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Department of Geography

Prospective Undergraduates

Drawing on the breadth of expertise in the Department across Physical and Human Geography, we aim to deliver intellectually demanding and academically rigorous degrees in a supportive environment. We set out to enthuse and stimulate our students about Geography from the lecture hall to the coast, stretching them to realise their potential.

Department of Geography

Department of Geography

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A short film highlighting what it is like to study Geography at undergraduate level at Durham University

Department of Georgraphy UG video transcript (.pdf document)

The Department of Geography is located in a cathedral city, which has been given World Heritage status. In the late nineteenth century the philosopher and artist John Ruskin described the site as one of the wonders of the world. A radio poll recently voted Durham Cathedral Britain's most loved building. The city is well connected on the east coast mainline, being less than three hours from London and less than two from Edinburgh. Newcastle International Airport and Durham Tees Valley Airport are about a half hour drive. The city is small enough for everywhere to be in walking distance but the urban experience of Newcastle is only 15 minutes away by train. The spectacular scenery of the Northumberland coast, North York Moors and North Pennines is close at hand while the Lake District can be reached in less than two hours.

The Department is housed in its own building on the Lower Mountjoy site with a suite of laboratories, lecture rooms and computer classrooms. It is adjacent to the main University Library, conveniently situated between the older Colleges in the vicinity of the cathedral and the newer Colleges on the gentle wooded slopes to the south.

The Department has a proven track record. We have been awarded the highest grade for research activity (6*) and the highest grade for teaching ("excellent") in recent government surveys. In fact, we are one of only three out of more than eighty geography departments nationally that can claim to have consistently reached the highest standards. Furthermore, we are the largest geography department in Britain. The staff, who number sixty four, are specialists of international ranking in a wide variety of fields. Not only does this range of activity provide a diverse and exciting undergraduate programme, but the latest research findings inform the learning environment.

At least 95% of students gain first or second class degrees and we have an excellent employment record. A Geography degree is a proven springboard to diverse opportunities, such as administration, management, planning, finance and banking, marketing, research and education.

The University's Careers Advisory Service offers a continuing series of talks and short courses on careers, as well as opportunities for individual counselling.

Some 200 firms visit the University annually on recruitment initiatives.

To find out about our admissions process please visit our How to Apply pages.
For information on Geography courses and modules please visit our Teaching & Course Information pages.

Application deadline for all the above scholarships is 16th May, 2015.

Contact Mrs S. Gibson, Admissions Secretary. Telephone: +44 (0)191 334 1883.

2014 Graduates Photograph

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