Why Study Geography?
Our graduates are highly employable (Times Higher Education Survey, 2019) because we give our students a broad, integrative geographical understanding and the key competencies we teach (problem solving, critical and analytical thinking) set our graduates apart. Our courses offer the opportunity to study a broad range of human, physical and environmental topics, but also to become well-trained in a range of research methods (field and laboratory). You will acquire specialised technical and practical skills (Geographical Information Systems (GIS), IT, Statistics), as well as transferrable and professional skills such as leadership and communication, making you a good team player.
Geography offers flexibility and our programmes begin with a strong foundation in geographical knowledge in Year One. You can focus your interests in our second, third and fourth years, and pick modules accordingly as you progress through your studies. The final year independent project (dissertation) allows you to undertake independent research under staff guidance.
Our staff are research-active, and they will share their passion for the subject and knowledge with you. Our modules reflect staff interests and these topics include rivers/coastal environments, rural-urban areas, social inequalities, geohazards, governance, environmental modelling, oceanography, sedimentology or sustainability.
Our BA/BSc/MGeog Geography degrees are all accredited by the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG).
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Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018
National Student Survey 2017
Career Opportunities in Geography
A degree in Geography opens up a wide range of career paths and job types. Our geographers have an integrative perspective of social and natural sciences, and this distinguishes them from other disciplines. They possess a combination of transferrable skills making them very employable. Graduates go on to work as environmental consultants, town/emergency planners, teachers, surveyors, sustainability/recycling officers, data analysts, or GIS officers/cartographers. They also take on roles in business, finance and human resources, or marketing, PR and sales. Employers include the Civil Service, local government, charities/NGOs, environmental protection agencies or consultancies, and private companies.
Our Research in Geography
We have a multidisciplinary team of staff with their expertise ranging from glacial to marine environments, and from food geographies to rewilding. Our staff are involved in leading research with other academic institutions, non-governmental groups and communities across the globe. Staff interests include riverine pollution, arctic warming, coastal hazards, nature and society, food poverty, submarine sedimentary systems, and the culture of enthusiasm.