Overview

If you’re interested in the physical nature, characteristics and environment of the world, you can couple your interest with professional skills on this professionally accredited BSc (Hons) Geography degree course.

You’ll learn about the natural environment, how it was formed, what threatens it and how we can protect it. You’ll deepen your understanding of the world and develop professional skills in areas such as communication, problem solving, decision making and teamwork.

When you complete the course, you'll be prepared for a career in everything from environmental management to teaching and academic research.

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 and male graduates earn 2% more than a typical male graduate (Institute For Fiscal Studies, 2018).

What you'll experience

On this degree course, you’ll:

  • Study physical geography, nature, and how environmental changes will affect the future of our planet
  • Use high-powered tech in our labs, including laser survey technology, drones, GIS and photogrammetry equipment and environmental simulation cabinet
  • 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

You can travel overseas for field work in places such as Berlin, Malta, Sicily and Uganda and choose to study abroad at one of our link universities in Poland, Spain or France.

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

Academic Communication Skills – 20 credits - In this module, you'll be introduced to the general academic skills required for geography and environmental disciplines.

Environmental Processes and Hazards – 20 credits - This module will introduce you to the system analysis approach to describing and understanding the physical environment. 

Global Environmental Challenges – 20 credits - This module introduces you to the interrelation of population trends and movements, resource use and exploitation, and environmental change. 

Practical Fieldwork Skills – 20 credits - This module will introduce you to geographical fieldwork skills. 

Society and Place  – 20 credits - This module introduces you to contemporary human geography. 

Tools for Geographical Enquiry – 20 credits - This module introduces you to the data capture and analysis tools that are commonly used by geographers.

Year 2

Core modules

Fieldwork and Professional Skills – 20 credits - This module has two parts: the first is designed to introduce you to international fieldwork activities and situations, to develop your investigative and research skills.

Research Design and Data Analysis – 20 credits - In preparation for the Level 6 Dissertation module, you'll be supplied with all the guidance and information you need to write up an ethics, health and safety form, as well as a draft research proposal that you'll carry forward as your Dissertation topic.

Optional modules

Environmental Change – 20 credits - This module introduces you to the discipline of environmental change and palaeoecology, with particular focus on the practical techniques used in the study of the Earth's environment at a variety of temporal and spatial scales.

Geographies of Development – 20 credits - This module introduces you to the contemporary geographies of the developing world, focusing on sub-Saharan Africa.

GIS and Remote Sensing  – 20 credits - This module will familiarise you with geographical information systems (GIS) and remote sensing (RS) as tools for geographers and earth and environmental scientists.

Glaciers and Glaciation – 20 credits - This module will introduce you to glacial processes and landforms using a range of examples from modern and ancient glacial environments. 

Introduction to Teaching – 20 credits - The module will introduce you to the role and expectations of a teacher.

Regional Economic Development and Inequality – 20 credits - This module introduces you to the basic ideas of inequality and social justice between people and between geographical areas.

River Processes and Freshwater Ecology (Level 5) – 20 credits - This module provides you with an introduction to fluvial geomorphology and freshwater ecology, which will serve as useful experience for pursuing a career in the environmental sector.

Social Identities and Place – 20 credits - This module develops your understanding of 'identity' and the urban spaces and places where identities are formed.

Sustainable Environmental Management – 20 credits - This module will develop your understanding of the relationship s between the natural environment, the market economy and society.

Year 3

Core modules

Independent Research – 40 credits - This module will encourage you to think independently in approaching a chosen area of geographical research.

Optional modulesClose allClimate Change – 20 credits - In this module you'll explore one of the most pressing issues we face as a species: climate change.

Cold Environments – 20 credits - This module introduces you to the dynamic complexity of cold environments. 

Conservation Biogeography – 20 credits - This module develops your understanding of factors that drive the global distributions of plants and animals and how to use this knowledge to conserve and protect them. 

Environment and Development – 20 credits - This module develops your your understanding of the tension between the process of development and its impact on the environment, and encourages you to critically deconstruct theories while in a developing country. 

Environmental Auditing and Assessment – 20 credits - On this module you'll develop an understanding of, and practical experience in, environmental auditing and environmental impact assessment. 

Environmental Pollution and Waste Management – 20 credits - This module introduces you to the main environmental pollutants and how they are transferred within and between various media. 

Geographical Information Systems in the Workplace – 20 credits - You'll take part in site visits to public and private sector organisations and receive presentations by guest speakers to scrutinise the application of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) in the real world. 

Geographies of Children and Young People – 20 credits - This module introduces you to contemporary issues connected with children and young people. 

Geographies of Health and Urban Wellbeing – 20 credits - This module introduces you to how place and space influence health outcomes and health risk behaviours.

Hazardscapes – 20 credits - In this module you’ll explore real and theoretical hazards including geophysical, biological, hydrological and climatological. 

Introduction to Teaching – 20 credits - The module will introduce you to the role and expectations of a teacher.

River Processes and Freshwater Ecology (Level 6) – 20 credits - This module provides you with an introduction to fluvial geomorphology and freshwater ecology, which will serve as useful experience for pursuing a career in the environmental sector.

Teaching

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • workshops
  • seminars
  • one-on-one tutorials

You can access all teaching resources on Moodle, our virtual learning environment, from anywhere with a Web connection.

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.

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 use to start 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.

BSc (Hons), BSc (Hons) Award
September Start
Full-time, Sandwich Study Mode
3 years Duration
F800, F800 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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