Field trips

Geography students on a field trip to New Zealand.

One of geography’s most dynamic aspects is the emphasis it places on ‘real world’ learning. To really appreciate geography you have to see for yourself how river ecosystems work, or why cities develop as they do. Our courses give you the opportunity to take part in fieldwork across the world, as part of your degree.

Some field courses are compulsory, while others may be optional depending on your degree choice. Where to travel on fieldwork trips varies whether you're studying a human geography degree or a physical geography degree, click through to learn more about your fieldwork options. All compulsory fieldwork in your first and second years is funded by the School and we also provide funding to help cover the costs of some optional field classes.

Fieldwork is a key part of all our geography degrees, where you can:

  • Practice the skills you have learnt in class in real-life situations.
  • Gain first-hand experience of collecting and analysing data.
  • Develop individual research skills – vital for your final year research project.
  • Develop the project planning and team-working skills valued by employers.
  • Get to know your lecturers and fellow students even better.

Watch the videos below, to see what our students have done on past field trips:

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Alps field trip

 

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Montpellier field trip

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Malham field trip