Lucy Cavendish has a small but committed Geography community, comprising around twelve Bachelors, MPhil, and PhD students.

The BA in Geography is a broad-ranging degree, spanning globalisation, environmental economics, ecology, coastal geomorphology, and cultural differences (amongst other topics), whilst retaining stress on field work. Geography graduates go on to careers in a variety of sectors, including industry and commerce, planning, social work, environmental management, conservation, and the media.

Further information about the course can be found on the Faculty and University websites.

Course Requirements

  • No subject-specific entrance requirements
  • A range of British and international qualifications may be acceptable
  • Some prior formal study of Geography is desirable, but not essential.
  • Grounding in the humanities may be helpful for those with an interest in human or historical geography; grounding in Mathematics and/or a pure science useful for those with an interest in physical or environmental geography.

For more information, see the general Entrance Requirements and FAQs, or contact our Admissions Office (

Admissions Assessment

  • Pre-interview assessment is not required for Lucy Cavendish
  • Applicants invited for interview sit a written assessment on the day of interview.  This assessment will last no longer than one hour, and will be similar in content and format to the assessment used by other colleges, prior to interview. Specifications can be found here.

Director of Studies

Professor Tom Spencer

'Working at the coast is intensely geographical - it brings together the 
biophysical (waves, tides, shallow marine ecosystems) with the societal 
(the economic, social and cultural forces associated with rapidly 
growing coastal populations). All this is now seen of course through the 
lens of warming oceans and rising sea levels. For me, the ultimate goal 
of global change research should be  the study of the implications of 
climate change for human lives and livelihoods and here the geographical 
tradition can make a significant contribution.'