Geography BA

Entry Year: 2019

2 Study Options

Geography BA (Hons)

Key information

Degree
BA (Hons)
Duration
3 years
Start
September 2019
UCAS code
L700
Institution code
Q50
Typical A-Level offer
Grades ABB at A-Level. This must include A-Level Geography. If applying without A-Level Geography, your application will be considered where there is an appropriate alternative academic subject. Excludes General Studies.
Full entry requirements
UK/EU fees
9,250
International fees
16,200
Funding information

Geography with Year Abroad BA (Hons)

Key information

Degree
BA (Hons)
Duration
4 years
Start
September 2019
UCAS code
L701
Institution code
Q50
Typical A-Level offer
Grades ABB at A-Level. This must include A-Level Geography. If applying without A-Level Geography, your application will be considered where there is an appropriate alternative academic subject. Excludes General Studies.
Full entry requirements
UK/EU fees
9,250
International fees
16,200
Geography

Overview

Are you interested in cultures, economies and societies and their interaction with the natural environment?

Our highly flexible Geography BA course allows you to focus on exciting aspects of human geography, such as:

  • cities past, present and future
  • culture and identity
  • economy and society
  • geopolitics
  • globalisation and international development
  • social justice.

But you’re also free to choose physical geography modules, for example environmental pollution or flood risk management and modelling.

We’ll train you in innovative social science research methods, from visual analysis to interviewing to geographical information systems (GIS).

Explore the world with us on fieldwork in places such as the US, India and Malaysia, as well as UK-based fieldwork, including opportunities right here in London.

Option modules in the second and final years allow you to direct your study towards your aims and interests. In the final year you’ll design your own project with guidance from our experts, developing the skills to become a researcher in your own right.

Structure

You can complete your Geography degree in three or four years. If you choose to study abroad, this will take place in Year 3 and Year 3 modules will instead be studied in Year 4.

Year 1

  • Earth Surface Science
  • Geography in the World
  • Global Worlds
  • Ideas and Practice in Geography and Environmental Science*
  • People and the Environment
  • Reinventing Britain*
  • Research Methods for Geographers and Environmental Scientists

For full details on our modules please go to the online module directory

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 2

Compulsory

  • Geographical Research in Practice

Choose from

  • Boston Reworked: The Making of a North American City*
  • Contemporary London: Life in the Global Metropolis
  • Cultural Geographies
  • Economic Geographies
  • Ecosystem Science
  • Geographical Information Systems
  • Geographies of Biomedicine
  • Geomorphology
  • Health, Space and Justice
  • Ice Age Britain
  • Society and Space
  • Spaces of Uneven Development
  • The Anthropocene
  • Urban Futures: Los Angeles and Las Vegas*

For full details on our modules please go to the online module directory

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 3

Compulsory

  • Independent Geographical Study

Choose from

  • Advanced GIS
  • Boston Reworked: The Making of a North American City
  • Contemporary India: Politics, Society and Economy
  • Development Futures: Mumbai Unbound*
  • Economic Futures: Malaysia Emerging*
  • Environmental Hazards
  • Environmental Pollution
  • Flood Risk Management and Modelling
  • Geographies of Nature
  • Geography, Technology and Society
  • Geopolitics post-9/11: War, Security, Economy
  • Global Historical Geographies
  • Globalisation and Regional Development
  • Health, Disease and the City
  • New York: Nature and the City*
  • Readings in Geography: Contemporary India; Geographies of Nature; Geography, Technology and Society; Global Historical Geographies OR Victorian London
  • The Ancient Human Occupation of Britain
  • Urban Futures: Los Angeles and Las Vegas*
  • Urban Geography
  • Urbanisation and Development in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Victorian London: Economy, Society and Culture

For full details on our modules please go to the online module directory

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

*Fieldwork module. Fieldwork destinations may vary year-on-year, are subject to availability and depend on the module combinations chosen. Overseas fieldwork modules run in alternate years. Places are limited - if a module is oversubscribed, places will be allocated by ballot. Students on overseas field trips are responsible for securing their own visas, if required.

In 2017, we introduced the QMUL Model to all our degrees. For further information on this initiative please visit QMUL Model.

Study options

Apply for this degree with any of the following options. Take care to use the correct UCAS code - it may not be possible to change your selection later.

Year abroad

Go global and study abroad as part of your degree – apply for our Geography BA with a Year Abroad. Queen Mary has links with universities in Europe, North America, Asia and Australia (partnerships vary for each degree programme).

Find out more about study abroad opportunities at Queen Mary and what the progression requirements are. 

Additional Costs

Compulsory fieldwork will not cost you anything extra. Optional overseas fieldwork trips in the second and third year cost approximately £400-£1,400 (based on 2017-18 costs). On some trips you may also need to pay extra for flights.

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Testimonial

Spending the entire first week in the field was not only beneficial to our studies but also served as bonding time, allowing students to interact with each other and make new friends.

Teaching and Facilities

Teaching and learning

On average, you can expect to spend eight to 12 hours per week in a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and practical classes.

You’ll also take part in small-group tutorials, receiving further guidance on the course material and developing your study skills.

In the final year, tutorials are replaced with one-to-one meetings with your tutor as you prepare for your independent research project and plan your future career.

For every hour of classes, expect to do a further four to six hours of independent study.

Assessment

Modules are assessed through a combination of coursework and examination. Coursework may include extended essays, short reports, posters, oral presentations and group work.

