Geography field trip to Iceland

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The School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences at Plymouth University offers some of the biggest and best geography courses in the UK. We have an excellent reputation for the quality of our teaching and an internationally recognised research centre, the Centre for Research in Environment and Society (CeRES). Our staff are enthusiastic, approachable experts in their fields who have a passion for teaching geography. Geography courses at Plymouth have been accredited by the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) and emphasise practical and applied aspects of geography, that are intellectually challenging and will enhance employability. Our students enjoy living and studying in beautiful South West England, and go on to pursue a wide range of careers.

Successful REF2014 result for geography

We are pleased to announce that almost two thirds of the work that was submitted was assessed as either world leading (4*) or internationally excellent (3*). Based on 'research power', this places us in the top 20 universities nationally for research in geography.
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The School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Science offer scholarships for outstanding achievement. As part of our Potential High Achievers Scheme we want to encourage you to continue to work hard for your exams, which are so important for your future career. We will reward those applicants who achieve the highest grades in their exams and demonstrate a commitment to Plymouth University by awarding them £1,000 when they enrol. We would encourage this scholarship to be spent on the final year optional field trip or towards study costs.

students on a 2016 fieldtrip to Belize

Fully funded PhD opportunities in human geography

The South West Doctoral Training Partnership (SWDTP) is accredited by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) to provide postgraduate research training in the social sciences

The SWDTP is one of the UK’s largest centres of postgraduate research training for social scientists.

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"The Quaternary History of the River Nile" Prof. Jamie Woodward, University of Manchester. Mark Blacksell Public Lecture Spring 2017

Jamie illustrated the distinctive geography of the desert Nile in Sudan, presenting some of the latest interdisciplinary work seeking to understand how societies fared alongside a volatile Nile over the last 6,000 years

Part of the Mark Blacksell Public Lecture series (with the Royal Geographical Society), this stimulating lecture took place on February 8th, 2017.

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Have a look at our photos featuring some of our wonderful students and staff enjoying their time with us here in Geography

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Geography fieldwork

"One of the highlights of my degree was the North West USA fieldwork module." Amy Sparrow, BA Geography

We offer one of the very best fieldwork programmes in the UK.

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Our research is focused on environment-society interactions, environmental processes and change, and their governance through regulation, management policies and stakeholder involvement.

Individual staff engage with a wide range of other departments in universities and research institutes from around the world.

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Graduate profile - Amy Haworth Johns

Plymouth was a great place to learn and having the 3rd year field trip to Iceland gave us the opportunity to implement our theoretical knowledge in a practical scenario.

Amy graduated in September 2014 and is now working in the charity sector for Climate Revolution

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