We are based in the Geosciences building which provides inclusive teaching, learning and research facilities for all our students. Our team of friendly staff are based in the department building and are on hand to offer one-to-one advice.
Our building features a large lecture theatre, small group teaching rooms, and a number of dedicated specialist laboratories including physical geography, geology and spatial & data science.
We also have a bespoke physical geography and environmental science teaching laboratory. The building also houses well equipped analytical/research laboratories, a geo-technical engineering laboratory and a social area for our students.
Geosciences Lab 1 – Physical Geography Research Laboratory
This is a multi-use laboratory with zoned areas dedicated to different procedures ensuring a safe working environment for all. Students are able to book in to this laboratory to carry out specific investigations related to dissertation and project work using modern equipment and techniques. The laboratory can house up to 10 students at any one time making use of our range of laboratory instruments and practical methods.
Geosciences Lab 2 – Analytical Research Laboratory
This modern, airy laboratory has a variety of analytical instruments providing an area dedicated to research for use by staff and students. Technical staff and researchers are able carry out both basic and applied research work and the facility is capable of responding to and adapting to the needs of the department.
Geosciences Lab 3 – Physical Geography Teaching Laboratory
A large, bright and flexible teaching laboratory fitted with a multi-media audio-visual system. The laboratory has a seating capacity for 50 students and is used primarily for scheduled teaching and practical lab sessions.
Fieldwork takes place in all three years, in both the UK and abroad. Our current UK destinations include Cumbria, Anglesey, Ullapool and the Western Isles. Foreign fieldwork destinations currently include Tenerife, Mallorca and Amsterdam. We also make use of the surrounding urban, coastal and upland environments for local fieldwork. Our fieldwork involves no additional financial contribution from students. Click on our current fieldwork destinations below to find out more:
Last year, some of our geography students went to Amsterdam and visited a sustainable residential neighbourhood built on an artificial island and ‘De Cuevel’ which is an eco-sustainable project developed on abandoned polluted land on the bank of the River Ij. They also travelled to ‘Bijlmermeer’ a large-scale redevelopment project in the south-east of Amsterdam and much more.
“The Amsterdam field trip was an amazing opportunity for me to develop my geographical understanding and use of research skills while pushing me out of my comfort zone. It was the most rewarding and enjoyable experience from my degree so far.” – Elizabeth Salter
Students on Physical Geography and Environmental Science programmes travelled to Mallorca where they sampled vegetation in the terraces, undertook coastal geomorphology, carbon budgeting in areas of woodland and studied salt water pits.
“The Mallorca field trip allowed us to experience some of the processes and theories that we have been studying. It offered the opportunity to see aspects of physical geography in action and the change to develop new skills in data collection.” – Rodney Crosby
Our Geology students visited Tenerife. With its sub-tropical climate, the volcano of Mount Teide and its 300 associated smaller vents makes it an ideal study location. Our students worked from balmy sea level to the icy heights of Pico Teide at 12,198 ft examining the many types of volcanic eruption and their products.
“Going to Tenerife expanded my understanding of new environments and enriched my university experience immeasurably. It was a thoroughly enjoyable experience which developed my skills.” – Toby Boocock
Our current students are best placed to tell you all about what life is really like as a Geography student at Edge Hill. Watch the video below for their insights:
Lewis Winship BA (Hons) Geoenvironmental Hazards student said:
“I wanted to study at Edge Hill due to the amazing campus and how scenic the area is. I also wanted to study here due to the course, which is very specific to the physical side of geography that I enjoy.
I am taking this degree to learn about the different natural hazards that effect the world. This first year will allow me to look at a range of these and then in the further years I will be able to expand my knowledge and research into particular sections. This will then hopefully lead me down a career where I can continue to help people in the community by looking at something specific that effects people.”
Read more from Lewis here.
One of our students Rodney Crosby also had this to say about his experience of studying here:
“Studying the BSc (Hons) Geography programme at Edge Hill has been one of the most challenging, yet rewarding experiences of my life… and it is all down to the amazing work ethic of all the staff in the Geography Department.
They have an open door policy, and if you are ever struggling they are always happy to help. The tutors are passionate about their subjects and this passion is transferred to the students, I have found an interest in topics that I never thought I would. The skills and knowledge gained in the lectures are brought to life on field trips in both the first and second years.
I can honestly tell you that coming to Edge Hill is one of the best decisions of my life. It is a great place to be and a great place to learn.”
Geography, Geoenvironmental Hazards and Geology degree programmes cover a wide range of subject-specific and key graduate skills, something which is widely recognised by employers.
As a graduate of one of our degree programmes you will become proficient in:
- Presenting your ideas in a variety of formats including; posters, reports, oral presentations
- Data collection, presentation and analysis
- Information technology and communication skills including specialist areas such as Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
- Personal attributes such as self-management, awareness of personal responsibility, motivation, flexibility and creativity
- Working as a member of a team
- Project management.
Careers and Employability Week
The Careers and Employability Week is designed to assist our students in making the necessary transition from degree study to the world of employment or postgraduate study.
As part of the careers and employability week, representatives from organisations contribute to the week through participation in the mock interview panels which form part of the 3rd year assessment and through the delivery of presentations and workshops focusing on topics such as applications, interviews and how to impress at a graduate selection centre. Recent participants have included the Environment Agency, United Utilities, Airborne Environmental Consultants Ltd, AO.com, Geotechnics Ltd, Wirral Borough Council, WSP, Dnata Dover Fueling Solutions and Enterprise Rent-a-Car.
In addition to our extensive range of field trips, students in the department also benefit from work-based learning where they can apply and extend their skills in a professional setting.
Students have completed work placements with a number of host organisations such as the National Trust, Sefton Council and the Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and Merseyside.
If you haven’t already visited our campus, or would like to visit again, you can discover everything you need to know about life at Edge Hill by attending one of our Open Days. Student guides will be on hand to take you on a tour of the halls of residence and faculty buildings, you can also attend subject presentations and speak with tutors and current students.
Alternatively, our Campus tours take place each month and provide a great opportunity to see Edge Hill University’s award-winning campus and get a taste of what the student experience here is like.