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Students in the lab.


We are one of Europe’s best-equipped universities for studying geography, with new state-of-the-art laboratories and computer facilities being accessible for all of our students.

Students in lab with lecturer.

Learn professional skills such as coding and programming with specialist, industry-standard software for image processing, GIS and cartographic representation in our computer clusters.

You can also access the Kantorowich Library, which sits within our Humanities Bridgeford Street building and specialises in Geography-focused teaching and learning materials. Here, you’ll be able to find books relating to your research interests and consult past dissertations.

Our laboratories

Our laboratories are based in the Arthur Lewis Building, whilst the neighbouring Humanities Bridgeford Street building offers Geography students a dedicated space to study. Our extensive store of field equipment is available to students to support their dissertation projects.

For detailed information about our laboratory, field, sampling and analytical equipment, see the Geography Laboratories blog.

Main teaching laboratory

A flexible space for hands-on teaching in diverse Physical Geography methods.

Most practical sessions take place in this laboratory, which can accommodate up to 50 students.

Microscopy laboratory

Cutting-edge facilities for research and training in the study of water, soils and sediments, used extensively by our undergraduates for practical classes and dissertation research.

We have three high-range, research-quality microscopes with image-capture facilities and 50 teaching microscopes with phase-contrast capability.

Sediments and project laboratories

These are used for sample preparation, including ovens, furnaces and ball mills.

Other equipment housed in our laboratories includes:

  • C-H-N-S-O Analyser
  • TOC (Total Organic Carbon)
  • Magnetic susceptibility instrumentation
  • Microwave digester
  • Laser granulometer

Spectroscopy laboratory

This laboratory houses:

  • ICP-MS (Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectrometer)
  • ICP-OES (Inductively Coupled Plasma-Optical Emission Spectrometer)

X-ray laboratory

This houses facilities for the analysis of a wide range of major and trace elements. Equipment includes:

  • Itrax core scanner - one of only three UK based instruments
  • Benchtop XRF
  • Portable Niton XRF