Undergraduate study2017

Geography

90% overall student satisfaction for Geography in the National Student Survey 2014

Why Choose Geography at Loughborough?

We offer modules which will develop your understanding of our rapidly changing planet. Through the interlinked strands of human and physical geography our courses bridge the social sciences and
natural sciences. With 50 academic, research and support staff and over 500 students the Department is a great learning environment.

Our students benefit from the wide-ranging, world-renowned expertise of our academic staff all of whom are committed to high quality, research informed teaching ensuring the very best learning experience.

Our distinctive, world-renowned expertise in four areas of geography – Globalization, Geographies of Social and Political Differences, Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, and Environmental Systems and Resource Management – are each reflected in the structure and content of our courses.

We pride ourselves in supporting our students to fulfil their potential and to graduate as confident, capable, adaptable individuals, equipped with the skills that are demanded by today’s employers.

Facilities

The Departmental facilities allow for the development of specialist skills and include a suite of Environmental Diagnostics Laboratories for the analysis of water, soil and sediments.

Study methods

Up-to-date facilities within the Department provide the perfect environment for all types of classes, with the latest technology and laboratory facilities available to carry out environmental diagnostics.

There is also a newly opened study area, where students can work independently or in groups.

Geography specialisations

We specialise in four areas of geography, each of which is directly reflected in the structure and content of our courses.

In human geography we focus on globalization and on geographies of social and political differences in the Global North and South. In physical geography the emphasis is on geomorphological processes and on environmental systems and their management.

Undergraduates benefit directly from staff research expertise through the modular choices available. While all of our undergraduate degree courses lead to the BSc award, you may specialise in human or physical geography, although many students combine both.

Professional placements and study abroad

All of our courses include the option to gain an additional qualification by doing an industrial placement or study abroad year.

Fieldwork

Field classes are available in a range of UK and overseas locations and in recent years these have included Crete, New York, Paris, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland and Wales. See individual courses for details.

Developing skills

During your time at Loughborough University there will be many different opportunities to develop your skills and personal qualities. Self reflection and an awareness of your own progress will play an important role in improving your performance and in planning for your career and future development.

Your Personal Tutor will introduce you to the idea of personal development planning and support you in the compilation of a Higher Education Progress File that records your achievements, both academic and non-academic, during your time at University.

Career prospects

Our courses provide a fantastic opportunity to prepare yourself for a wide range of careers worldwide.

Employability skills are embedded throughout our courses, with graduates appointed to posts across a full range of industries and sectors. Almost all of our graduates are in employment within a few
months of graduating, or progress to postgraduate study.

Our students

Catharina L

“My course was the ideal choice for me as it gave me the chance to gain a broad understanding in both human and physical geography, before gradually specialising over the years.”

Phil B

“I was lucky enough to do an internship with Abercrombie & Kent, a luxury destination management company, where I spent a few incredible months working on a small island off of the Pacific coast of Panama.”

Chris L

“The teaching is excellent. It is reassuring to know that the people teaching you are often in the top of their research fields.”

Duke H

“My course is very sociable with a lot of group work and exciting field trips to choose from. I really enjoyed the field trip I went on to North Wales”

Catharina L

“My course was the ideal choice for me as it gave me the chance to gain a broad understanding in both human and physical geography, before gradually specialising over the years.”

Phil B

“I was lucky enough to do an internship with Abercrombie & Kent, a luxury destination management company, where I spent a few incredible months working on a small island off of the Pacific coast of Panama.”

Chris L

“The teaching is excellent. It is reassuring to know that the people teaching you are often in the top of their research fields.”

Duke H

“My course is very sociable with a lot of group work and exciting field trips to choose from. I really enjoyed the field trip I went on to North Wales”