The Geography MRes is a pre-doctoral training programme version of the Geography MA/MSc. Alongside the opportunity to specialise in a chosen area of human geography (see below), you will develop social science research skills and methods appropriate for further study in this field. Depending on the options you choose, you can study key issues such as globalisation and development; cities, space and power; and collaborative cultural geographies.
This MRes is a pre-doctoral training programme taught in conjunction with the London Interdisciplinary Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership (LISS DTP) and is an approved pathway for ESRC 1+3 PhD studentship funding – ideal for those seeking to work in a research-related role. MRes programmes in the School of Geography have the same structure as the MA/MSc equivalents, but include two compulsory modules: 'Geographical Thought and Practice' and ‘Introduction to Social Science 2: Quantitative Methods and Data’.
What topics can I study?
Projects available from our human geography specialists change every year and a list of research topics is available here.
- provides an advanced understanding of geographical theory, methods and substantive issues for the discipline
- allows you to design your own programme with help from our staff and let's you take advantage of the flexibility of the length of dissertation and the number of option modules you study
- equips you with advanced-level research skills including project design, planning and management, as well as analytical and interpretive skills that are ideal for those looking to enhance their qualifications, broaden skills and knowledge specialisms, or to conduct further research.
Become a part of QMUL Geography
- Professional and friendly environment: We are recognised as an international centre for excellence in teaching and research. Our work is at the forefront of geography, shaping debates and providing significant new insight and understanding. We are also known for our friendly and welcoming ethos and are home to many of contemporary human geography's best known scholars. Joining the School of Geography places you alongside academics that are actively developing and challenging contemporary thinking in their field.
- Research excellence: Almost 80 per cent of the School’s research outputs (books and articles) are rated as world-leading (4*) or internationally excellent (3*) placing it 5th in the UK for this measure. Our scores increased across all areas in the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) and we were ranked joint 11th for geography in the UK overall. We are also proud to feature in the top 100 geography departments in the world (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018).
- Employability: 94% of respondents from our postgraduates were in work or further study six month after graduation; 91% at graduate level (DLHE 2015).
- Capital location: We're a School that cares about the world beyond the university, working with a range of community groups, artists, cultural and heritage institutions and policy makers, particularly here in east London. Our passion is to demonstrate through research and teaching the intellectual and political significance of geographical research and understanding. We encourage our students to become part of this vibrant intellectual culture.
- Research centre: Option modules include some opportunities to work with external organisations, such as the Geffrye Museum, with whom we have a partnership through our jointly directed Centre for Studies of Home.
- Walter Oldershaw Award: eight awards (£3,000 each) are available across all masters degrees offered by the School of Geography
- Queen Mary Alumni Loyalty Award: all graduates of QMUL are awarded a £1,000 bursary
- Postgraduate Loans Scheme: eligible students are able to borrow loans up to £10,000
- Read more about these opportunities on the funding a masters page
- Weekly research seminars: As a postgraduate student you will be invited to weekly research seminars as well as several research frameworks sessions with top-level academic researchers.
- Dedicated working space: QMUL's new Graduate Centre, opened in 2017, provides excellent teaching and learning spaces for all postgraduate students, including a 200-seat lecture theatre, study spaces, seminar rooms, an open-plan study area, landscaped courtyard and a cafe. Additionally, postgraduate students have desk and computing space in dedicated offices within the School of Geography and access to facilities for specialist statistical and Geographical Information System (GIS) analyses, desktop publishing and the processing of video and electronic images.
- University of London network: QMUL is a part of the University of London, so our students have access to the facilities, learning resources and libraries across the group's institutions. You can also use the first-rate resources of other libraries with London collections (e.g. the British Library).
The programme is made up of 180 credits. For full details on our modules please go to the online module directory.
