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Geography at Sheffield - RGS accredited

Our research and teaching works across the boundaries of physical sciences, social sciences and humanities to understand and to tackle complex global challenges.

Our Geography degree programmes engage with the most important issues of our time such as climate change, international development, global inequalities and environmental sustainability.

The Department of Geography is a world-leader in teaching and research and has had tremendous impact on the discipline of Geography since it was founded more than 100 years ago. Today, Sheffield is ranked within the top 15 UK departments (REF 2014) and the top 40 in the world (QS 2019). The impact of our research is recognised as world-leading or internationally excellent.

Our courses

BA Geography

Our human geography course explores our relationships to space, society, politics and culture. It provides the critical skills necessary to appreciate, analyse and respond to the key issues and challenges facing us.

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BSc Geography

Our physical geography course uses our own academics' cutting edge research to help analyse and understand our environments, while providing training in the key methods, skills and approaches our researchers use.

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MGeogSci Geography

Our physical geography course with an integrated masters includes a final year of an advanced research project, during which you will develop your professional and research skills through access to our academic expertise.

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RGS accredited

Accreditation from the RGS-IGB

Our courses are accredited by the Royal Geographical Society with IBG. Accredited degree programmes contain a solid academic foundation in geographical knowledge and skills, and prepare graduates to address the needs of the world beyond higher education. The accreditation criteria require evidence that graduates from accredited programmes meet defined sets of learning outcomes, including subject knowledge, technical ability and transferable skills.



Joint courses with other departments

BA Dual Honours Geography and Planning

This course combines geography with urban studies and planning, allowing for those with a view to concentrate on more urban and human geographies to add further specialisms to their degree. Based in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning, you will also have a personal tutor from Geography, whilst the course content will be split evenly between the two subject areas.

For full details about this course please visit the Department of Urban Studies and Planning website.

MEng Urban Engineering and Development

This course combines fundamental civil and structural engineering modules with modules taught by the Department of Geography, producing graduates who are engineers with a unique understanding of how to address challenges such as social issues, poverty, housing, food resources, sustainability, and sustainable development of infrastructure.

For full details about this course please visit the Department of Civil and Structural Engineering website.