Welcome to the Department of Geography
The Department of Geography at King’s College London is located on the Strand Campus in the heart of London, adjacent to the River Thames. Our location at the centre of one of the world’s great cities influences the research that we do, the themes that we teach, and the people with whom we work. Our horizon for geographical research and study is the world, but also the many ways in which London is deeply connected with the wider world, for example through environmental processes, human mobility, finance & power, ideas and culture.
The Department's research is organised around five domains of geographical knowledge: Contested Development, Environmental Dynamics, Risk and Society, Geocomputation and Urban Futures. Our research engages with global grand challenges and pressing environmental, urban and social issues such as climate change, disasters, smart cities, risk regulation, water, human migration and wildfire hazards. We undertake field research in over 70 countries located in all five continents and our research findings contribute to public debates and policy development on global, national and local scales.
Studying geography at King’s gives students the opportunity to deepen their knowledge, develop their skills and broaden their experience within a world class, global university. We teach across human, physical and environmental geography, offering BA and BSc Degrees in Geography and an unparalleled range of 12 MA and MSc Programmes, including climate change and culture, disasters and development, and environmental modelling and monitoring. We also supervise over 100 PhD students in natural & physical science, in social science and in the humanities. Our Modules are taught by experts in their respective domains, bringing cutting-edge research into the curriculum and taking learning into the field. Field trips are an important aspect of the King's student experience for all our undergraduates, with destinations which include Spain, San Francisco, Hong Kong, Morocco and Kerala and the Western Ghats in India.
King’s Geographers are outward-looking and entrepreneurial, seeking to understand the social and environmental challenges different societies around the world are facing and demonstrating how geographers can make a difference. For example, one of our PhD students, Briony Turner, was awarded the national 2016 Impact Champion for the social sciences for her inspiring outreach programme called Intrepid Explorers: a programme of educational and public events which bring to life the excitement of field research and expeditions. You can find out here what some of our other students say about their time studying with us.
King’s Geography has over 60 academic, teaching and research staff and over 750 students. Many of our staff have won international and national awards for their work and often appear in the media commenting on topics in the news. You can follow us on Twitter @KCLGeography. The Department is very well regarded by employers and by our peers worldwide. For example, in the latest world QS rankings of universities and departments, King’s Geography was placed 18th in the world and in the latest UK Research Excellence Framework, almost 80 per cent of our research was rated as internationally excellent or world leading in quality.