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There has never been a better or more important time to study geography.
With the growing importance of issues such as climate change, migration, environmental degradation, spatial epidemiology, and inequalities, geography is one of the most relevant university courses you could choose. Geography courses are popular – demonstrated by strong completion rates and positive student feedback – and geographers are also highly employable and collectively receive competitive graduate salaries. Above all, geographers have the potential to be well-informed global citizens, using their unique combination of knowledge and skills to make a positive difference in the world.
Whatever your passion for the world – fascination with landscapes or concerns about sustainability – geography will provide you with knowledge and transferable skills that will reward you personally and advance you professionally.
Our #ChooseGeography webpages provide you with a one-stop-shop for everything you need to know about studying geography, including:
Choosing geography at university
Studying geography gives you the opportunity to develop a wide range of skills, some subject-specific and others more general. Together, these skills provide a strong basis for employability, lifelong learning and making a positive difference in the world. You will learn through geography, in addition to learning about geography. Visit our webpage to find out which skills geographers can develop, as well as the different areas that can be covered by a geography degree.
Choosing a geography course
More than 80 universities offer over 1,400 geography-related degrees. There are lots of great options and it is important to spend time thinking through what the best option is for you. Visit our webpage for help with the key questions you should consider when choosing a university or course, and the other elements to think about when deciding if a course is right for you.
Directory of geography courses
Our directory is a guide to geography in higher education in the UK, with information on:
The universities offering geography-related courses in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland
Links to the relevant department webpages, which include up to date information about each course
The institutions with at least one programme currently accredited by the Society
Applying successfully for a geography-related degree
Visit our webpage to find information on applying to UCAS, writing a personal statement, interviews, taking a gap year, and more.
Directory of open days
Explore our list of university open days to make sure you don’t miss out on visiting your top choices.
Career pathways and opportunities
Geography opens up a wide range of careers, which we explore through our ‘I am a geographer’ profiles, directory of work experience opportunities, and through examples of people using geographical skills in their jobs.
Apprenticeships are a great opportunity to gain practical skills in the workplace while studying. Most of your time is spent doing on-the-job training and the rest is spent working towards a qualification. You will be paid a salary and be part of a team, just like a standard employee, but you’ll also have dedicated study time throughout the week. Some people choose to undertake an apprenticeship instead of going to university.