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Field trips

Field trips are an exciting way to practically apply your studies in a real-world situation while exploring the world. They are integral to the King’s Geography experience because they allow you to gain exposure to the practicalities of data collection overseas.

They also offer you a better understanding of the wide range of opportunities available as a graduate. Plus, they're a great way for everyone to get to know each other better.

The locations of the fieldtrip are subject to national and university policy, as well respect to minimise potential environmental impacts. Given these considerations, locations vary depending on the national and international context.

We currently hold field trips to Berlin, Lisbon and the Canary Islands. In the past, we have visited Hong Kong, India (Kerala), Morocco and San Francisco.

The hero image on this webpage was taken by student Zi Shao on a field trip to southern Spain.

First year field trip

Our first year students undertake research projects that may:

  • analyse the historical and cultural geographies of the area
  • explore the impacts of industrial agriculture
  • investigate the experiences of migrants who tend the fields
  • consider the evolution of natural resources in the area, as well as the geomorphology and eco-hydrology.

This field trip is currently free for all students required to attend, with the exception of visa fees for some international students.

Second year field trip

Your destination in year two is guided by your degree (BSc or BA) and depends on your main area of interest.

For human geographers, the trip is preceded by a term’s worth of preparatory classes in which you conceive and develop a research project to be undertaken ‘in the field’.

For physical geographers, data collected in the field as part of the trip is analysed back in London in our state-of-the-art computer labs or the John B Thornes Laboratory. 

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