At a glance

  • Enjoy a high level of flexibility in a supportive environment, with a broad range of modules spanning the full spectrum of the discipline
  • Develop your practical skills by immersing yourself in environments of geographical interest in locations such as Italy and the USA
  • See geography from a new perspective by studying abroad in countries including Australia, Canada, Malaysia and New Zealand

What is geography?

Bridging the sciences and the humanities, geography is the ideal subject for anyone keen to develop a broad understanding of the world around them. It is a wide-ranging discipline that seeks to explain the world in terms of both its human and natural complexities.

We aim to equip graduates with strong personal and interpersonal skills, an ability to synthesise both quantitative and qualitative information, and the intellectual capacity to produce original and thoughtful interpretations of our ever-changing world.


How will I study?

Our courses are flexible, allowing you to choose from a wide range of modules.

We have a strong commitment to active learning and our teaching is delivered through lectures, practical classes, tutorials, class discussions, group activities and field courses.

All our students go on a residential field course in the first year and there are other field trips linked with particular second, third and fourth year modules. All third year students carry out a major personal research project, which culminates in the production of a dissertation.

The school has specially-equipped laboratories for the analysis of soil, water and vegetation samples, as well as two computing labs and a visualisation suite. You will also benefit from the use of teaching support resources that complement those of the University libraries and an extensive map collection housed in the school's own student resource centre.


A wide range of assessment methods are used in the school, including coursework and exams. Your final degree classification is based on marks gained during your second and subsequent years of study. For BA/BSc students, this is weighted 33% in your second year and 67% in your third year. For MArts/MSci, it is 20% in your second year, 30% in your third and 50% in your fourth.



As a graduate from the University of Nottingham, you will be highly sought after and by studying a degree in the School of Geography, you will acquire a broad skill set that will lay the foundations for your chosen career.

Employability is at the heart of our teaching, and we ensure that all of our degrees will equip you with the essential skills and knowledge that employers are looking for. Recent graduate employers include the British Geological Survey, Capita, Grant Thornton, Historic England, Network Rail, Swiss Re, Teach First, and Tesla Motors.

Our comprehensive careers programme includes one-to-one CV workshops and employer talks from alumni. We also offer a Career Skills for Geographers module and a programme of career networking events.

In 2015, 95% of first-degree graduates in the School of Geography who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £21,702 with the highest being £39,500.*

* Known destinations of full-time home first-degree undergraduates 2014/15. Salaries are calculated based on those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

The University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers
(The Graduate Market in 2013-2016, High Fliers Research).


Study abroad

There are opportunities for you to spend a semester studying abroad at one of our partner universities in Australia, China, France, Germany, Spain, North America, Hong Kong, Singapore or New Zealand.

The School of Geography is linked with two European partner institutions: Grenoble and Tubingen. BSc Geography students can also apply to spend a semester at our Malaysia Campus.


Application and interview

Offers are typically made without an interview.

We welcome applications from students with non-standard entry requirements, including mature students and may invite these applicants for an informal discussion. The school is committed to Widening Participation and may make lower offers to qualifying applicants.


Open days

Choosing where to study for the next few years of your life is a difficult decision. By coming to an open day you can see for yourself why Nottingham could be the place for you.

If you make an application to study at the University of Nottingham and are successful in being made an offer, you will receive an invitation to attend an offer holder event. These events take place between February and April.

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