School of Geography

Information for new students

Welcome to the School of Geography at Queen Mary! Whether you're a new student just starting with us, or returning for your second or final year, below you'll find lots of useful information and links to help you prepare for the start of term.

Undergraduate Welcome Week 2019 timetable

If you are a new Postgraduate student, please head here.

  • Welcome Week runs from Monday 16 to Friday 20 September and is an opportunity for you to get to know the university, meet with your Advisor and fellow students from your course, find out about the Students' Union and the support available to you, join clubs and societies, and lots more. 
  • Be prepared and know where you need to be: download the School of Geography Welcome Week Timetable 2019 (first years) [PDF 545KB] which has all the information you need for Geography and Environmental Science activities.
  • We look forward to meeting all new first year students on Tuesday 17 September at 11.30am in the Peston Lecture Theatre in the Graduate Centre (no. 18 on the map).
  • All first year students will have a 10-minute appointment with their Advisor during the afternoon of Wednesday 18 September between 1-4pm. You will receive your appointment time by email. Please ensure you check your emails and make a note of your meeting time, as your Advisor will have lots of students to see on the same day!
  • Second and third year students should check the School of Geography Induction Week Timetable 2019 (second/third years) [PDF 428KB]. Advisor meetings for you will take place on Thursday 19 September 2019, you will receive an email with your timeslot. Please note if for any reason your Advisor is unavailable your meeting may be scheduled on a different day throughout Induction week. 

Enrolment for first years

  • This will take place on Monday 16 September from 12.15–12.45pm in the Octagon in the Queens' Building (no. 19a on the map).
  • More enrolment information can be found on the QMUL website.

Tips and advice from current students for new students

  • We have a dedicated blog where some of our students share helpful advice and top tips for getting started at university. 

Read the blogs

General Queen Mary Welcome Week information

Module registration, timetables and the QMUL app

  • Most of you have a compulsory first year module diet, but those on joint programmes will be able to register for any optional modules when you meet with your Advisor during the week.
  • Module outlines are located on the Undergraduate Information Zone on QMplus, which you will gain access to once you've enrolled. You do not need to complete any specific preliminary reading in advance.
  • Personal timetables will be available online or via the QMUL mobile app and on QMplus.
  • Download the QMUL mobile app on your phone to check your timetable, read your QMUL emails, search for library books, use QMplus and lots more – all in one place. 

Key contacts

Administrative staff

Academic staff

Student contacts

  • Meet the Queen Mary Geography Society on Tuesday 17 September at 3pm in Room 226 in the Geography BuildingThey are working hard to ensure that your transition to university is as smooth as possible, and will be on hand during Welcome Week to answer any questions you may have about life at Queen Mary. They can provide advice, information and support on all non-teaching or academic areas. There will also be a Pizza Party.
  • The team will also be available at the Students' Union Welcome Fair on Wednesday 18 and Thursday 19 September, where you can officially sign up to be a member of the Geography Society and other societies too, and pick up some goodies. 
  • To make sure you're up-to-date with QMGS  connect with them now on FacebookTwitter and Instagram. They will post event updates, internship and work opportunities, volunteering projects and more on their social platforms.

Key dates for 2019-20

Semester A: Monday 23 September to Friday 13 December 2019

  • Teaching begins: 23 September 
  • Green London fieldwork week: 23 29 September
  • Reading week: 4 – 9 November 

Exam period: Monday 6 January to Friday 17 January 2020

Semester B: Monday 20 January to Friday 9 April 2020

  • Reading week: 2-6 March 
  • Fieldwork week: 30-3 April

Exam period: Tuesday 5 May to Friday 29 May 2020

Employability and careers

What can I do in addition to my degree to enhance my employment prospects?

As you begin your time at Queen Mary, you will be shaping your future employment as well as your academic life. Most employers do not just look for solid academic achievements, but they also expect you to have participated in extra-curricular activities and/or work experience. These non-academic experiences will enable you to gain and demonstrate important skills (such as team work, problem solving, time management), which graduate employers tend to look for.

Please see below for information on some of the support and opportunities available to you at QM:

  •  Find Volunteering Opportunities or join a Student Society through Queen Mary Students' Union(QMSU).
  • The Careers & Enterprise Team can help you find work experience through your own networks, through our online job portal, or through our work experience schemes, exclusively for Queen Mary students and graduates. These include QConsult (consultancy experience), QTaster (exploring various organisations), and QIncubator (for aspiring entrepreneurs). For further inspiration about ways to find opportunities, visit this page.
  • The Careers & Enterprise team can also help you to find and apply for part-time work or work experience through one-to-one appointments in the Careers & Enterprise Centre. To book an appointment, call 0207 882 8533 or drop in and see us in WG3, on the ground floor of the Queens' Building. See the website and QMplus for more information. 

In case you are interested in working for a big firm in the business/finance/consulting sector, many of these will offer insight/spring weeks to first year students, which will greatly increase your chances of getting an internship with the same firm in the following year. Do check the careers page of the individual firms, to check if they offer spring weeks (applications tend to open in September of your 1st year).

Generally, we’d encourage you to get in touch with the careers service during your first year at QM. You don’t need to have a plan to come and speak to us. We offer support to all students at any stages of their career journey.