Geography Degrees

Study the challenges facing the environment with our degrees covering both human and physical geography. Take advantage of our unique location, nearby to the coast, countryside and major urban centres, and join us on field trips around the world.



Geography is a distinctive subject that links the physical and social sciences in a quest to solve environmental issues of global significance.

Human Geography

Study the ways in which people interact with their environment and how they form communities, cultures and economies.

Physical Geography

Learn about the processes operating within our natural environment and explore the physical world.


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At Lancaster, we take advantage of our natural surroundings to create amazing fieldwork experiences for students. Our students have the opportunity to take their learning outside the lecture theatre as part of our UK and International field courses.

Sophie Lee, BA (Hons) Geography

Sophie's story

“I’ve always been interested in Geography because of its diverse nature and, as a subject, it can open you up to different perspectives of the world and its complexities - this is why studying at Lancaster is great! You are taught by experts in the field who are conducting research to solve real-world issues. I also believe it is important to encourage young women to consider studying science and STEM subjects - your work at Lancaster won’t go unrecognised.”


The following programmes have been accredited by the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG). Accreditation recognises programmes that deliver the geographical knowledge, understanding, skills, approaches and professional attributes expected of high quality geography graduates, as recorded in the QAA Subject Benchmark Statement for Geography.

  • Geography BA Hons
  • Geography MArts Hons
  • Geography BSc Hons
  • Geography MSci Hons
  • Geography (Professional Experience) MSci Hons
  • Geography (Study Abroad) BA Hons
  • Geography (Study Aboard) MArts Hons
  • Geography (Study Abroad) BSc Hons
  • Geography (Study Abroad) MSci Hons
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Choice and flexibility

You can choose between our 3-year BA/BSc or 4-year MArts/MSci degree programmes. Our programme structures are designed to give you the freedom to follow your interests as they develop. The first year of our degrees introduces you to key geographical concepts in both human and physical geography, as well as interdisciplinary approaches to global environmental challenges. In subsequent years, you have a greater choice of modules, based around both human and physical geography, meaning that you can design your degree to match your interests and career aspirations, including the opportunity to gain valuable classroom experience with our Communicating Geography module.

Hands-on experience

As part of your degree, you will gain hands-on experience to complement your academic studies and also develop your practical skills. Many of our modules offer exciting opportunities for practical work in either the laboratory or the field, enabling you to put the academic theory into practice.

You can also enhance your studies, boost your self-confidence and immerse yourself in the culture of another country as part of our exciting opportunities to study overseas in either North America or Australasia with our Study Abroad option, or in Europe through the Erasmus+ scheme.

Exciting field trips

We offer many opportunities to study different environmental and social phenomena in the real world. Whether it’s examining social inequality in New York, water and environmental management in Croatia, or the interaction between glaciers and the landscape in Iceland, these field courses are an excellent way to apply your academic knowledge in the field.

You will also undertake a research project under the guidance of an active researcher. This is an excellent opportunity to put the skills learnt throughout your degree into practice, and you could have the opportunity to use state of the art equipment in our laboratories or take your research out into the field.