Geography at the University of Exeter is recognised for excellence in intensive research. We are ranked 7th in the UK for research^ and 3rd for research power in Geography and Environmental Studies and 4th in the UK for research in Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences^. We combine world-leading academics with state-of-the-art facilities and infrastructure to provide the perfect environment for research excellence and innovation. This lively and modern environment encourages fundamental and applied research which influences the very latest studies, understanding and advances in both human and physical geography and environmental studies.

Our progressive research culture is underpinned by our continued investment, which has not only allowed us to retain key academics but complement them with a series of new, outstanding appointments. These new members of our team, together with a growing population of research students, have contributed to a stronger, more dynamic and thriving research community.

Our research degree and facilities

We are committed to providing the very best environment and teaching for students undertaking research degree programmes. By creating a vibrant and sustainable community in which to carry out ground-breaking research, we have tripled the number of postgraduate students in recent years. This commitment to investing in people, as well as facilities, is being strengthened over the coming years – and we want you to be a part of it.

Adebayo Eludoyin, PhD Physical Geography, Landscape and Ecosystem Dynamics’ research group

Whilst studying at Exeter I have enjoyed the guided independence of research thought, the academic, social and cultural networks. I also enjoy the strict adherence to study schedules. The research outlook at Exeter is strictly independent, and your supervisors appreciate your thoughts. This is what I lacked in some of my previous attempts to pursue this degree. With a good supervisor, you can reach the sky! I have a very good supervisory team, and I am very happy about this. The Effective Researcher Development Programme is also a plus as well is the academic community that encourages networking. These will make me recommend Exeter again and again!

Adebayo Eludoyin, PhD Physical Geography, Landscape and Ecosystem Dynamics’ research group

^ Research Excellence Framework 2014 based on intensity-adjusted Grade Point Average
† Times Higher Education research power ranking

Climate Change studies within Geography

Academics and students within Geography talking about their studies in relation to climate change, sustainable development and energy policy. View full size.

Transformational Climate Science conference 2014

In May 2014 we hosted the first gathering of Co-Chairs and authors from all three IPCC working groups with over 500 climate scientists, policy makers, industry professionals, students, and members of the public participated in this exciting event. View full size.