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.

Welcome Week timetable

  • Welcome Week runs from Monday 17 to Friday 21 September and is an opportunity for you to get to know the university, meet with your Academic Adviser 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 New Student's Welcome Week Timetable Year 1 (updated 14.09.18) [PDF 544KB] 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 18 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 Academic Adviser during the afternoon of Wednesday 19 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 adviser will have lots of students to see on the same day!
  • Second and third year students should check the Returning Student's Induction Week Timetable Year 2 & 3 (updated 11.09.18) [PDF 425KB]. Adviser meetings for you will take place on . 
  • New postgraduate students should check the Postgraduate Induction Programme (updated 07.09.18) [PDF 422KB], as well as the .

Enrolment for first years

  • This will take place on Monday 17 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 Academic Adviser 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. 

Pre-arrival emails

Key contacts

Administrative staff

Academic staff

Student contacts

  • Meet the Queen Mary Geography Society on Tuesday 18 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. 
  • The team will also be available at the Students' Union Welcome Fair on Wednesday 20 and Thursday 21 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 2018-19

Semester A: Monday 17 September to Friday 14 December 2018

  • Welcome week: 17 – 21 September 
  • Teaching begins: 24 September 
  • Green London fieldwork week: 24 28 September
  • Reading week: 5 – 9 November 

Semester B: Monday 7 January to Friday 28 March 2019

  • Reading week: 18 – 22 February 
  • Fieldwork week: 25 – 29 March
  • Revision week: 23 – 26 April 

Exam period: Monday 29 April to Friday 7 June 2019

Succeed at university

  • Check out the Succeed project and watch our short videos packed with practical, down-to-earth advice and top tips from our students and staff.

Employability and careers

The Careers & Enterprise Centre offer the following advice for these two frequently asked questions:

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. Take this time before the start of the year to think about the ways in which you could do the following two things, which will make you a more impressive candidate when applying for jobs after graduation:
    – Find an extra-curricular activity that you enjoy and use it to develop your skills. There are a number of opportunities available through Queen Mary Students' Union (QMSU), and you can also get ideas here.  
    – In addition to any part-time work that you do, undertake at least 100 hours of work experience in a professional organisation before you enter your second year. This could be in any area of work, paid or unpaid, but it needs to challenge you, demonstrating your initiative and a couple of other skills (e.g. team work, problem solving). Getting this experience in your first year will help you to secure internships in Year 2, which will continue to enhance your employability.  
  • Careers & Enterprise 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, and we also offer QTaster and QInsight: Civil Service Fast Stream programmes that give you an insight into different careers, and QIncubator, which helps you build the skills to launch a business or social enterprise. For further inspiration about ways to find opportunities, visit this page
  • We 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. 

Will I get any careers support as part of my degree?

  • As part of your GEG4003 Geography in the World module in Year 1 you will learn how to write an effective CV, discuss different job options and learn how to explore different careers (which can help give you direction when you search for work experience). In addition, you will also have a careers tutorial.
  • You can also attend geography-specific career events, where alumni speak about the different jobs that they do, how they got into it and give advice if you want to follow a similar path. This can give you an idea of areas to target for work experience over the summer.