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Subject Benchmark Statements describe the nature of study and the academic standards expected of graduates in specific subject areas. They show what graduates might reasonably be expected to know, do and understand at the end of their studies.


Below you will find the full Subject Benchmark Statement for Geography. Alongside it, we have also published a summary designed to provide a short and accessible overview of the main Statement for students, employers and academics. 


Subject Benchmark Statement: Geography

Publication date: 30 Mar 2022

Subject Benchmark Statement: Geography - The Basics

Publication date: 30 Mar 2022

About this subject


Geography occupies a distinctive place in the world of learning, offering an integrated study of the complex reciprocal relationships between societies and environments. Geographers study through the concepts of scale, place, space and time. They recognise the commonalities, differences and dynamics in populations and cultures, political systems, economies, landscapes and environments across the world.


The study of Geography encompasses the diversity of contexts and different types of knowledge that inform the study of environments and societies, and the interactions between the two, at a range of scales. Geography courses encourage holistic thinking across social and natural sciences, arts and humanities. They provide the intellectual foundations, tools and practical experiences to enable graduates to integrate and apply a variety of fields of knowledge and forms of enquiry and to gather and evaluate evidence in the creation of innovative, inclusive and equitable solutions.

Dr Graham Bird - Chair of the Advisory Group
Associate Pro-Vice-Chancellor: Teaching & Learning, School of Natural Sciences, Bangor University

The revised Statement has received invaluable feedback and support from the geography community and reflects the wide-ranging and dynamic nature of geography and Geography education. It includes the introduction of some important cross-cutting themes, notably a specific focus on EEDI. Importantly for geography, they also reflect the evolving approaches to fieldwork. I hope that the revised Statement will provide the framework that will support the enhancement and expansion of Geography programmes in the UK and the continued development of globally-aware and of employable graduates.

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