Geography

India, Kerala, Western Ghats Mountains, tea plantations, elevated view. Image courtesy of Getty Images.

Our geography degrees at Plymouth make the most of geography’s strengths in tackling head on the biggest global challenges we face. Modules have been designed to address many of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals – developed by the UN as the “blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all” – and all of our degrees are fully accredited by the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG).

As we help prepare you for your professional career, our approach is flexible. We offer BA and BSc degrees to reflect the fact that geography draws from across the social and physical sciences, and our full range of modules is available to everyone, whichever of these degrees you choose. Your final degree is determined by the choices you make from our wide range of specialist modules. We also offer Combined Honours geography degrees with Ocean Science and International Relations.

Our degrees are applied, in that you are taught by experts drawing on their own cutting-edge research. Our approachable staff members are highly respected, widely published in their fields and hold numerous prestigious advisory positions with national and international bodies. 

Our ambitious suite of field trips is designed to build on our research expertise to ensure that you apply first-hand what you learn on campus to real world issues. We use the fantastic natural laboratory of South West England as an extension of our classrooms, as well as offering a wide range of international destinations.

In your first year, we make sure you have a strong grounding in key geographical patterns and processes. In your second year, you learn more about these processes and begin to address key problems confronting our environment and societies. You can also undertake a placement year in industry to augment your studies. In your final year, you focus on solutions to the problems you have learnt about, using your training to develop a practical and authoritative understanding of the world around you. Throughout your degree you will be part of a vibrant community of like-minded people developing into skilled, well-rounded geographers comfortable working both independently and in a team.

Our consistent focus on developing the key skills and aptitudes valued by employers, combined with the in-depth subject knowledge you gain from the modules you study, makes a geography degree from Plymouth an excellent springboard for a successful graduate career.



BSc (Hons) Geography graduate (2018) Jessica Kitch awarded British Society for Geomorphology Marjorie Sweeting Dissertation Prize 2019 for her dissertation:

Sediment Source Fingerprinting in The Merriott Stream Catchment, Somerset

Jessica's project was advised by Professor Will Blake in collaboration with Dr John Phillips from the Environment Agency.

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Scholarships

The School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences offer scholarships for outstanding achievement. 

As part of our Potential High Achievers Scheme, we want to encourage you to continue to work hard for your exams, which are so important for your future career. 

We will reward those applicants who achieve the highest grades in their exams and demonstrate a commitment to the University of Plymouth by awarding them £1,000 when they enrol. 

We would encourage this scholarship to be spent on the final year optional field trip or towards study costs.

Students on a 2016 fieldtrip to Belize

Geography fieldwork

"One of the highlights of my degree was the North West USA fieldwork module." Amy Sparrow, BA Geography

We offer one of the very best fieldwork programmes in the UK.

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Geography graduate profiles

Explore some of the varied directions our graduates take after they have graduated

Research

Our research is focused on environment-society interactions, environmental processes and change, and their governance through regulation, management policies and stakeholder involvement.

Individual staff engage with a wide range of other departments in universities and research institutes from around the world.

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Academic staff