Ranked in the top 25 in the world1, Geography at the University of Exeter is one of the UK's largest and most dynamic Geography departments. With a base on the University's campuses in both Exeter and Cornwall, we are recognised worldwide for the excellence of our research. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), the latest assessment of the research quality of universities in the UK, we rank 7th for research2 and 3rd for research power3 in Geography and Environmental Studies, and 4th for research in Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences2. Over 80% of our research was rated as world-leading or internationally excellent4.

Our research interests cover most aspects of geography and we enjoy strong links with international and national research projects. Research areas of particular strength include Environmental Processes and Change, and Historical and Cultural Geography and we are engaged in a number of interdisciplinary areas of research at the University including Climate Change and Sustainable Futures, and Earth System Science.

We offer a range of innovative taught programmes, relevant to 21st century challenges and developed with input from industry, which aim to provide a fantastic platform for future employment. The majority of our Masters programmes are based on the Penryn Campus in Cornwall, which is also 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.

As a student with us you will be part of a vibrant postgraduate community benefiting from quality research-inspired teaching or supervision and access to outstanding facilities. We offer an intellectually stimulating experience within a supportive and inclusive environment.

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*

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.

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.