Our Geography BA Honours degree offers an extremely flexible study programme. You can select from a wide range of topics in human and physical geography, such as:
You will enjoy a high level of fieldwork in both the UK and abroad, with field visits ranging from nearby Northumberland to New York, Morocco and Iceland.
A dissertation in your third year enables you to showcase your skills to employers by conducting your own research alongside our highly respected research staff.
We are a world top 50 university for geography, with quality facilities including high-spec labs, and a long history of teaching and research excellence.
Geography at Newcastle ranks in the top 50 universities in the world in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2014.
Fieldwork is a particular focus of Geography at Newcastle, which integrates experiential learning ('learning by doing') at every Stage.
Newcastle is located in a geographically rich region, bringing to life topics such as industrial change and the conservation of rivers, wetlands and coastal areas under climate change.
There is a high level of fieldwork embedded through the degree, including day excursions.
In the second year, you undertake a field course elements of economic, political and social geography from a choice of residential and non-residential destinations, currently including:
In the third year, you can also undertake a physical geography research project at the margin of the Greenland ice sheet or in New Zealand.
Find out more about geography fieldwork at Newcastle in the Geography section of the School's website.
Throughout its near 90-year history, Geography at Newcastle has developed a leading international reputation for research.
All of our academic staff are active researchers, contributing to a vibrant research environment that you will be part of.
Our research engages with the key societal, economic and environmental challenges of our time, focusing on real-world challenges such as climate change, natural hazards, economic development and sustainability.
Our researchers have been commissioned by the likes of:
Through our insightful, research-informed degrees, you will graduate with a highly developed understanding of the changing world around us and the specialist skills to address the key societal, economic and environmental challenges facing us today.
We encourage you to organise your own expeditions. Previous Newcastle University expeditions have been carried out in a wide range of countries including:
See the School of Geography, Politics and Sociology’s website for details of previous expeditions by our students.
The University Expedition Committee may be able to provide funding towards a student-led expedition to carry out research.
You may also apply for funding from The Sonia Stonehouse Expedition Fund (SSEF) to assist with overseas fieldwork, as part of your compulsory dissertation in physical or human geography.
UK and EU students have the chance to broaden their academic experience by taking part in a study exchange abroad.
Stage 2 students can undertake a five-month exchange at one of our partner institutions in Europe (some of which teach in English) or beyond (eg America, Australia, and Singapore).
We offer geography as either a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree. Students on both programmes choose from the same range of modules, and because the two programmes are largely the same, it is usually possible to swap from one to the other should you wish to. Your choice of programme simply depends on the subjects you studied at A level (or equivalent):
The lecturers at Newcastle are all actively involved in ongoing research and are therefore able to relate their own work into our lectures, offering up to date information and making it more interesting for us.
The course has strengthened my interest in Geography, through the sheer variety of modules you are able to choose from, including Social, Political and Economic Geography and Environmental Sciences.