Geography is about understanding places. It looks at our world, and the places we make in our world.

Why study Geography?

Geography is about understanding places. It looks at our world, and the many places we make in it. Geography will give you an interesting and well-respected degree, and provide you with the experience and understanding to progress in your chosen career.

Why St Mary's?

Informed by the research of our teaching staff, the degree looks at the interplay of physical, social, cultural and political forces in making different places. Students can specialise in Physical Geography, or Human Geography, or combine the two.

There are opportunities for practical fieldwork both in the UK and overseas, including the Peak District, Malta, Grenada, and the French Alps. The degree also includes opportunities to take career-development modules to advance your future prospects.

The St Mary’s Geography degree looks at both Physical Geography and Human Geography. It can be studied either as a Single Honours degree on its own, or as part of a Joint Honours degree in combination with one of the following subjects:

A Student View

Giorgia Crosland
"I really enjoyed Malta and would definitely recommend it for any future geographers! The freedom to carry out independent research on our own choice of topic was challenging and a great learning curve. All the fieldwork was really interesting, and overall the trip was a fascinating research experience."

St Mary's course and employment stats

In the latest HESA Destinations of Leavers survey 95% of St Mary's students were employed or undertaking further study within six months of graduating.


St Mary's also scored 93% for teaching satisfaction and for 92% course satisfaction in the 2017 Guardian University Rankings.