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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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Prof Phil Gibbard awarded the Digby McClaren Medal

14th July, 2019

 

At the international STRATI 2019 Congress in Milano, Italy, Professor Phil Gibbard was awarded the prestigious Digby McClaren Medal by the International Union of Geological Sciences' International Commission on Stratigraphy on 4 July 2019.

The Digby McLaren Medal is awarded to honour a significant body of internationally important contributions to stratigraphy sustained over a number of years. The medal is named in honour of the Canadian geologist Digby McLaren who was so influential in developing the key "golden spike" concept of a Global Stratotype Section and Point (GSSP) with reference to the Silurian - Devonian boundary, and a major force behind the International Geological Correlation Program (IGCP) of UNESCO.

European mushrooms are darker in cold climates

2nd July, 2019

 

A new paper by Professor Ulf Buentgen and team has established that European mushroom assemblages are darker in cold climates, and that the reasons for this are not just to manage heat. Because mushrooms play a crucial role in terrestrial carbon and nutrient cycles, understanding the links between the thermal environment, functional coloration and species' geographical distributions will be critical in predicting ecosystem responses to global warming.

Cambridge Geography celebrates 100 years

30th June, 2019

 

On Saturday 29 June 2019 over 500 alumni and their guests returned to Cambridge for a fantastic (if hot!) afternoon of exhibitions, talks and afternoon tea. It was wonderful to see over 73 years of Cambridge Geographers represented to mark 100 years of the undergraduate tripos.

Geography Open Day - Thursday 4 July and Friday 5 July

27th June, 2019

 

On Thursday 4 July and Friday 5 July the Department will be taking part in the University of Cambridge Undergraduate Open Days.

A full timetable of activities is now online.

NERC Resist wins best video at the RGS's Earth Photo exhibition

27th June, 2019

 

Many congratulations to Dr Iris Moeller and all the NERC RESIST team for winning best video at the RGS Earth Photo 2019.

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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.

  • 16th August 2019:
    Japan and its Arctic identity: Forming a narrative about the region. Details…
    Polar Humanities and Social Sciences ECR Workshop
  • 8th October 2019:
    Title to be confirmed. Details…
    Political Ecology Group meetings
  • 15th October 2019:
    Title to be confirmed. Details…
    Political Ecology Group meetings
  • 22nd October 2019:
    Affective economies and the atmospheric politics of lively capital. Details…
    Political Ecology Group meetings
  • 29th October 2019:
    Title to be confirmed. Details…
    Political Ecology Group meetings
  • 5th November 2019:
    Title to be confirmed. Details…
    Political Ecology Group meetings
  • 12th November 2019:
    Title to be confirmed. Details…
    Political Ecology Group meetings
  • 19th November 2019:
    Title to be confirmed. Details…
    Political Ecology Group meetings
  • 26th November 2019:
    Title to be confirmed. Details…
    Political Ecology Group meetings
  • 3rd December 2019:
    Title to be confirmed. Details…
    Political Ecology Group meetings
  • More seminars…