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Waterfall landscape on Geography fieldwork.


Manchester is a vibrant, student-friendly city surrounded by three spectacular national parks, so you'll get plenty of opportunities to get out of the classroom on fieldwork.

As far as we know, we are the only university in the UK to run a pre-course field trip for its new undergraduate geography students. It takes place in Keswick, the Lake District, over three days in the week before Welcome Week in September.

The residential trip is a great opportunity to get to know your fellow students and future tutors. As the trip has been running for almost 50 years, it's become a bit of a tradition among Manchester geographers. Our students tell us that the friends they make on this field trip stay with them throughout the course and beyond. Other fieldwork for undergraduate students includes:

  • First year - You'll undertake fieldwork in Manchester. 
  • Second year - You'll travel overseas for fieldwork as well as undertake local area trips related to course units. Potential destinations include Crete, Donegal, New York, Iceland, Amsterdam, Morocco, the Pyrenees, the Czech Republic and Hong Kong.
  • Third/fourth year - Most units include fieldwork, such as trips to coastal areas in the North West of England.