Canterbury Christ Church University Geography

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Canterbury Christ Church University Geography

Our Geography course reflects the diversity and scope of the subject and introduces you to the major changes in the contemporary world and to the diversity of places, cultures and environments. Staff are involved in a number of exciting research projects which feed into our teaching, and enjoy keen engagement with students throughout the course.

We teach Geography as an applied discipline that gives you a wide range of employment options as a graduate. The main features of our Geography degree include the opportunity for fieldwork in each year, and an emphasis on specialist and transferable skills which will help you in everyday life, further study and employment.

We are a small and caring team of geographers in the attractive, historical and vibrant city of Canterbury. Lastly, and perhaps most importantly we offer a valuable teaching and learning in a friendly and supportive environment, where you are not just another face in the crowd.

What will I study?

94% of Geography graduates were in employment or further study six months after completing their studies.

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The first year follows a common core of six modules which provides the basis for the degree, introducing basic concepts, integrating data collection and analysis, and combining theory and practice in both physical and human geography at a variety of scales from local to global. The importance of understanding issues in sustainable development is introduced and embedded within these modules.

The second and third years allow you to develop a degree which suits your particular interests and career aspirations. You will have a choice from a range of human and physical geography modules in addition to modules in GIS.

In addition to fieldwork undertaken as part of the degree, optional field visits to Dublin and Berlin are run most years.

Work experience

Our Geography students have had the opportunity to undertake work-related experience through summer internships. These include both funded internships through the university, or those organised by the students themselves with outside organisations.

You can study French, German, Italian, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish as part of, or alongside, your course.

Recent examples include a habitat and biodiversity survey of the university’s estate, including use of a geographical information system (GIS), and another involved to research into cartography in the news media’s coverage of geopolitical and environmental issues. An example of an external internship included work for a company to analyse the impact of air traffic noise from London’s airports on house prices.

Professor Peter Vujakovic is an Associate Editor (and former Chief Editor) of The Cartographic Journal. Peter is a contributing author to The Times Comprehensive Atlas of the World.

Other information

Up to two year two Single Honours Geography students are able to undertake their second year modules in the Geography Department at Lethbridge University, Canada, as part of the Geography Exchange Programme.

The Exchange has run successfully for over 10 years, with students stating what a great experience it is both academically and as a life experience. This exchange programme carries credit for the students who have their grades translated back to the home university and thus count towards their final degree classification.

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