Why study Geography?


Topping the league tables - No 3 in UK

Lancaster is one of the top places in the UK to study Geography being placed third nationally in the Guardian 2014 league table and 37th in the QS world ranking out of over 2800 institutions.

Our students love our friendly atmosphere: 93% are satisfied with their course, according to the National Student Survey.

How do I know if geography is for me?

If you are interested in the major challenges facing the world today, from globalisation and technological change to environmental issues, Geography would be a good choice.

Geography looks both at scientific processes and how society interacts with our environment. We have a range of different degrees which focus on different aspects of the subject.

Human Geography allows you to delve deeper into the interaction between human society and the environment, while a Physical Geography degree focuses on the scientific study of the processes that create our environment.

We run joint degrees in Geography and Economics and Geography and Languages (French, German or Spanish) as well as offering degrees that focus more on sustainability and the environment, or conservation and the natural world.

Choice and flexibility

As part of the Lancaster Environment Centre (LEC), which brings together Geography with Environmental and Biological Sciences, our students have one of the widest choices of study options offered anywhere in the UK. We run over 100 optional modules, anything from sustainability to volcanoes, so you can discover what interests you most. It’s easy to move between courses if you find your passions lie elsewhere.

Everyone gets hands on experience

Field and laboratory work are central to our approach. For many students the field trips are the highlight of their study. They are an opportunity to experience first hand what you are learning academically and to get to know staff and your fellow students better. Overseas field courses go to New York City, Iceland, Spain and Tunisia.

All our students undertake a dissertation project, under the guidance of an active researcher. These could be lab or field based and could be attached to ongoing projects in the UK, or even Uganda or Australia.

Students on specific degree schemes study abroad for a year in North America or Australasia while others may choose to spend time in places such as the Netherlands or Iceland via the Erasmus scheme.

Good job prospects

Every student gets the opportunity to apply for a work placement or internship, sometimes paid. Unusually, we have our own Enterprise and Business Partnership team, matching students with relevant businesses and organisations. With more than 20 environmental businesses and key government researchers based on site, you get the chance to make connections for your future career. Perhaps that’s why nine out of ten of our students are working, or studying, six months after graduating.

Contact details

Tel: +44 (0)1524 510460 or email: lec.ug@lancaster.ac.uk