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Geography and Environmental Sciences at Northumbria University encompass all of our work in physical and human geography, environmental science, environmental health and management, health & safety, and disaster management.

In our geography and environmental science courses, students delve into the complexities of natural landscapes, urban environments, and the societal impacts on our planet. Through the lens of physical geography, students explore topics such as landforms, climate change, ecosystems, and natural resource management. In the realm of human geography, they examine the relationships between people and their environments, studying topics like urbanization, globalization, population dynamics, and social justice.

Our undergraduate programs in Geography and Environmental Sciences offer the opportunity to uncover solutions for environmental challenges, as they seamlessly integrate academic excellence with hands-on exploration. Our renowned postgraduate degrees in Geography and Environmental Sciences are meticulously crafted to equip you with advanced knowledge and refined research skills.

  • Programmes regularly achieving over 90% student satisfaction in the National Student Survey.
  • Flexible undergraduate courses with Geography BA (Hons), BSc (Hons), integrated Masters MGeog and pathways in Human and Physical Geography and Environmental Management and Science.

  • Professionally accredited environmental management and environmental health courses strengthening our links to the workplace.
  • Geography Sectorial Employer Advisory Board including Northumberland National Park and Northumbria Water.
  • Our Disaster Management and Sustainable Development MSc course, with accompanying networks, was the first in the world to lead on these integrated fields.
  • Specialist research in cold and paleo environments, communities and resilience and ecology, with projects and engagement taking place in more than 30 countries, from Antarctica to the tropics.
  • Research funded and/or in collaboration with the British Antarctic Survey (BAS), Department for International Development (DfID), Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC), the Leverhulme Trust, Environment Canada, Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and US National Science Foundation (NSF).
  • Partners in international consortia including the £6.6M NERC Subglacial Lake Ellsworth Consortium (SLE), Globalization and World Cities Research Network (China, Germany, The Netherlands, USA), Pliocene Model Intercomparison Project (China, France, Germany, Japan, Norway, USA) and the $1.1M US NSF POLARIS Consortium.
  • Excellent publications with 55% ranked as world leading or internationally excellent according to the latest UK-wide research assessment exercise (REF2014, UoA17) making us a top-30 Geography Research Department based on research power.
  • Leading provider of NEBOSH training in health and safety and provider of a range of bespoke courses for industry, NGOs, government bodies, UN, and the Environment Agency. 

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Geography and Environmental Sciences Courses

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Geography and Environmental Sciences Staff

Our Geography and Environmental Sciences students learn from the best – inspirational academic staff with a genuine passion for their subject. Our courses are at the forefront of current knowledge and practice and are shaped by world-leading and internationally excellent research.

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Front row, L-R: Professor Matthew Johnson from Northumbria University and Piotr Mahey from ACCESS: Policy are pictured with members of the ACCESS: Policy team (left) and Northumbria University students (right) selected to be part of the first ACCESS: Climate and Environment programme.
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Ambleside and Great Langdale, within the historic county of Westmorland, as surveyed by the Land Use Survey of Britain in 1931/32. Large areas of upland Britain were classified as rough hill pasture or commons- yellow shading (Copyright: Giles Clark, CC-BY-NC-SA).
The land use of Newcastle-upon-Tyne and Gateshead as surveyed by the Land Use Survey of Britain between 1931 and 1935 (Copyright Giles Clark, CC-BY-NC-SA)
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