Students must also complete a final-year independent study project of 10,000 words, based on an original study of their choice.

Resources and facilities

The School offers excellent on-campus resources to aid your studies, including:

  • geography teaching laboratory
  • environmental preparation laboratory
  • elemental analysis laboratory
  • river laboratory.
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What our students say

Find out what our students think about studying geography at Queen Mary.

Entry requirements

Geography - BA (Hons)

A-LevelGrades ABB at A-Level. This must include A-Level Geography. If applying without A-Level Geography, your application will be considered where there is an appropriate alternative academic subject. Excludes General Studies.
IBInternational Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum of 32 points overall, including 6,5,5 from three Higher Level subjects. This must include Geography or a related subject at Higher Level.
BTECSee our detailed subject and grade requirements
Access HEWe consider applications from students with the Access to Higher Education Diploma. The minimum academic requirement is to achieve 60 credits overall, with 45 credits at Level 3, of which 15 credits must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher. Applications are considered on a case by case basis. Due to the high volume of applications, we do not make offers of study purely on the basis of meeting grade requirements.
GCSEMinimum five GCSE passes including English and Maths at grade C or 4.
EPQAlternative offers may be made to applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification.
Contextualised admissionsWe consider every application on its individual merits and will take into consideration your individual educational experiences and context. More information on how academic schools and programmes use this information as part of the admissions process, can be found on our contextualised admissions pages.

Geography with Year Abroad - BA (Hons)

A-LevelGrades ABB at A-Level. This must include A-Level Geography. If applying without A-Level Geography, your application will be considered where there is an appropriate alternative academic subject. Excludes General Studies.
IBInternational Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum of 32 points overall, including 6,5,5 from three Higher Level subjects. This must include Geography or a related subject at Higher Level.
BTECSee our detailed subject and grade requirements
Access HEWe consider applications from students with the Access to Higher Education Diploma. The minimum academic requirement is to achieve 60 credits overall, with 45 credits at Level 3, of which 15 credits must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher. Applications are considered on a case by case basis. Due to the high volume of applications, we do not make offers of study purely on the basis of meeting grade requirements.
GCSEMinimum five GCSE passes including English and Maths at grade C or 4.
EPQAlternative offers may be made to applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification.
Contextualised admissionsWe consider every application on its individual merits and will take into consideration your individual educational experiences and context. More information on how academic schools and programmes use this information as part of the admissions process, can be found on our contextualised admissions pages.

Non-UK students

We accept a wide range of European and international qualifications in addition to A-levels, the International Baccalaureate and BTEC qualifications. Please visit International Admissions for full details.

If your qualifications are not accepted for direct entry onto this degree, consider applying for a foundation programme.

English language

Find out more about our English language entry requirements, including the types of test we accept and the scores needed for entry to the programme.

You may also be able to meet the English language requirement for your programme by joining a summer pre-sessional programme before starting your degree.

Further information

See our general undergraduate entry requirements.

Funding

Loans and grants

UK students accepted onto this course are eligible to apply for tuition fee and maintenance loans from Student Finance England or other government bodies.

Scholarships and bursaries

Queen Mary offers a generous package of scholarships and bursaries, which currently benefits around 50 per cent of our undergraduates.

Scholarships are available for home, EU and international students. Specific funding is also available for students from the local area. International students may be eligible for a fee reduction. We offer means-tested funding, as well as subject-specific funding for many degrees.

Find out what scholarships and bursaries are available to you.

Support from Queen Mary

We offer 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.

Take a look at our Student Advice Guides which cover ways to finance your degree, including:

  • additional sources of funding
  • planning your budget and cutting costs
  • part-time and vacation work
  • money for lone parents.

Career opportunities

Many of our graduates use their subject knowledge directly, in environmental policy, town or transport planning or geographical information systems (GIS). Others take their transferable skills into other careers, from business to health.

Recent graduates have been hired by:

  • Citizens UK
  • Deloitte
  • Environment Agency
  • Jacobs
  • Ordnance Survey
  • WWF

Career support

Geography students benefit from dedicated careers support, including lectures and tutorials on career choice, getting work experience and presenting degree skills to an employer at interview. We also run an annual career options event with graduate speakers.

The Queen Mary careers team can also offer:

  • specialist advice on choosing a career path
  • support with finding work experience, internships and graduate jobs
  • feedback on CVs, cover letters and application forms
  • interview coaching.

Learn more about career support and development at Queen Mary.

Unistats data for these courses

  • Geography - BA (Hons)

  • Geography with Year Abroad - BA (Hons)

About the School

Join us and work alongside academics who are committed to world-leading research. From climate change to development to questions of culture, identity and social justice, our research – and therefore your studies – touch upon some of society’s biggest and most pressing challenges.

The School of Geography is one of the top 100 geography departments in the world (QS World University Rankings 2018). Human and social geography at Queen Mary was ranked first in London with 91 per cent student satisfaction, while physical geography and environmental science ranked second (National Student Survey 2017).

Thanks to our local, national and international links, you’ll have opportunities to work with community groups, environmental trusts and charities, applying your knowledge to real-world problems.

Contact us

School of Geography

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8200
Email: geogadmissions@qmul.ac.uk

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Why Queen Mary?

Fifth in the UK for percentage of research ranked 4* and 3* (REF 2014)

5th in the UK

Fifth in the UK for percentage of research ranked 4* and 3* (REF 2014)

Russell Group

Member of the Russell Group of leading UK universities

Global top 50

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