifications such as; Access and Foundation programmes, vocational awards, Irish Leaving Certificate, Scottish Highers and other Baccalaureates.

Post-offer open days 2016

The School of Geography holds three open days for students who are in receipt of an offer to study at QMUL Geography known as The Festival of Geography. The three dates for 2016 are:
  • Wednesday February 3rd
  • Wednesday February 17th
  • Wednesday March 2nd
The Festival is a celebration of our subject areas and gives you the opportunity to sample a 'day in the life' here at QMUL Geography. You'll meet with students and staff, tour our facilities, attend lectures and get all the information you'll need to see what becoming a part of one of the top geography departments in the world is all about.

Learning and teaching

Our modules are delivered through a range of different teaching and learning methods. On average, you will spend 10 hours per week in a combination of lectures, seminars tutorials and practical classes. Class sizes range from introductory lectures in the first year (50-100 students) to smaller lectures and seminars (around 20-50 students) in the second and third years, with plenty of opportunities for group work and discussion.

You will also take part in regular tutorials (small groups sessions with a member of academic staff) where you will receive further advice and guidance on getting to grips with readings and course material and developing your study skills. In the final year these are replaced with one-to-one meetings with your tutor as you prepare for your independent research project and plan your future career.

Many of the modules also include fieldwork components (in the UK and abroad) where you spend a day or up to several weeks in the field with members of staff putting your research skills into practice.

Independent Study:

For every hour spent in classes you will be expected to complete a further 2-3 hours of independent study. Your individual study time could be spent preparing for, or following up on formal study sessions; reading;producing written work; completing projects; and revising for examinations.

The direction of your individual study will be guided by the formal study sessions you attend, along with your reading lists and assignments. However, we expect you to demonstrate an active role in your own learning by reading widely and expanding your own knowledge, understanding and critical ability.

Independent study will foster in you the ability to identify your own learning needs and determine which areas you need to focus on to become proficient in your subject area. This is an important transferable skill and will help to prepare you for the transition to working life.


Most of our modules are assessed through a combination of coursework and examination. Coursework takes a variety of forms, including extended essays, short reports, posters, oral presentations and group work. You will also participate in problem-based learning (PBL), where you work in small, collaborative groups with guidance from the lecturer or seminar leader.

Coursework is submitted throughout the academic year. Exams are held in May and June. Most students must complete a final-year Independent Geographical Study or Project in Environmental Science of 10,000 words based upon an original study of their choice.

Fees and finance

Tuition fees

Fees are charged at a Home/EU rate for UK and EU nationals, and an overseas rate for International students - find out more about how your tuition fee status is assessed.

You can either take out a Tuition Fee Loan (see Funding section below) to pay your fees or, if you are paying them yourself, you can pay in instalments.

Tuition fees for a year abroad or placement year on a full time undergraduate course will be a proportion of the full fee for the year in which you commence your time abroad or placement.

For information on field trip and other course related costs which are not included in your tuition fee, please contact the relevant Department/School.

See more general information about fees.

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 7676


Queen Mary has a substantial package of scholarships and bursaries which will benefit around 50 per cent of our undergraduate student body.

Scholarships and Bursaries available at Queen Mary for Home/EU Students

There are a number of scholarships and bursaries available each year for home students. Visit our Bursaries and Scholarships page for more information.

Visit our Advice and Counselling website for more information about financial support.

Scholarships available at Queen Mary for International Students

There are a number of Scholarships available each year for International Students including bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas.

Find out more about international scholarships.

Some International students may also be eligible for a fee reduction.

Loans and Grants available to help with tuition fees and living costs

Student Finance England administers all grant and loans for your studies if you normally live in England.

If you live in WalesScotland or Northern Ireland you have an equivalent Student Finance department for your region.

Through Student Finance England, you can apply for (figures relate to programmes starting from September 2016):

  • A Tuition Fee Loan of up to £9,000 to pay all or part of your fees
  • A Maintenance Loan of up to £10,702 to help pay your living costs like rent, food and travel
  • Extra grants if you have a disability or you have children or an adult dependant
  • You might get a grant to cover some travel expenses if you normally live in England but study away from home. If you’re a medical or dental student you might also qualify for help with the costs of attending clinical placements in the UK.

Visit Student Finance Information to find out more about:

  • How to apply for student finance
  • What eligibility rules apply, including if you already have a degree or previous higher education study
  • What the income thresholds are and how much you might personally get for each element of Student Finance
  • What to do if you have problems getting your Student Finance

Other financial help on offer at Queen Mary

We offer one to one specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.

