Geography staff have attracted research funding from the UK Research Councils, from national organisations and major UK charities, as well as from European and other International bodies which has helped to create a thriving and innovative research environment.

About us

Welcome

Welcome to Geography at the University of Exeter. We are a vibrant community that provides a friendly but ultimately challenging environment in which to study and work. We are located on the University’s campuses in both Exeter, Devon and  near Falmouth, Cornwall, home to our new £30 million Environment and Sustainability Institute (ESI).

We are one of the most successful Geography departments in the UK, with an excellent reputation for both our teaching and research. We continue to recruit world-leading academic staff at the forefront of their fields of research who are committed to bringing out the very best in our students. As a result, we attract high-quality, ambitious students from both the UK and abroad, who flourish in this inspirational environment.

Geography is at the centre of issues of relevance today and in the future. It offers explanations for, and promotes understanding of, the relationships between events and their impact both globally and locally. It is about appreciating the complexity of these events and relationships, drawing on historical experiences, and preparing for and shaping the future. It is within this context that we aim to pursue world-class research and deliver programmes of the highest quality which tackle and examine critical global issues of the 21st century.

Research-led teaching and enriched learning opportunities

We offer a challenging and extremely rewarding education in geography at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Our degree programmes come with a wide range of field courses worldwide, exceptional opportunities to study abroad and a host of extra-curricular activities.

World-leading research

We are committed to pursuing world-class research which impacts positively on the world and to delivering outstanding research-inspired teaching through our programmes. We promote a lively and modern research environment with an international reputation for excellence across all of our research groups. Understanding past and present environmental change, and projecting the consequences of change across multiple global ecosystems and landscapes is a core focus in physical geography while in human geography our research uses theoretically and philosophically articulate arguments, combined with grounded research, to render concepts useful to contemporary political and ethical issues. In the environmental sustainability arena our research tackles key questions around the theory and policy of sustainability, and around the political economies of energy, climate justice and ecosystem services.

As is appropriate for research in the field, our work is frequently interdisciplinary in nature embracing physical and human geographies and combining expertise from across humanities, social sciences and sciences.

In the latest Research Assessment Exercise (2008), the UK government’s main measure of quality of universities’ research, we ranked 8th in the UK for world leading research in Geography and Environmental Studies1.

2 Research Assessment Exercise 2008 based on percentage of research classified as 4*