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Geography BSc(Hons): Field trips

Field trips for this course

At Kingston we place a strong emphasis on real world learning. That is we learn by ‘doing' geography. Geography is not just the stuff in books but the stuff that is out there in the world. Fieldwork will provide you with an opportunity to participate in real world learning.

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

Swansea and the Gower Peninsula

The Year 1 five-day field trip usually takes you to Swansea and the Gower Peninsula. Staff will introduce you to the geographical setting, physical landscape and environment. In addition, you will observe issues such as the redevelopment of a coastal area and conduct and environmental impact assessment, examine urban change as well as historical continuities, consider the heritage opportunities for the area, and evaluate the quality of local beaches using the criteria of the blue flag award.

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Year 2

Malta

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 focusing on human geography investigates social, political and economic developments in Malta. A day focusing on physical geography investigates the environmental concerns of the island, with particular emphasis on energy resources, water security and sustainability. 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 further afield, usually to South Africa. The ten-day trip forms part of the Development Geography module. Here you will engage with local authorities and development agencies, NGOs, members of the business community and local people to explore some key development challenges in this context.

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.

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*5p per minute from a BT landline. Call charges from other providers may vary.

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This course is taught at Penrhyn Road

View Penrhyn Road on our Google Maps
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