Our Geography degree courses are focused around an innovative and interdisciplinary approach, with emphasis on research-led teaching. Our aim is to prepare students with the academic training and practical skills necessary to confront complex, real-world challenges and make the world a better place. With their study of human interaction with the environment, our Geography courses enable students to understand the major global challenges of the 21st century, including climate change, natural hazards, biodiversity loss, resource management, health, migration and poverty. The Royal Geographical Society has accredited our BA Geography and BSc Geography degrees as being compatible with the subject standards.
Geography at UEA is taught collaboratively by the Schools of Environmental Sciences and International Development. Both Schools are internationally recognised for their research, which ensures that we are always at the forefront of the discipline and able to use relevant, contemporary examples in our teaching. Ranked 12th in world for Development Studies and 40th for Environmental Sciences (QS World Rankings 2018), both Schools enjoy an international reputation for the quality of their research and teaching.
The Schools have expertise in a broad range of topics in human and physical geography, including natural hazards and volcanology, climate change and sea-level rise, renewable energy resources, valuing ecosystem services, environmental policy, behavioural and experimental economics, environmental justice, social protection and wellbeing. Our academics are renowned for the real-world impact of their research, working closely with policymakers, communities and businesses to affect change, and regularly advise on national and international policy issues such as atmospheric pollution, the marine environment, climate change, poverty reduction and environmental sustainability.
UEA is also home to the Climatic Research Unit, the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, International Development UEA and the Water Security Research Centre, as well as important research groups in the areas of Science, Society and Sustainability, Global Environmental Justice, and Globalisation and Corporate Social Responsibility, all of which provide opportunities for students in accessing research and internship opportunities.
The School of Environmental Sciences was awarded a Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education in 2017.This is the UK’s most prestigious Higher Education award, given to those who can demonstrate outstanding work at a world-class level. Have a read through the top 12 facts about the School of Environmental Sciences over its 50-year history. You can also watch our video that celebrates 50 years of Environmental Sciences at UEA. The results of the Research Excellence Framework (REF2014) ranked the School of International Development fourth in the UK for overall research, with 74% of its research ranked ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’.