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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 across six Thematic Research Groups and two Institutes, covers a broad range of topics, approaches, and sites of study. Our expertise, individually and in collaboration, is both conceptual and applied.

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Geography in Cam Magazine

29th March, 2017


The 2017 Lent Term edition of Cam Magazine features Department Reader Dr Bhaskar Vira on India's future (p. 17) and Senior Lecturer Dr David Nally on Malthus (pp. 30-31). The magazine is sent in print to all alumni of the University of Cambridge, or is available to view online.

Climate Change in the Eurasian Late Antiquity (4th-8th Century)

28th March, 2017


Professor of Environmental Systems Analysis Prof Ulf Buentgen and Professor of Volcanology Prof Clive Oppenheimer are part of a team running 'Climate Change in Eurasian Late Antiquity: A Dialogue between Science, History, and Archaeology' a workshop taking place at the IAS in Princeton today.

The purpose of the workshop is to bring together historians and other humanities scholars, archaeologists, and climatologists to investigate the possible effects of climatic variability on social and political change in Eurasia between the 4th and 8th centuryes. The group aim to bring together knowledge about population movements, political events, and economic transformations that may have been in part ascribable to climatic change.

Interventions on Europe's political futures

27th March, 2017


Department Reader Dr Alex Jeffrey explores the potential role of human rights institutions as a mechanism for challenging the potential injustices of resurgent state violence in Europe in a new series of 'interventions' on Europe's political future(s) published in Political Geography.

How does livelihood affect people's perception of deforestation?

23rd March, 2017


A new paper by Cambridge researchers Dr Mike Bithell, Prof Keith Richards and Dr Gareth Rees with Dr Ronald Twongyirwe (Mbarara University of Science) explores the connections between people's class and social group and their perceptions of deforestation, looking specifically at forested and non-forested landscapes in Western Uganda.

Occupy and the dilemmas of social movements

21st March, 2017


Department Leverhulme fellow Sam Halvorsen explores the challenging spatial aspects of social movements in a new blog and article. The texts highlight the dilemmas and contradictions that can arise for movement leaders when mobilising particular spatial strategies and the importance of geography in understanding social movements.

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  • 26th April 2017:
    Masterclass: The health impacts of volcanic gases. Details…
    Cambridge Volcanology
  • 4th May 2017:
    How ice sheets collapse: a lesson from the past. Details…
    Quaternary Discussion Group (QDG)
  • 10th May 2017:
    The distribution of oxygen in the Earth’s mantle. Details…
    Cambridge Volcanology
  • 18th May 2017:
    Title to be confirmed. Details…
    Quaternary Discussion Group (QDG)
  • 24th May 2017:
    Masterclass: Crystal growth kinetics. Details…
    Cambridge Volcanology
  • 7th June 2017:
    Cultures of Forecasting on Mt. Merapi. Details…
    Cambridge Volcanology