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Qualification type

MRes - Master of Research

Subject areas

Human Geography Cultural Studies

Course type


Course Summary

The Cities and Cultures MRes is a pre-doctoral training programme version of the Cities and Cultures MA. Alongside the focus on the cultural geographies of cities, it develops social science research skills and methods appropriate for further study in this field. 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 MRes graduates 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: allows you to embark on a research pathway if you wish to pursue a PhD after your masters degree, in particular allowing you to undertake an ESRC-funded PhD; provides advanced-level training in social science research methodologies; deepens your knowledge of the distinctive contribution of cultural geographical perspectives to understanding cities and urban life; encourages you to examine collaborative cultural geographies, focusing especially on creative collaborations between geographers, artists and curators.

As a student at Queen Mary, you will play an active part in your acquisition of skills and knowledge. Teaching is by a mixture of formal lectures and small group seminars. The seminars are designed to generate informed discussion around set topics, and may involve student presentations, group exercises and role-plays as well as open discussion. We take pride in the close and friendly working relationship we have with our students. You are assigned an Academic Adviser who will guide you in both academic and pastoral matters throughout your time at Queen Mary.

Different course options

Full time | Mile End | 1 year | SEP-19

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



Geographical Thought and Practice (30 Credits) - Core
Introduction to Social Science 2: Quantitative Methods and Data (30 Credits) - Core
Dissertation of 15,000 words (60 Credits) - Core
Cities, Space and Power (30 Credits) - Core

Tuition fees

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Entry requirements

Students need to have 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. It is not necessary to have a first degree in geography and students from different backgrounds in the arts, humanities and social sciences are also welcome.

University information

Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) is a leading UK and International university and is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of Universities. Its history goes back to 1785, when it was originally four different colleges which have merged over the years. The University was born in London, and has five campuses in the city, but has expanded to include campuses in China, Malta and Paris. It has 26,000 students and 4,500 members of staff,...more

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