In May 2014 we hosted the first gathering of Co-Chairs and authors from all three IPCC working groups with over 500 climate scientists, policy makers, industry professionals, students, and members of the public participated in this exciting event. View full size.

International students in Exeter city centre

Over the last five years, Geography has welcomed postgraduate students from over 50 countries.

Academics and students within Geography talking about their studies in relation to climate change, sustainable development and energy policy. View full size.

'Changing Tides' is a 'digital story' about past, present and futures sea-level rise changes on Cotehele quay and is made by PhD student Amy Nettley. View full size.

Postgraduate Geography

  • Top 25 in the world for Geography1
  • 7th in the UK for research^ and 3rd for research power in Geography and Environmental Studies and 4th in the UK for research in Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences^
  • 9th for Geography and Environmental Science in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2015
  • 9th for Geography and Environmental Science in The Complete University Guide 2016
  • Excellent research facilities including £3.7 million SRIF-funded Sediment Research Facility in Exeter and the £30 million Environment and Sustainability Institute in Cornwall
  • Degrees in Sustainable Development provide a relevant grounding to employment in this growing area
  • Recognised for the receipt of ESRC studentships in Human Geography
  • Vibrant postgraduate community offering a thriving, innovative and supportive research environment in which to study

Geography at the University of Exeter offers a lively, thriving and innovative research environment at campuses in both Cornwall and Exeter. Ranked 8th in the UK for world leading research in Geography and Environmental Studies (Research Assessment Exercise 2008), we attract research funding from a wide range of sources including research councils, charities the UK government and industry.

Our research interests cover most aspects of geography and we enjoy strong links with international and national research projects. Research areas of particular strength include Environmental Processes and Change, and Historical and Cultural Geography and we are engaged in a number of interdisciplinary areas of research at the University including Climate Change and Sustainable Futures, and Earth System Science.

We offer a range of innovative taught programmes, relevant to 21st century challenges and developed with input from industry, which aim to provide a fantastic platform for future employment. The majority of our Masters programmes are based on the Penryn Campus in Cornwall, which is also home to the University's Environment and Sustainability Institute (ESI) – an interdisciplinary centre leading cutting-edge research into impacts of environmental change and the mitigation and management of its effects.

As a student with us you will be part of a vibrant postgraduate community benefiting from quality research-inspired teaching or supervision and access to outstanding facilities. We offer an intellectually stimulating experience within a supportive and inclusive environment.

I had the opportunity to benefit from lectures with great professors and a mixture of professionals who brought very interesting backgrounds to contribute to the learning process.

Cecilia Zevallos-Labarthe, MSc Sustainable Development

Contact us

We welcome enquiries about our programmes from interested students throughout the year. Please contact:

Taught programmes

Penryn Campus

Tel: +44 (0)1326 371801

Streatham Campus

Tel: +44 (0)1392 722257

Research degrees

Tel: +44 (0)1392 723310

1QS World University Rankings 2014

^Research Excellence Framework 2014 based on intensity-adjusted Grade Point Average and Times Higher Education research power ranking

percentage of Physical Geography and Environmental Science students and Human and Social Geography students who agreed they were satisfied