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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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Arctic Ocean sediments reveal permafrost thawing during past climate warming

16th October, 2020


A new paper co-authored by Francesco Muschitiello has used seafloor sediments of the Arctic Ocean to understand how permafrost responds to climate warming and found evidence of past permafrost thawing during climate warming events at the end of the last ice age.

The study also shows for the first time that permafrost thawing occurred concomitantly with the release of large quantities of atmospheric CO2 as recorded in Antarctic ice cores. The findings suggest that Arctic warming by only a few degrees Celsius may be sufficient to disturb large areas covered by permafrost and potentially affect the Earth's climate system.

Matthew Gandy to be awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Louvain

15th October, 2020


On Friday 16th October, Professor Matthew Gandy will be awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Louvain, Belgium.

The commendation for the title of Doctor Honoris Causa states that "our university wishes to pay tribute to your contribution in the fields of environmental and cultural geography and urban political ecology. Your research has shed new light on the production of urban space and its cultural and political dimensions in the face of ecological transformations at a global scale."

Scholarship for black and mixed black heritage undergraduate students at Cambridge Geography

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 the University of Cambridge.

The Department is working pro-actively to address historic under-representation in the discipline. As part of our commitment to support inclusion, diversity and decolonisation in Geography, the Department of Geography 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.

The Cambridge Disaster Research Network (CDRN)

23rd September, 2020


A group of early career researchers from various Cambridge departments, including Rory Walshe from Geography, have established a new research network and seminar series for those interested in disasters and natural hazards.

The Cambridge Disaster Research Network (CDRN) will connect hazard and disaster research and researchers across disciplines, and link scientific understanding of hazards to social science, humanities and arts research, and industry practitioners. The CDRN will begin with a bi-weekly seminar series on Zoom in Michaelmas term 2020.

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  • 29th October 2020:
    What’s in a model? Shifting multi-species relationships in Sakha (Yakutia). Details…
    Polar Humanities and Social Sciences ECR Workshop
  • 29th October 2020:
    Making a modern central bank: the Bank of England 1979–2003. Details…
    Core Seminar in Economic and Social History
  • 2nd November 2020:
    Pro Bono Publico: James Ashley, Punch, and the Alcoholic Drinks Trade in Eighteenth-Century London. Details…
    Graduate Workshop in Economic and Social History
  • 3rd November 2020:
    Author Meets Critics: North Pole: Nature and Culture. Details…
    Scott Polar Research Institute - HCEP (Histories, Cultures, Environments and Politics) Research Seminars
  • 4th November 2020:
    Archiving Arctic ecologies in the early twentieth century: the field and its archival prostheses. Details…
    Geographies of Knowledge - Department of Geography
  • 5th November 2020:
    Internal migration in England and Wales, 1851-1911: the where, when, why and how. Details…
    Core Seminar in Economic and Social History
  • 12th November 2020:
    Roundtable discussion: Conducting Research in a Pandemic. Details…
    Polar Humanities and Social Sciences ECR Workshop
  • 12th November 2020:
    The UK’s disappearing wartime imports 1939-1945: a statistical, ideological, and historiographical accounting. Details…
    Core Seminar in Economic and Social History
  • 16th November 2020:
    Technological Change and the Inequality of Jobs: American Transport, 1750–1860. Details…
    Graduate Workshop in Economic and Social History
  • 18th November 2020:
    The climatic pivot: Mapping water, people, and empires in Central Asia, c.1850-1930. Details…
    Geographies of Knowledge - Department of Geography
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