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MA London Studies

Programme Convenor Dr Alastair Owens, 020 7882 5401 a.j.owens@qmul.ac.uk

This programme – taught collaboratively by the Schools of Geography, Politics and English and Drama – aims to provide an advanced understanding of different perspectives and approaches to understanding metropolitan urbanism and modernity; to consider, through the example of London, how urban cultures are experienced, represented and contested; and to provide students with a sound conceptual base as well as suitable practical training to carry out research on London, introducing them to resources in the city as well as ways using them intelligently and creatively. Within the School of Geography, the programme is taught mainly by members of the School’s Culture, Space and Power research theme. 

The programme is available on FT (12 months) and/or FT basis (24 months) and is made up of 180 credits:


Core module:
Dissertation 15 000 words GEG7107 (Mode C, 60 credits).

Compulsory module:
Cities, Space and Power GEG7123 (30 credits)


Students must also complete a programme of non-assessed research training drawn from modules taught by the School of English and Drama and the Department of Geography. This will be comprised from elements of GEG7120 Geographical Thought and Practice (taught jointly by the School of Geography at Queen Mary, University of London and the Department of Geography at University College London) and WASM018 London Panoramas: Sources and Archives for Researching London (taught by the School of English and Drama at Queen Mary, University of London), tailored to meet the students’ specific training needs.


Specialist option modules:

Students must then choose three specialist modules from the following:

Art, Performance and the City GEG7102 (30 credits)

Sociability, Literature and the City WASM019  (30 credits)

Metrointellectuals, 1770–1820: British Women Writers in London and Paris WASM022  (30 credits)

Health, Housing and the Education of Immigrants in a Metropolitan Environment POLM007  (30 credits)

Empire Race and Immigration GEG7109 (30 credits).


In place of one of these option modules students are also permitted to select up to one 30 credits module from elsewhere in the Humanities and Social Sciences Sector. London Studies students might potentially be interested in LCMM043 Modernism, Aesthetics and Politics (offered by the School of English and Drama, which further considers debates about modernity) and polm006 Theories and Typologies II (offered by the School of Politics, which explores the social, political and cultural implications of migrant settlement in Britain and Europe).

Part time students will normally undertake the research training in the first year of their study along with the compulsory module (GEG7105 Cities, Empire and Modernity) and two option modules. In their second year they will register for the dissertation module and one other option module (although it is likely that they will commence work on their dissertation during the first year of study).


For more detail: MA London Studies brochure 

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