Ranked in the top 20 in the world, Geography at the University of Exeter offers a lively, thriving and innovative research environment at campuses in both Cornwall and Exeter. We attract research funding from a wide-range of sources including research councils, charities, the UK government and industry, and we enjoy strong links with national and international research projects. Our research groups span the breadth of geography: Environment and Sustainability; Geographies of Creativity and Knowledge; Nature, Materialities and Biopolitics; Spatial Responsibilities; Environmental Change; and Landscape and Ecosystem Dynamics. We are engaged in a number of interdisciplinary areas of research at the University including Climate Change and Sustainable Futures, Environmental Sciences and Earth System Science.

You can choose from a range of innovative taught programmes that are relevant to 21st century  challenges and provide a fantastic platform for future employment. The majority of our Masters programmes are based on the Penryn Campus in Cornwall, home to the University’s Environment and Sustainability Institute (ESI) – an interdisciplinary centre leading cutting-edge research into impacts of environmental change and the mitigation and management of its effects.

You will be part of a vibrant postgraduate community benefiting from quality research inspired teaching and access to outstanding facilities.

Cecilia Zevallos-Labarthe, MSc Sustainable Development graduate

Prior to starting my MSc I was working as a Sustainable Development Analyst. I was fortunate enough to be awarded an International Masters Scholarship and chose to come to the University of Exeter to expand my knowledge about sustainable development and gain experience in climate change and analytical project tools. The MSc is very well-rounded, offering variety for people interested either in social or environmental topics. I had the opportunity to benefit from lectures with great professors and a mixture of professionals who brought very interesting backgrounds to contribute to the learning process. I have met people from a wide range of backgrounds which gave the programme a great diversity. 

Cecilia Zevallos-Labarthe, MSc Sustainable Development graduate

1 QS World University Rankings by Subject 2014 – Geography and Area Studies
2 Based on intensity-adjusted Grade Point Average
3 Times Higher Education research power ranking
4 Based on a weighted average of research in Geography and Environmental Studies, and Earth Systems and  Environmental Science, classified as 4* and 3*

Professor Stewart Barr discusses our postgraduate Geography programmes based on our Streatham Campus 

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.