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Geography and Environmental ScienceUndergraduate study


Geomorphologists study how the earth’s surface is formed and changed by rivers, mountains, oceans, air and ice. The role involves a large amount of fieldwork and research.

The study of the land around us.
The study of the land around us.

Due to the varied nature of geomorphology it is possible to specialise in one area, choosing to study only rivers, sand, planetary, tectonics or wherever your preferences take you. The nature of this role often involves spending extended periods in remote locations.

 Typical work activities

Geomorphologists collect samples of organic materials such as sediments from streams and pollen from flowers to determine if any of these materials had an effect on the way the land is shaped. Geomorphology has advanced recently with the introduction of GIS and remote sensing programs improving map work.


Think a career as a geomorphologist could be for you?

Qualifications and work experience

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