Geography and Environment

Our students benefit from high-quality, research-informed teaching ensuring the very best learning experience. Studying one of our Geography courses at Loughborough University will prepare you for a wide range of exciting and diverse career opportunities.

Top 10 in the UK for Geography and Environmental Studies The Guardian University Guide 2022
Top 5 in the UK for Student Experience in Geography and Environmental Sciences The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022
Top 10 in the UK for Geography and Environmental Science Complete University Guide 2023
1st in the UK for overall satisfaction in physical geographical sciences National Student Survey 2022
Top 5 in the UK for overall satisfaction in human geography National Student Survey 2022
100% of research impact rated ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ REF 2021

Geography and Environment at Loughborough

We offer modules that 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 dedicated academic, research and support staff, we offer a fantastic learning environment.

Our academic staff are driving forward intellectual agendas in physical and human geography, as well as helping to shape national and international policy. This expertise ensures that the knowledge you are getting throughout your degree is at the cutting-edge of scientific research and focused on some of the most important issues in society today.

Field trips

The methods of teaching and learning we use vary from large lecture-based classes to seminars and practical classes, through to individual sessions with an academic advisor. Field trips are available in a range of UK and overseas locations and in recent years these have included Ghana, Singapore, Paris, Namibia and Wales.

Links with industry

All our undergraduate students have the opportunity to undertake a professional work placement during their degree.

In recent years students in the School have completed placements with BP, Volkswagen, Molson Coors, IBM, Johnson & Johnson, Samsung Electronics, Bosch, Confederation of British Industry, PwC, National Grid, Renault, Department of Work and Pensions, Food Standards Agency, Bedfordshire Police, Instron and Sky.

Students also have an opportunity to spend a year (or a single semester of their degree) abroad by securing paid work teaching English to school children or studying at a partner university

Geography and Environment students share their placement experiences

Facilities

Modern facilities provide the perfect environment for all types of classes, with the latest technology and laboratory equipment available to carry out cutting-edge geographical research. There are also study areas where students can work independently or in groups.

Accreditation

All our eligible geography courses (BA Geography; BSc Geography; BSc Geography with Economics) are accredited by the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG).

Career opportunities

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.

Employability skills are embedded in all our courses and our graduates are appointed in posts across a range of industries and sectors.

Languages

We provide a range of language modules in French, German or Spanish and Mandarin Chinese from complete beginners level upwards.

Through your language modules you will practise a range of transferable skills that will help you in your own field: face-to-face communication, formal and informal presentations, negotiating, convincing and mediating, producing multi-media materials, summarising and conveying information in writing. You will develop skills in your chosen language in small, interactive classes, and will gain greater cultural competence as you move up the levels.