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Cities and Cultures MA


Course Description

Overview

Our Cities and Cultures MA programme combines the study of cultural geography with a specific focus on urban cultures, both past and present. It draws upon the latest developments in cultural geography and urban studies to provide advanced and critical understandings of how cities are socially produced, imagined, represented and contested. Modules examine the relationships between urban space and power through themes that include empire, migration and postcolonialism. They also explore the meanings and politics of spaces in diverse cities by engaging with original texts as well as the built environment, art practices, literature, performance, film, exhibitions and museum curation. Core research training in geographical thought and practice equips you to undertake your own research in this field.

This programme:

- takes your knowledge, understanding and skills to an advanced level through a research-led programme that provides flexibility for you to pursue your own interests
- introduces innovative approaches to cities and urban life that make the most of Queen Mary's location in London, and that draw upon the School's strong connections with museums and artists
- provides a unique basis for careers in the cultural and urban sectors, as well as for further research through its distinctive emphasis on urban practices and on creative collaborations between geographers, artists and curators.

Programme structure

Modules include: Geographical Thought and Practice; Art, Performance and the City; Cultural Geography in Practice; Cities, Space and Power; Empire, Race and Immigration. (check QMUL website for latest)

Why Study 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).

We're a School that cares about the world beyond the university, working with a range of community groups, artists, cultural and heritage institutions and policy makers, particularly here in East London. Our passion is to demonstrate through research and teaching the intellectual and political significance of geographical research and understanding. We encourage our students to become part of this vibrant intellectual culture. This programme is linked with The City Centre, our dedicated centre for collaborative research and related activities that are focused on the city and urban life.

- The curriculum is research-led and draws upon the research interests of those who teach on the programme
- This programme examines collaborative cultural geographies, focusing especially on creative collaborations between geographers, artists and curators
- This programme examines the relationships between urban space and power,through a focus on themes that include empire, migration and postcolonialism.

The programme is led by Professor Alastair Owens, Professor of Historical Geography.

Visit the Cities and Cultures MA page on the Queen Mary University of London website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Eimear Kelly

1245.jpg "I was initially attracted to the MA Cities and Cultures course at Queen Mary because of the opportunity to indulge my interest in urban spaces and the artistic response to city life. But now that I’ve almost completed the course, I’ve found it has sparked my interest in subjects far beyond those I had originally imagined. For my dissertation, I intend to explore the cultural geographies of Irish dance. The possibilities of topics to study really does feel endless. One of my favourite aspects of the course has been the Cultural Geography in Practice module, examining how geographers have engaged with creative and collaborative research and dissemination methods such as art, film and exhibitions. The opportunity to create my own exhibition proposal was really interesting and enabled me to use knowledge from my undergraduate studies in art history. After my masters, I hope to continue my studies and undertake a PhD at Queen Mary. For anyone considering the MA Cities and Cultures course, I recommend it entirely. Queen Mary has a brilliant reputation, the School of Geography has a really friendly environment, and the professors are incredibly helpful and supportive."

(Student Profile)

Shiori Tamagami

2306.jpg "One of the special aspects of the MA Cities and Cultures course is that it offers different perspectives on understanding the world. Through programs which engage with museums and galleries, it was exciting and unique in terms of collaborative works and exhibition planning. It showed me how we can contribute to society and enabled me to explore my own academic interests. Furthermore, it led me to the fieldwork in Japan for the dissertation.

"Whilst the study and life in Queen Mary was challenging for me in terms of language, academic culture and lifestyle, it was also enjoyable thanks to the kind support given by staff and fellow students on the course. A year on this Masters course was very stimulating and rewarding. I believe the unforgettable experiences at Queen Mary gave me a deeper understanding of cities and culture."


(Scholarship)

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

Eligibility

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

Application Procedure

Visit the Chevening website for more information.

