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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 2020
Accredited
Yes

Overview

Are you fascinated by the world, its societies and what the future of our planet looks like? Do you want to learn professional skills that allow you to apply these interests to your career?

On this professionally accredited BA (Hons) Geography degree course, you’ll cover people, communities and cultures, examine conservation, sustainability and economic urban development, and learn how governments, businesses and people develop global systems. You'll also learn professional skills in communication, problem solving, decision making and teamwork.

You’ll emerge with skills that help you understand and engage with the world, and be set for a career in everything from urban or environmental management to teaching.

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).

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.

95% Overall student satisfaction (NSS, 2019)

TEF Gold Teaching Excellence Framework

What you'll experience

On this degree course, you’ll:

  • Study human geography and environmental issues and management
  • Use specialist facilities including physical geography, GIS and photogrammetry labs, laser survey technology, photogrammetry equipment
  • 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

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 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
  • 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.

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 in this year include:

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

There are no optional modules in this year.

Core modules in this year include:

  • Research Design and Data Analysis
  • Fieldwork and Professional Skills

Options to choose from in this year currently include:

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

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 in this year include:

  • Independent Research

Options to choose from in this year currently include:

  • Creative Economy, People and Place
  • Environment and Development
  • Geographies of Children and Young People
  • Geographies of Health and Urban Wellbeing
  • Hazardscapes
  • Environmental Audit and Assessment
  • Climate Change
  • River Processes and Freshwater Ecology
  • Cold Environments
  • Conservation Biogeography
  • Environmental Pollution and Waste Management
  • Geographical Information Systems in The Workplace

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.

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.

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.

Learning 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 English for Academic Purposes programme to improve your English further.

Teaching​

Teaching methods on this course include:

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

Teaching staff profiles

These are some of the expert staff who’ll teach you on this degree course. 

Carol Ekinsmyth, Interim Associate Head (Education)

Carol is a Human Geographer who teaches Urban, Social and Economic Geography. Her research interests focus on the related areas of creative industry work and economy, changing cities, and self-employment and entrepreneurship. She is currently working with her 3rd year Geography students on projects with the New Theatre Royal in Portsmouth.

Diana Martin, Senior Lecturer

Diana is a Human Geographer who teaches political and social geography, geopolitics and research methods. She joined the University of Portsmouth in 2014 as a research associate, becoming a lecturer the following year and a senior lecturer in 2017. Before joining the University she was based in South Africa, where she worked on issues of right-to- and access-to-housing and geographies of disability. Her research interests coalesce around geographies of exclusion and inclusion, particularly in the condition of refugees.

How you'll spend your time

Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks and 2 assessment periods:

  • September to December – teaching block 1
  • January – assessment period 1
  • January to May – teaching block 2 (includes Easter break)
  • May to June – assessment period 2

Most teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends.

There’s usually no teaching on Wednesday afternoons.

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 may depend on the modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

  • 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

Entry requirements​

BA (Hons) Geography degree entry requirements

Qualifications or experience
  • 112-120 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent.

See the 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

​Course costs

Tuition fees (2020 start)

  • UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • International students – £14,300 per year (subject to annual increase)

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.

The cost of travel or accommodation for compulsory fieldwork is included in the course fee, but you will be expected to pay for meals and other subsistence costs.

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.

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 £30–£2,200. You can take optional units in your final year that have no field trips.

Apply

How to apply

To start this course in 2020, 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

If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply for this course through UCAS or apply directly to us (see the 'How to apply' section above for details). 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 our terms and conditions as well as the University’s policies, rules and regulations. You should read and consider these before you apply.

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