Our course is one of only a few Geography degrees in the country to be accredited by the Institution of Environmental Sciences, reflecting our ability to meet the Institution's high standards of quality and modern content. Our extensive range of optional modules allows you to tailor your course and specialise in either the human, physical or environmental areas of Geography. With its strong emphasis on applying theory to practice, our course gives you plenty of opportunity to gain hands-on experience through practical sessions and field based learning in the UK and overseas. We're located near the Peak District National Park, providing a rich resource for you to study and map landscapes and surface features - our students have also travelled to Crete and Morocco to gain a global perspective of geography. You'll also have the opportunity to study abroad in the USA or Canada; an experience that will help you to stand out in the graduate job market. Our recently refurbished map library has an extensive collection of traditional paper maps, as well as digital resources such as GIS software to visualise and analyse spatial data. You’ll harness industry-standard specialist equipment – such as GNSS, total stations, soil augers and field spectrometers – and all the resources you need to test and analyse specimens like vegetation, soil, water and rock samples. We subscribe to the Digimap Service so you will have full access to the British Geological Survey’s & Ordnance Survey’s digital databases. Cutting-edge research underpins every aspect of our course. Our geography lecturers include active researchers, authors and consultants undertaking important projects worldwide. It means you’ll be kept in touch with the very latest theories and what’s new and next in the world of geography. Current research projects include impacts of climate change, paleo climatic reconstruction in Greece, argan tree conservation and restoration in Morocco and rising sea levels in Ghana. We have a vibrant geography community so you’ll meet practitioners from a wide range of geography-related fields who deliver guest lectures across many of our modules. They will offer insights into current developments within the profession and share their career experiences with you. We also play a lead role in the Derbyshire Branch of the Geographical Association and have a fantastic Geography Society led by our students.Our graduates are now enjoying success in diverse roles such as agronomy, environmental consulting, data analysis, rail planning, water quality analysis, teaching, GIS and conservation - 100% of our Geography graduates were in work or further study within six months of completing the course (HESA, 2016). The knowledge and skills you gain at Derby University are also sought after by employers in commerce, public services, research and industry. Some of our graduates have progressed to employment as surveyors, land managers, business analysts, transport officers and civil servants.