Geography

Geography at Exeter explores the key issues facing contemporary societies and explains the relationships between events and their impact on a global scale. You’ll be encouraged to develop an understanding of human societies and natural environments. As well as learning about familiar aspects of the physical and social world, such as the environment, migration and resource management, you’ll consider the critical global issues and challenges of the 21st century which are likely to affect environments and societies in the coming years. You will encounter exciting fields of enquiry such as climate modelling, vegetation and rivers, satellite mapping, environmental change, climate change, biosecurity, refugee and asylum geopolitics, urban futures, development and health geographies.

We also teach you more than just geography: in the course of your degree, we will help you acquire and develop a range of transferable skills, including core academic skills, IT, personal and key skills, all of which are highly sought after by employers.

The Penryn Campus presents a distinctive, intimate and welcoming environment. You’ll join an approachable community of experts working at the forefront of knowledge creation and innovative application, and benefit from interaction with cutting-edge interdisciplinary research.

Our programmes at the Penryn Campus give you an integrated and all-round understanding of subjects, equipping you with the knowledge and skills to address issues facing humans and our planet. Our programmes in Geography and Human Sciences allow you the flexibility to choose between a BA or BSc degree depending on how your interests develop.

You will be taught by expert staff who are actively engaged in research on a wide range of specialisms, including climate change, remote sensing, landscape evolution, energy policy, environment and sustainability, social innovation and cultural landscapes. Teaching and research activities emphasise the value of interdisciplinary thinking – looking beyond traditional boundaries to the complex interactions between human societies and non-human environments.

We offer outstanding analytical and experimental laboratories for environmental change and process studies, including an IT facility housing high-specification computers with the latest Geographic Information Systems and mapping software, designed to support teaching and learning in cartography, spatial mapping and analysis, remote sensing, statistics, and computer modelling. Our facilities are supported by an expert team of laboratory, research and computing technicians.

Cornwall is an exceptional place in which to study Geography, Environmental Science and Human Sciences. The county is a perfect living laboratory which offers a diverse range of marine and terrestrial habitats, a wealth of natural resources, and a number of unique social landscapes. The University’s Environment and Sustainability Institute (ESI) is located on the Penryn Campus and further inspires the research and teaching. The ESI leads cutting-edge interdisciplinary research into solutions to problems of environmental change, enhancing people’s lives by improving their relationships with the environment.

You will join a large, energetic community of Geography students and staff presenting a thriving and vibrant environment in which to study. You’ll be taught by internationally recognised academic staff whose research feeds directly into dynamic new modules, providing you with knowledge that is at the forefront of geographical thought.

Our academic staff are world-leaders across many critical contemporary research areas, whether they be the protection of the Great Barrier Reef and the tropical ecology of the Amazonian forest or the reduction of antimicrobial use in farming, the geopolitics of migration and refugee displacement and the development of craft economies. This provides the basis for an exciting range of cutting- edge modules as you learn with academic staff to shape key debates and seek to make a difference through research.

Our degrees provide exceptional academic support to enable you to develop your learning and we offer a strong focus on academic and research skills, combined with the flexibility to tailor your degree to your own research interests. With academic specialists in geographical education and an emphasis on student-led development across our degree programmes, we will give you the ingredients for academic success and great employability opportunities.

Our Exeter-based programmes enable you to study human and physical geography modules in the first year and develop key skills, ensuring you have an excellent foundation and are well placed to progress successfully through the degree. The second and final years offer you more flexibility to specialise, with optional modules that draw on our research strengths.

Well-equipped experimental laboratories for physical geography support student research, including a sediment research centre and high-specification computers with the latest Geographic Information Systems, mapping, statistics and coding software. Expert teaching on the principles of environmental modelling and programming is a distinctive strength of the Exeter’s physical geography programme.

We offer well-equipped experimental laboratories for physical geography to support student research, including a £3.7 million sediment research centre, an IT facility housing high-specification computers with the latest geographic information systems (GIS) and mapping software, a cartographic studio and a technical workshop. These facilities are managed by experienced and dedicated technical support staff.