Visit the department, meet students and discover what it is like to study Geography at Oxford.
The School participates in the wider Oxford Open Days which take place on two days in late June/July and on one day in mid-September, and there is no need to book for these.
The dates for all the Open Days are posted early in the year on our website, along with other details.
Video on Geography at Oxford
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Geography Open Day
12 June 2023
The School of Geography and the Environment usually holds a Geography Open Day in June each year with events and information provided for prospective undergraduate students. The date for the Department Open Day in 2023 is Monday 12 June.
Booking for the Geography Open Day opened on Monday 3rd April and closed midday Friday 26th May 2023.
Please see the information below on the Oxford Open Days in June and September for further opportunities.
Booking is now open and will close on Friday 30 May 2019. If you are interested in attending the event, please complete the online form below which will be returned to the organisers.
Booking will open on 1 May 2020.-->
If you are interested in attending an open day please see the Oxford Open Days for more information. If you are unable to attend please let us know by emailing our Access and Outreach Officer so that we can offer your place to another.
We will release this year's schedule nearer the time, but you can take a look at the 2019 Open Day Programme here. PDF: 0.9 MB (Updated 25/03/19)
If you are interested in attending a University open day please see the Oxford Open Days for more information.
Book your place at the Department Open Day on Monday 17 June 2019
For parents and guardians
Parents and guardians of prospective applicants are unfortunately unable to join the talks at the Geography Open Day on 12 June, however are welcome to join for the Oxford Open Days on Wednesday 28 and Thursday 29 June and Friday 15 September.
We are also running an online session specifically for parents, guardians, and family members of prospective applicants 6-7pm on Thursday 13th July. This will be an opportunity for you to ask any questions you might have from the perspective of someone supporting an applicant and helping them with their decisions. You can register for this session here:
Register for the online parents & guardians session
What to expect at a Departmental Open Day …
For a preview of what to expect on a Departmental Open Day, please see last year's programme.
Programme for 2022
|09:45 - 10:30|
Registration and refreshments
|10:40 - 10:50|
Welcome and overviewProf. Gillian Rose, Professor of Human Geography & Head of School
|10:50 - 11:30|
Physical Geography Taster Lecture - Understanding Climate SystemsProf. Richard Washington, Professor of Climate Science & Fellow and Tutor at Keble College
|11:30 - 12:15|
Intro to Oxford and Q&AProf. Derek McCormack, Academic Coordinator, Professor of Cultural Geography, & Fellow of Mansfield College
|12:15 - 14:00|
LunchStudents are taken to colleges for lunch by current undergraduates
|14:00 - 14:40|
Human Geography Taster Lecture - The Geography of Nuclear WarDr Ian Klinke, Associate Professor in Human Geography & Tutorial Fellow, St John's College
|14:40 - 15:10|
Meet current studentsDan Hall, Access, Outreach & Internships Officer and Geography Ambassadors
Also available on the day:
- A poster display and university prospectuses will be available throughout the day
- The departmental librarian will be available with information on readings and the library
- Current undergraduates for you to speak with and ask questions to
Video: Intro from Head of School: What Makes Geography Special? (Prof Gillian Rose) - Virtual Open Day 2021
You can watch this video and several more from the 2021 virtual open day on our Virtual Open Day 2021 playlist on YouTube.
Past Open Day Taster Lectures
- Listen to Professor Gillian Rose's 2019 Open Day talk: What are the geographies of your smartphone, and why do they matter?
- View the presentation of What are the geographies of your smartphone, and why do they matter? from the 2019 Open Day
- Listen to Professor Heather Viles' 2017 Open Day talk: Geography and Heritage: from Oxford to the Silk Road
- View the presentation of Geography and Heritage: from Oxford to the Silk Road from the 2017 Open Day
- Listen to Dr Alex Vasudevan's 2017 Open Day talk: What a city is for: Confessions of an urban geographer
- View the presentation of What a city is for: Confessions of an urban geographer from the 2017 Open Day
Oxford Open Days
28 - 29 June and 15 September 2023
The School of Geography and the Environment participates in the University's Oxford Open Days.
Oxford Open Days programme
The School of Geography and the Environment will be open to visitors from 10:00 - 15:00 during the Oxford Open Days. We will also have the following programme of events:
|10:00 - 15:00|
Drop-in information and Q&A
Staff and current students will be available to talk to and visitors can browse materials on our course.
|10:30 - 12:00|
Geography at Oxford Talk
An explanation of the course structure and content of the BA Geography course at the University of Oxford.
Visitors free to visit colleges
Please see the University's Open Days and visiting webpage for more details.
Oxford Open Days provide a perfect opportunity to visit the colleges of University of Oxford. Please see the open day guide for college events posted on the Oxford Open Days website.
Please follow @OxOutreach on Twitter for the latest news and information about Oxford Open Days. Got an open days question? Get in touch using #OxOpenDays!
Our Open Day sessions will not be live streamed or recorded. There is plenty of online content on our YouTube channel and social media - please do take a look. Follow us on social media to stay up to date with any other upcoming online events.
Don't worry if you can't come to an Open Day, you are welcome to visit at another time . College grounds are usually open to prospective applicants but you can also get in touch with the college linked to your region and let them know you are coming. You may also be able to attend an event listed in our outreach calendar whilst you're here.
Don't forget to ask your teacher or careers adviser to sign up to our teacher's mailing list , so they can stay informed about school visits and outreach and pass this information on to you.