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Human Geography

Entry Year: 2020

2 study options

Human Geography BA (Hons)

Key information

BA (Hons)
3 years
September 2020
UCAS code
Institution code
Clearing entry requirements *
A-levels: BCC with at least a C in Geography
* Clearing entry requirements are indicative only and subject to change. Please check this page regularly for updates.
International qualifications
BTEC Entry Requirements
UK/EU fees
International fees
Funding information
Paying your fees

Human Geography with Year Abroad BA (Hons)

Key information

BA (Hons)
4 years
September 2020
UCAS code
Institution code
Clearing entry requirements *
A-levels: BBC with at least a C in Geography
* Clearing entry requirements are indicative only and subject to change. Please check this page regularly for updates.
International qualifications
BTEC Entry Requirements
UK/EU fees
International fees
Funding information
Paying your fees
Human Geography


Explore the cultures, economies and societies that make up our world, past and present.

Our Human Geography BA is a chance to study in-depth how humans interact with and are affected by their environments, including:

  • cities past, present and future
  • culture and identity
  • economy and society
  • gender and power
  • geographies of biomedicine and global health
  • geopolitics
  • globalisation and international development
  • social justice.

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.


Programme changes for 2020

At Queen Mary, we have been adapting to the challenges of Covid-19 so we are ready for the new academic year, with all the academic, pastoral and community support you need to settle in and thrive. For your chosen programme of study, the result is an innovative blended learning offering, giving you access to a world-class education whether or not you can join us on campus from September. For more information, please visit our dedicated FAQ pages.

In addition, at a programme level, we have made the following changes:

  • Fieldtrips will run virtually unless social distancing allows local trips to be run in Semester B. No residential (overnight) fieldtrips will run in either Semester A or B.
  • The compulsory module 'Ideas and Practice' is now a 30-credit module.
  • We have removed the compulsory module 'People and the Environment'.
  • All lab-based modules have moved to Semester B. IT classes will be run online where possible.

Virtual Undergraduate Open Event

Join our online immersive open day event to experience university life at Queen Mary.

Find out more


You can complete your Human 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 2


  • 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
  • Geographical Information Systems
  • Geographies of Biomedicine
  • Health, Space and Justice
  • Society and Space
  • Spaces of Uneven Development
  • 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


  • 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*
  • 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
  • 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.

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 Human 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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My course lets me explore the differences between people and teaches me to accept them. Looking at poverty and development in the Global South motivates me to do something for the world. My degree is an excellent stepping stone toward my future career and has equipped me with skills to create change in the world.  


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.


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.

What our students say

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


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.


Many of our graduates use their subject knowledge directly, in 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

Human Geography - BA (Hons)

Human 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 2020).

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.

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