Geography fieldwork

Fieldwork is a very important part of studying geography. 

In addition to local field visits associated with specialist modules, residential fieldwork is an integral part of our degree programmes.

Year 1

We get out for a residential field trip right at the beginning of the course. We currently travel to Bath where we stay for three nights and travel out each day to a new location at which we look at key themes in human and physical geography. In addition to the academic benefits, it also provides an opportunity for you and the staff to get to know each other.

Year 2

Put your research methods training in practice on a residential field course to one of a range of exciting destinations around the world. Recent trips have run to Australia, Belize, Borneo, China/Hong Kong, France, Iceland, Ireland, Morocco, Portugal, Sweden, and the United States. 

The trips involve both student-led and staff-led work, and allow you to sharpen your research and transferable skills while you investigate in the field issues you have learnt about at the University.

Year 3

Depending upon the modules chosen, there are opportunities for local fieldwork visits in support of these advanced courses.


At least one of the trips each year is a ‘zero-cost’ option covered by your course fees; the remainder attract a supplement that varies by destination.


Fieldwork is a vital part of geography and ours is among the very best programmes in the UK.

This short video shows some of the issues explored by our final year students on their trip to the Pacific North West region of the USA in 2016.