Geography

Ranked in the top 15 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 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: Cultural and Historical Geographies; Environment and Sustainability; Nature, Materialities and Biopolitics; Space, Politics and Society; 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 Streatham Campus in Exeter offers the £3.7 million Sediment Research Facility which provides additional laboratories, experimental facilities and a wide range of state of the art analytical equipment.

The Penryn Campus in Cornwall, is 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.

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*

What our students say 

Carolina, MSc Sustainable Development, Penryn Campus

“My favourite thing about this programme is that it tackles real-world concerns. Some of the modules address the theory, and others encourage the students to put that theory into practice. In the Project Design module, students develop a real project in a short period of time, which improves both soft and hard skills.”

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Evelyn, MSc Sustainable Development, Penryn Campus

“My favourite thing about the programme is the research skills that I have acquired in project designing. I’ve also really enjoyed the field trip to Newley Fisheries. We learnt about the various fish and how they are caught, challenges that fishermen face on the coast and the limited quotas placed on them.”

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