Geography BSc (Hons)

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UCAS Code
F800
Mode of Study
Full-time, Full-time sandwich with work placement
Duration
3 years full-time, 4 years sandwich with work placement
Location
Main site
Recognised
Yes

Overview

If you’re interested in the physical nature, characteristics and environment of the world, you can couple your interest with professional skills on this professionally accredited BSc (Hons) Geography degree course.

You’ll learn about the natural environment, how it was formed, what threatens it and how we can protect it. You’ll deepen your understanding of the world and develop professional skills in areas such as communication, problem solving, decision making and teamwork.

When you complete the course, you'll be prepared for a career in everything from environmental management to teaching and academic research.

What you'll experience

On this degree course, you’ll:

  • Study physical geography, nature, and how environmental changes will affect the future of our planet
  • Use high-powered tech in our labs, including laser survey technology, drones, GIS and photogrammetry equipment and environmental simulation cabinet
  • Tailor your studies, by choosing units 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

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 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.

Careers and opportunities

At the end of the course, you'll have many technical and professional skills you can use to start your career. Previous students have go onto work in areas such as:

  • environmental management
  • business management
  • public services
  • teaching
  • research

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.

Professional accreditations

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​

Entry requirements for this course may be more flexible during Clearing.
Entry Requirements

​Course costs

Tuition fees

  • UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • International students – £13,200 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 units a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each unit.

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.

Your course fees cover the cost of travel and accommodation for compulsory fieldwork, but you’ll need to budget for meals and 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 £300–£2000. You can take optional units in your final year that have no field trips.

​What you'll study

Each unit on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study units worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 units worth 20 credits and 1 unit worth 40 credits.

Units currently being studied

Core units in this year include:

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

There are no optional units in this year.

Core units in this year include:

  • Research Design and Practice
  • Residential Field Class

Options to choose from in this year currently include:

  • Dynamic Landscapes: Rivers, Glaciers and Coasts
  • Environmental and Climate Change: Theory
  • Environmental and Climate Change: Practice
  • Environmental Hazards: Concepts and Monitoring
  • Environmental Assessment and Management
  • Sustainable Environmental Management
  • Mapping and Modelling Our World
  • Geopolitics and Geographies of Development
  • Employability Skills for Geographers.

Core units in this year include:

  • Independent Study

Options to choose from in this year currently include:

  • Reconstructing Environmental Change
  • Past Climates and Landscapes
  • Cold Environments
  • River and Shoreline Management
  • Managing and Measuring Environmental Impacts
  • GIS in the Workplace
  • Databases for GIS
  • Geographies of Health and Urban Wellbeing
  • Environment and Development
  • Geographies of Children and Young People
  • Creative Economy, People and Place.

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 units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.

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 mental or physical disability, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) can give you help, support and advice so you can reach your potential.

Teaching​

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • workshops
  • seminars
  • one-on-one tutorials

How you'll spend your time

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

  • Autumn teaching block – September to December
  • Spring teaching block – January to Easter
  • Assessment period – Easter to June
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.

Your workload

The time you spend in teaching activities such as lectures and seminars varies year on year and will depend on which optional units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year typically spent their time as follows:

  • Year 1 students: 22% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities, and 78% studying independently
  • Year 2 students: 23% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities, and 77% studying independently
  • Year 3 students: 19% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities, and 81% studying independently

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 units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

  • Year 1 students: 50% by written exams, 22% by practical exams and 28% by coursework
  • Year 2 students: 18% by written exams, 14% by practical exams and 68% by coursework
  • Year 3 students: 5% by written exams, 17% by practical exams and 78% by coursework
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