At a glance

  • Academic support to develop your interests through optional modules
  • Field trips develop your practical skills in locations such as Italy and the USA
  • Study abroad in countries including Australia, Canada, Europe and the USA

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.

Studying in the School of Geography will equip you 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 allow you to choose from a 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 and third-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 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.



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.

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.

97.4% of undergraduates from the School of Geography had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £22,000 with the highest being £36,000.*

* Known destinations of full-time home undergraduates who were available for work 2016/17. Salaries are calculated based on the median of 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
(Ranked in the top ten in The Graduate Market in 2013-2017, High Fliers Research).


Study abroad

On our courses, you can apply to spend a semester studying abroad at one of our partner institutions in locations such as Australia, Canada, Europe and the USA. Most students (expect those studying BSc Environmental Geoscience) can also apply to spend a semester at the University's Malaysia Campus.

You will get the opportunity to broaden your horizons and enhance your employability by experiencing another culture. You can choose to study similar modules to your counterparts back in Nottingham or expand your knowledge by taking other options. Teaching is typically in English; however, there may be opportunities to study in another language if you are sufficiently fluent.

We also offer field trips to develop your practical skills, with international locations including Italy and the USA.


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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