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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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Visit SPRI Prints

26th May, 2015


The Scott Polar Research Institute is pleased to offer high quality prints from our unique collection. Images are available in various sizes, framed or unframed. Visit

Trinity College geography essay competition

20th May, 2015


Trinity College's annual Geography Essay Competition is now open to entrants. The competition is open to Year 12 students in UK schools. Essays should be on the following topic: "At a fundamental level, geography is the study of places. What is the most important place in the world, and why?"

Further details are available from the Trinity College website. Potential entrants can also contact Nick Cutler, the College's Director of Studies in Geography, for guidance. The closing date for entries is 30 June 2015.

New study highlights the role of forests in addressing hunger

8th May, 2015


A new study, led by Dr Bhaskar Vira, and launched at the United Nations Forum on Forests meeting in New York, highlights the importance of forests and trees in responses to global hunger. More than 60 global scientists and experts (including Dr Chris Sandbrook from the Department) collaborated on the peer-reviewed publication "Forests, Trees and Landscapes for Food Security and Nutrition: A Global Assessment Report", which was coordinated by the International Union of Forest Research Organisations (IUFRO) on behalf of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF).

Perspectives on the Nepal earthquake

1st May, 2015


Typical Nepal mountain hazards were made worse by the recent earthquake. Senior Lecturer Dr Ian Willis, and PhD student Evan Miles contemplate the fate of people in a remote part of the country, where they have been doing research for the past two years.

Dr Charlotte Lemanski awarded best Urban Studies journal paper of 2014

30th April, 2015


Dr Charlotte Lemanski has been awarded the best of paper of 2014 by the journal Urban Studies for her article "Hybrid gentrification in South Africa: theoretising across southern and northern cities", which was published in the November 2014 issue, Volume 51(14), pp2943-2960. The journal is now offering free access to this article.

Charlotte wrote a short blog post about the article when it was first published, and has also completed a vodcast related to the article and the award, which should be online soon.

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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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