Department of Social Sciences

  • Geography
  • Field trips

    Field work is a cornerstone of Geography at Brookes, and we provide several opportunities for field studies in the Oxford region, other parts of Britain, and abroad.

    In your first two years, you are introduced to geographical research techniques through practical and field courses. These courses provide training in research design, use of IT and quantitative and qualitative methods that form the basis of geographical investigations.

    You will participate in a number of local field trips in your first year providing an introduction to aspects of Human and Physical Geography. Single honours students will also participate in a 3–4 day field course in the first year. In your second year, residential field courses (all students) usually last for between 5–8 days and give you the opportunity to apply your research skills.

    Where will I go?

    Destinations for residential field trips may vary from year to year. First year field work is UK-based, second year field work typically takes place overseas.

    First year

    Fieldwork associated with the module The Geography of the Oxford Region (single and combined honours) takes place locally, in and around Oxford. A typical location for the UK-based field trip associated with the module Investigating Geography (single honours only) is South Wales. 

    Second year

    The second year compulsory field trip location (single and combined honours) varies, but in recent years we have visited Malta, Gibraltar and Almeria, Spain.

    Geography field trips

    Not only are field trips a great way to try out what you've been learning in the classroom but it's fun going away with your friends too.

    Gareth Preston

    How much will it cost?

    For students commencing their degrees from September 2012 onwards, there are no additional charges for compulsory fieldwork; the cost of the compulsory second year overseas field trip is included within the University fees. Some optional modules may include field visits/day trips for which there may be a small charge (eg. coach fares).