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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 PhD student named in 100 most influential

1st April, 2019


Former Polar Studies Cambridge PhD student and Gates Scholar Victoria Herrmann has been named one of the top 100 most influential people in climate policy for 2019, according to Apolitical. She now leads the Arctic Institute's research on climate change and community adaptation in Arctic communities.

National Geographic features Cambridge research

27th March, 2019


A feature in National Geographic exploring the fall of the ancient Roman wine centre of Elusa profiles the work of Professor Ulf Buentgen on the Late Antique Little Ice Age and the impact of a cluster of volcanic eruptions in the mid-6th century on life across Europe and Asia.

Sea Change: how Cambridge Geography is working to protect East Anglian coasts

26th March, 2019


Featured in the latest Research Horizons, the work of Tom Spencer, Iris Moeller and the Cambridge Coastal Research Unit, explores how coastal communities can work with nature, rather than against it, to protect them from flooding, while collaborating with local authorities in the East of England, the Environment Agency, stakeholders including the National Trust, and the Universities of East Anglia (UEA) and Essex, to develop and test more sustainable approaches to flood defence.

Changes in ocean 'conveyor belt' predicted abrupt climate changes

21st March, 2019


A new study published in Nature Communications is the first to measure the time lags between changing ocean currents and major climate shifts. An international team of scientists with lead author Dr Francesco Muschitiello studied one of the key sections of the ocean circulation system AMOC (Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation) –where North Atlantic water sinks from the surface to the bottom of the ocean. They confirmed that changes in the ocean conveyor belt preceded abrupt and major climatic changes during the transition out of the last ice age, referred to as the last deglaciation. The study is the first to determine the time lags between past changes to the AMOC and major climate changes.

Cambridge Geography at EGU 2019

18th March, 2019


The EGU General Assembly 2019, Europe's largest gathering of geoscientists, is taking place in Vienna on 7–12 April 2019. Once again, the Department of Geography at Cambridge is well represented by over 30 presentations of varying types.

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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.

  • 8th May 2019:
    The famine that wasn't? 1799-1801 in Ireland. Details…
    The Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure - seminar series
  • 14th May 2019:
    Critical Geopolitics of the Polar Regions: An Inter-American Perspective. Details…
    Histories, Cultures, Environments and Politics research seminars at SPRI
  • 15th May 2019:
    Title to be confirmed. Details…
    Quantitative History Seminar
  • 22nd May 2019:
    A new perspective on the role of public investment in sanitation and mortality decline in urban England 1870-1911. Details…
    The Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure - seminar series
  • 12th June 2019:
    Addressing health: sickness and retirement in the Victorian Post Office. Details…
    The Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure - seminar series