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Undergraduate study

Geography is one of the most exciting subjects to study at university. We live in an interdependent world caught up in chains of events which span the globe. We depend upon an increasingly fragile physical environment, whose complex interactions require sophisticated analysis and sensitive management.

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Graduate study

The Department has a large community of postgraduate students. Many are working for the PhD degree, awarded on the basis of individual research and requiring three years of full-time study. The Department of Geography also runs a range of Masters/MPhil courses.

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People in the Department

The Department's staff publish regularly in hundreds of separate publications, and attract research funding from a wide variety of sources.

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Research groups

Research in the Department of Geography, arranged in five thematic research groups, covers a broad range of topics, approaches, and sites of study. Our expertise is both conceptual and applied, and our goals as free ranging as policy oriented.

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New PhD opportunities now available

2nd February, 2016


The call for applications to the NERC Centre for Doctoral Training in Data, Risk and Environmental Analytical Methods is now open. Students wishing to study for a Ph.D. on this programme should visit the website for the full list of available projects and information on how to apply. A total of 10 fully funded studentships will be available to those eligible for NERC funding. The deadline for applications is Friday 26th February 2016.

Online Geography Learning Resources for Sixth Form Students

1st February, 2016


Do you want to find out more about climate change, sea level rise, evidence based policy-making, biodiversity or nature-society relations? If so visit the Geography online learning resources website.

This is hosted by the University's HE Plus programme which has just registered its 10,000th participant. While the programme encourages and prepares academically high-achieving state school students to make competitive applications to top universities, including Cambridge, its online learning resources are freely available to anyone aiming to make a competitive application to university, as well as those seeking to support them. The Geography pages also include links to other sources of geographical information, linking particularly with the Royal Geographical Society. You can discover more about 21st Century Challenges, Geography in the News, and the Hidden Histories of Exploration.

Dr Charlotte Lemanski filmed for Geographical Association

25th January, 2016


Charlotte Lemanski has been filmed by the Geography Association as part of their series of videocasts for post-16 students. Filmed in in our very own geography library (with thanks to Robert Carter), and using images provided by Tatiana Thieme, Charlotte discuss the challenges of 'urbanisation' and 'urban poverty'. Follow the links to watch the films.

The era named after Man may have begun on Earth - the biggest change since the Ice Age

20th January, 2016


Phil Gibbard was interviewed in Helsinki for YLE News on the 'Anthropocene'. YLE is Yleisradio, the Finnish national broadcaster. Ihmisen mukaan nimetty aikakausi on ehkä alkanut maapallolla – suurin muutos sitten jääkauden (The era named after Man may have begun on Earth - the biggest change since the Ice Age).

First Year PhD Graduate Forum

22nd December, 2015


First Year PhD students will present their research topics at a Graduate Forum on Tuesday, 12 January 2016.

The presentations will start at 10.00 am in the Seminar Room, in the main building of the Geography Department.

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