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Geography MRes

Course Description


The Geography MRes is a pre-doctoral training programme version of the Geography MA/MSc. Alongside the opportunity to specialise in a chosen area of human geography (see below), you will develop social science research skills and methods appropriate for further study in this field. Depending on the options you choose, you can study key issues such as globalisation and development; cities, space and power; and collaborative cultural geographies.

Core modules in interdisciplinary research methods are taught through the London Social Science Doctoral Training Centre, making it an approved pathway for ESRC funding. This allows eligible students to apply for ESRC 1+3 funding to cover the MRes with a PhD. It also allows successful graduates from the MRes to apply subsequently for ESRC +3 PhD funding.

The MRes also caters more generally for those working in, or seeking to work in, a research-related post in the public, private or charitable sectors.

This programme will:

- give you advanced training in human geography
- allow you to learn research methods leading to PhD study
- give you a wide range of optional modules and specialisms, allowing you to tailor the course to suit your interests.

Specialist topics

- critical public health; global health; historical perspectives on urban environment and health (Dr Tim Brown)
- Latin American transnational migration in European contexts; gender-based violence against women and girls in the Global South (Professor Cathy McIlwaine)
- Knowledge infrastructure and regional innovation in the European South; Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and local economic development (Dr Konstantinos Melanchroinos)
- Streets, parks and squares: space and sociability in 18th-Century London; New Spaces, New Publics?: inclusion and exclusion in London's public spaces (Professor Miles Ogborn)
- Vital geographies; humanitarianism; historical geographies of development; democratic theory and public reason (Dr Simon Reid-Henry)
- Macro-regional integration and uneven development: how integration impacts on development; Global value chains and development: evaluating the effectiveness of labour standards implementation; Free trade agreements and sustainable development: comparing the US and the EU's models (Professor Adrian Smith)
- Food banks (Professor Jon May)
- Migrant Finance: Remittances, philanthropy and diaspora funding (Dr Kavita Datta)
- Critical geographies of biomedicine; political geographies of global health and development; geographies of philanthropic practices in contemporary and historical perspective (Dr Stephen Taylor)
- Matters of urban public space and culture; the representation and imagination of cities; food, dining and consumption practices; social entrepreneurism (Dr Regan Koch)
- Collaborative research with The Geffrye Museum of the Home, via the Centre for Studies of Home, on past and present geographies of home, including research on home, migration and the city (Professor Alison Blunt)
- Collaborative research with Eastside Community Heritage on community heritage, identity, migration and urban change (Professor Alison Blunt)
- Collaborative research with the campaigning organisation ShareAction, exploring geographical implications of financialisation, relationships between pension savers across geography and age-groups, and share-holder activism by pension funds as a mechanism to achieve social and environmental objectives that deliver benefits to pension savers (Professor Jane Wills)

Why study MRes at QMUL Geography?

The School of Geography at Queen Mary University of London is recognised as an international centre for excellence in teaching and research. Our work is at the forefront of human geography, shaping debates and providing significant new insight and understanding. We are also known for our friendly, collegial and welcoming ethos and are home to many of contemporary human geography’s best known scholars. 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 (REF 2014).

- Our curriculum is research-led and reflects some of the latest research developments in geography.
- Depending on the options you choose, you can study key issues such as globalisation and development; cities, space and power; and collaborative cultural geographies.
- Optional modules include some opportunities to work with external organisations, such as the Geffrye Museum, with whom we have a partnership through our jointly directed Centre for Studies of Home.

This programme is led by Dr Kavita Datta, Reader in Geography.

Visit the Geography MRes page on the Queen Mary University of London website for more details!

Student Profiles

Chevening Scholarships - 20+ Awards

The programme makes awards to outstanding scholars with leadership potential from around the world to study postgraduate courses at UK universities.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Full tuition fees


Available to students across the UK and Overseas (from a Chevening-eligible country).

Application Procedure

Visit the Chevening website for more information.

Further Information



Walter Oldershaw Award - 8 Awards

Eight awards will be available across all masters degrees offered by the School of Geography for 2016 entry.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Home/EU and international students are eligible to apply.

Application Procedure

Interested applicants must submit a 300-word statement elaborating why they should be considered, highlighting their academic and professional merit and details of how the award will further their professional development. Applications should be sent to the Postgraduate Studies Manager ([email protected]) by Friday 15th July 2016. Successful candidates will be informed on the 22nd of July 2016 and must confirm acceptance by the 15th of August 2016. Further details or queries should be addressed to the Director of Masters Programmes, Dr Kavita Datta ([email protected]).

Entry Requirements

An upper second class honours degree or higher in a humanities or social science subject from a UK university (or an equivalent international qualification) together with two supportive references is required. Candidates are expected to have good English language ability and to meet the standard of the IELTS, or equivalent, at a level of 7.0.

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