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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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Undergraduate Open Days 2016

21st March, 2016


The Department of Geography will be opening its doors to prospective undergraduates as part of this year's Open Days, on Thursday 30th June & Friday 1st July 2016.

Book Launch: Professor Matthew Gandy ‘Moth’

18th May, 2016


Prof Matthew Gandy and Reaktion Books are delighted to invite you to celebrate the launch of 'Moth', a bold and fascinating new guide to these denizens of the night. (Read selected pages.) Matthew will be joined by Professor Susan Owens, Professor Steve Connor, and Jonathan Burt (series editor). Please join us for an evening in the shadows.

Thursday 9th June, Periodicals Room, Library, Department of Geography, 5.30pm - 7.00pm. Wine reception to follow. All are welcome. RSVP to

Prof Matthew Gandy book launch in Paris

13th May, 2016


Prof Matthew Gandy was in Paris, France on Thursday 12th May for the launch of his book 'Ecologie queer: Nature, sexualité et hétérotopie' translated by Olivier Piona. The book is a translation of Matthew's article that originally appeared in the journal "Society and Space" along with a range of additional photographs and materials. Matthew was joined at Les Mots A La Bouche by Anne Querrien, and introduced by Alessio Kolioulis.

Ron Martin awarded prestigious Victoria Medal

12th May, 2016


Professor Ron Martin been awarded the highly prestigious Victoria Medal for 2016 by the the Royal Geographical Society / Institute of British Geographers 'for outstanding contributions to the field of economic geography, especially with respect to advances in regional economic development theory'

Rachel Meunier, Newnham College, wins Royal Geographical Society's Alfred Steers Undergraduate Dissertation Prize 2015

4th May, 2016


Rachel Meunier, who graduated from the Geography Department with a Frist Class degree in July 2015, was selected as a winner of the 2015 Royal Geographical Society's Alfred Steers UG Dissertation Prize for her project entitled 'Bridging Urban Divides? The Clichy-Batignolles Urban Development Project, Paris'.

Rachel's dissertation was described by the judges as 'an extremely engaging and well-structured piece of work, with clear thinking, research and writing throughout'. They were particularly impressed by her 'exploration of the idea that shared spaces may also be contested, thus having the opposite effect of that desired'. It is for these reasons, amongst others, that Rachel's work stood out from all the dissertations reviewed, and was considered an 'exceptionally fine piece of undergraduate research'.

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