Field trips

These are an important part of both your learning and student experience. Memories of a fantastic field trip can really help to define your time with us. Opportunities vary, from short trips around the Southwest of England to longer residential stays across the UK, Europe and beyond.

Residential trips

Opportunities vary by programme but these are introduced through our individual course pages. You might also want to speak with staff at an Open Day or Offer Holder Day to understand what might be being planned for you.

As a first year geography student, you will visit either Margam in Wales or Bovey Tracey in Dartmoor early on in the term to help you gel as a cohort and for you to get to know your first year teaching team. Devon is also the destination for our environmental resource management and civil engineering students.

Similarly, as a planning student, you will visit a selection of key planning sites in London and hear about projects like the development of Olympic Park and the regeneration of King’s Cross. All of these trips require you to work in small teams to develop your research skills and learn more about the environment in which you are staying.

As a geology student in the first year you will be introduced to a wide range of geological methods of data collection in Dartmoor and learn how to complete a geological map in Pembrokeshire and write up reports based on your data collection.

As a second year geography student you will have the opportunity to visit either Brittany or Mallorca. Second year planners have the opportunity to explore north west England. The focus prior to, and during these visits, is upon the development and practice of research skills. Your experiences will therefore prove invaluable to the individual research projects that our programmes include at level three.

Planning students have the opportunity to visit a European city, such as Barcelona, Dublin or Amsterdam in year three. Some of these experiences are shared with our postgraduate students.

During the second year as a geology student you will visit the Lizard, Cornwall to investigate the igneous and metamorphic processes and you will also visit the Almeria Region of south Spain where you will develop your research skills.

Advanced Geographical Expedition

At level three, you might want to take part in our Advanced Geographical Expedition, a two week entirely field-based module to locations such as Iceland, China or Kenya.

The module will develop your geographical field research skills and location-specific knowledge through an intensive period of time in an overseas field location. It is a great opportunity to see magnificent landscapes and become immersed in very different cultural experiences.

Day trips

In addition to these residential field trips, you will also have the opportunity to take part in a number of shorter trips associated with the modules you are studying. These visits reinforce module content and usually contribute towards module assessment. For example, you might have the opportunity, like recent students, to:

  • Explore the geology and soils of the west of England.
  • Investigate beach profiles and changing river patterns.
  • Practise ecological surveying skills and produce habitat management plans.
  • Record coastal change and develop a coastal management plan.
  • Study approaches to civil engineering in Bristol Docks.
  • Learn about Bristol’s flood protection.
  • Discover the local geology around the Bristol area, including Portishead, Watchet, Cheddar Gouge and the Cotswolds.
  • Visit major infrastructure projects and hear from staff involved in their design and delivery.
  • Work with children at a local school to develop plans for the regeneration of a local high street.
  • Explore, and appraise the sustainability, of recent housing developments across the Bristol area.
  • Visit recent renewable energy projects in and around Bristol.
  • Audit local allotment and growing spaces for the purposes of encouraging community food projects.
  • Attend a local planning committee to understand the role of councilors, planning officers and applicants in the appraisal of development projects.
  • Visiting local environmental consultancies to hear about the processes for encouraging green business.

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