Why choose Bristol?

Excellent teaching

Our aim is to inspire students by exposing them to the latest findings in the discipline: our teaching is guided by our research, which in turn gives students a thorough understanding of geography.

World class research

Geography is an extraordinarily rich and diverse integrative discipline that brings together the physical and human dimensions of the world in which we live.

It is a unique combination of physical scientists, life scientists, social scientists and humanities scholars, studying some of the most important challenges facing society.

Diverse degree programmes

The school has a strong portfolio of undergraduate degree programmes where research is a major component and the latest investigations are key.

These courses are distinctive and are driven by the work of some of the most renowned scholars in the field, from both the physical sciences and the social sciences.

Exciting opportunities

We are entering an exciting new phase in global development where geography will make some genuine intellectual and practical leaps.

Bristol is deeply involved in the debates and with the people who will lead those changes - our students will be part of that journey.

Variety of careers

Our graduates go on to succeed in a variety of careers - some find work in areas directly relating to geography, while others discover that their knowledge and training provides them with a route into different professions.

Quality of life

Bristol is a historical, cultural and well-connected city that is large enough to be vibrant, yet small enough to be friendly. It's a 'green capital', leading the way on environmental issues and sustainability, with excellent public transport (although you can cycle or walk to most places of interest).

Bristol is also a technology hub, second only to Silicon Valley in microchip design. It is easy to travel to London, while also having access to the amazing countryside of South-west England (the Mendips, Devon, Cornwall), the Cotswolds, South Wales and the Wye Valley.


Our laboratory spaces and technical facilities represent some of the best available for students and researchers of geography.

Below are just a handful of examples of how our research impacts on our teaching:

  • Dissertation projects can be conducted using the LOWTEX/BIOGAS facilities, which are some of the best in the world
  • The Haggett Lab provides students with high powered, in-house computers dedicated to quantitative analysis
  • Students are taught how to use state-of-the-art climate models and have access to further climate model simulations, in many cases before they are even published
  • Some undergraduate modelling dissertation projects are so good that they have been published in high quality peer reviewed journals; one of our students is co-author of a paper that will feature in Bristol’s report for the UK Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
  • Our third year courses are so far advanced that some of our students’ essay assignments have proved worthy of publication in peer reviewed journals.

The prestige of the university was a factor but the main reasons to apply were the course structure offered due to a broad first year and choice of specialism in the second year.

Bethany, GSci Georgraphy,
What our students say

Geography itself is a very friendly department with research groups getting together regularly for seminars and socials, and the whole department coming together for biscuits in the common room on Thursdays!

Catie, PhD Physical Geography,
What our postgraduates say

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