Our reputation

Student experience

29th in the world for Geography, QS World University Rankings by Subject 2024

The School of Geography is globally renowned for the quality of its research, and the funding it attracts, meaning we’re able to invest in world-class facilities and academic staff who are actively engaged in cutting-edge research. Our academics are internationally renowned and working at the top of their fields – at the forefront of knowledge and thinking. 

We have just over 1000 students from almost 50 countries studying with us.

The quality of our research, and the funding it attracts, means we’re able to invest in world-class facilities and academic staff who are actively engaged in cutting-edge research, which means you will be taught by internationally renowned, inspirational academics working at the top of their fields.

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Academic excellence

Gender equality

We have been commended for our strong and continued commitment to gender equality in the form of a prestigious Athena SWAN Silver award.

Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021

Every six years, the UK’s four higher education funding bodies undertake an exercise to measure the quality of research undertaken by UK higher education institutions (HEIs), known as REF. The funding bodies use the outcomes to inform the allocation of their research funding to HEIs. 

Unit of assessment: Geography, Environmental Studies and Archaeology

  • 93% of research submitted was rated as either ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’
  • 90% of our Impact Case Studies were graded as 90% world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’
  • 100% of our research environment is conducive to producing research of ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ quality