Clare College Cambridge

Geography

 

Number of students per year: 3-4

 

Typical offer: A*AA at A-level or 7,7,6 (42+ overall) in the IB or the equivalent in other educational systems. For Scottish Highers and Advanced Highers - Offers usually require AAA at Advanced Higher Grade; bands may be specified.

 

Essential subjects: Although it is not essential, most applicants take Geography as one of their A-level subjects, but the possible supporting subjects cover almost the entire range of core A-level courses.

 

Written assessment: All applicants are required to take the pre-interview written assessment for Geography.

 

Geography at Cambridge has one of the largest annual single-honours intakes in the country and accepts about one hundred students annually to read the three-year course. As with nearly all subjects in Cambridge, the first year of the Geography course is broadly-based and compulsory. In the second year some specialisation is possible, whilst in the third and final year you are required to select four courses from about three times that number and submit a dissertation on a geographical subject of your own choice. Many students carry out their dissertation research abroad. Courses during the first year introduce a broad range of ideas within both human and physical geography, including on Globalisation, Cultural Geography, Development, Urban Geography, Economics, Geopolitics, Volcanoes, The Cryosphere, Oceans and Coasts, The Atmosphere, Environmental Change during the Quaternary, Life on Earth, and Current Issues in Human and Physical Geography. In the second year students choose three courses from a choice of six, plus compulsory diverse courses on 'Living with Global Change'. Students will also take compulsory research methods and data analysis skills training. Fieldwork fot the dissertation is undertaken during the summer before the final year. 

 

Teaching Fellows

Dr Andrew Friend Reader in Earth Systems Science. His research interests primarily concern the functioning of terrestrial ecosystems (vegetation and soils) and how they interact with their physical environment. http://www.geog.cam.ac.uk/people/friend/

 

 

 

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