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Geography (UG)

Geography at Queen’s University Belfast is part of a dynamic School (GAP) at the interface of the social and natural sciences. We are committed to pursuing world-class research and providing outstanding teaching. Our classes are taught by academics who share a commitment to the success of each student. Our aim is to help you prepare for leadership in your chosen profession, developing the knowledge, skills and experience to become an exceptional graduate.

The Geography undergraduate programme is one of the larger ones among the UK’s Russell Group of universities, graduating 130 students each year. Our degree programme combines study traditions of past and present environments, in both their cultural and physical dimensions. Geography is one of the few subjects in which human and physical aspects of the environment are integrated. At Queen’s we have developed a programme that provides students with a common foundation of knowledge, skills and experience, while offering the opportunity to tailor your degree according to your interests and ambitions.


Our teaching is informed by the research of our academic staff, many of whom are international leaders in their area of scholarship. This is illustrated in the profile of our research clusters:






Environmental Change Research Cluster

The principal concern of this cluster is to understand how physical environments have changed, or are changing, over a range of different time scales from 20k years to the near instantaneous. There are strong bio-ecological and geomorphological traditions in our research, which are combined in both Late-Quaternary and Holocene studies as well as in contemporary and future considerations.

Society, Space and Culture Research Cluster 

This research cluster focuses on historical and contemporary human geography. In order to advance its agenda, the cluster has developed a series of themes on the relationships between human society, spatiality and culture to which its members in various combinations contribute and which provide a focus their research endeavours. These include: temporal GIS; knowledge, space and the cultures of science; spatial analysis of contemporary society; historical geographies of past economies and landscapes; and geography, empire and colonialism.