Studying Geography


Our undergraduate programme reflects the diversity and scope of Geography today, exploring fundamental challenges in the contemporary world including economic and human development, sustainability, climate change, environmental hazards and the relationship between society and nature.

Our programme gives you the freedom to choose between two pathways as a single honours student: Geography BA(Hons) or Geography BSc(Hons). This distinction is not made until Level 6 and you have the flexibility to switch programmes at the end of Year 2, enabling you to design your degree to your interests and future career. You can also study the Geography BA(Hons) or the Geography BSc(Hons) in combination with a range of complementary programmes, popular choices include International Relations, Tourism, Business, Archaeology and many others (see our prospectus).

Why study with us?

We provide high-quality teaching and learning in a friendly and supportive environment, based in the attractive and vibrant World Heritage city of Canterbury. Our smaller teaching groups mean that you are never just another face in the crowd. Staff engage in award-winning research that will inspire and inform opportunities for your own studies, including your independent research project in Year 3. 

The main features of our programmes include:

  • Excellent fieldwork opportunities in all three years, with residential fieldtrips to Tenerife and Malta at no extra cost, plus optional trips to India, Dublin and Berlin
  • An emphasis on specialist and transferable skills, including GIS, that will help you in everyday life, further study and employment
  • Study in one of the most historic and safest university cities in the UK, where we make use of our easy access to the surrounding coast and countryside.
  • Strong links with the mapping and GIS industry (e.g. British Cartographic Society, Society of Cartographers, Royal Geographical Society, Ordnance Survey and The GeoInformation Group)
  • An opportunity to study abroad at the University of Lethbridge, Canada

Course overview:

Here is a current overview of the modules available, these are subject to change. For a detailed outline please see our online prospectus page.

Term dates
Year 1

Basic Cartography and GIS

Contemporary Human Geography*

Introduction to Environmental Issues*

Introduction to the Physical Environment*

Living with Uncertainty in the Environment (including international fieldtrip)

Investigating Landscape: Continuity and Change

If a student wishes to take a language they can opt out of one of these modules*.
Year 2

Geographical Investigation and Research (Pre-requisite for the Field Investigation module and Level 6 Independent Geographical Study)

Field Investigation in Geography

Geographical Information Science and Visualisation (Pre-requisite for Level 6 GIS module)

Placement in Geography

Environment and Development

Europe: Cultures, Identity and Landscapes

The Human Geography of North America

Biogeography and Landscape Ecology

Coastal and Glacial Geomorphology

Understanding Past Climate Change

Regions of Risk: Human and Environmental Security

Year 3


Independent Study in Human Geography (40 Credits)

Exploring Critical Human Geographies


Independent Study in Physical Geography (40 Credits)

Applied Physical Geography: Climate and Society

GIS and Remote Sensing for Environmental Management

City, Society, Space

Exploring the Global Economy

Environmental Policy and Planning

Geopolitics: Space, Place and Power

Arctic and Arid Environments

Coastal Environments

Soil Science and Land Management

*Compulsory for all Single Honours students. Read our ‘Guide to Geography at CCCU’ 


We provide the opportunity for study at MSc, MPhil and PhD level across a range of geographical themes. The standing and expertise of our staff are recognised internationally, particularly in cartography and geographic information science, urban-economic geography, and sustainable environments, ensuring a high level of supervision and support.

MSc by Research in the Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences

The MSc by Research in the Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences has been designed to offer a range of pathways for you to research your chosen subject interests within Social and Applied Sciences, whilst sharing in the multi-disciplinary nature of the taught component of course. Possible pathways for Geography students are:

You’ll share a breadth of experience – the multi- disciplinary nature of the taught component means you will share a broad experience of methodological and research issues, allied with subject specific supervision, allowing you to develop a unique awareness of knowledge and experiences across the natural and social sciences in addition to a focus on your own research topic. Find out more.

MSc in Applied Ecology and Environmental Management

The MSc in Applied Ecology and Environmental Management incorporates topics in ecology, environmental sciences and environmental management to explore the relationship between the natural world and society. Students will explore, within a scientific and an ecological framework, the impact of human activities on the environment, and will obtain a thorough understanding of environmental management and sustainability issues, including policy and legislation, with the development of practical skills.

The programme is suited for those interested in the applied aspects of ecology and environmental sciences for environmental management and consultancy, or for those interested in delivering user-defined integrative solutions via research, management and consultancy within the areas of animal behaviour, welfare and conservation, human and physical geography, crop protection, and applied ecology and environmental management. Students will develop the employability skills needed for working in governmental and non-governmental organisations and in private companies, or for pursuing further studies. Find out more here.


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