Studying geography at Oxford is a truly fantastic opportunity to learn about a huge range of important issues, whether that's climate change, gender politics, or economic inequality. The course includes both human and physical geography, with the option to focus more on your preferred area later on. 

Keep reading to find out more about the way the course is structured, or check out our Alternative Prospectus here!


In the first year, the four compulsory courses (Earth Systems Processes, Human Geography, Geographical Controversies and Geographical Techniques) allow students to explore both the physical and human aspects of the subject.  These courses form the basis for the four written exams that happen at the end of first year.

In terms of fieldwork, there is a trip to Dorset for four days during the first term, which is a great opportunity to get to know your fellow geographers! This is a physical field trip, and then there is also a one-day human geography field trip exercise which will be conducted in Oxford. 

YEARS 2 & 3

Years 2 and 3 allow you to venture into what interests you most. As a second year, you will complete two foundational courses. There are three courses to choose from: Space, Place and Society (human-focused); Earth System Dynamics (physical-focused) and Environmental Geography. Everyone also gets taught the Geographical Thought course, and you also choose three option course to study across the two years. There are a number of options to choose from, so you can choose what interests you most!

Students also go on an overseas field trip during their second year. Currently, the destinations are Tenerife or Berlin! Since this trip is compulsory, the cost is primarily covered by the geography department. 

Students are assessed based upon: 6 written exams (Geographical Thought, 2 foundational papers, 3 option papers); 3 extended essays (1 per option); fieldwork report; dissertation.

Click here to visit the School of Geography and the Environment's website for more information.