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Overview Geography at Cambridge A wider world All societies rely on relationships with each other and the physical environment. Increasingly these are fragile interdependences presenting intellectual and practical challenges. Our Geography course tackles these issues from a broad base, but also allows you to specialise. Facilities and resources We have one of the UK’s largest geography libraries, containing around 20,000 books, journals and periodicals, and the Scott Polar Research Institute is an integral part of the Department. There are extensive computing resources, where you receive formal teaching in geographical information technology including geographical information systems and remote sensing, and the Department’s intranet provides further online resources. Fieldwork and travel Fieldwork is an important part of our course and there are several one-day excursions and field trips in Years 1 and 2. A compulsory field class in Part IB leads to a piece of assessed practical work. Recent locations include Switzerland, Dublin, Berlin, Morocco and Spain. Some financial help is available but students are required to contribute to the cost of these field trips. Your Part II dissertation requires basic research, usually carried out in the summer vacation at the end of your second year. Dissertation subjects and locations vary widely: some students travel abroad, others stay in the British Isles. Many students organise their own overseas expeditions, often with the University Expeditions Society. Some Department and College travel awards are available for this. Additional course costs Details Estimated cost Year 1 Required: a University approved scientific calculator £20 Year 2 Required: residential field class £200 Required: data collection during the summer between Years 2 and 3 in preparation for Year 3 dissertation – costs variable depending on dissertation topic and data collection location (UK or overseas)   See the course...

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Requisitos: Entry Requirements Typical offers require A Level: A*AAIB: 40-41 points, with 776 at Higher Level For other qualifications, see our main Entrance requirements pages. Course requirements Required by all Colleges: no specific subjectsRequired by some Colleges: A Level/IB Higher Level Geography, A Level/IB Higher Level in an essay-based subject All undergraduate admissions decisions are the...


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O que se aprende nesse curso?

Data Collection
Human Geography
Skills and Training


Course Outline Geography Course Outline

You typically have six to eight lectures each week (with associated reading). In addition you normally have three supervisions a fortnight at which you discuss a topic, usually following preparatory reading and essay writing.

In the first and second years, you also have laboratory or practical classes, and field classes.

Year 1 (Part IA)

You’re introduced to key themes and issues by studying two core papers:

  • Human Geography – topics include globalisation; Fordism and welfare; ecological, economic and political perspectives on resource users
  • Physical Geography – topics include tectonics and volcanism, coastal and glacial processes, Quaternary climate change and biogeography, atmosphere and climate

You’re assessed at the end of the year by one written examination for each paper.

You also take the Geographical Skills and Methods paper that covers numerical methods; survey techniques; documentary and archival data; spatial data; and field, laboratory and desk-based skills.

Year 2 (Part IB)

All students take a core Geographical Ideas and Themes paper relating to global change, which is assessed through both coursework and written examination.

In addition, you can begin to specialise and select three papers from a choice of six, which are also assessed by a combination of coursework and examination. Each year, three human geography papers and three physical and environmental geography papers are available. The lists below give examples of Part IB papers that may be offered.

Human geography
  • Austerity and Affluence
  • Development Theories, Policies and Practices
  • Citizenship, Cities and Civil Society
Physical and environmental geography
  • Glacial Processes
  • Biogeography
  • Environmental Systems and Processes: Remote Sensing

Building on Part IA Skills and Methods, you also undertake project work involving a range of field, laboratory and computer skills and techniques.

All students participate in a one-week residential field class during the Easter or summer vacation. This is essential for your final year dissertation research, both in terms of inspiring your choice of topic and in acquiring specific field research skills. A piece of submitted work on the field class forms part of your second-year assessment.

Year 3 (Part II)

You can either specialise further or maintain a balance across the subject as a whole. You select four papers from 12, which are assessed by either written examination or by a combination of written examination and coursework. Papers on offer vary each year but recent examples include:

  • The Geographies of Global Urbanism
  • Political Ecology in the Global South
  • Geographies of Discipline and Social Regulation
  • Biosedimentary Coastal Systems
  • Biogeography
  • The Glacial and Quaternary Record
  • The Political Geography of Postcolonialism
  • Historical Demography
  • Changing Cultures of Risk
  • Volcanology

You also write a dissertation of 10,000 words on a topic of your choice, which you start work on during the summer vacation between your second and third years. The topic must be defined by the second term of Year 2 and the proposal is assessed as part of your second-year coursework.

For further information about studying Geography at the University of Cambridge see the Department of Geography website.