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Geography University 2025

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Reply 1
Questions :
1) What sort of Geography are you most interested in - physical, human, environmental, geology, international development etc etc?
2) What A level subjects are you taking, and what are your likely grade predictions?
Original post by sleepless-italy
I have a question as to have universities people would recommend to study geography? I'm not starting university until 2025 September and I'm not entirely sure what part of geography I would like to study but does anyone have any advice as to what universities to look at? I have no idea where to start looking.. What courses should I consider? What ups and downs do I need to think about? What universities should I look at? Where do I turn for more information?

This is like asking how long is a piece of string without seeing it. What one person likes is anothers dislike so it is totally pointless.

There are just so many variables. The first is what grades are you likely to get. There is no point looking at AAA universities if you get EEE.

Secondly ask yourself what area you would like to study. Do you want to be in a big city or not as this will reduce your options. How close or home do you want to be. This again reduce your options.

When you decided upon these things you can then look at courses and see which courses really interest you the most.

You can use ucas course search to see the grades each university asks for and draw up a list from there. You can reduce this down using the other factors and when this is done you can check courses in detail.

It is a good idea to attend various open days to get a feel for the universities you are considering to see which feels right for YOU. As i said earlier everybody is different and what matters is you not anyone else.

Do your research properly instead of being so lazy and expecting others to do the work for you.
Original post by McGinger
Questions :
1) What sort of Geography are you most interested in - physical, human, environmental, geology, international development etc etc?
2) What A level subjects are you taking, and what are your likely grade predictions?

1) I'm not too sure yet on that. I'm leaning more towards physical geography I think.
2) geography, maths and English lit. A,A,B I believe but we'll see after the exams I'm sitting now
Reply 4
Original post by sleepless-italy
1) I'm not too sure yet on that. I'm leaning more towards physical geography I think.
2) geography, maths and English lit. A,A,B I believe but we'll see after the exams I'm sitting now

Look at courses like :
BSc Physical Geography | University of Southampton
Physical Geography and Environment (BSc) - Undergraduate, University of York
Physical Geography - Lancaster University
Physical Geography and Oceanography BSc (Hons) | Bangor University
Physical Geography, BSc (Hons) - Swansea University
Geography BSc : University of Sussex

You need to look at these closely to see if its the sort of course you want to do - and you need to go to Uni Open Days to see the Uni, and hear about each course, before you select your 5 choices.
Original post by McGinger
Look at courses like :
BSc Physical Geography | University of Southampton
Physical Geography and Environment (BSc) - Undergraduate, University of York
Physical Geography - Lancaster University
Physical Geography and Oceanography BSc (Hons) | Bangor University
Physical Geography, BSc (Hons) - Swansea University
Geography BSc : University of Sussex
You need to look at these closely to see if its the sort of course you want to do - and you need to go to Uni Open Days to see the Uni, and hear about each course, before you select your 5 choices.
Thank you so much. I will definitely take a look through.
Sorry if it was a really vague question, I've never asked one before as I'm new and I should have thought it through a bit more..
Original post by swanseajack1
This is like asking how long is a piece of string without seeing it. What one person likes is anothers dislike so it is totally pointless.
There are just so many variables. The first is what grades are you likely to get. There is no point looking at AAA universities if you get EEE.
Secondly ask yourself what area you would like to study. Do you want to be in a big city or not as this will reduce your options. How close or home do you want to be. This again reduce your options.
When you decided upon these things you can then look at courses and see which courses really interest you the most.
You can use ucas course search to see the grades each university asks for and draw up a list from there. You can reduce this down using the other factors and when this is done you can check courses in detail.
It is a good idea to attend various open days to get a feel for the universities you are considering to see which feels right for YOU. As i said earlier everybody is different and what matters is you not anyone else.
Do your research properly instead of being so lazy and expecting others to do the work for you.

I'm sorry, I didn't quite think through my question and I have never posted a question before so I didn't really know what to write and what to expect. I shouldn't have been so vague. I'll remember for next time :smile:
Original post by sleepless-italy
1) I'm not too sure yet on that. I'm leaning more towards physical geography I think.
2) geography, maths and English lit. A,A,B I believe but we'll see after the exams I'm sitting now

