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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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Cambridge ESS NERC DTP PhD studentships

25th November, 2015


Cambridge Earth System Science NERC Doctoral Training Partnership provides PhD opportunities across the NERC remit with research projects tackling problems of global significance within the research themes of Climate, Biology and Solid Earth. Projects are now being advertised. Applicants from the UK and EU are eligible to apply. The deadline is Wednesday, 6 January 2016.

PhD Project - The Political Ecology of Trees and Birds in Ghana

19th November, 2015


A new PhD studentship with Department of Geography and RSPB is being advertised. The deadline for applications has been extended to 7 December 2015. Read more …

Phil Gibbard appointed Secretary-General of the International Commission on Stratigraphy

9th November, 2015


Quaternary geologist Professor Phil Gibbard has been invited to take up the prestigious post of Secretary-General of the International Commission on Stratigraphy (ICS). The post, which was announced on Saturday 7 November, is initially for four years for the period 2016-2020.

The ICS is the largest and oldest constituent scientific body in the International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS). Its primary objective is to define precisely global divisions (systems, series and stages) of the International Geological Time Scale; thus setting global standards for the fundamental scale for expressing Earth history.

Physical Geography / Environmental Science PhD Opportunities 2016

9th November, 2015


Physical Geography / Environmental Science PhD topics to start October 2016 are advertised on the Cambridge Earth System Science Doctoral Training Programme website. Members of the Geography Department / SPRI have projects advertised across all three themes of Climate, Biology and Solid Earth. Further general information about the application procedure is available.

Professor AbdouMaliq Simone: Distinguished Visitor

1st November, 2015


Professor AbdouMaliq Simone is the Department's Distinguished International Fellow, November 2015. He will be giving a public lecture: The fugitives - blackness as urban method on Wednesday 4th November, and a seminar on Tuesday 3rd November.

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On 8-9 September 2014, the department hosted a major international Symposium, 'The Shrinking Commons', debating the changing nature of the commons and the intellectual and political challenges posed by the changes.

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