Queen's University Belfast

Queen's University Belfast

Geography (Society, Space and Change)

This research cluster focuses on a number of research themes, both historical and contemporary, which consider the relationships between human society, spatiality and culture. 1 theme considers the spatial analysis of contemporary society; this includes census analysis, which covers research on travel to work, employability and labour markets as well as segregation analysis and the study of borders and external migration; a related theme is the spaces of financial knowledge. Alongside this quantitative approach is a set of investigations into the geography of islands and insularity; island studies also has a historical side, which fits into the cluster's strengths in a widely-defined historical geography. 1 group has worked on science, race and religion since 1650; the historical geographies of scientific knowledge; the cultures of regional botanic gardens in the age of empire; and the historical geography of Darwinism. Elsewhere, study has involved the geographies of popular protest from the 19th century. There is a medieval focus which consists of quantitative spatial analyses of socio-economic data and qualitative cultural analyses of landscapes and geographical knowledge of maps of the Middle Ages. While a number of themes deal with universal and theoretical issues, there is also some spatial focus including that on Belfast, Northern Ireland, Ireland, Great Britain, Canada, the North Caucasus, India and British Overseas Territories, colonialism and postcolonialism.

Entry requirements

Upper 2nd Class Honours degree or equivalent; a diploma or equivalent qualification may be considered; applicants whose 1st language is not English are required to have either obtained their degree in a majority English speaking country or to have achieved a suitable IELTS (a score of 6.5 overall with at least 5.5 in each individual component) or TOEFL qualification.

Course modules

Semester 1: Critical approaches; science, geography and power; island geographies. Semester 2: Methods and research design; mapping worlds; spaces of history and histories of space.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MPhil Full-time £ 3,466 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years
MPhil Full-time £ 10,730 per Academic year (overseas fees) 2 years
PhD Full-time £ 3,466 per Academic year (home fees) 3 years
PhD Full-time £ 10,730 per Academic year (overseas fees) 3 years
PhD Part-time - 6 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Queen's University Belfast Belfast BT7 1NN Northern Ireland

Key information

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