What is Geography?

Geography is the study of the planet we live on and the people that live there. It has two branches:

  • Human Geography is the study of the social processes of our planet including migration, social exclusion, war, famine and, disease.
  • Physical Geography is the study the materials the planet is made from and the scientific processes that are at work on our planet including glaciation, atmosphere physics and sea-level change.

You can specialise in one strand of Geography or you can choose to study a range of human and physical geography. Make sure you look at individual courses to discover what level of specialisation or range is available.

What can I do with a Geography degree?

The analytical and research skills gained from your Geography degree are attractive to a range of employers. Geography graduates enter many different careers, including tourism and travel, charities, planning, teaching, finance, social and community work, environmental management and conservation, the media, politics, and the Civil Service.

What might I need to study Geography?

Geography A Level is generally a requirement but not in all cases. Some Geography degrees, particularly BSc degrees, prefer one or more of the following subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Maths, and Physics. Geography students have often taken a wide range of A Levels including Business Studies, Government & Politics, English Literature, History and Economics.

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