Field Trips

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.

Example Field Trip Locations


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.

The Amazon

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 Berlin field course is an optional course aimed at students taking BA Geography or BA Human Geography. It explores how the location of Berlin has shaped its place within geopolitical conflicts over centuries. The field course examines how the Berlin Wall is commemorated, but also how Cold War geopolitics continues to shape life in the city. The module is an opportunity to apply critical and creative geographical approaches to researching the politics of housing and migration in Berlin.


Death Valley

The Californian field course 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).

New York

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.

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