About Us

Welcome to one of the oldest and largest departments of Geography and Earth Science in the UK.

Aberystwyth was the first department in the country to offer students single honours degrees in human geography and physical geography, making us the most experienced, too. We have always been at the cutting edge of innovations in  and .

Our degree schemes in Geography, Human Geography and Physical Geography have been accredited by the Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers).

Our commitment to excellent teaching and outstanding student experience is demonstrated in our 90% overall Student Satisfaction in the NSS 2017. 

Our research impact can be seen from the most recent Research Excellence Framework in 2014 (REF 2014), where we were ranked the best in Wales for Geography, with 78% of our research classed as "world leading" or "internationally excellent". DGES is also in the top ten of UK Geography departments with regard to research power, which provides a measure of the quality of research, as well as the number of staff undertaking research within a department. Furthermore, 100% of our research was classified as having either outstanding or very considerable impacts in terms of their reach and significance. 

DGES is situated in one of the most picturesque locations in Europe; set on the coast of Cardigan Bay and surrounded by the beautiful Cambrian Mountains, Aberystwyth and the department are uniquely placed, and offer our students a perfect environment in which to study geography and Earth science.

We're based in the Llandinam Building on the main Penglais Campus of Aberystwyth University. Our teaching spaces in the Llandinam Building have recently undergone a transformation, providing our students with the very latest teaching and group work facilities. We have a state of the art computer room on our doorstep, equipped with the latest hardware and software, and all lecture and seminar rooms are now decked out with the latest gadgets and gizmos to enhance the students' experience. Furthermore, we are passionate about what we do.

If you are interested in studying Geography and Earth Sciences here at Aberystwyth University, please visit our  pages for further details of our study schemes for both  and  learning. Alternatively, if you are currently studying within the department, further information about your course and the department can be found in our section for .

 *Aberystwyth University’s rankings are compared against the HE institutions listed inThe Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018