Hear from our students

Find out what it's like to be an undergraduate student in the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, and see how our courses have benefited past students in their chosen careers.

Our students talk about studying Geography at Birmingham
Tom RandallTom, BSc Geography

“The course builds progressively at a manageable pace, encouraging group working and interaction with course mates, which resulted in lifelong friends.”

Charlotte-Ellen EalesCharlotte-Ellen, Geology

"Studying abroad is about integration, mental attitude, strength, change, self belief and finding out what makes you happy."

Daniel FisherDaniel, BSc Geography, Student Ambassador 

“What I most enjoy about my course is the variety of topics and boundaries it crosses, it’s so broad you can never get bored.”

Madeleine, MSci Geology

"At the University of Birmingham we're very lucky because we've got the Lapworth Museum. It’s a fantastic resource for learning about fossils and other aspects of geology."

Leonie, BSc Environmental Science with Professional Placement Abroad (Australasia)

"It's a really good course because it combines Geography and the sciences, so if you're not sure whether you want to study Geography or Science it gives you a good combination."

Jemima AshdownJemima, BA Geography, Student Ambassador

“In no other subject could you attend a lecture in the morning about glaciers and a seminar in the afternoon focusing on prison architecture!”

Catherine PerryCatherine, MSci Geology with an International Year 

"This course benefited me because I got to study a subject I enjoyed and in later years I was able to choose the modules and so tailor the course to my particular interests and future career path in the subject."

Imogen, Geography

"The applicant visit day was so useful for choosing the right university for me. The staff were so friendly, the student reps were so enthusiastic and the talks were so informative that it was really obvious that this was the right choice for me."

Jamie, MSci Environmental Science

"I developed guides and content that could be used in schools and for the public to understand the basics of scientific research, from forest ecology to using maps and GPS units."

Alex PoddAlex, MSci Geography with an
International Year, Student Ambassador 

"I loved the idea of having such a large amount of flexibility in my course."

James WestonJames, BSc Geology

"I decided that I wanted to combine the skills I gained from Geology with the experience I had gained from working in the civil engineering field, which led to my MSc in Geotechnical Engineering."

ColetteColette, MSci Geology

"The course provided me with the skills and knowledge needed to work within the petroleum industry."

Josephine, BSc Environmental Science

"The course is completely relevant to the working world at the moment. Everything in business is about being sustainable and cost-efficient, so that nothing is wasted."

Gina TomsettGina, BA Geography, Student Ambassador

“I preferred the course to others because it was more flexible and allowed you to do both human and physical geography.”

Stacie JonesStacie, MSci Geology and Geography

"Doing these projects gave me the courage and knowledge to identify minerals and rock types and make connections between relationships."

Janina MickoJanina, MSci Geology with an
International Year

"I was immensely grateful that the department had made the effort to support my personal interests and future ambitions."