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Why study Geography at Christ's?

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At Cambridge, the Department of Geography has over 40 academic staff and admits around 100 undergraduates every year, making it one of the largest single-honours courses in the UK. And it’s just six minutes’ walk away from Christ’s.

Our graduates go on to further studies in areas such as Polar Studies and Climate Change, and professions including law, finance, international development, social anthropology and qualitative research.

Course structure and content

The Cambridge Geography course (or ‘tripos’) is a three-year degree. Everyone starts off with the same grounding in physical and human geography before specialising in later years.

Please visit the University website for full details - see the Geography course content and structure, including the course film. You will also find information on the Department of Geography page for prospective students. If you have further questions about course content, please contact



The Geography course involves a wide range of lectures at the Department of Geography, practical classes, skills training and field courses. At College level, you also have small-group teaching sessions – known as supervisions – organised by your Director of Studies at Christ’s to provide personalised feedback and further discussion on your work. Every week you usually write an essay for each supervision and attend lectures for the options you’re taking. This film (3.5 mins) provides a useful introduction to supervision teaching and do read the student profiles in the section below to get a sense of what it's like to study Geography.

Christ’s currently has three academics in Geography (we call them Fellows) – Dr Rebecca Dell who is the College’s Director of Studies for Geography, Professor Sarah Radcliffe, and Professor Ash Amin, who also serves as Foreign Secretary at the British Academy. All three are academic staff in the Department of Geography.


What do our students think?

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Read about the experiences of ImmiRohan, Belinda, Elise and Pascual on the Geography course at Christ’s - they discuss their day-to-day life and timetable, their motivations and choices, and how they found the application process and settling in when they arrived.

If you’d like to hear from other Christ's students, the Christ's student Q&A film is also helpful, and do visit our Student Profiles page.


How to apply

Visit How to Apply for full details and a timeline of the application process. We welcome applicants from all backgrounds and school types, all over the world. If you're applying from outside the UK, please read our international students section.

  • If you are considering an application in October 2024 for October 2025 (or deferred Oct 26) entry, we recommend that you sign up for the next College Open Day, which will include a Geography subject meeting.
  • There is no Admissions Assessment for Geography.

Subjects: what do you need?

To apply for Geography you should take

Apart from Geography, we don’t require you to study any specific subjects. A Geography degree can be approached from an arts, sciences or social sciences background, depending on your interests.

We encourage students to attend one of our regular Subject Matters webinars for help with choosing Post-16 subjects for competitive university applications. This webinar is pitched for students aged 14-16 though it is also possible to attend when you have started sixth form. 


If we select you for interviews, these usually take place in early December. At Christ's we continue do all of our interviews online. You can have your interviews either at home (most applicants do this) or at school (if easier). Those selected for interviews are normally interviewed for 35-50 minutes in total. At Christ’s, we usually split the time into two interviews with academics in Geography; one with human geography specialists and the other with physical geography specialists. We may give you a short passage to read just before one of the interviews which you discuss during the following interview. If relevant, details will be in your invitation to interview.

Further, more general information about interviews (including two useful films) is available in the Cambridge interviews section, and it's worth also having a look at supervisions (short film here), as interviews are similar to what you do every week as a Cambridge student.

There is no written assessment to take for Geography at Christ's College.


At Christ's we don’t have fixed quotas for places, so the number of students we admit in any year depends on the strengths of the applicants. In Geography we aim to admit around four students each year.

We define the terms of each offer individually, but for Geography our typical offer is

If you’re taking another qualification, we expect you to be working at or close to the top of the mark range i.e.

  • Option Internationale du Baccalauréat: at least 17/20 overall, with 17 or 18 in relevant subjects including Geography
  • European Baccalaureate: at least 85% overall, with 9/10 in relevant subjects including Geography

You can look up other qualifications in the offer levels for other exam systems and international entry requirements, and if you are applying from outside the UK please read the Christ's international students section for further information and check the country pages.

If you will have finished school when you apply, please also read about post-qualification applications, taking a gap year, and, if relevant, applying from a university.


Helpful resources

Reading AdviceAdvice on what material will be helpful at this stage, and where to find it.
Time for GeographyEducational films on Geography
Geography at HomeUseful page by the Royal Geographical Society.
21st Century ChallengesDiscussions and accompanying resources run by the Royal Geographical Society
Polar Museum (Cambridge)Visit for free to discover stories of survival and exploration in the Arctic and Antarctic (see visitor info)
National GeographicArticles and podcasts
Maths for Planet EarthClimate based maths questions for GCSE and A-Level Maths students. Maths isn't a required subject for Geography, but for students taking A level maths who are interested in Geography, this is a helpful resource.
Ask the GeographerPodcasts from the Royal Geographical Society.
Black geographers: past, present, futureRoyal Society of Geography resources for Black History Month. See also Black Geographers (Supporting the next generation of Black geographers and geoscientists).
Christ's Climate lecturesOnline lectures
The EconomistInternational news
HE+GeographyWebsite for secondary school students who want to study Geography
CamGuidesIntroducing the academic and information skills that you will need during your studies, as well as how and where you would be working.


Events (online / in person)

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Our open days and events page advertises regular online opportunities as well as events you can attend if you are able to visit Cambridge and Christ's College. If you can, sign up for a College Open Day (our October, February and September events normally include a meeting with a subject specialist). Between January and August we also run regular webinars:

  • Cambridge for Beginners
  • Subject Matters: The importance of post-16 subject choices (this one is also run Sept - Nov)
  • Christ's College: A look at the Grounds and Facilities
  • Personal Statements and preparing for an application

Further subject-specific opportunities you might wish to consider include Subject Masterclasses organised by Cambridge Admissions Office, and subject-specific talks in the July Cambridge Open Days. If you are a UK student from a background where there is little tradition of entry to Higher Education, you can apply to attend a Sutton Trust Summer School in Geography or to shadow a current undergraduate studying Geography via the Cambridge SU Shadowing Scheme (do be aware that there's a high proportion of applicants to places for both of these last two opportunities so please don't be discouraged if you don't get a place).


Need more information?

For a fuller picture of what the course involves, take a look at Undergraduate Geography admissions on the University website and visit the Department of Geography too.

If you can’t find what you need, please contact us at and we’ll do our best to help.

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