Fieldwork plays a key role in your learning
Why take this course?
Are you interested in the world about you and its relationship with human societies and the future of our planet? Then the study of geography is the course you’re looking for.
By choosing to specialise in the human aspects of geography through your unit options, you will graduate with the BA in Geography. Throughout the course you will engage with some of the most important global issues of today.
What will I experience?
On this course you can:
- Engage in real-world fieldwork and study some of the most pressing environmental issues such as global warming
- Get a distinct flavour of some of the societies or landscapes you may be studying via organised field trips
- Go abroad to study through one of exchange links with universities in Spain, France and Poland
What opportunities might it lead to?
With your geographical knowledge and skills you’ll gain on this course, plus the transferable skills developed through university study, you’ll find numerous public and private sector roles open to you upon graduation.
You’ll be able to aim for a wide range of careers, including those in environmental and business management, the public service (including health authorities), local authorities and teaching.
Here are some routes our graduates have pursued:
- environmental consultancies
- geographical information science specialists
- working for the Environmental Agency
- working for the Ordnance Survey
I think the field work really enhanced my learning, by taking the skills you’d learnt in the classroom or on the computer and putting them into a real-life perspective.
Shannon Diment, BA (Hons) Geography graduate 2012
- UCAS Course Code:
- 3 years full time
280 points to include 180 points from A Levels or equivalent, with 80 points from A Level Geography.
UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man full-time students: £8,750 p/a*
International full-time students: £10,500 p/a*
*Please note that all fees are subject to annual increase.
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- Department of Geography
Structure & Teaching
In the first year of your studies, you will be introduced to the breadth of human geography including environmental systems, environmental issues and management.
Core units in this year include:
- Foundations of Human Geography and Population
- Resources and Environment
- Geographical Information Systems
In your second year, you can either choose to continue your studies on a broad basis or specialise in the aspects that interest you most. You’ll also get the chance to travel overseas for some field work.
Options to choose from in this year include:
- Spatial Data Acquisition
- Introduction to Climatology
- Geographies of Development
- Social and Cultural Geography: Changing Cities
- Physical Environmental Hazards
- North American City
- Social Geography: Geographies of Wellbeing
- Introduction to Soils, Ecology and Biogeography
- Geographical Data Modelling
- Introduction to Geomorphology
Specialise further in your final year, with a different selection of study options depending on which geography pathway you choose.
Human geography and GIS options include:
- Geographies of Health
- Development Discourses
- Rural Geographies
- Cultural Geography
- Workplace Geographies
- North-East USA: Regional Economic Development
- The North-South Divide in Britain
- Implementing GIS
- Advanced Geographical Data Analysis
- Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing
- Environmental Management
Teaching and Assessment
Throughout your time with us, we will provide you with the support, enthusiasm and encouragement that you will need to reach your goals. You’ll be taught via a balanced structure of lectures, student-centred seminars, one-to-one tutorials and workshops.
How are you assessed?
Assessment is a mix of coursework and exams, roughly 60:40 respectively. However, your coursework can take a variety of forms, including:
- contributions to electronic discussion forums
- web page design
Facilities & Features
Specialist Software and Equipment
We offer fully equipped physical geography, GIS and photogrammetry labs. Brimming with ultra-modern equipment, you’ll have access to our facilities for project work and interpreting field data. Here’s a taste of what is available to you:
- laser survey technology
- photogrammetry equipment
- an environmental simulation cabinet
- natural waters and materials testing equipment
Fieldwork is an important part of our courses. From looking at sustainable tourism to natural resource use and heritage conservation, some of our previous trips have included:
- The Netherlands
Modern, comfortable and a great learning environment, our library offers a wealth of information including 400,000 books, DVDs, maps and thousands of online ejournals and newspapers. Many electronic resources are available anywhere, 24/7 and our friendly staff are always on hand to help.
I went to Barcelona and I had such a good time looking at the city from a geographical perspective.
Stefanie Davie, BA (Hons) Geography student 2012
Careers & Opportunities
As a geographer you will develop a detailed understanding of the diversity and range of physical and human environments. Increasingly, specialist agencies such as the Environment Agency, survey and mapping companies, local authorities and environmental and economic development consultancies are seeking the skills and abilities that geographers possess.
The communication, numeric and IT skills you will gain also make you a good candidate for business, commerce or education-oriented careers. Alternatively, a significant proportion of graduates choose go on to postgraduate study.
Roles our graduates have taken on include:
- geographical information scientist
- environmental consultant
- spatial analyst
- coastal process scientist
- urban planner
- transport planner
Example of what one of our graduates has gone on to do:
- Defra, Coastal Process Scientist – coastal surveying
As well as many fieldtrips embedded throughout the course, we have exchange links with a number of universities in Europe and beyond, so you can take up the opportunity to study abroad for a few months. Current links include the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (Barcelona, Spain), Universite du Havre, (Le Havre, France) and Adam Mickiewicz University (Poznan, Poland).
Not only will it be a fun and challenging experience, but you will also develop language skills, adaptability, resilience and the ability to communicate with a range of people. These qualities will undoubtedly set you apart to future employers.
Finding a job is a competitive business, but the statistics show that 89 per cent of our 2011graduates went into employment, further study or training within six months of finishing their degrees.
To make sure you take the right steps on your career path, we’re here to give you help, support and advice throughout your study. Even after you’ve graduated, we continue to give you support for up to five years.
Employers tell us that they want graduates to be able to demonstrate certain skills when they come out of university. Our courses take account of this. We make sure we prepare you for employment through work-related learning, projects, placements and working in simulated environments that are designed to prepare you for the working world.
There is a possibility I would like to go into PR having gained a set of skills for a diverse range of jobs. The University’s Purple Door Recruitment service has aided with careers advice.
Matthew Halls, BA (Hons) Geography student 2013
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