Overview

Are you fascinated by the world, its societies and what the future of our planet looks like? Do you want to learn professional skills that allow you to apply these interests to your career?

On this professionally accredited BA (Hons) Geography degree course, you’ll cover people, communities and cultures, examine conservation, sustainability and economic urban development, and learn how governments, businesses and people develop global systems. You'll also learn professional skills in communication, problem solving, decision making and teamwork.

You’ll emerge with skills that help you understand and engage with the world, and be set for a career in everything from urban or environmental management to teaching.

You could earn more than the average graduate too – 5 years after graduation, female geography graduates earn 11.6% more than a typical female graduate.

What you'll experience

On this degree course, you’ll:

  • Study human geography and environmental issues and management
  • Use specialist facilities including physical geography, GIS and photogrammetry labs, laser survey technology, photogrammetry equipment
  • Tailor your studies, by choosing modules that match your interests and career ambitions
  • Have the chance to experience some of the societies or landscapes you’re studying by doing field work
  • Enrich your studies by hearing from guest speakers from public, private and non-profit sectors

 

Work experience and career planning

To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course.

We can help you identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and opportunities that will complement your studies and build links with employers and the industry.

What you'll study

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.

Year 1

Core modules in this year include:

  • Academic Communication Skills
  • Environmental Processes and Hazards
  • Global Environmental Challenges
  • Practical Fieldwork Skills
  • Society and Place
  • Tools for Geographical Enquiry

There are no optional modules in this year.

Year 2

Core modules in this year include:

  • Research Design and Data Analysis
  • Fieldwork and Professional Skills

Options to choose from in this year currently include:

  • Social Identities and Place
  • Sustainable Environmental Management
  • River Processes and Freshwater Ecology
  • Environmental Change
  • Geographies of Development
  • GIS And Remote Sensing
  • Glaciers and Glaciation
  • Introduction to Teaching
  • Regional Economic Development and Inequality

Placement year (optional)

On this course, you can do an optional work placement year between your 2nd and 3rd years to get valuable experience working in industry.

We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

Year 3

Core modules in this year include:

  • Independent Research

Options to choose from in this year currently include:

  • Creative Economy, People and Place
  • Environment and Development
  • Geographies of Children and Young People
  • Geographies of Health and Urban Wellbeing
  • Hazardscapes
  • Environmental Audit and Assessment
  • Climate Change
  • River Processes and Freshwater Ecology
  • Cold Environments
  • Conservation Biogeography
  • Environmental Pollution and Waste Management
  • Geographical Information Systems in The Workplace

Teaching​

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • one-to-one tutorials
  • workshops

How you're assessed​

You’ll be assessed through:

  • coursework
  • examinations
  • contributions to electronic discussion forums
  • web page design
  • posters
  • projects
  • presentations
  • portfolios

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

The way you’re assessed may depend on the modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

  • Year 1 students: 50% by written exams, 14% by practical exams and 36% by coursework
  • Year 2 students: 20% by written exams and 80% by coursework
  • Year 3 students: 7% by written exams, 8% by practical exams and 85% by coursework

Careers and opportunities

What can you do with a Geography degree?

At the end of the course, you'll have many technical and professional skills you can apply to your career. Previous students have gone onto work in areas such as:

  • environmental management
  • business management
  • public services
  • teaching
  • research

What jobs can you do with a Geography degree?

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

  • geographical information scientist
  • environmental consultant
  • spatial analyst
  • coastal process scientist
  • urban planner
  • transport planner

Organisations graduates have gone on to work for include:

  • Ordnance Survey
  • Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA)
  • IBM
  • The Environment Agency

You could also go on to study at postgraduate level.

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

BA (Hons), BA (Hons) Award
September Start
Full-time, Sandwich Study Mode
3 years Duration
L700, L700 UCAS Code

Entry Requirements For This Course

112-120 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

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