The School of Geography at Queen Mary was graded ‘excellent’ in the Government’s most recent teaching quality assessment exercise and highly commended by external assessors in the School's 2010 review of teaching.
Our programmes are delivered through a range of different teaching and learning methods. On average, you will spend 15 hours per week in a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials and practical classes. You are expected to spend a minimum of a further 20 hours undertaking self-guided study, including reading, preparing coursework and revision.
Class sizes range from introductory lectures in the first year (50-150 students) to smaller lectures and seminars (around 20-50 students) in the second and third years, with plenty of opportunities for group work and discussion.
You will also take part in regular tutorials (small group sessions with a member of academic staff) where you will receive further advice and guidance on getting to grips with readings and course material and developing your study skills. In the final year, these are replaced with one-to-one meetings with your tutor as you prepare for your independent research project and plan your future career.
We have excellent teaching facilities and have recently invested £2.2 million in laboratories and equipment to support analysis and fieldwork for our physical geography and environmental science degree programmes.
Many of the modules also include fieldwork components (in the UK and abroad) where you spend a day or up to two weeks in the field with members of staff putting your research skills into practice.