School of Geography

Exciting fieldwork opportunities

Fieldwork plays a vital role in both our geography and environmental science teaching programmes at QMUL. It takes learning from the classroom out into the world and turns it into a real and shared experience.

First year

Our research training modules in the first year are supported by numerous fieldwork projects conducted in a range of rural and urban settings, from Suffolk to Liverpool and the East End of London. The cost of all compulsory fieldwork in the School of Geography is covered through tuition fees.

Second and third year

Students can take part in specialist modules that involve longer, overseas field classes as their studies develop, including those also offered to our environmental scientists from the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences.

Students can also choose to engage in overseas fieldwork as part of their final-year dissertation. Some locations in which our recent undergraduates have undertaken primary data collection for their dissertation include: China, Russia, New Zealand, Madagascar, Iceland, India, Nepal, Austria, Portugal, Spain, the USA and Canada.

Fieldwork costs

  • Compulsory fieldwork in the first and second years is undertaken at no extra cost. 
  • Optional overseas fieldwork in the second and third years ranges from £400 to £1,400 approximately, some with additional flight costs (based on costs in the year 2017/18).
  • Overseas field class modules run in alternate years. 
  • Destinations can vary year-on-year, are subject to availability and are dependent on the module combinations chosen / prerequisite modules.
  • Places on some field class modules are limited and if modules are oversubscribed, places are allocated by ballot. 
  • Students participating in overseas field trips are responsible for securing their own visas, if required.