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Geography at Oxford - Course Outline

First Year


Students need to take four core papers as mentioned below.

  • Human Geography
  • Earth Systems Processes
  • Geographical Techniques
  • Ideas in Geography


  • First University exams
  • Four written papers in addition to two practical notebooks

Second and Third Year


Geographical Rsearch
Foundational courses (two selected)

  • Earth Systems Dynamics
  • Space,Place and Society
  • Environmental Geography

Options (three chosen)
Presently, options offered include:
African Societies:

  • Spaces of Politics
  • The Political Geography of European Integration
  • Geographies of Development and inequality
  • Geographies of Finance

Climate Change:

  • Transport
  • The Quaternary Period
  • Impacts and Adaptations
  • Heritage
  • Forensic Geography
  • Dryland Environments
  • Conservation and Management
  • Dissertation (weighted as two papers)


Final University exams
Three written optional papers
Three written core papers
Three pieces of submitted work on the selected optional subjects
Fieldwork report

Entrance Requirements

  • A-levels: AAA
  • Advanced Highers: AA/AAB
  • IB: 38 - 40 comprising core points
  • Or any other equivalent

It is extremely recommended for candidates to have Geography to A-level, Higher Level or Advanced Higher in the IB.

International Opportunities

The School of Geography and the Environment lay emphasis upon the importance of fieldwork since it is said there is no substitute for teaching subjects. In the first year, students participate in local skills associated to weekends and field days. In the second year, students shall undertake a week long overseas residential field course that is associated to the foundational courses.

In the second and third year, there are some option subjects involving field trips. Recent years have consisted of trips to the United Arab Emirates. In this field, an independent research or in achieves is a major element of the dissertation. Each year, approximately forty percent undergraduates prefer to execute their dissertation overseas covering a significant range of countries worldwide.

A Weekly Timetable

A typical weekly timetable includes lectures in the morning and generally a few afternoon practical classes or seminars. Additionally, each student shall attend minimum one college tutorial a week and some of the college based classes.

Application Procedure

Candidates should follow the application procedure as given in the how to apply page of the university website. The following information helps students to apply for this course.

Written Work

Candidates are needed to submit two marked pieces of recent work created as part of their geography course by the prescribed date. For more information about written work, students are advised to see the submission of written work page. However, students do not need to take a written test while applying for this course.

Students are expected to match academic achievement with an extensive enthusiasm, awareness and commitment of the world about them. Students are advised to visit the university website for information about selection criteria.

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