This new integrated Masters course combines undergraduate and postgraduate study over four years. It adopts a combined approach to studying both human and physical geography, with a focus on the rapidly developing and exciting field of geospatial technologies.

About this course

This course enables you to explore the physical and social processes of the world around us. It allows you to follow your interests and study Geography to a greater depth than on a traditional BSc programme.

This gives you a Masters-level qualification while you continue to be funded through the Student Finance England loan system. You will explore developments at the forefront of geographic information systems (GIS), remote sensing and unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) technologies, and their application within research, business and disaster management.

You will also focus on issues of current public concern, including sustainability, resource management, migration, globalisation and international food security.

The course shares its first and second years with our BSc (Hons) Geography or BSc (Hons) Geography (Physical) courses, providing you with a broad grounding in the subject. In your two further years of study you will be able to pick modules that allow you to focus on your area of interest.

Our Brackenhurst campus provides the perfect location for the study of Geography, with natural woodland, wetland and farmland, as well as urban areas, right on your doorstep.

You’ll learn through projects, fieldwork and research. These activities will be supported with lectures, practicals, seminars and workshops. You’ll be assessed with a range of coursework methods and examinations.

During your final year you will also undertake a substantial project based around your particular area of interest.
Fieldwork is an important part of being a geographer. You’ll have the opportunity to go on residential field trips both in the UK and overseas. There is also the opportunity to study abroad for half a year, with established exchange programmes available with universities in Canada, Australia and across Europe. The course also offers both short and longer-term placement opportunities with prospective employers.

This course will enable you to choose an exciting career in one of many areas, with organisations such as geospatial companies, local authorities, government agencies (e.g. the Environment Agency and English Nature), utility companies, teaching, environmental consultancies, wildlife trusts and other environmental charities.

What you’ll study

Year One

  • Earth Surface Processes and Landforms

Learn about the earth’s surface systems and processes, and develop your understanding of how the physical landscape is shaped. 

  • Geographical Fieldwork

Develop problem-solving skills in a range of issues in human and physical geography. Gain an awareness of different environments, both locally and overseas. Fieldwork is undertaken both in the UK and in the province of Almería, south-east Spain, at present.

  • Skills for Geographers

Develop an understanding of the range of skills required in Geography, such as geographical data collection, data analysis and report writing.

  • Geographies of Global Change

Explore the geopolitical and cultural framework in which the world moves today and investigate trends, transactions and patterns in environmental governance. Topics include globalisation, the geography of trading, and the changing status of women in the global economy.

  • Introduction to Global Environmental Issues

Study contemporary global environmental issues and their underlying causes, including how humans impact the environment and how the natural environment impacts human society.

  • Landscapes and Land Use

Relate landscape evolution to the influences of human activity past, present and future. You will examine the value, opinions and policy aims of different stakeholders in the countryside, and look at contemporary issues that may affect rural and urban areas.

Year Two

  • Principles and Practice in Geography

You will use a number of case studies, including a local study conducted by yourself, to become familiar with and learn the key approaches and issues associated with practising Geography.

  • Geographical Information Systems and Spatial Analysis

Study the mapping and analytical techniques used in geographical information systems (GIS). Explore the applications of technology across a wide range of topic areas.

Example optional modules (choose four of the following):

  • Sustainability
  • Environmental Hazards and Disasters
  • Fluvial Geomorphology and River Management
  • Cities and Development in the 21st Century
  • Living with Climate Change
  • Environmental Law and Policy

Year Three

This is a placement year for students on the five-year course.

  • Geographical Politics, Issues and Ethics

Explore issues in and perceptions of environment and society in order to systematically identify and evaluate the philosophies influencing Geography.

  • Applications of Remote Sensing

Learn to process, analyse and interpret information from a range of existing remote sensing data. Develop proficiency in industry-standard image processing techniques and software.

  • Dissertation

Undertake independent research, under supervision. Focus on your own area of interest within Geography.

Example optional modules (choose two of the following):

  • Applied Hydrology and Water Resources
  • Natural Resource Management
  • Drylands
  • Global Agriculture and Food Security
  • Urban Environmental Transformations
  • Independent Study

Final year

  • Research Methods and Data Analysis

Develop advanced skills in interpretation of quantitative and qualitative research data relevant to Geography. Develop critical understanding of the ethical considerations involved in the collection of data.

  • Integrated Masters Research Project

Undertake independent research, under supervision. Focus on your own area of interest within Geography.

  • Advanced Geospatial Technologies

Study further a wide range of geospatial technologies and techniques. Particular emphasis is placed on developing practical applications to provide innovative solutions. 

  • Disaster Risk Reduction and Management

Explore in depth the challenges facing disaster management professionals. Taking a global perspective, you will gain a comprehensive understanding of the sources of risk and vulnerability, the organisations and frameworks that exist to manage disasters, and the stakeholders involved.

MGeog, MGeog Award
September Start
Full-time, Sandwich Study Mode

Entry Requirements For This Course

For 2017 entry you will need one of the following:

  • A-levels - BBB, including Geography (A-level Geography grade C will be accepted providing the overall Tariff points are met); or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma - DDM, including relevant Geography modules; or
  • 120 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications, including an A-level grade C equivalent in Geography.

You will also need GCSE Maths and English at grade C or above.

Applicants without A-levels will have their qualifications assessed for subject compatibility.

If you are unsure whether the qualifications you have, or are currently studying for, meet the minimum entry requirements for this course, please contact us before submitting an application through UCAS.

The UCAS Tariff

The UCAS Tariff has changed for 2017 entry. In the new tariff, the numbers awarded to qualifications are very different. So, whereas previously a B at A-level was worth 100 points, in the new tariff it is now 40 points. Sound confusing? Don't worry. We've created this calculator to help you work it out.

Getting in touch

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