UWE Bristol students on a field trip to Keyna

Field trips

Field trips and site visits give you the chance to apply theory and skills to real world situations. You’ll develop essential team work, communication and problem-solving skills – the key attributes employers are looking for.

Field trip locations*

  • Bristol region - Our staff have wide-ranging links with partners in Bristol, Bath, Cardiff and surrounding areas, facilitating visits to live construction sites, utilities installations (such as water treatment facilities), transport hubs and important nature conservation areas. You’ll also use iconic structures in the region, such as the Clifton Suspension Bridge and the Severn Bridges, to enrich your learning experience.
  • Dartmoor - A residential field course for first year students on our Civil and Environmental Engineering, River and Coastal Engineering, Environmental Resource Management, Geology and Geography courses. Here students develop practical skills in problem solving and learn to use industry-standard health and safety equipment and how to work safely over water. BSc Geography students practice field observation and research skills, gain hands-on practical experience of field techniques, develop group and interpersonal skills, and encounter unfamiliar environments through physical geography project work.
  • Liverpool - A second year visit for urban planning students to explore the challenges that faced a city that is experiencing a renaissance in its fortunes following decades of decline. The trip is an integral part of Researching the City, a module that requires students to undertake a piece of research by using Geographical Information Systems and collecting original data.
  • South Wales - Develop skills in designing, collecting, interpreting and presenting human geographical data on this residential geography field course. Themes of the trip include World Heritage Site management, industrial and post-industrial landscapes, small-town regeneration, landscape change and mega-regeneration. 
  • Mallorca - A week long field trip allows Geography students to study a diversity of interesting geographical themes in a relatively compact location. The trip aims to implement research methods and apply geographical theories in the field. The assessment is formed of several research projects on issues such as globalisation, urban regeneration and gentrification, rural change, world heritage landscape management, and heritage tourism.
  • Brittany - A field trip enabling second year BSc Geography students to focus on developing scientific research techniques whilst exploring the varied landscapes of the region. The key themes studied during this week-long trip include coastal ecology, coastal morphology and reconstruction of past environments.
  • China - the Advanced Geographic Expedition - A third year optional field expedition to China has become one of the highlights of the BA and BSc Geography courses and is also offered to students on other courses across the department. The overall aim is to research and investigate the geographical and environmental context of China, and to undertake research projects in the field in an international context.

*These locations are subject to change.

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