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Queen Mary’s School of Geography celebrates prestigious accreditation from Royal Geographical Society

Geography undergraduate degree programmes at Queen Mary University of London have been accredited by the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG).


The Royal Geographical Society awarded accreditation to Queen Mary’s School of Geography Geography BA, Geography BSc and Geography with Business Management BSc programmes.

The Society’s review panel noted that these were “exciting degree programmes giving students the opportunity to study an integrated and cutting-edge approach to geography.” They also commended the School’s commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion in the curriculum.

This marker of recognition by a learned society and professional body for geography underscores the programmes' proven track-record in equipping geography graduates with the necessary knowledge and skills to excel in their future endeavours. By offering a diverse curriculum that delves into vital global issues, the accredited programmes empower students to tackle grand challenges facing our changing planet upon completion of their studies. From sustainability and inequality to the profound impacts of climate change and environmental degradation on society, students are equipped with the knowledge and skills that they need to make a real difference.

Professor Kavita Datta, Head of the School of Geography, said: “We are thrilled to receive the endorsement of the Royal Geographical Society through their professional accreditation which recognises the excellence of our undergraduate degree programmes in the School of Geography.”

Through a dynamic blend of lectures, seminars, and tutorials, students acquire advanced analytical and technical skills that are instrumental in comprehending a wide range of real-world challenges. Moreover, students benefit from an immersive learning environment, with workshops, laboratory sessions, and enriching domestic and international field classes providing first-hand experiences to reinforce understanding.

Dr Philippa Williams, Director of Education in the School of Geography, continued: “It’s fantastic to have the Royal Geographical Society recognises the excellent design of our programmes, the value of student’s education for developing critical geographical knowledge as well as the variety of ‘real world’ practical and professional experiences that geography students at Queen Mary are exposed to – this all underpins their future valuable contributions to a diverse range of careers and communities.”

Accreditation is valid for six years and is for the purpose of recognising the delivery of geographical knowledge, understanding, skills, approaches, and attributes expected of high-quality geography graduates in line with the QAA Subject Benchmark Statement for Geography. The Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) is an approved accreditation provider in the Key Information Set on Unistats.



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