School of Geography

Field Trips

The best way to develop your field skills is to immerse yourself in the environment on one of our field trips.

Your degree offers numerous opportunities to travel to inspirational destinations in the UK and overseas, through our diverse range of modules. Not only will you have the chance to put your knowledge into practice, you will also enhance the skills and techniques you'll need for your professional career.

mountain view on field trip

Interests and skills

Field trips focus on a range of interests and skills, for example:

  • The rationale and techniques of field study in both human and physical aspects of geography
  • Training in physical geography field and laboratory techniques
  • The fundamentals of fluid flow, sediment transport and bank erosion in rivers
  • Mineral resource use
  • How fossils and sedimentary rocks are used as geological proxies for past environmental change, and for exploring future climate change
  • The relationship between climate, environment and society
  • River management and restoration issues
  • Practical issues of capturing and using digital Geographic Information (GI) in the field
  • Principles of landscape history and historical ecology
  • Geological mapping field skills

Field trip experiences

Follow the journey of a group of students as they explore and conduct research in Varese Ligure, Italy.

During my third year I got the opportunity to go to the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico. Whilst there, we carried out fieldwork for our research projects learning how to sample freshwater bodies, take sediment cores and to accept that not all goes to plan in the field (but that's why the memories last)!

We also made the most of exploring ancient Mayan archaeological sites, swimming in beautiful cenotes and spotting the wildlife (monkeys, flamingos and crocodiles)!

This was a trip of a lifetime, with an amazing group of friends and definitely a highlight of my degree here at Nottingham.

Hannah Kemp, BSc Geography


School of Geography

Sir Clive Granger Building
University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

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