201–250 th
World University Rankings 2020
42 nd
European Teaching Rankings 2019
Whiteknights House Whiteknights, PO Box 217, Reading, Berkshire, RG6 6AH, United Kingdom

Geography (Human)

Human geography explores some of the biggest global challenges facing society in the twenty-first century. We are in the top 100 in the world for geography (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2017), and our internationally renowned academic staff carry out research across the world. Current projects involve neighbourhood regeneration, resilience and sustainability, food and consumerism in the media and responses to epidemics in third world countries. One current module examines how celebrities are being used to promote discussion of environmental issues such as drought and climate change. We have particular strengths in development in the Global South, neighbourhood regeneration in the Global North, human-environment interactions and the geographies of consumption. Take part in field classes to Berlin, Naples and the island of Crete. These trips are subsidised but additional costs are involved. You will be guaranteed a place on at least one field trip. We are also developing field trips to Iceland, Africa and Latin America. In your final year you will be able to specialise in areas that you find interesting and important, and have the opportunity to work with greatly respected academics from other departments on real research projects. Choose to take a full year of study abroad or professional experience, as part of your degree - usually between your second and third year of study. Recent destinations for study abroad year include Melbourne, Australia and Ottawa, Canada. This course provides opportunities to work with partner organisations on research projects. Recent examples include Thames Water, the Environment Agency, Reading Borough Council, the Earth Trust, Reading Buses and West Berkshire Wildlife Group. Benefit from the links that members of staff have with industry and with external organisations such as NGOs, local authorities, and government departments. The department runs one of the most successful Erasmus+ study abroad schemes in the UK and enjoys active links with approved partner universities in Europe. In the autumn term of your final year, you will have the chance to study abroad for a term – either in the Netherlands (Groningen), Denmark (Aarhus), or Norway (University of Bergen or Svalbard). All classes are conducted in English and bursaries are available to help with travel and accommodation costs. **Careers** 98% of our graduates are in work or further study within six months of graduation (DLHE survey, 2015–16). Our degrees give you the specific and general transferable skills needed for a range of careers in areas such as renewable energy, wildlife conservation, urban and transport planning, biodiversity and climatology. You will also be well-placed for a career in areas such as surveying and architecture. You can undertake a work or research placement as part of your course, and there are numerous opportunities to work on research projects with partner organisations such as Thames Water, the Environment Agency, Reading Borough Council, the Earth Trust and Natural England. Recent placement and internship projects involved neighbourhood regeneration, resilience and sustainability, food and consumerism in the media and responses to epidemics in poorer countries. Enhance your degree with a full year of professional experience between your second and third year of study.