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Geography and Environment

Get connected

Take advantage of our experienced professionals and industry links

Specialist facilities

Mirror real-life experiences in our £30m Science Centre

Workplace learning

Take the opportunity to complete a work placement on every course

Geography is all around us. It's where we live, the environment, and how the world connects. On our undergraduate and postgraduate courses, you'll examine the world and analyse our surroundings to help make it better.

Fieldwork is our passion. We believe it's crucial you apply skills and knowledge you learn in the classroom out in the real world - that's why you won't pay extra for your field trips. Unlike other universities, it's all included in your tuition fees, so join us in the Peak District, Wales, and Barcelona - as well as a wide range of local field days - at no extra cost.

You'll learn from world-renowned lecturers. They're experts in cold environmental geomorphology, natural and environmental hazards, cities and global networks, landscape and ecosystems management, as well as food and agriculture.

You'll study in our £30 million Science Centre which houses excellent facilities. Here you'll practice a range of techniques for analysing the physical environment, graduating with a wide range of skills key to building on your career prospects.

And If you're adventurous, you have the chance to be a Mountain Training Association accredited Mountain Leader on our Geography and Mountain Leadership degree where you'll gain the skills required to lead walkers in the mountains.

Facilities

Work experience and careers

Whatever you choose to study at Staffordshire University you will have the opportunity of a work-placement, where you’ll gain experience and connections to give you an edge in your future career.

This work experience may link to your course, or it could be in a broader field. Alongside your studies, it will give you the best possible mix of knowledge and practical understanding.

Work experience opportunities

You'll get a range of opportunities to work on live projects on your course. Whether you’re a final year undergraduate or a postgraduate student, you'll be able to showcase your research at the annual GradEX event. Judged by professionals, this event gives a platform to impress employers. Some students also present their research at the British Conference for Undergraduate Research.

Our students

Sam Pillow
Graduate now studying a PGCE

Geography is a very broad degree, you can work in so many sectors; you can work in the council, be a city planner, go into traffic management. There's so many different careers you can go into with a Geography degree. It really does prepare you with a wide set of skills for the future.

Sophie Lancaster
Geography graduate

Studying Geography has made me so much more confident in my abilities. The staff give a high level of support and are genuinely interested in you, while the course has a wide variety of modules that you can tailor to your interests

Adam Caine
Geography with Mountain Leadership graduate

The course offered me unique opportunities to combine my love of the outdoors with a rigorous academic training in Geography. Through field-based learning, peer mentoring and externally accredited assessment, I now have a qualification of significance.

Our staff

Tim Harris
Tim HarrisCourse Leader

Tim's research interests include: Glacial and periglacial geomorphology, Climate Change, Quaternary Environmental Change, The Ice Ages in Britain and Pronival ramparts in Scotland and Iceland.

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Fiona Tweed
Fiona TweedProfessor in Geography

Fiona is an international expert on glacial processes and natural hazards with over 25 years’ experience of collaborative field research. An enthusiastic and inspiring educator, Fiona is a Senior Fellow of the HEA and a National Teaching Fellow. She is committed to engaging students in research.

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Ruth Swetnam
Ruth Swetnam

Ruth is a GIS specialist interested in the application of spatial modelling to environmental processes at a range of spatial and temporal scales (local, national and regional).

Her research interests lie in the fields of landscape ecology, historical geography, land use change and environmental information. Ruth is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a Chartered Geographer in GIS.