Geography at Lancaster University


  • Ranked 6th in the UK and best in the North West in the Guardian 2015 University Guide
  • 84% of our students were in graduate employment or further study 6 months after graduation

Through our Geography teaching and research at the Lancaster Environment Centre we address some of the world's most pressing environmental and social challenges. Our world-leading researchers use exciting teaching methods that go beyond the lecture theatre, including local engagement and international fieldwork. This equips our graduates with real world skills making them highly employable.

Our location offers unbeatable surroundings to study geography - an hour away from Manchester and Liverpool, a beautiful setting surrounded by countryside, coasts, and the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales. The Lancaster Environment Centre’s interdisciplinary approach allows us to offer the most forward thinking BA, BSc, MArts and MSci Undergraduate Geography degree programmes in the country. At Lancaster, Geography students choose from three pathways:

Human Geography: you will learn how to bring critical humanities and social science perspectives to bear on diverse subjects including international development, environmental justice, post-colonialism and society-nature relationships.

Physical Geography: you will learn how to investigate geophysical, environmental and climatological processes from a scientific perspective; our course includes the study of water, ice, soil, ecology, pollution, landscapes and climate.

Geography: you will address grand challenges in environment and sustainability – e.g. climate change, food security and biodiversity conservation – which need ‘joined-up’ thinking and investigation, integrating physical, social science and humanities perspectives.

Unique choice and flexibility

Our approach provides you with a rounded geographical training, with the possibility of graduating with a BA, BSc, MArts or MSci degree. Our programme structures are designed to give you the freedom to follow the module pathway best suited to your interests and to the areas you want to become more specialised in as your knowledge develops. Our first year is structured around broad interdisciplinary modules introducing students to global challenges and potential solutions to them from multiple perspectives. You can then pursue a thematic route through a series of specialist modules in subsequent years which allow you to develop your interests across the broad range of humanities, social science and science-based topics that we offer.

Innovative real-world teaching and learning; international hands-on experience

Our approaches to teaching and learning go beyond the traditional lecture theatre environment to examine environmental and social phenomena in real world settings. We offer a full range of exciting field excursions, seminars, tutorials, laboratory practicals and research based modules in local, national and international settings. You could get hands-on field experience exploring: social and environmental challenges associated with conservation of tropical forests in the Amazon; geomorphology in Spain; Mediterranean environments and water management in Croatia; food politics and culture in Paris; glaciology in Iceland; urban inequality and environmental justice in New York.

You could also work closer to home, for example our Communicating Geography module involves a placement in a local school. Alternatively, you could do a dissertation with a business placement. You will have access to outstanding analytical and experimental laboratories, and geographical information systems (GIS) for geographical modelling, digital mapping and remote sensing. Our facilities are supported by an expert team of laboratory, research and computing technicians. Our three and four-year programmes enable you to flourish academically and personally, gaining vocational skills highly sought by employers.

Highly rated

Lancaster is one of the top places in the UK to study Geography. We are ranked in the global top 50 in the QS World University Rankings. In the 2015 National Student Survey 97% of our students in Physical Geography were satisfied with their degrees. At Lancaster, students benefit from excellent student to staff ratios, small tutorial groups and friendly, available and enthusiastic lecturers. There is excellent pastoral care provided by academic tutors, directors of studies, teaching co-ordinators and college advisors.

Why Lancaster?

  • Students study Geography across 15 different programmes with many optional modules drawn from across the Lancaster Environment Centre
  • Most modules have associated field trips to locations including the Yorkshire Dales, Cumbria coast, Lake District, and nearby cities and towns
  • Exciting wide range of international field work
  • Brand new labs, equipment and friendly support staff
  • Option to study abroad from a term to a year
  • Work with industry facilitated by an in-house business partnership team
  • Excellent academic, employability, pastoral and welfare support
  • All lecturers have international profiles, and are engaged in a diverse range of cutting edge research