A subject vital to our perception of the world around us, geography helps us to understand the changes that are happening to our world. This includes the impact that both natural and man-made events and factors are having. If you study geography, it is likely that you will choose between a focus on physical geography and human geography. This will affect the subject areas you study, and can influence your career choices after graduation.
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The accreditation of your degree will depend on the institution you choose to study at. It will also be influenced by your level of study, and the specific content of your course. At undergraduate level, you can expect to be awarded a Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Science (BSc), or an integrated Master of Science (MSci). At postgraduate level, you can expect to be awarded a Master of Arts (MA), a Master of Science (MSc), a Master of Research (MRes), or a Master of Geography (MGeog). Further study will award you with a research degree such as a Master of Philosophy (MPhil), or a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).
Generally, an undergraduate degree will take three to four years to complete, depending on where you choose to study. A postgraduate degree will normally take one to two years to complete.
Your institution may offer part-time study options, which usually means that your degree will take four to six years. You may also be able to take a foundation programme, which is useful if you do not meet the entry requirements for your degree.
Annual tuition fees for UK students are capped by the UK government. For the 2019/20 academic year, they are £9,250. This is subject to change each year, and will be updated on your institution website.
Postgraduate course annual tuition fees are set by the institution, which means that they can differ. Postgraduate programmes are generally less expensive than undergraduate programmes. You will find detailed fee information on the institution webpage.
The fees displayed below are an example of typical annual tuition fees for undergraduate and postgraduate geography degrees. Actual tuition fees can be found on the institution webpages.
Typical Annual Tuition Fees
- Undergraduate - £9,250
- Postgraduate - £8,000
An undergraduate degree will provide you with a foundation of knowledge in the main areas of geography. You might study modules on human and physical geography, earth science, environmental change, cultural and historical geography, and global climate change. The majority of undergraduate courses will be designed to suit students who do not have a vast amount of experience in geography, as well as challenging those who have previously studied geography. Your degree will be delivered through lectures and tutorials, and will incorporate field trips. You may be presented with the opportunity to take part in a work placement module, but this depends on your institution. Depending on your course, you may be able to specialise towards the end of your degree. Assessment methods can include written work, group projects, and presentations.
During a postgraduate degree, such as an MSc or an MA, you will be able to build on the knowledge you gained at undergraduate level. The modules you study will be on the more complex and specialised areas of geography. You will cover traditional subjects, as well as more contemporary areas. Modules and specialisms might include human society, geographic information systems (GIS), geocomputation and location analysis, population and health geographies, and geographical violence. Assessment methods might include written work, group projects, and a major research project.
The entry requirements for a geography degree will depend on where you choose to study. It will also be influenced by the content of your course, and the level of study that you are applying for. An undergraduate degree will require you to have a background in geography, with some accepting other qualitative subjects, such as history, sociology, English, and history. If you do not have a strong background in geography, but can prove that you are passionate about the subject area, some universities might still consider your application. You can display this through your personal statement or an interview. For a postgraduate degree, most institutions will require you to have an undergraduate degree in geography, or a closely related subject.
Typical Entry Requirements
- A Level Grades - AAA-BBB
- UCAS Points - 144-120 UCAS points
- Required/Desired Subjects - Geography, History, English, Sociology
- Degree Requirements - 2:1 or higher
- Required/Desired Subjects - Geography, History, Sociology, English
Graduates of geography will find that there are many career opportunities available to them. It is most common for geography graduates to work within qualitative roles. If you choose to work in a role directly related to geography, you might wish to work in GIS planning, town planning, cartography, water management, surveying, and transport services. If you wish to work in a role not directly related to geography, you may choose to work in teaching, the media, IT, logistics, and finance and banking.
Throughout your degree, you will have gained a wide range of transferable skills that will be useful in a variety of industries. You will develop your qualitative and quantitative skills, preparing you for roles involving both areas. As well as this, you will gain skills such as data collection and analysis, problem solving, idea development, project management, and effective communication.