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The School of Geography at Queen Mary University of London

A Centre of Excellence

Our School has an excellent reputation for teaching and research across both human and physical geography.

We pride ourselves on our teaching and have a particularly good record of working with students to achieve their highest potential. Our undergraduate students choose from a flexible, challenging and interesting set of modules taught in a friendly and sympathetic atmosphere.

All University Geography and Environmental Science departments nationally have been assessed for the quality of their teaching. The School of Geography at Queen Mary was graded excellent (the highest category) in both Geography and Environmental Science. This confirms our long-established commitment to providing an environmental/geographical education of the highest quality.

The School of Geography at Queen Mary University of London remains one of the top departments for geography and environmental studies according to results of the Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) – a measure of the quality of higher education research in the UK. Almost 80 per cent of the School’s research outputs (books and articles) are rated as world-leading (4*) or internationally excellent (3*) placing it 5th in the UK for this measure. Scores increased across all areas and the School is ranked joint 11th for geography in the UK overall.

A thriving postgraduate school

Our postgraduate school continues to grow. We currently have over 40 PhD students working on a range of research topics, and around 48 MA/MSc students. We offer an attractive range of Masters programmes that reflect the distinctive research strengths of the whole School. Our MA/MSc programmes relating to human geography have all been recognised under the ESRC’s 1+3 funding regime for which we receive quota studentship funding. Our MA/MSc programmes enable those who wish to continue on to doctoral research to apply for funding to cover both their MA/MSc and PhD. Current and recent students have been successful in obtaining funding for doctoral research from a variety of other sources including the AHRC and NERC.

Please don't hesitate to contact us if there is anything further that you wish to know about the School.

Alison Blunt
Professor of Geography and Head of School

Queen Mary, University of London

Queen Mary is the fourth largest of the colleges of the University of London with about 15,000 students and over 3,000 staff. The college has a long established position as a university teaching institution and as a major centre for research of world-wide importance. It has recently completed a large-scale building programme which has enhanced the library, teaching and residential facilities. It offers all the facilities of a unitary university on its own site and also the extended opportunities provided through the University of London, including library and sports, recreation and accommodation facilities. Graduates are awarded University of London degrees.

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