UWE Bristol students on a field trip to China

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

Enhance your skills in locations around the world:

Bristol and surrounding area

  • Visit live construction sites, utilities installations (such as water treatment facilities), transport hubs and important nature conservation areas.
  • Visit iconic structures in the region, such as the Clifton Suspension Bridge and the Severn Bridges, to enrich your learning experience.


  • Develop practical skills in problem solving and learn to use industry-standard health and safety equipment and how to work safely over water.
  • Open to first year students on our Geology and Geography courses.
  • BSc Geography students can practice field observation and research skills, plus gain hands-on practical experience of field techniques, develop group and interpersonal skills, and encounter unfamiliar environments through physical geography project work.

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.


  • Geography students can spend a week studying geographical themes in a relatively compact location. This 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.


  • Second year BSc Geography students can 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.


  • As a third year BA and BSc Geography student, you will have the opportunity to take an optional field expedition to China. This trip is also open to other students in the Department. The aim of the Advanced Geographic Expedition is to research and investigate the geographical and environmental context of China, and to undertake research projects in the field in an international context.

Student experiences

Students share their photos from various field trips:

*Locations are subject to change.

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