Why study Geography?


Topping the league tables

Lancaster is one of the top places in the UK to study Geography. Our Geography courses were rated 6th in the UK and best in the North West in the Guardian 2015 University Guide and ranked in the global top 50 in the QS World University Rankings.

Our students love our intellectually stimulating and friendly atmosphere: they said we are the best place in the UK to study Physical Geography in the 2014 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 at both the physical environment and society, and their complex interactions. We have a range of different MSci, BSc and BA degrees which focus on different aspects of the subject.

Human Geography allows you to delve deeper into the interaction between people across the spaces and places they make and live in, while a Physical Geography degree focuses on the scientific study of the processes that create our natural 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 and Spain.

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