The University of Southampton
Geography and EnvironmentUndergraduate study

Fieldwork

From monitoring ablation rates of Alpine glaciers, to determining deprivation indices for European cities, on our undergraduate Geography fieldtrips you'll acquire new geographical skills in an applied context. Guided by a team of world-class academics, you'll design and implement research projects within a variety of geographical environments.

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Picos, Spain Year 2 physical geography field trip
Human Geography field trip to Berlin
Human Geography field trip to Berlin
Year 1 human geography trip - Southampton
Year 1 human geography trip - Southampton
Arolla, Switzerland Year 3 physical geography field trip
Arolla, Switzerland Year 3 physical geography field trip
Human geography field trip - London
Human geography field trip - London
Arolla, Switzerland Year 3 physical geography field trip
Arolla, Switzerland Year 3 physical geography field trip
Visiting the Field of Stelae in Berlin
Visiting the Field of Stelae in Berlin
Students enjoying the view from Fuente de in Northern Spain
Students enjoying the view from Fuente de in Northern Spain

Approximately one month into your first year of study, there's a fieldwork week focused on the local region incorporating Southampton, Portsmouth, the Isle of Wight, the New Forest, and the South Coast more generally. This gives you an introduction to geographical research and means you can get to know academic staff and fellow students early on in your degree programme.

 

In the second year, you will attend a week-long field excursion to an overseas destination, the location of which depends upon your BA or BSc registration. Recent locations have included Paris, Amsterdam, Tenerife, and the Picos de Europa mountains of northern Spain. Third year field courses are optional, last approximately seven to 10 days, and provide opportunities for advanced-level activities in places such as Berlin and Arolla, Switzerland.

An exciting addition to our residential fieldwork is our new integrated module Water, People and Environment, involving group project work on the Mekong River, Cambodia.

All fieldtrips are accompanied by Geography academic staff and postgraduate students and provide a wide range of research topics for you to explore. These trips offer an invaluable opportunity for you to get to know your peers and academic staff and they present a fantastic environment to interact and learn about geography in a practical context.

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“I went to Paris on my second year which was a fun experience. It really improved my skills in Human Geography through gathering information in the field. Speaking to local people was a challenge but it helped build skills and confidence.”

Natalie Price - BA Geography

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