Why Plymouth?

Welcome to geography at the University of Plymouth. Geography explores the relationships between people, places and the environment, focusing on many of the biggest contemporary global challenges such as sustainability and climate change. Our department recently celebrated fifty years of degree level teaching, with more than 6,000 students graduating from our honours courses. Our graduates have followed a range of careers including in government, conservation, environmental consultancy, teaching, aviation, and transport and planning, to name but a few. We provide a supportive, student-centred environment where lectures are given by research-active academics - many are world leaders in their field and investigate complex contemporary environmental and social challenges. Our staff are among the most research-active in the UK as shown by our outstanding performance in the most recent assessment of UK research (REF). Lecturers use innovative teaching methods to bring geography to life in the classroom, in our state-of-the-art laboratories, and during fieldwork. The field trip schedule offers exciting overseas destinations as well as a chance to explore the human and physical geographies of our coastal location close to two national parks and several areas of outstanding natural beauty. 

All our degrees are accredited by the Royal Geographical Society. We hope you enjoy reading about our research and our range of degree courses that are designed to allow you to move between geography BSc and BA or to combine geography with ocean science or international relations.

Dr Mark Holton teaching students on the Western Australia field course

NSS 2020 Geography results

  • Top 10 in the UK

  • High student satisfaction

  • Intellectually stimulating

  • Intellectually stimulating

  • Well organised

Which course?

Celebrating 50 years of geography

2019 marks the 50th anniversary of geography as a degree subject at the University of Plymouth.

In the last half century, 6,394 students have graduated from our geography programmes and 154 staff have worked with us, supporting and carrying out world-class research and teaching.


Fieldwork is an essential part of studying geography. Our Royal Geographical Society accreditation means that all of our degree courses include learning through practical experience from the field. 

Find out where geography at Plymouth can take you.

USA fieldwork

Academic staff