Fieldwork is integral to any Geography degree. In the field you develop new skills and apply learning from the classroom to real world problems. Here at Leicester we go into the field a lot. Our field trips will be one of the most rewarding and enjoyable experiences for both Human and Physical Geography students.
The University of Leicester fully funds all Year 1 and Year 2 field courses and bursaries are available to support students attending optional Year 3 field courses.
Our field trips run during each year of study. Programmes range from basic field techniques in Year 1 to more advanced independent research skills that will allow you to pursue your own research interests in your final year dissertation project and help you become a fully fledged Geographer.
Here are some highlights:
All second-year Human Geographers (BA Geography and BA Human Geography) fly to New York to examine questions such as multi-culturalism, gentrification colonialism in the city. Based in Mid-town Manhattan, this week-long residential field course includes day trips to Ellis Island, China Town, Wall Street and Ground Zero in order to interrogate the composition and evolution of a truly global city. On this trip you will further practice field-research methods in Human Geography and develop your own research skills in preparation for your dissertation project.
This second-year residential field trip is also for all Physical Geographers (BSc Geography and BSc Physical Geography). It is an opportunity to visit an examine the striking arid landscapes of South East Spain. In addition to investigating the distinctive geomorphology and ecology of this area, the fieldtrip is designed to support students in the planning of their final year dissertation project.
Focusing on a number of interlinked themes, such as politics, discourses and practices of development; social, cultural and gendered aspects of resistance, and environmental justice and grassroots activism, students spend 12 days critically examining contemporary issues and debates about environment and development. This is an optional third year course, aimed primarily at students taking Human Geography (BA Geography or BA Human Geography).
Students undertake a two-week field trip to Amazonia in Southern Colombia and are introduced to spectacular tropical vegetation of the region as well as animal biogeography and the region’s aquatic ecosystems. This is an optional third-year Physical Geography (BSc Geography or BSc Physical Geography).
The Californian comprises a ten day trip to the Mojave Desert (near Las Vegas) and to Death Valley. Students stay in a desert research station and spend the trip studying a range of landforms and landscapes characteristic of this remarkable arid landscape. These include weathering processes, desert rivers, sand-dunes, salt lakes and in Death Valley, some of the world’s most impressive alluvial fans. This is an optional third-year Physical Geography module (BSc Geography or BSc Physical Geography).
The South West USA
Exploring contested understandings of the American landscape this trip spends 12 days unpacking the complex geographies of the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Zion National Park and Las Vegas. Topics of discussion include iconography of landscapes; contested natures, and Interpretations of sustainability. As well as an introduction to some of the best-known landscapes on earth the course also further employs critical geographical approaches in the field. This is an optional third year Human Geography module (BA Geography or BA Human Geography).