Our Advice and Counselling Service also has lots of Student Advice Guides on all aspects of finance including:

  • Additional sources of funding
  • Planning your budget and cutting costs
  • Part-time and vacation work
  • Money for lone parents

For more information visit the Advice and Counselling service website, or call +44 (0)20 7882 8717.

Graduate Employment

In an increasingly globalised world, the skills and knowledge of geographers and environmental scientists make our graduates more employable than ever. Not only are Geography graduates the least likely to be unemployed among the social sciences, but this rate is also lower than the average for all other subjects1. In fact, with 96% of QMUL Geographers in work or further study 6 months after graduation2, our students are significantly above the national average for geography graduates.

What our graduates do next

Whether taking transferable skills into diverse careers from business to health or using subject knowledge to inform environmental policy or scientific analysis, our successful geographers and environmental scientists can be found across the graduate work market.

We’re proud to see our graduates working at local, national and international organisations:

• Investment Banker, Investec
• Business Analyst, Goldman Sachs
• Trainee Quantity Surveyor, Higgins Construction
• Engineering Geologist, ARUP Hong Kong
• Policy Adviser, UK Cabinet Office
• Head of Strategy, Thomson Reuters
• Principal, The Rochester Grammar School
• Project Manager, UK Power Networks
• Graduate Geomorphologist, Jacobs
• Corporate Partnerships Coordinator, CRISIS
• Assistant Organiser, Citizens UK
• Consultant, Reading Agricultural Consultants
• Police Constable, Kent Police

How we support you

The QMUL Careers and Enterprise Team is on hand to support you throughout your degree. There’s lots of opportunities to build your CV while you’re at Queen Mary, including:

•    Taking part in workshops and events such as career tutorials, careers assignments, networking events, and one-to-one careers consultant CV help
•    Attending some of the 90+ employer-led events each year from seminars to large fairs.
•    Getting advice from Enterprise Support if you’re interested in running your own commercial or social enterprise.
•    Building your experience by taking a placement from our award-winning QProjects work experience scheme from internships to part-time work, full-time jobs to volunteering.

For more information visit:

1 What do graduates do? September 2014
2 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education 2014


Name: Kreepa Mehta

Studied: BSc Geography with Business Management, class of 2014

Kreepa Mehta, BSc Geography with Business Management, class of 2014, Queen Mary University of London

From: Ilford, Essex
Currently: Studying MA Global Development Futures in the School of Geography

What did you enjoy about you Queen Mary experience?

"My university experience has been something that I have really grown to value. The fact that my degree combined two disciplines turned out to be a real advantage once I entered the world of work, with aspects from both geography and business management modules broadening my skill set."

What did you do after you graduated?

"During my time at Queen Mary I had been involved in the Students’ Union as a member of reception staff from my second year. After graduating I took up the full-time position of Peer Mentoring Coordinator, helping to set up the Buddy Scheme across all Schools in the University."

What are you doing now?

"After my final year exams I never thought that I would ever sit another exam of write another piece of coursework but after a few months out of education I realised how much I missed it and I am now enrolled on a new QMUL Geography masters course, Global Development Futures. I decided that staying at Queen Mary would be the best option for me as many of the lecturers share the same research interests as me and the School itself is always really supportive and good at keeping in touch."

Name: Vishal Pankhania

Studied: BSc (Econ) Geography with Business Management, class of 2008

Vishal Pankhania, BSc (Econ) Geography with Business Management, class of 2008, Queen Mary University of London

From: West London
Currently: Property Surveyor

How did your time at Queen Mary prepare you for work?

"Studying at Queen Mary and living in east London helped me to become self-sufficient and confident enough to stand on my own two feet whilst also enjoying an unforgettable time at university. My degree gave me the opportunity to travel to places such as Los Angeles and Las Vegas where my understanding of the interaction between people and places evolved. Undertaking research projects, analysing and presenting data and understanding the fundamentals of business management were key skills I developed. The course allowed me to combine my passion for Geography and Business, something not all globally recognised universities can offer."

What does your current job involve day to day?

"I work in the valuation department of a global property consultancy – a company I first came in contact with thanks to QMUL Careers team. My day involves visiting properties and assessing their market value. I specialise in retail property across the UK and Europe, carrying out valuations on behalf of a variety of stakeholders.

"I am fortunate since I work in an industry where I am not bound to my desk. My job allows me to travel, network and build relationships."

Is there any advice you would give to future geography students?

"Since graduating from Queen Mary, I have moved back home to West London and now work in the West End. The QMUL Careers team were instrumental in helping me choose my career path. If I hadn’t met with them and taken up the opportunities they promoted, my career could have been entirely different. I would recommend all graduates to allocate some time to speak with them, make the most of the resources they offer and visit as many Careers Fairs as possible."


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