Magazine article Geographical

From the Royal Geographical Society: (With the Institute of British Geographers), Otherwise Known as the 'Home of Geography'

Magazine article Geographical

From the Royal Geographical Society: (With the Institute of British Geographers), Otherwise Known as the 'Home of Geography'

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There has never been a better or more important time to study geography. With growing interest in issues such as climate change, migration, environmental degradation and social cohesion, geography is one of the most relevant courses you could choose to study. Geographers are also highly employable.

Often the top media story of the day concerns topics related to geography: communities, competition for resources or the environment. Geographers' abilities to understand these issues from a breadth of different perspectives, and their implications locally and globally, mean their knowledge and skills are highly sought after in the workplace. In addition, in a world where more than 80 per cent of all information is spatially based, geographic information science (GIS) has rapidly grown to become an essential tool in business organisations and government, creating even more opportunities for those with geographical skills and knowledge.

Across the UK, more than 90 universities offer degree courses in geography. The range of options is large and constantly developing--from single honours degrees in geography (that stress different dimensions of the natural and social sciences and humanities), to joint degrees with economics, business, chemistry or tourism, to more specialised degrees in geohazards, climate change, international development, or GIS. …

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