Hi @sleepless-italy
I'm currently in my 3rd year studying Physical Geography at Lancaster. Don't worry about not knowing which part of geography you prefer the most, there's lots of geography courses that are quite broad and cover both human and physical aspects. For instance Bsc Geography will be a mix with slightly more physical geography or BA Geography will be a mix with slightly more human geography. There's also courses like Environmental science, earth science and natural sciences that are all geography related.
I'd recommend creating a list of courses at universities that contain topics and modules that interest you, you can search for this on the UCAS website by entering geography and it should bring up all related courses at different universities. Then you can start to research these more in detail (i'd recommend using the individual universities website for this as it will tend to go into more detail) and visit the ones your most interested in on open days.
Some things to consider, which may narrow down universities. Would you like a campus or city uni? How far away from home would you like to be? What type of city you would want to live in?
Personally, I've really enjoyed my time studying in Lancaster, the courses have been really engaging with lots of hands on fieldwork and practical experience, and the department staff are great and really supporting. I've attached the Bsc geography page to see if it would interest you. Geography BSc Hons (F800) - Lancaster University
Hope this helps, and if you have anymore questions, feel free to ask!
-Jasmine (Lancaster Student Ambassador)
Original post by Lancaster Student Ambassador
Hi @sleepless-italy
I'm currently in my 3rd year studying Physical Geography at Lancaster. Don't worry about not knowing which part of geography you prefer the most, there's lots of geography courses that are quite broad and cover both human and physical aspects. For instance Bsc Geography will be a mix with slightly more physical geography or BA Geography will be a mix with slightly more human geography. There's also courses like Environmental science, earth science and natural sciences that are all geography related.
I'd recommend creating a list of courses at universities that contain topics and modules that interest you, you can search for this on the UCAS website by entering geography and it should bring up all related courses at different universities. Then you can start to research these more in detail (i'd recommend using the individual universities website for this as it will tend to go into more detail) and visit the ones your most interested in on open days.
Some things to consider, which may narrow down universities. Would you like a campus or city uni? How far away from home would you like to be? What type of city you would want to live in?
Personally, I've really enjoyed my time studying in Lancaster, the courses have been really engaging with lots of hands on fieldwork and practical experience, and the department staff are great and really supporting. I've attached the Bsc geography page to see if it would interest you. Geography BSc Hons (F800) - Lancaster University
Hope this helps, and if you have anymore questions, feel free to ask!
-Jasmine (Lancaster Student Ambassador)

Hi!
I'm still working it out but I think I will go towards physical geography although I find human easier. I've been looking at universities but several sites have given me so many options I had no idea what to look at first and I have very limited information from where I am. I am definitely going to start creating a list after my exams and start making my way through but I tend to also look at what the area around it is and how well liked it is.
I think I'd prefer to be in a city campus just because I'm pretty social although I don't really mind at the end of the day as long as it's a fairly big university. I also am mostly looking at having a good transport system to Liverpool or an airport which is all I'm looking for so I can leave quickly if I need to. I would mostly want to stay in a nice city which isn't too expensive or have a high crime rate.
I'll definitely take a look at your course and university!
How did you decide which university to go to? What sort of things did you look at to confirm which university you went to? (Like nice sports facility or size of university) Is the main resources/websites you used, UCAS and the university pages?
Thank you so much for your help!
Its worth going to some Open Days and listening to the course presentation, and asking students questions about the course - this is the best way to figure out the sort of course that will suit you best.
Original post by McGinger
Its worth going to some Open Days and listening to the course presentation, and asking students questions about the course - this is the best way to figure out the sort of course that will suit you best.

It's a bit more difficult to do that where I live because I'm on an island and it's hard to get off it sometimes as well as most open days being during school time. I will definitely try find some open days to attend or at least try see some universities over summer if I can get to England. It's also hard to talk to students as most university goers do not come back to our island and that's why I'm seeking help on here. Thank you for that advice though, I'll definitely start searching for open days that's during holidays if there are any!
Original post by sleepless-italy
1) I'm not too sure yet on that. I'm leaning more towards physical geography I think.
2) geography, maths and English lit. A,A,B I believe but we'll see after the exams I'm sitting now

Hello!
It's super exciting to see you're interested in physical geography! I do Earth and Environmental Science which is more about the physics chemistry and biology of why all physical processes occur, which I really enjoy studying! Also something I hadn't heard of until looking on Lancaster's website so I would thoroughly recommend looking at all the different degrees on our website if you haven't definitely decided yet. But Earth sciences in general have a wide range of modules you can study, I am even lucky enough to be going to Switzerland this summer as one of my modules to study the glaciers as well as Italy next Easter to study the geology of Mt Etna. The opportunity a lot of universities and degrees don't offer! Lancaster is also an amazing university for its specialist environment centre and proximity to the Lake District allows for some great field trips as well as days out with friends!

Don't hesitate to ask if you have any more questions and I hope this helps!
Lucy (Lancaster University Student Ambassador)
Original post by sleepless-italy
It's a bit more difficult to do that where I live because I'm on an island and it's hard to get off it sometimes as well as most open days being during school time. I will definitely try find some open days to attend or at least try see some universities over summer if I can get to England. It's also hard to talk to students as most university goers do not come back to our island and that's why I'm seeking help on here. Thank you for that advice though, I'll definitely start searching for open days that's during holidays if there are any!

Hi @sleepless-italy,
Some universities do online open days which can be a great way to experience parts of the university and learn more about the courses without physically having to go there. In terms of speaking to students, TSR is a good place to start as most universities will have an 'ask an ambassador' section, where you can find out some good information.
Hope this helps!
-Jasmine (Lancaster Student Ambassador)
Original post by Lancaster Student Ambassador
Hi @sleepless-italy,
Some universities do online open days which can be a great way to experience parts of the university and learn more about the courses without physically having to go there. In terms of speaking to students, TSR is a good place to start as most universities will have an 'ask an ambassador' section, where you can find out some good information.
Hope this helps!
-Jasmine (Lancaster Student Ambassador)

Hi!
I am already looking at some of those and hope to ask some of my teachers about hopefully starting to give me some advice on whether I should go to the uni or whether I do online.
Yes thank you so much for your help!!
Original post by McGinger
Questions :
1) What sort of Geography are you most interested in - physical, human, environmental, geology, international development etc etc?
2) What A level subjects are you taking, and what are your likely grade predictions?

Hiya!
I'm interested in Environmental Geography in particular.
I do Geo, Bio, Chem and have undertaken an EPQ 🙂 not sure what my grade predictions will be but I'm hoping for A*A*A at the minimum

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