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Geography online open day

Explore the science of the planet and its people.

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We have dedicated channels for each of our subject areas, as well as for any other questions you have about student life.

Staff and students are online to answer your questions about studying Geography at Lancaster University.

Welcome to Geography

Dr Alexandra Gormally welcomes you to the Geography online open day.

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Your Geography degree choices

Geography

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.

Geography as a joint-major degree

Take Geography as a joint-major degree alongside Economics, French, German or Spanish.

Meet our students

Our students tell you what it is like to study Geography at Lancaster University.

Where is Geography on campus?

You will study in Lancaster Environment Centre in the southern half of the campus. This is the largest complex of buildings on the campus and features cutting-edge teaching laboratories, lecture theatres, break out spaces and facilities. It is situated just two minutes walk from the centre of campus, where you can access shops, cafes, study spaces and the Library.

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A lecture in the Lancaster Environment Centre

Courses

Learn on location

We take full advantage of our natural surroundings to create amazing fieldwork experiences, in addition to the opportunities to travel the world with optional overseas field trips. Fieldwork is a fascinating way to develop your practical skills. You'll gain hands-on experience of a wide range of environmental, ecological and geological situations that will place your studies in the context of real-world issues.

Italy

Visit Mount Etna, Europe's largest active volcano, and study the complex processes that take place both on the surface and beneath volcanoes. You will explore many physical volcanic processes, including lava flow emplacement, explosive events and the evolution of a basaltic volcano. You will also evaluate methods of managing volcanic hazards on densely populated active volcanoes.

Croatia

The Istrian Peninsula is an idyllic landscape but very dependent on its geology, biodiversity and position between differing climates. Istria is also the setting of dramatic socio-economic, political and environmental changes. You will focus on the challenges of environmental management, particularly of water resources, in this unique landscape.

The Brazilian Amazon

The Amazon is a fascinating place to explore the conservation and development challenges facing tropical forests. You will visit people's homes and agricultural plots to understand the challenges faced by local people. This is a unique opportunity to work alongside experts and understand the challenges of pursuing biodiversity conservation while reducing poverty.

New York

This trip offers you the opportunity to engage critically with the geography and inequality of New York. You will visit activist groups and learn about migration and gentrification. Throughout the trip, you will study the links between cultural, economic, political and social processes and the ways they influence life in New York City.

Emily Christopherson, BSc Geography

A place for Emily

The course was a great transition from studying Geography at A level and focused on enhancing my skills to the next level. As a geographer, I've always loved exploring and getting out there, and that's exactly what my course enabled me to do.

At Lancaster, I've had the opportunity to continue studying both human and physical aspects of geography. The first year of my course gave me a great taster of both, leading me to specialise more in my second year. I chose to balance my studies between physical and human geography, but you can choose to focus more on one or the other if that's what you'd like to do. The degree is yours to be flexible with.

There's a great selection of modules, including interdisciplinary modules. I went on a water management trip to Croatia which combines aspects of physical and human geography. There's definitely something for every kind of geographer.

There are loads of opportunities to develop your learning at Lancaster, and fieldwork is the main one for me. I've visited Kendal to focus on implementing field management measures. I've visited White Scar Caves to look into hydrology and water systems. In laboratory sessions, I've done everything from studying rock formations in geology to studying flow rates in water. Not only is it varied and interesting, but it's also been brilliant to learn these industry skills to prepare me for life after my degree.

The Careers Service at the University ran a module for us, which was a four-week course on how to write a CV, the best places to look for jobs, and how to create a good cover letter and more, which was invaluable.

Emily Christopherson, BSc Geography

Sample lectures

Get a taste of what you will be studying with these two short sample lectures.

What to do next

Thank you for visiting the Geography online open day. If you wish to know more, please get in touch using the links below or our email address lec.ug@lancaster.ac.uk.

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