Further Information

http://www.chevening.org/


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Walter Oldershaw Award - 8 Awards

The Walter Oldershaw Award offers 8 awards for Home/EU or International students applying to any of our masters degrees in the School of Geography at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).

Value of Scholarship(s)

3000

Eligibility

Home/EU and international students are eligible to apply.

Application Procedure

Interested applicants should 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 5pm on Friday 21 July 2017.
Further details or queries should be addressed to the Director of Masters Programmes, Professor Kavita Datta ([email protected]).

Further Information

http://www.qmul.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/funding_masters/index.html


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QMUL Commonwealth Scholarships - 20+ Awards

QMUL is proud to be working in partnership with the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (CSC) in the UK to offer a wide range of scholarships for postgraduate study at Master’s and PhD level.In 2017-18 we will be hosting an unprecedented number of Commonwealth Scholars from across the globe.Commonwealth Scholarships at QMUL typically cover full overseas tuition fees, living costs, airfares, and a variety of other expenses. Scholars from developing Commonwealth countries are eligible to apply for these awards.You can apply for a Commonwealth Scholarship for Master’s (one-year courses only). All subject areas are eligible, although the CSC’s selection criteria give priority to applications that demonstrate the strongest relevance to development.

Value of Scholarship(s)

30000

Eligibility

To apply for these scholarships, you must:
- Be a Commonwealth citizen, refugee, or British protected person
- Be permanently resident in a developing Commonwealth country
- By October 2017, hold a first degree of at least upper second class (2:1) honours standard, or a second class degree and a relevant postgraduate qualification (usually a Master’s degree)
For full eligibility criteria, please visit the website

Application Procedure

All candidates should apply to QMUL online following our normal application procedures (please be aware that candidates applying for a Commonwealth Scholarship may have an earlier application deadline than normal) and will also need to make an application directly to the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission.Application deadline: 15 November 2016

Further Information

http://www.qmul.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/funding_masters/scholarships/181480.html


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QMUL HESPAL Scholarships - Single Award

HESPAL aims to help create the next generation of senior academics who can maintain international quality standards at Palestinian universities and to develop renewed, sustainable links between Palestinian and UK universities.The Scheme will upgrade junior academic staff in Palestinian universities through a Masters Scholarship programme.The eligible areas of study include:Business, Economics and Finance; Educational Management; Political Sciences and International Relations; Human Rights and Governance; Agriculture; Engineering; Law, Management; Environmental Studies; Water management, Nursing, TSOL, Human Resourses, Economics, Literature, Linguistics, IT, Science programmes, Environmental Sciences and Sustainable Infrastructure, Clean Energy and Conservation Strategies, MA Energy Management, Energy Conservation, Sustainable Energy, ICT, nanotechnologies and energy. The scholarship covers the following:- tuition fees
- pre-departure briefing from the British Council
- arrival allowances
- thesis allowances
- a monthly allowance to cover living expenses.
Scholarship does not cover the costs for accompanying family, visa fees, IELTS cost, and Airfare ticket to from the UK.For full details, visit the website

Value of Scholarship(s)

30000

Eligibility

- Applicant must be a resident citizen of Palestinian Territories.
- Applicant must be currently employed by the Palestinian university which nominates her/him, which must be one of the participating Palestinian universities.
- Applicant will have a Masters degree from a Palestinian university with a minimum grade of very good (and equivalent to at least a 3.0 Bachelor’s Degree from UK).
- Applicant must sign a written undertaking to return to Palestinian university within a time frame agreed with their university, normally one year.
- Applicant must have IELTS certification appropriate for course and university (normally at least 6.5, sometimes higher).
For full eligibility criteria, please visit the website

Application Procedure

Please read the guidance notes for applicants and submit the application form and supporting documents as outlined on the website. The completed application forms and all other documentation must be submitted in hard copies to your university scholarship coordination office by 23 January 2017

Further Information

http://www.britishcouncil.ps/en/study-uk/scholarships/hespal



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. 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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