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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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Cambridge top for Geography & Environmental Science in the Complete University Guide 2019

25th April, 2018


We are pleased to announce that the University of Cambridge has again come top for Geography and Environmental Science in the Complete University Guide 2019. The University has ranked top for Geography since 2009.

PhD student Morgan Seag is working to improve diversity and inclusion in polar research.

16th July, 2018


PhD student Morgan Seag is working to improve diversity and inclusion in polar research. She was one of several Cambridge geographers attending POLAR2018 last month, a conference of 2500 researchers, science supporters, and policymakers working on the Arctic, Antarctic and global cryosphere.

Dr Richard Powell summoned as witness before Environmental Audit Committee

16th July, 2018


In July 2018, Dr Richard Powell appeared as a witness before the Environmental Audit Committee's inquiry into the Changing Arctic, to provide expertise in UK Arctic social sciences and humanities and advise on formation of UK Arctic research and policy.

Collapse of civilizations worldwide defines youngest unit of the Geological Time Scale

13th July, 2018


The International Union of Geological Sciences, and its Commission on Stratigraphy of which Professor Philip Gibbard of the University of Cambridge is Secretary General and participating member, has approved three new ages.

The Late Holocene Meghalayan Age, newly-ratified as the most recent unit of the Geologic Time Scale, began at the time when agricultural societies around the world experienced an abrupt and critical mega-drought and cooling 4,200 years ago.This 200-year climatic event affected agricultural societies that formed after the last Ice Age, forcing the collapse of civilizations and migrations and regenerations in Egypt, Greece, Syria, Palestine, Mesopotamia, the Indus Valley, and the Yangtze River Valley.

New paper: When defining boundaries for nexus analysis, let the data speak

13th July, 2018


A new paper on the water- energy-food nexus by PhD student Oliver Taherzadeh, Professor Keith Richards, and Dr Mike Bithell has been published by the journal Resources, Conservation and Recycling.

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