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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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Scholarship for black and mixed black heritage undergraduate students

1st October, 2020

 

Admissions and enrolment data indicate that black and black mixed heritage students are significantly under-represented in undergraduate geography programmes across the UK, and at Cambridge.

The Department is working proactively to address historic under-representation in the discipline. As part of our commitment to support inclusion, diversity and decolonisation in Geography, the Department is launching a programme of support and financial assistance for black British students intending to read for the Cambridge Geographical Tripos.

For an incoming undergraduate in the 2021-22 academic year, the Department of Geography is able to offer one scholarship award of £10,000 per annum, tenable for three years while the student pursues the Cambridge Geographical Tripos. The award can be spent on fees or maintenance.

(When) are you going to have children?

3rd December, 2020

 

An article in the new issue of the Cambridge University research magazine, Horizons, explores decisions about if and when to have children, considering what influences come into play and how these have changed over time. The article brings together research from across the University, featuring two members of the Geography Department, Dr Alice Reid and Dr Francesca Moore.

The Changing Geography of Ill Health

26th November, 2020

 

The Chief Medical Officer of the UK Chris Whitty's recent lecture on 25th November on the Geography of Ill Health will be of interest to all geographers, but it is particularly pleasing to see it featuring some maps from our interactive online atlas, www.PopulationsPast.org. Whitty uses the maps to illustrate the fact that the areas with particularly high infant mortality in the past still have high levels of ill health today.

100 Years of the Scott Polar Research Institute

26th November, 2020

 

Today we have been celebrating the centenary of the Scott Polar Research Institute, with a day looking back at the past 100 years of polar research conducted at the Institute.

Although 2020 has been a year of unexpected challenges, the SPRI community continues to work together to continue the legacy of Captain Robert Falcon Scott and his four companions who died on their return from the South Pole in 1912, and Frank Debenham, who was the driving force behind the founding of the Institute. We are very much looking forward to seeing what the future holds, and another 100 years of SPRI.

The Polar Museum recently unveiled its new exhibition, dedicated to the Scott Polar Research Institute centenary 'A Century of Polar Research', which you can also now view online.

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  • 26th January 2021:
    Captive polar bears: politics, (re)production, and performance. Details…
    Scott Polar Research Institute - HCEP (Histories, Cultures, Environments and Politics) Research Seminars
  • 27th January 2021:
    Curating Environmental Change at the Science Museum. Details…
    Geographies of Knowledge - Department of Geography
  • 9th February 2021:
    Defence and Security in the Arctic: The UK perspective. Details…
    Scott Polar Research Institute - HCEP (Histories, Cultures, Environments and Politics) Research Seminars
  • 10th February 2021:
    Science-Politics Alliances and the Career of Climate Engineering: Making Sense of a ‘Bad Idea Whose Time has Come’. Details…
    Geographies of Knowledge - Department of Geography
  • 24th February 2021:
    Towards Humble Geographies . Details…
    Geographies of Knowledge - Department of Geography
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