Geography

Geography is a broad and diverse subject that gives you a deep understanding of the world around us. It is central to the key issues facing contemporary societies and seeks to explain the relationships between events and their impact, both locally and worldwide. By understanding these relationships, and drawing on historical experiences, the skills gained by studying Geography help prepare you for a career where you can shape our global future.

Geography at the University of Exeter offers world-class research and teaching in the social and natural sciences. Our programmes will give you the ability to better understand the world, as well as the knowledge and skills to shape solutions for the future. We will inspire in you an interest and enthusiasm in geography that will shape your life and careers well beyond graduation. You can apply to study at either the Streatham Campus in Exeter, or at the Penryn Campus near Falmouth.

As well as building on familiar aspects of the physical and social world, such as the environment, population change 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, heritage, landscape, health geographies and non-human geographies.

You’ll gain a good understanding of the breadth of the discipline and complement this with detailed study of specific areas of geographical research.

We also teach you more than just geography: in the course of your degree, we’ll 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.

Geography programmes at the Penryn Campus give you an integrated and all-round understanding of the subject in order to equip you with the knowledge and skills to address the key issues facing humans and our planet today and in the future.

You will be taught by expert staff who are actively engaged in research that covers climate change; remote sensing; landscape evolution; society and space; environment and sustainability in the past and present; and energy policy. Our teaching and research emphasises the value of interdisciplinary thinking – looking beyond traditional boundaries to the complex interactions between human societies and non-human environments.

Cornwall is an exceptional place in which to study Geography. The county is a perfect living laboratory that 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 leads cutting-edge interdisciplinary research into solutions to problems of environmental change. In so doing it enhances people’s lives by improving their relationships with the environment.

By studying in Cornwall, you’ll benefit from excellent student:staff ratios, small group tutorials and friendly, accessible and supportive staff. You’ll be encouraged to share our enthusiasm and passion for the subject and follow your interest in the global challenges geographers seek to address.

We offer outstanding analytical and experimental laboratories for environmental change and process studies, including a high-performance computing facility and a dedicated geographical information systems (GIS) suite for geospatial modelling activities and remote sensing.

Our programmes based at the Streatham Campus offer you a range of optional modules allowing you to tailor your programme to suit your developing interests. In the first year you will study human and physical geography modules 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.

At the Streatham Campus you will join a large community of Geography students and staff presenting a thriving and vibrant environment in which to study. Academic staff are all actively involved in research covering most aspects of modern geography, with a particular strength in hydrology, geomorphology and earth surface processes, Quaternary environmental and climatic change, GIS, historical geography, rural geography, nature-culture relations, and cultural and political geography. We have strong links with international, national and local research projects including those in the UK and Europe, Iceland, the Middle and Far East, the Pacific Rim, the former Soviet Union and southern Africa, as well as North and South America.

We offer well-equipped experimental laboratories for physical geography to support student research, including a £3.7 million sediment research centre, a 75-seat GIS lab with high-spec workstations, a cartographic studio and a technical workshop.

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.