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Geography Courses


£150 million invested in facilities in the last 10 years
number 1 university in the East Midlands for graduate employment


The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017 Top 20 university for teaching quality

Geography allows us to explore Earth’s surface and the human societies who inhabit it.

It stimulates the minds of the naturally curious, asking how and why everything came to be - we inspire this level of curiosity in our students through fieldtrips in the UK and overseas, a first-class teaching team, and facilities equipped to support the real world experience that employers look for.

Cutting-edge research underpins every aspect of our course. Our lecturers include active researchers, authors and consultants undertaking important projects worldwide. It means you’ll be kept in touch with the very latest theories and what’s new in the world of geography.

"A University where students are its highest priority"

Emma Liversage, BSc (Hons) Geography graduate from the University of Derby

"I chose to study Geography because it’s a very attractive degree to employers due to the variety of skills required. After looking at many Geography courses I chose the course at Derby as I really liked the range of modules offered. All of the staff were incredibly passionate and knowledgeable about their subjects - I would recommend this course to anyone wanting to study Geography at degree level at a university where students are its highest priority."

Exciting Fieldtrips

Fieldwork is central to this course, helping you see how reality differs from the text books. We take full advantage of the many interesting locations on our doorstep, such as nature reserves, sites of special scientific interest, ancient woodlands, quarries and the Peak District National Park. We also offer residential fieldtrips as an integral part of your studies. These could take you to locations as varied as the Lincolnshire coast, the Mediterranean and Morocco.

A course to suit you

Our course gives you the chance to specialise in either the physical or human areas of geography - or a mixture of both - to help you map out your future career.


Our course is one of only three degrees in the UK to be accredited by The Institute of Environmental Sciences

BSc (Hons) Geography accredited by The Institute of Environmental Sciences

‌Why Derby?

  • Our Geography course is ranked number one for student experience out of 74 other Higher Education providers (Times and Sunday Times, 2016)
  • 90% of Geography students were in work or further study within six months of completing this course (HESA, 2015)

What our Geography graduates do

Career opportunities open to graduates include:

  • Geoscientist
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Water Quality Analyst
  • Assistant Surveyor
  • Transport Planning Consultant
  • Outbound Advisor