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Human Geography BA(Hons): Field trips

Field trips for this course

"How many people can get to say, 'I went to South Africa doing my degree!'"
Regina Hamilton
, Geography BSc(Hons)

Fieldwork is an important part of our geography teaching. It deepens your understanding and brings the subject to life.

Below are the main field trips for the geography courses. Remember they can vary from year to year according to circumstances and new opportunities. Some optional modules also involve local excursions. View our images for an idea of what fieldwork involves, click a thumbnail to see a larger version of each picture.

Geography course director Dr Annie Hughes talks about the geography field trip:

Year 1

Peak District or Swansea and the Gower Peninsular

In Year 1 you go on a five-day field trip, usually to Wales or Derbyshire (we alternate between the two locations).

Here you observe issues such as the redevelopment of brown field sites in a rural town and the use of industrial archaeology as tourist sites. There is also a series of group projects covering a range of human or physical geography elements. You can choose the project that interests you most, perhaps:

  • footpath erosion;
  • water supply and reservoir provision; or
  • the historical development of rural settlements.
Fieldwork in the Gower, WalesFieldwork in the Gower, WalesFieldwork in the Gower, WalesFieldwork in the Gower, Wales

Year 2


The Year 2 week-long field trip usually takes you to Malta. Staff will introduce you to the geographical setting, physical landscape and environment. A day focussing on human geography investigates the social, political and economic developments in Malta. You will then have the opportunity to work in small groups to design and manage a research project investigating a specific geographical theme covering a range of topics, from coastal management to immigration and integration.

Red phone boxes in Malta's capital Valetta (students carry out various human geography projects in the city)The Blue Lagoon on the tiny island of Comino, which has only 4 permanent inhabitantsWalking to a meeting with staff at Malta Environment & Planning Agency.The view from the citadel in Rabat on the island of Gozo.Fieldwork in MaltaFieldwork in MaltaFieldwork in MaltaFieldwork in MaltaStuart briefing students on a sketching exercise (on the NW coast of Malta the main island)

Year 3

South Africa

In Year 3 you have the chance to go on a field trip further afield, usually South Africa. The two-week trip forms an entire module, during which you will be based at three locations approximately 500km apart. You take the experience and knowledge you have gained from your studies and apply them to an unfamiliar environment.

Read about the field trip to South Africa, when students, who were in Cape Town to study and assist with local development projects, took the opportunity to kit out a group of delighted youngsters in £2,000 worth of brand-new Fulham Football Club kits.

Cape Town, South AfricaCape Town, South AfricaFieldwork in South AfricaFieldwork in South AfricaFieldwork in South AfricaTraditional Braai in South AfricaHIV/AIDS Centre in South AfricaKhayelitsha, South Africa

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