University of Cambridge Geography

University of Cambridge Geography

A wider world

All societies rely on relationships with each other and the physical environment. Increasingly these are fragile interdependences presenting intellectual and practical challenges. Our Geography course tackles these issues from a broad base, but also allows you to specialise.

University of Cambridge Geography Facilities and resources

We have one of the UK’s largest geography libraries, containing around 20,000 books, journals and periodicals, and the Scott Polar Research Institute is an integral part of the Department. There are extensive computing resources, where you receive formal teaching in geographical information technology including geographical information systems and remote sensing, and the Department’s intranet provides further online resources.

Fieldwork and travel

Fieldwork is an important part of our course and there are several one-day excursions and field trips in Years 1 and 2. A compulsory field class in Year 2 leads to a piece of assessed practical work. Recent locations include Switzerland, Ireland, Germany, Morocco and Spain.  Some financial help is available but students are  required to contribute to the cost of field trips.Your Part II dissertation requires basic research, usually carried out in the summer vacation at the end of your second year. Dissertation subjects and locations vary widely: some students travel abroad, others stay in the British Isles.

Many students organise their own overseas expeditions, often with the University Expeditions Society. Some Department and College travel awards are available for this.

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