What Will You Study

Discover Geography at Lancaster and overseas with our exciting Study Abroad programme. Explore a range of amazing locations; study Masters-level modules; and learn from world-renowned lecturers.

Geography is a distinctive subject: it studies our world in a vast range of areas. Our Study Abroad programme provides a unique first-hand experience of work and life in a different country. You will spend a year exploring the diverse physical environments, societies and culture in North America or Australasia, as well as benefiting from our world-class teaching at the state-of-the-art Lancaster Environment Centre (LEC).

While studying at LEC, you will have access to a host of new facilities including teaching and research labs, computer systems and software, and even our very own weather monitoring station. Working in comfortable class sizes, you will have the opportunity to get to know your lecturers personally, enabling you to benefit from their expert knowledge and helpful one-to-one advice.

Modules taken at Lancaster will make extensive use of the rural settings of the north and the bustling cities of Liverpool and Manchester, allowing you to explore some of the UK’s most unique areas of geographic interest. You will gain a wealth of hands-on experience with field trips to places such as the Yorkshire Dales, Cumbrian coast and Lake District, as well as international locations including New York, Croatia or the Brazilian Amazon.

You will develop a fundamental understanding of human, physical and environmental geography in your first year Geography modules. These modules equip you with a well-rounded introduction to some of the key themes in geography, as well as providing you with key skills used by geographers to analyse problems in both the human and physical aspects of the discipline.

Second year modules will be taught at a partner university in North America or Australasia. You may engage in topics such as cities and globalisation, environmental change, glacial systems, coastal processes, and water management. In addition, you will gain valuable fieldwork experience in another country.

In the third year, you will undertake a dissertation project, guided by an academic supervisor, which offers a chance to perform original geographical research on a topic of your choice. While completing the dissertation, you will use the key research, analytical and academic writing skills you have learnt throughout your degree. You will be offered further optional module choices with an emphasis on both human and physical geography, and there will be fieldwork opportunities in locations such as Iceland, the Amazon and New York.

Your fourth year of study provides an advanced qualification which will give you a competitive edge in the graduate jobs market by equipping you with the extra experience, knowledge and skills that come with studying Masters-level modules and undertaking a second dissertation.

Assessment

We offer flexible programmes with a strong emphasis on practical learning. You will engage in a wide range of modules that span the breadth of geographical topics and infuse content from the humanities, along with the social and physical sciences. Your work will be regularly assessed by a combination of classroom and lab-based assignments, in addition to written examinations and project reports.