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Geography BSc

Entry Year: 2024

2 study options

Geography BSc (Hons)


Key information

Degree
BSc (Hons)
Duration
3 years
Start
September 2024
UCAS code
F800
Institution code
Q50
Home fees
£9,250
Overseas fees
£23,350
Funding information
Paying your fees

Geography with Year Abroad BSc (Hons)


Key information

Degree
BSc (Hons)
Duration
4 years
Start
September 2024
UCAS code
F801
Institution code
Q50
Home fees
£9,250
Overseas fees
£23,350
Funding information
Paying your fees

Year abroad cost

Finances for studying abroad on exchange

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Overview

Uncover and investigate the natural processes shaping our world, starting right on our doorstep in London.

Climate change. Environmental degradation. Biodiversity crisis. Explore the critical global challenges our ever-changing planet faces and unravel the environmental policy solutions for society’s issues today.

Taught by expert leaders in the field, you’ll draw on their range of scientific experiences. Hear firsthand about their research into threats posed by climate change to urban areas, river catchments and coastal environments. And benefit from their connections to the Digital Environment Research Institute too – gathering fresh insights on digital, data science and AI research.

Not only that, but you’ll also develop knowledge to manage the processes that shape our planet. Learn sought-after practical skills in data collection and coding, laboratory analysis, and geospatial software. Then tailor your degree to your interests, with our choice of optional modules including human geography too.

From local to international impact

Well positioned to witness natural processes in the vibrant urban heart of east London, you’ll focus on how to create change first from within your local area. Before long, you could be exploring locations further afield like coastal management in Rotterdam or fragile environments in the Scottish Highlands.

Be inspired by our industry speakers such as the Environment Agency, Forestry England and National Trust. And benefit from our specialist facilities including a purpose-built teaching lab, river lab, and research-grade field equipment.

Finish your degree prepared for an exciting range of careers. How do you want to impact the environment? Environmental consultancy, water resource manager, GIS technician, surveying, risk management – the choice is yours.

Professional recognition

This programme is accredited by the Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers).

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

  • Sustainable Transitions (Malta Fieldclass) *
  • Planetary Emergencies: From Analysis to Action
  • Earth Surface Science
  • Exploring Physical Environments
  • Critical Geography: Environment and Society
  • Global Worlds
  • Introduction to Research Methods

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

*Fieldwork module. Flights, shared accommodation, transport in Malta and meals will not cost you anything extra on this compulsory module. Students are responsible for securing their own visas, if required.

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 2

Compulsory

  • Environmental Research in the Field
  • Environmental Research In the Laboratory

Choose from

  • Geospatial Science
  • Ecosystem Science
  • Geomorphology
  • Past Environmental Change
  • Climate Change in Practice
  • Future Coasts *
  • Science, Ethics and Environmental Policy
  • Development Geographies: From International to Global Perspectives
  • Health, Space and Justice
  • Economic Geographies
  • Cultural Geographies
  • Society and Space
  • Colonial Lives and Afterlives

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

*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.

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 3

Compulsory

  • Dissertation

Choose from

  • Environmental Pollution
  • Volcanoes, Climate Change and Society
  • Advanced Geospatial Science
  • Future Coasts *
  • Nature-Based Climate Solutions
  • Flood Risk Management and Modelling
  • Climate Change and Climate Policy
  • Urban Water In and Beyond the Pipes
  • Race and Environment
  • Geography, Technology and Society
  • Epidemic Cities
  • Public Life of Cities
  • Regional Economics and Policy
  • Latin American Debates
  • Urban African Economies
  • Historical Geographies of Medicine: From Imperial Hygiene to Global Health
  • Kinship: Geographical Perspectives
  • Geographies of Home
  • Global Historical Geographies

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

*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.

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

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 BSc with a Year Abroad. Queen Mary has links with universities in Europe, North America, Asia and Australia (partnerships vary for each degree programme).

Learn 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 UK and overseas fieldwork trips in the second- and third-year cost approximately £450-£1,500 (based on 2022-23 costs) depending on destination, including flights, accommodation and expenses on location.

 

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Testimonial

It’s a dynamic learning environment where every session brings new insights. I like how my degree programme provides us with real-world skills that are crucial for our future careers rather than assessing us on exams alone.  

Mariamsarah Rafaideen, Geography BSc.

Teaching

Teaching and learning

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

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

Fieldwork is central to all our programmes and takes place in London, the UK and overseas. Find out more about our field classes and how they help you apply your studies to real-world contexts.

All students have an academic advisor that they meet with regularly across each semester to review their studies and to check-in on their well-being. Read more about the advice and support services available to students in the School of Geography. 

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:

  • undergraduate computer room
  • group study spaces
  • geography teaching laboratory
  • field equipment
  • environmental preparation laboratory
  • elemental analysis laboratory
  • river laboratory.

Full details on our laboratory facilities can be found here.

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What our students say

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

Entry requirements

A-LevelGrades ABB at A-Level. Excludes General Studies.
IBInternational Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum of 32 points overall, including 6,5,5 from three Higher Level subjects.
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.
EPQ

Alternative offers may be made to applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification.

For further information please visit: qmul.ac.uk/undergraduate/entry/epq

Contextualised admissions

Our standard contextual offer: Grades BBC at A-Level. Excludes General Studies, Critical Thinking.

Our enhanced contextual offer (for care experienced students, refugee/asylum seekers or students who have completed Realising Opportunities or Access to Queen Mary): Grades BCC at A-Level. Excludes General Studies, Critical Thinking.

More information on how this information is used for a contextual offer can be found on our contextualised admissions page.

A-LevelGrades ABB at A-Level. Excludes General Studies.
IBInternational Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum of 32 points overall, including 6,5,5 from three Higher Level subjects.
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. For further information please visit: qmul.ac.uk/undergraduate/entry/epq
Contextualised admissionsOur standard contextual offer: Grades BBC at A-Level. Excludes General Studies, Critical Thinking.

Our enhanced contextual offer (for care experienced students, refugee/asylum seekers or students who have completed Realising Opportunities or Access to Queen Mary): Grades BCC at A-Level. Excludes General Studies, Critical Thinking.

More information on how this information is used for a contextual offer can be found on our contextualised admissions page.

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.

Careers

Many of our Geography graduates use their subject knowledge directly, in environmental consultancy, nature conservation, geographical information systems (GIS) or ESG responsible investing. Others take their transferable skills into other careers, from transport planning to marketing. 

Recent graduates have been hired by:

  • Cyient 
  • Environment Agency 
  • HW Fisher 
  • JBA Consulting 
  • Kenyon International 
  • Met Office 
  • Metia Group 
  • Natixis Wealth Management 

Discover what our recent students are doing after graduation and read more about their experiences on this course. 

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.

Find out more about how we have integrated careers support into all of degree programmes to help you to maximise your potential and achieve your ambitions. 

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.

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About the School

The School of Geography at Queen Mary University of London provides an innovative education across diverse subject areas in a supportive and inclusive environment.   

Staff and students alike strive to solve the major environmental and societal challenges of our time, generating rigorous research evidence and turning that into impactful practical and policy change at a local or national and even global level, often working with powerful partners like government agencies and big tech companies to drive progress.  

The School is one of the top 100 geography departments in the world (QS World University Rankings 2023), while the Research Excellence Framework (2021) puts the quality of our research in the UK top 10.  

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

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