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Geography Degrees

Ever seen a strange rock formation and wondered how it got that way? Or watched a documentary about an overcrowded slum and wanted to understand why people were living in such poor conditions? If you choose to study geography at university, you’ll have a chance to explore these types of question, and much, much more. Indeed, geography degrees are some of the most varied out there; it's more apt to consider this as a broad academic field, rather than a single subject.

In general, geography is considered a science which attempts to explain the world around us and the impact of both natural and manmade factors and events. Those who choose to study geography will typically opt to focus either on physical geography (the study of physical processes and natural environments) or human geography (concerned with human societies and the relations between people and planet). The first of these strands is closely related to Earth sciences, and the second to social sciences such as sociology, anthropology and politics.

Key Skills

Common skills gained from a geography degree include:

  • Ability to analyze different types of data, and identify patterns and implications
  • Understanding of academic publications and how to use them
  • Field work skills, including mapping and sample analysis
  • Data-collection, including survey design and interpretation
  • Lab-based and technical skills, including mathematical modelling
  • Excellent written and spoken communication
  • Ability to approach issues from multiple perspectives (including ethical, social, economic, and scientific)
  • Understanding of key issues in contemporary human and/or physical geography