- Dissertation of 15,000 words (60 credits)
- Geographical Thought and Practice (30 credits)
- Introduction to Social Science 2: Quantitative Methods and Data (30 credits)
- Art, Performance and the City (30 credits)
- Cities, Space and Power (30 credits)
- Critical Global Health Geographies (30 credits)
- Cultural Geography in Practice (30 credits)
- Democracy, Right and Citizenship (15 credits)
- Global Working Lives (15 credits)
- Migration and Mobilities (15 credits)
- Re-theorising Development Futures (30 credits)
- For enquiries, contact the Postgraduate Studies Manager on +44 (0)20 7882 8165 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- The programme is led by Professor Jon May, Professor of Geography
An upper second class honours degree or higher in a relevant subject from a UK university (or an equivalent international qualification), together with one supportive academic reference is usually required. Relevant work experience may also be taken into account and non-academic references can be considered in specific circumstances. It is not necessary to have a first degree in geography and we welcome applicants from different backgrounds in the arts, humanities and social sciences.
Candidates are expected to have good English language ability and to meet our minimum English language requirements. If you do not meet language or scholarly requirements, it might be possible for you to undertake foundation or pre-sessional programmes that will prepare you for the masters programme.
For more information, please contact the Admissions Office on +44 (0)20 7882 5533 or email email@example.com.
For detailed country-specific entry requirements please visit the international section of our website.
Learning and teaching
As a student at Queen Mary, you will play an active part in your acquisition of skills and knowledge. Teaching is by a mixture of formal lectures and small group seminars. The seminars are designed to generate informed discussion around set topics, and may involve student presentations, group exercises and role-plays as well as open discussion. We take pride in the close and friendly working relationship we have with our students. You are assigned an Academic Adviser who will guide you in both academic and pastoral matters throughout your time at Queen Mary.
For every hour spent in formal classes you will be expected to complete further hours of independent study. Your individual study time could be spent preparing for, or following up on formal study sessions; reading; producing written work and completing projects.
The direction of your individual study will be guided by the formal study sessions you attend, along with your reading lists and assignments. However, we expect you to demonstrate an active role in your own learning by reading widely and expanding your own knowledge, understanding and critical ability.
Independent study will foster in you the ability to identify your own learning requirements and determine which areas you need to focus on to become proficient in your subject area. This is an important transferable skill and will help to prepare you for the transition to working life.
Assessment on each of the modules is through a variety of coursework assignments ranging from extended essays to book reviews.
You will also complete a 15,000-word dissertation. You will be assigned an academic supervisor from the School of Geography. Your supervisor will provide guidance and advice on your dissertation research. You will meet with your supervisor at least six times from January through to June in order to ensure that your work is on track for completion.
Tuition fees for Home and EU students2020/21 Academic Year
Full time £9,950
Part time £5,000
Tuition fees for International students2020/21 Academic Year
Full time £18,000
Part time £9,000
Part time fees are charged per annum over two years for a two year programme and per annum over three years for a three year programme. A percentage increase may be applied to the fees in years two and three.
This increase is defined each year and published on the intranet and in the Tuition Fee Regulations. A 3% increase was applied to the unregulated university fees in 2019/20. Further information can be viewed on our University Fees webpage, including details about annual increases.
There are a number of sources of funding available for Masters students.
These include a significant package of competitive Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas, as well as external sources of funding.
Queen Mary bursaries and scholarships
We offer a range of bursaries and scholarships for Masters students including competitive scholarships, bursaries and awards, some of which are for applicants studying specific subjects.
Find out more about QMUL bursaries and scholarships.
Alternative sources of funding
Home/EU students can apply for a range of other funding, such as Professional and Career Development Loans, and Employer Sponsorship, depending on their circumstances and the specific programme of study.
Overseas students may be eligible to apply for a range of external scholarships and we also provide information about relevant funding providers in your home country on our country web pages.
Download our Postgraduate Funding Guide for detailed information about postgraduate funding options for Home/EU students.
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 5079
Other financial help on offer at Queen Mary
We offer one to one specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.
Our Advice and Counselling Service also has lots of Student Advice Guides on all aspects of finance including:
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8717
Adam Packer, class of 2017
"Before starting my masters, I completed the Geography BA programme in the School of Geography here at Queen Mary. I chose to stay at QMUL as the research interests of the School strongly paralleled my own.
"Additionally, the School is very welcoming and friendly, and encourages professional and supportive relationships with academic staff that makes the process of completing the degree less tedious.
"My time at QMUL has taught me to be resilient, and it has given me the confidence in my academic capability. It has also taught me fundamental research skills applicable beyond academia."