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Studying geography at UCL is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The goal of study here is to merge understandings of geography with practical skills. UCL appointed the UK's first Professor of Geography in 1833. Today, our department is one of the largest in the UK, known for both its cutting-edge research and its excellent teaching.

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Why study Geography at UCL?

UCL Geography is a centre of research and teaching on the environment, economic/social restructuring, GIS and remote sensing, as well as historical, cultural, and urban geography. Our world-class facilities include computer clusters supporting GIS and satellite image analysis, the UCL Urban Laboratory and a reference map collection. All academic staff teach, providing low staff/student ratios and plenty of choices.

What you will gain from study at UCL

Skills gained and enhanced in the study of geography are very marketable, combining a vast breadth of understanding with analytical skills and the written expression of ideas and concepts. Teamwork that accompanies work in the field is attractive to employers, as is the confidence gained through independent research and study.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching in the department takes the form of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical learning, and fieldwork. Assessment is usually by examination, but often also includes coursework. Alternative assessment is available for Fall Term-only students.

Modules in Geography

Please note that this guide lists a wide range of popular module options, but it is not exhaustive and some modules may have changed or no longer be available. If you have a particular interest or academic requirement you are advised to cross reference the listing in the online Study Abroad Guide with that on the relevant departmental pages, and to contact the department to make sure that an appropriate module is available.

Level 1 modules

Module code Title US credits ECTS credits CU credits
GEOG1002 Earth: An Integrated System 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
GEOG1005 Environmental Change 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)

Level 2 modules

Module code Title US credits ECTS credits CU credits
GEOG2005 Geomorphology 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
GEOG2007 Ecological Patterns and Processes 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
GEOG2008 Reconstructing Past Environments 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
GEOG2009 Environment and Society 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
GEOG2010 Economic Geography 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
GEOG2014 Development Geography 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
GEOG2019 Political Geography and Geopolitics 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
GEOG2020 Surface and Groundwater Hydrology 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
GEOG2021 Environmental Remote Sensing 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
GEOG2023 Urban Geography 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
GEOG2024 Cultural and Historical Geography 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
GEOG2025 Geocomputation 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
GEOG2026 Statistics for Environmental Geographers 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)

Level 3 modules

Module code Title US credits ECTS credits CU credits
GEOG3004 Coastal Geohazards 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
GEOG3038 Water and Development in Africa 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
GEOG3042 Managing Fresh Waters in the 21st Century 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
GEOG3048 Migration and Transnationalism 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
GEOG3051 Principles and Practice of Remote Sensing 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
GEOG3057 Global Environmental Change 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
GEOG3060 Economic Geography II 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
GEOG3065 Mining Social and Geographic Datasets 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
GEOG3067 Palaeoclimatology 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
GEOG3069 Postcolonial Geographies of African Development 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
GEOG3070 Environment and Society II 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
GEOG3071 Geopolitical Events 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
GEOG3073 Geography, Culture and Materiality 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
GEOG3076 Urban Political Ecology 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
GEOG3078 Global Urbanism 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)

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