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School of Geography

Exciting fieldwork opportunities

Fieldwork plays a vital role in both our Geography and Environmental Science teaching programmes at Queen Mary. It takes learning from the classroom out into the world and turns it into a real and shared experience.

First year

In the first semester, GEG4106 Reinventing Britain culminates in a virtual field class to Liverpool that brings all our human geography students together for two days just before the Christmas break. In addition, our first-year research training modules are supported by a range of local fieldwork exercises that provides an opportunity for all students to engage on hands-on research training.

Second and third year

In the second year, physical geography students attend a free four-day field class in the Lake District. In years two and three both human and physical geographers can also opt to take several specialist modules that include overseas residential field classes, with destinations ranging from New York and Boston to Florida, the Netherlands and Mumbai. Our environmental science students may also take field classes provided by 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

  • The costs of any compulsory fieldwork in the first and second years is included in your fees. 
  • UPDATE - COVID-19 means we are unable to estimate costs at present and will follow government guidelines once we are appraised of the situation regarding overseas travel in 2022.
  • 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.