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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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Department of Geography buildings closure

20th March, 2020


In light of recent government announcements, and of recent developments including a growing number of staff members now working from home, the University of Cambridge has now moved into its "red" phase in response to the Coronavirus pandemic. There are more details about this on the University's Coronavirus (Covid-19) pages.

As a result, the Department of Geography Main Building, and the Department offices in the William Hardy Building, will be closed; as will the Department's facilities, including the Geography Department Library, the Geography Science Laboratories and Field Equipment Service. Information for staff and students about this closure, procedures for remote working, and Departmental updates about the Coronavirus situation are available on the Geography Intranet.

Coronavirus: latest information for students and staff

14th March, 2020


The Geography Intranet has a new section giving updates on the Coronavirus situation, together with links to key resources.

Getting a (proper) grip on UK flooding

27th February, 2020


Professor Tom Spencer takes the government to task on its approach to river flooding, in an article in The Guardian, 'Getting a proper grip on flooding problems'.

Upcoming Events in London: The Urban Salon and the British Academy events both chaired by Prof. Matthew Gandy

14th February, 2020


On Tuesday 18 and Wednesday 19 February, Matthew Gandy will chair two events in London on urban green space, urban biodiversity, and ecological design in the city.

The Urban Salon event on the evening of the 18th of February is free and open for all, no need to RSVP.

New book: The Edge of Law by Alex Jeffrey

13th February, 2020


A new book by Alex Jeffrey examines the social and political consequences of conducting war crimes trials in the wake of violent conflict. Focusing on the establishment of a war crimes court in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, The Edge of Law explores the challenge of creating a new legal institution in a divided and traumatised society.

To examine this task, Dr Jeffrey understood the operation of law as a social process, in doing exploring the ways in which trials are communicated; the civil society groups and NGOs helping facilitate legal proceedings, and even the architecture and organisation of the court itself. In mapping the consequences of the court's establishment, the book argues that war crimes trials need to be understood as part of a wider array of legal and political instruments established to confront atrocities of the past.

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Cambridge Geography 1919-2019

The Cambridge Geography Tripos turns 100 in 2019. We are celebrating with a programme including a Centenary Lecture Series, London public panel and Alumni Celebration Day. We look forward to welcoming you to one of our events soon.

  • 12th May 2020:
    POSTPONED Languages of Emergency, Infrastructures of Response and Everyday Heroism in the Circumpolar North. Details…
    Scott Polar Research Institute - HCEP (Histories, Cultures, Environments and Politics) Research Seminars
  • 13th May 2020:
    The influence of Arctic Fog on Glaciers. Details…
    Scott Polar Research Institute - Physical Sciences Seminar
  • 21st May 2020:
    Insights from mapping Greenland’s supraglacial lakes at unprecedented temporal and spatial scales. Details…
    Scott Polar Research Institute - Physical Sciences Seminar