Fieldwork is an important component of our environment-based degrees. Studying issues in context brings them to life and deepens your understanding.
Below are the main field trips we run. During Years 2 and 3, many of the optional modules also include other trips and excursions. You might visit:
View our image gallery at the bottom of the page for an idea of what your fieldwork might involve.
Course director Dr Stuart Downward talks about what students can expect from the field trips:
During induction week, we take you into Kingston with your course mates to get to know each other, your lecturers and the local environment.
The entire School of Geography, Geology and the Environment visits the Isle of Wight for a long weekend in the autumn. This is a great opportunity to get to know other students and meet staff informally.
Each degree has specific field destinations. Environmental students may look at issues such as:
In the second semester, you go on a week long trip to a national park, usually the Peak District. Here you will:
During the second or third year, you take a two-week field trip overseas, usually to Andalucia in Southern Spain. This gives you the chance to study an environment very different to that of the UK. Andalucia is enormously bio-diverse, with huge contrasts in climate and development opportunities. The environment ranges from ski resort development in the high Sierras to semi-desert to high density coastal resorts. Water supply and quality can be a significant problem.
You design your own environmental project for the trip. This includes:
We also encourage you to take in the region's culture, living as the locals do. Spanish students studying English provide local information and help with translation.
In Yearl 3, you have the option of going on a field trip to a more exotic location, currently South Africa. The two-week trip forms an entire module. The trip gives you an insight into some of the issues facing a developing nation. You will: