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Explore the world we live in

Geography is the study of Earth’s landscapes, people, places and environments. The significance of geography lies in its contribution to an understanding of the total environment and the interrelationships that are apparent over various spatial scales. Geography students study how natural environments function and change over time. This study area provides an integrated understanding of humans, environments and the dynamic relationships between them.

Geography in the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences (BEES) is particularly focused on physical geography, natural hazards, human impact and technologies to consider these including remote sensing and geographical information science. Geography courses include laboratory learning and fieldwork. We aim to equip graduates with skills to analyse and synthesise environmental, economic, social and political information to find solutions for our complex problems.

Career opportunities in geography 

Studying a geography degree will enable you to develop transferable skills that can be applied to a range of industries. You’ll have a strong foundation in environmental processes and issues, technology and data analysis, as well as skills in critical thinking, teamwork and communication.

Geographers are prepared for both local and global career opportunities and graduates work in diverse roles across business, industry and government. A geography career offers opportunities to develop solutions for some of the most pressing issues facing modern society, including climate change, natural disasters, resource exploitation and loss of biodiversity. You could pursue a career in:

  • natural resource management
  • environmental consulting
  • planning and policy
  • geographic information systems
  • environmental impact assessment
  • mapping and cartography
  • education

Environmental study areas

If you're passionate about the environment, studying science is a great way to have a meaningful impact through almost all disciplines. In addition to geography, you might be interested in studying biologyclimate scienceEarth scienceecology, environmental managementmarine & coastal science or physical oceanography.

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