About Geography at the University of Exeter

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.

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.

REF 2014

In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), we were ranked 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^.

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