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Geography is a wide-ranging discipline which acts as a bridge between the arts and the sciences. It is also a subject that has great relevance to many of the problems of the contemporary world, and students reading it examine issues that range in scale from global environmental change to matters that arouse local concern.

Geography at St Edmund Hall

St Edmund Hall typically admits 6 Geography students each year, and our Geographers are a very social and friendly group who have recently established their own Geography society. Regular lunches and dinners are held, as well as events with invited speakers who are notable in the field.  Geographers at St Edmund Hall also benefit from a fantastically stocked college library and a dedicated team of tutors. 

The Tutors

In-house tutorial teaching and supervision is provided by our two Geography Fellows, Professor Robert Whittaker and Dr Lorraine Wild, while option teaching is organised departmentally and provided by the relevant subject specialists.

Professor Robert Whittaker, Fellow in Geography
Rob is a physical geographer (with a BSC in botany and geography, an MSc in ecology and a PhD in geographical ecology), with expertise in themes broadly under the heading of biogeography, including ecology and evolution of islands, and the conservation of biodiversity. He teaches on the first year earth systems processes and geographical controversies papers, second year core courses on environmental geography and earth system dynamics, and offers a final honour school option subject in biogeography, biodiversity and conservation. He also teaches on the MSc in Biodiversity, Conservation and Management.

Dr Lorraine Wild, Fellow in Geography
Lorraine, who specialises in Human Geography, teaches a third-year option on European Integration which addresses social, political and economic aspects of the European Union from a geographical perspective.


Oxford’s Geography graduates have a broad set of transferable skills including literacy, numeracy and graphicacy, along with their experience of research projects and working in groups. Some graduates are able to use their geographical knowledge directly in their work or in higher degrees. 

St Edmund Hall has a long tradition as a Geography college. Former students have taken diverse career paths, including but not limited to:

  • Starting charities and businesses
  • Further study, including masters courses (in fields including biodiversity conservation, environmental change, international development, and many more)
  • Doctorates, law and accountancy
  • Careers with the police, armed forces, civil service, legal profession
  • Teaching and academia
  • Careers in the broadcast and print media, advertising and marketing
  • Employment with The World Bank and other leading financial institutions
  • Biology and environmental posts.

Course Requirements

The qualifications required to study Geography at St Edmund Hall match those of the other colleges, as detailed in the University Prospectus. Tutors consider an A level or equivalent in Geography highly recommended for the course.

All applicants for Geography will be required to sit the Thinking Skills Assessment (TSA) admissions test shortly after submitting their application. It is the candidate’s responsibility to ensure that they are registered to sit this test. More information is available here.