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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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Sam Matthew, Emmanuel College, awarded PolGRG Undergraduate Dissertation Prize 2015

25th August, 2015


Sam Matthew (Emmanuel College) was selected as a joint winner of the 2015 Political Geography Research Group Undergraduate Dissertation Prize for his disseration 'The Ghosts of Gulu: Affect, Emotion and Mysticism in Northern Uganda'.

Sam's dissertation was described by the judges as 'a well-developed and theoretically informed engagement with questions of politics and the political in everyday life' which presented 'a number of interesting and insightful ideas' and did 'a good job of weaving empirical examples with theoretical ideas'.

This was an ambitious and exciting project that combined elements from across the geography degree.

Lectureship vacancy

23rd June, 2015


The Department is currently advertising a fixed-term Lectureship in Human Geography, to start on 1st October 2015. The successful candidate will have broad interests in the area of development studies, with particular emphasis in urban, environmental, social and/or post-colonial geographies. See more information and how to apply online.

Journeys that show John was our king of the road

10th June, 2015


The Times features a full-page article ('Journeys that show John was our king of the road', 10th June 2015) about research undertaken by members of the Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure.

Max Satchell and Ellen Potter used GIS to map the locations of John, Henry III, and Edward I from place and date clauses of thousands of royal letters and charters from 1199 to 1305. This created extremely detailed itineraries, enabling the day to day movements of each king to be reconstructed. By tracking the movements of King John and his successors through England and Wales it is possible to learn a great deal about medieval transport and travel.

Trinity College Geography Event

8th June, 2015


Trinity College will be hosting a Geography recruitment event on Friday 3 July (11.00-12.15). Dr Nick Cutler, College Lecturer in Geography and an Admissions Tutor at Churchill College, will talk about the undergraduate Geography course at Cambridge. He will give guidance on preparing a competitive application and answer questions about the Cambridge admissions process. After the event, attendees will be able to participate in the tours and lectures organised by the Geography Department as part of the University Open Day. If you would like to attend, please email

Progress in Geography Conference for Sixth Form Students

8th June, 2015


Fitzwilliam College holds an annual one-day conference for Sixth Form students intending to study Geography at University, and for their teachers. This popular conference aims to update lower Sixth Formers and teachers on current issues in geographical research - and to provide potential applicants with an opportunity to visit one of the leading colleges for Geography in the University. This year, the conference will take place on Monday 22 June 2015.

The conference runs from 10.30 to 16.30 in the College Auditorium. The conference consists of a series of 45-minute sessions on topical subjects in Geography, with plenty of time allowed for discussion. During breaks and lunch, conference attendees have the opportunity to meet Fellows who teach Geography at Fitzwilliam, as well as current Geography students. There are 150 places available, allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Bookings can be made via the College website.

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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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