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UCAS Code
L700
Mode of Study
Full-time, Full-time sandwich with work placement
Duration
3 years full-time, 4 years sandwich with work placement
Start Date
September 2022
Accredited
Yes

Overview

If you’re fascinated by the relationship between human society and the natural world, this accredited BA (Hons) Geography degree provides the skills and knowledge you need to help shape the future of the planet. 

You’ll learn how to sustainably develop urban areas, how governments, business and individuals can help protect the planet for future generations, and how we can ensure the social and economic wellbeing of human populations. You’ll examine themes such as conservation, sustainability, economic and urban development, and geopolitics, and hunt for answers to big questions about the world and society.

With a variety of optional modules, you can tailor the course to your interests. You can uncover how society and place influences decisions about transport or urban planning, hazards and analyse cultural attitudes to gender, and travel abroad on field trips to places like Berlin and Malta.

This course is accredited by the Royal Geographical Society, so you’ll get the highest quality teaching, approved by an independent body of academics and industrialists
Geography graduates are valuable in all sorts of job roles. As well as learning skills to help you understand and engage with the world, you’ll develop as a professional. You’ll come away as a confident communicator, able to solve problems, make good decisions and work well with others.

Perhaps that’s why geography graduates earn more than typical graduates from other courses (11.6% more for females and 2% more for males 5 years after graduation, according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies, 2018), working in fields such as transport planning, local government, overseas development and environmental management.

TEF Gold Teaching Excellence Framework

90% Graduates in work or further study (HESA Graduate Outcomes Survey conducted in 2019)

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Accredited by:

This course is accredited by the Royal Geographical Society. This shows the teaching on this course is of the highest quality and has been approved by an independent body of academics and industrialists.

Entry requirements​

BA (Hons) Geography degree entry requirements

Typical offers

See full entry requirements and other qualifications we accept

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

See alternative English language qualifications

We also accept other standard English tests and qualifications, as long as they meet the minimum requirements of your course.

If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

What you'll experience

On this degree course, you can:

  • Gain valuable work experience on a one year paid placement
  • Travel overseas for field work in places such as Berlin and Malta
  • Study abroad at our partner universities in Canada, Australia, Germany, Malta, Slovakia, Hungary and France
  • Use specialist facilities like you’d use in a geography career, including geography laboratoriesGIS and photogrammetry labs, laser survey technology and photogrammetry equipment
  • Study human geography and environmental issues and management
  • 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
  • Have the opportunity to learn a language and earn credit towards your degree as part of the University's Institution-Wide Language Programme
Studying geography at the University of Portsmouth

Students and staff at the School of Environment, Geography and Geosciences talk about our Geography BA and BSc courses at the University of Portsmouth.

Dr Caroline Day: The broad subjects you might cover are things like geographies of development, the creative economy, transport and sustainability and society and place.

Dr Mark Hardiman: Here at Portsmouth it’s not just about being in a lecture, it’s about going out there and experiencing sometimes quite extreme environments and that’s best exemplified by our field trips. You get to see where global warming is happening now, very rapidly.

Lydia: What I learnt from the field trip was how to work in a team with a group of people and how to manage my time.

Luke: Going on field trips, such as to Finland, has helped me see different cultures and different environments very different to the UK and I think that helps me build as a person.

Lydia: Portsmouth gives me the ability to develop professionally and personally. I’ve learnt a lot from being at the University.

Dr Caroline Day: Coming to Portsmouth will offer students a real sense of geography in action.

Careers and opportunities

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.

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

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
  • Transport for London (TfL)
  • Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA)
  • IBM
  • The Environment Agency

You could also go on to study at postgraduate level.

Placement year

After your second year, you can do an optional work placement year to get valuable longer-term work experience in the industry.

Previous students have completed work placements at organisations such as:

  • The Environment Agency
  • Natural England
  • The Solent Forum

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

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 match your ambitions.

What you'll study on this BA (Hons) Geography degree

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.

Modules

Core modules

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

Optional modules

There are no optional modules in this year.

Core modules

  • Research, Fieldwork and Professional Skills (40 credits)

Optional modules

All the modules listed below are worth 20 credits each.

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

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.

Core modules

  • Dissertation (40 credits)

Optional modules

All the modules below are worth 20 credits each.

  • Climate Change
  • Cold Environments
  • Conservation Biogeography
  • Creative Economy, People and Place
  • Environment and Society
  • Environmental Auditing and Assessment
  • Environmental Pollution and Waste Management
  • Gender and Development
  • Hazardscapes
  • Introduction to Teaching
  • Practical Boating Skills
  • Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology
  • Science and Technical Diving Techniques A
  • Science and Technical Diving Techniques B
  • Transport and Sustainability
  • Weather Science

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Academic skills support

As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • Academic writing
  • Note taking
  • Time management
  • Critical thinking
  • Presentation skills
  • Referencing
  • Working in groups
  • Revision, memory and exam techniques

If you have a disability or need extra support, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) will give you help, support and advice.

Support with English

If English isn't your first language, you can do one of our English language courses to improve your written and spoken English language skills before starting your degree. Once you're here, you can take part in our free In-Sessional English (ISE) programme to improve your English further.

Teaching​

Teaching methods on this course include:

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

Term dates

The academic year runs from September to June. There are breaks at Christmas and Easter.

See term dates

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 will depend on the modules you select throughout your course. Here's an example from a previous year of how students on this course were typically assessed:

  • 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

​Course costs and funding

Tuition fees (2022 start)

  • UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 a year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • EU students – £9,250 a year, including our Transition Scholarship (may be subject to annual increase)
  • International students – £18,300 a year (subject to annual increase)

You won't pay any extra tuition fees to another university for taking part in a study/work abroad activity if you choose to do it for the whole academic year. During a year abroad you'll only have to pay a reduced fee to the University of Portsmouth.

Funding your studies

Find out how to fund your studies, including the scholarships and bursaries you could get. You can also find more about tuition fees and living costs, including what your tuition fees cover.

Applying from outside the UK? Find out about funding options for international students.

Additional course costs

These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.

Additional costs

Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.

You’ll study up to 6 modules a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each module.

You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.

We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.

Compulsory fieldwork

Your course fees cover the cost of travel and accommodation for compulsory fieldwork, but you’ll need to budget for meals and subsistence costs.

Optional fieldwork

On some of the optional units in the final year of the course, you’ll need to contribute to the cost of field trips. These costs are often £300–£2000. You can take optional units in your final year that have no field trips.

If you take a placement year, you’ll need to budget for the travel, accommodation and subsistence costs associated with the placement. These are generally £50–£1000, depending on destination and duration.

Apply

How to apply

To start this course in 2022, apply through UCAS. You'll need:

  • the UCAS course code – L700
  • our institution code – P80

If you'd prefer to apply directly, use our online application form.

You can also sign up to an Open Day to:

  • Tour our campus, facilities and halls of residence
  • Speak with lecturers and chat with our students 
  • Get information about where to live, how to fund your studies and which clubs and societies to join

If you're new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.

How to apply from outside the UK

See the 'How to apply' section above for details of how to apply. You can also get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region.

To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section. 

If you don't meet the English language requirements for this course yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to abide by our Student Contract (which includes the University's relevant policies, rules and regulations). You should read and consider these before you apply.

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