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Geography and Environment

Pathway courses

Choose to focus on key fields of study within selected courses and tailor your degree

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.

On selected courses, we are offering a new way to complete your degree: using pathways. This is an alternative route that you can choose to take in the second year of your full-time undergraduate degree. It will tailor the modules you take in the rest of your course to focus on an area that you are passionate about, or want to base your future career around. 



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 teaching Geography

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
Graduate now teaching Geography

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
Graduate now studying for a PhD

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 Conflict Archaeology.

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Ruth Swetnam
Ruth SwetnamAssociate Professor

Ruth is a GIS specialist. 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.

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Fiona Tweed
Fiona TweedProfessor

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. 

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Dr Paul Barratt
Dr Paul BarrattLecturer

Paul is a cultural geographer with research interests focusing on environmental engagements, low carbon living and working, and qualitative research methods.

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Dr. Janet Wright
Dr. Janet WrightPostgraduate Course Leader

Janet’s current research focuses on the origins and characteristics of quartz silt within weathering profiles; the soiling, degradation and weathering of sandstone buildings; micro-landform development and slope evolution on exposed salt rocks in eastern Spain and the development of sustainable, low energy building products.

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Our graduates

Josie Hornby Geography, 2015

Josie’s studies have taken her around the world, focusing on international development, history, politics, and particularly women’s rights in Tanzania.

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Leanne Hughes Physical and Environmental Geography BSc (Hons), 2008

Graduate Leanne works for the British Geological Survey, providing vital geological information to industry, academia, the public, and government organisations.

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