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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 open days: bookings now open

19th June, 2017


Bookings are open for the Department of Geography Open Day as part of the University of Cambridge Open Day on the 6th and 7th July 2017. Come and join us in the Department for a taster lecture, course talk and displays on Department life with staff and students- or come and see our subject stand at the Law Faculty all day. Book now.

How can Cambridge research enable the world to sustain a population of nine billion?

28th June, 2017


Department Senior Lecturer David Nally is speaking this Saturday at the Sainsbury Laboratory on the subject of 'How can Cambridge research enable the world to sustain a population of nine billion?' as part of a Vice Chancellor's Circle event. The Vice-Chancellor's Circle was created in 2007 as part of the Cambridge 800th Anniversary Campaign. It provides the University and the Colleges with an opportunity to recognise and thank those donors who have provided significant support for key projects and programmes that underpin excellence at Cambridge.

Geography staff at the Prince's Trust

26th June, 2017


Department Senior Lecturers Harriet Allen and Philip Howell and Reader Bhaskar Vira are presenting at the Prince's Trust Teaching Institute Residential on Geography at Homerton College this week. This event is for Geography teachers from across the UK to enrich their curricula and learn about new technologies and developments in the field.

Off-stage ecosystem service burdens

23rd June, 2017


Placed-based sustainability efforts often fail to recognise the risk of turning up the environmental pressure elsewhere

In a study recently published in the journal Environmental Research Letters, Moran Professor of Development and Conservation Bill Adams, together with a team of colleagues from Spain, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden and the UK, looked at how ecosystem assessments often overlook what they describe as "distant, diffuse and delayed" impacts.

Cambridge researchers map climate variation over 900 years

20th June, 2017


A team of researchers including Professor of Environmental Systems Analysis Ulf Buentgen, Senior Research Associate Paul Krusic and Professor of Volcanology Clive Oppenheimer have reconstructed, for the first time, a record of May-June and August-September temperature variability for the period 1186-2014 across most of the Iberian Peninsula and northwestern Africa.

These findings will have substantial implications on our understandings of regional climate variability and the impact of volcanic eruptions on temperature changes.

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