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Geography

Six reasons to study geography, geology and environment at the University of Brighton

As a geographer, you will be interested in the earth, how we affect our surroundings and how we are influenced by the places in which we live, work and play. But geography brings together many other subjects.

You might learn how to assess human impact on the climate, study the effects of world trade, track population movements across the globe or work out how to extract more natural resources from the earth in a sustainable manner. A geographer could end up controlling flooding, replanting wetlands, isolating pollution incidents, working with local authorities to design student-friendly accommodation sites and much more.

Above all, during your degree at the University of Brighton you will find out about the earth's past, present and future - and of course, how we as its inhabitants interact with the evolving environment.

Undergraduate courses

At Brighton, you'll put together your own programme of study. Whether you take the Geography BA(Hons) or the Geography BSc(Hons) degree, you will cover both human and physical geography in your first year, giving you a solid base of knowledge. In future years you will also choose from options such as Medical Geography, Air Quality Management, Ice Age Earth and Geographies of Sport and Leisure. Meanwhile your courses in computing, report writing and research skills will prepare you both for university life and your future career.

Our new Geography with Archaeology BSc(Hons) course lets you study physical and human geography, using practical archaeology to explore the link between society and the environment over time. With a focus on contemporary environmental issues and the archaeology of the UK and north-west Europe, you'll graduate ready for a career in the environmental sector or in a specialised career in field archaeology.

In our Geography with Geoinformatics BSc(Hons) course, you will combine the study of physical and human geography with the diverse and challenging area of geoinformatics (the collection, processing, analysis and presentation of large spatial data sets). You will come out of the course with a highly transferable skillset valued in a range of potential careers, as you monitor a rapidly changing world and help develop solutions for a variety of future problems.

Studying in Brighton gives you access to the chalk hills and cliffs, the sea and a lively cosmopolitan city in which to conduct fieldwork, consider demographic patterns and interpret human behaviour. You can get course credits by volunteering for a local project such as conservation or community health. And back on campus you will have access to specialist facilities such as digital photography suites and high-tech pollution detection and monitoring labs.

You will also visit locations such as Greece, North Africa and South Africa on field trips, and could even spend time learning a language or studying modules abroad. You might choose to take a year out putting theory into practice on a work placement, making some money and boosting your CV.

In your third year, many of your modules relate to staff research interests, and you will be discussing issues at the frontiers of international research knowledge and understanding. We will help you choose and set up an independent project, with recent topics including the geographies of (non)migrants and the decision-making process, and the geomorphological response to a 1 in 50 year flood event on the South Saskatchewan River, Canada.

Postgraduate courses

At Brighton you will be studying alongside environment and geology students, breaking down barriers between subjects. The MSc in Environmental Assessment and Management covers contemporary environmental issues and management techniques, with the flexibility for you to specialise. Our MSc in Geographical Information Systems and Environmental Management enables you to develop GIS skills in an environmental context. Giving you hands-on experience in real-world settings, it is ideal for GIS analysts, managers and decision-makers. Further details on courses are available in our postgraduate brochure (pdf).

Research students will be joining a 60-strong active research community, with recent research including:

  • Reclamation of automotive shredder residue;
  • Interpretation of the role of land and space in shaping power, social marginalisation and human-environment relations;
  • Development of a technique that fixes heavy metal and radioactive contaminants in polluted land.

Further information

The courses in detail

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Fieldwork

You will go on several field trips to learn more about the landscape


Cave

Investigating tafoni (limestone weathered) caves in Agua Amarga


Anthony Easthorpe

What our students say

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The subject content from my undergraduate studies at the University of Brighton (especially the GIS and Physical Geography elements) has really helped with my teaching, especially when it came to completing a subject knowledge audit for my Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE).

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Anthony Easthorpe, Geography BSc (Hons) 2010

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Jo Sage

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Where else can you expect to jet off to Athens for a week supervising first-year urban field studies within your first month of PhD research! Find out more

Jo Sage, Geography final year PhD student