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BSc Geography 3 Years (F800)



The BSc Geography course is built around our research expertise, from the beginning of the course you will be introduced to the cutting edge research that is shaping the discipline, taught by our world-leading academics. Alongside this you will receive training in the key methods, skills and approaches used to analyse and understand our environments. All our modules are organised into research themes that mirror our academic research clusters:

A photography of an ice sheetCryosphere and Climate

Use a range of approaches from field and laboratory investigations, through Earth Observation, GIS analysis and numerical modelling to explore how ice sheets and icebergs impact on the ocean, its thermohaline circulation, and hence weather and climate, in the past, present and future.

DrylandsLandscape Dynamics

Use present-day observations and research into processes shaping the earth’s surface, as well as evidence from the past, to understand the impact of climatic changes on different environments and the activities of humans who inhabit them.

A Sheffield researcher monitoring a volcanoEnvironmental Quality

Examine ecosystem processes at a variety of spatial scales, from the molecular and landscape scale, to the global system. A range of state-of-the-art monitoring techniques, from remote sensing to field sampling, are used as tools to assist environmental management and decision making.

Image of cattleEnvironment and Society

Bring together the expertise of human and physical geographers to address the social and environmental challenges posed by issues such as population growth, climate change, food security and sustainable energy.

RGS accredited

Accreditation from the RGS-IGBOur courses are accredited by the Royal Geographical Society with IBG. Accredited degree programmes contain a solid academic foundation in geographical knowledge and skills, and prepare graduates to address the needs of the world beyond higher education. The accreditation criteria require evidence that graduates from accredited programmes meet defined sets of learning outcomes, including subject knowledge, technical ability and transferable skills.

International Journey

We provide a global learning and teaching environment in which all students benefit from an international focus to their studies. The nature of geography at Sheffield means our students engage with issues and challenges around the world. Compulsory international field classes, possibilities to study at an international partner University or even take a Degree with Employment Experience - we ensure that you will be prepared for a global job market.

Open days

We offer a wide range of open days throughout the year, where you can attend subject specific talks and meet staff and students.

Open Days

Course structure

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Modules - what you study and when

The course is incredibly flexible, allowing you to focus your degree on one of our research specialisms or take a variety or modules.

Year 1 Geography students in the library

BSc students take a series of core modules which give a grounding in physical geography and its key analytical skills. You can also choose from optional modules and these can be a mix from the human geography modules, other academic subjects and modern languages to the value of 20 credits.

Core modules (100 credits):

Optional modules (20 credits):

Year 2

Students exploring rock formations on the California field tripYou will begin to deepen your geographical understanding of our research specialisms and to develop the practical skills and techniques used by physical geographers. You can choose to focus on modules from one or two specialisms – such as Landscape Dynamics or Cryosphere and Climate – or to study a broad range of modules from across human geography and other academic disciplines.

Core modules (40 credits):

Optional modules (40 credits, each module is 20 credits):

Unrestricted modules (40 credits):

  • Optional modules not taken above
  • Approved modules from Geography
  • Unrestricted modules from other disciplines
Year 3

All geography students complete a year-long dissertation research project alongside optional modules from our research specialisms. You can further your expertise in your chosen specialisms or broaden your geographical understanding by choosing advanced modules from across human and physical geography.

Core modules (40 credits):

Optional modules (60 credits, each module is 20 credits):

Unrestricted modules (20 credits):

  • Optional modules not taken above
  • Unrestricted modules from other disciplines

Due to ongoing review and improvements the list of available modules may change year on year.

Degree with Employment Experience

BSc with a year abroad (4 years)

The way teaching staff make geography relevant to many different disciplines is really interesting "

Alex, BSC Geography



Fieldwork in years 1 and 2 is included within your tuition fees and includes an international residential trip

Year 1

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BA Geography - Sheffield
Your first year introduces qualitative methods in human geography focusing on interviewing, observation and visual methodologies. This is done through independent fieldwork tasks that help you get to know Sheffield and to think about it in ways that most students at the University never would.

Image of student performing lab workBSc Geography - Peak District National Park and Bradfield Environment Centre
Through out your fist year you will be able to take advantage of Sheffield’s’ location and our own field centre. You will gain core training in key laboratory and field methods for physical geography, including landscape interpretation, hill slope surveying, river flow monitoring and soil analysis.

Year 2

imageBA Geography - Morocco, Berlin or Marseille
Each of these international field classes provides opportunities to gain first-hand experience of geographical settings, and issues and themes that are introduced in lectures and seminars. You will be able to choose the location based on your research interests and career aspirations.

  • The Morocco field class examines a range of development issues, opportunities and challenges in urban and rural settings. These include historical and contemporary issues surrounding tourism, economic diversification and development.
  • The Berlin field class focuses upon urban, political, historical and environmental issues. Themes range from landscapes of memorialisation to urban allotments and environmentalist politics.
  • The Marseille field class provides students with opportunities to explore social and spatial inequalities and issues such as social movements, EU regional policy, and European identity.

Image of SpainBSc Geography - Spain
All BSc Geography students take this module which includes a week-long fieldclass in Spain. You will be taught research skills in fluvial geomorphology, climatology, slopes, soils and vegetation analysis before undertaking (in small teams) independent research that utilises all these skills. This module also comprises a number of non-residential field projects in topics such as geomorphology, meteorology and glaciology.

Year 3

The department offers a selection of optional international field class modules at year 3.

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Death Valley
During this field class you will be investigating the fundamental geomorphology of arid environments and the pressures placed on the environment by human activity. You will also get the opportunity to explore Death Valley and the wider Mojave Desert environment.

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Global City
Our global city field class has always proved popular allowing students to explore themes such as: architecture, space and power, the city and artistic practice, and social identities and practices in one of the world’s most famous cities. Previously this field class have visited New York.

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New Zealand
The unique landscape and environment lets students explore process interpretation in an unfamiliar setting, focusing on the physical processes that have shaped the environment and will influence future changes.

imageGlobal South
This fieldclass is about understanding the geographies of the global south. You will explore grass-roots development issues, and the interactions between local development challenges and international discourses and practices of development.

Fieldwork is embedded into our teaching from the very start of the course.

  • Year 1 modules provide core training in essential field skills such as qualitative techniques, and environmental sampling and laboratory analyses.
  • Year 2 modules introduce more advanced techniques and develop your research skills, taking advantage of our dedicated field study centre and one of our compulsory international field classes.
  • Year 3 offers a choice of optional international courses which provide advanced, in-depth experiences.

You will also have the opportunity to conduct independent fieldwork as part of your dissertation project.

Further Information

The costs of all compulsory fieldwork and classes are covered by the department. Students will only be required to pay for food, spending money etc.

Costs for optional field classes vary depending on a number of factors, including but not limited to destination and number of students participating. Current estimated costs for 2018/19 vary between £1500 - £2000 per student. Some factors which may impact on the cost of field trips are beyond our control such as airline fare increases. We try to keep the costs as low as possible, and to inform students as early as possible of the cost of any optional field trips that they have planned to take.


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Our programmes will develop your ability to analyse global problems from a range of perspectives and at different scales. Our students gain benchmark geographical skills as well as transferable skills that are highly valued by employers. Your Geography degree can take you into a wide range of careers throughout the world.

Find out more about employment and employability for Geography graduates

Our graduates are employed around the world. Here are some examples of where a Geography degree at Sheffield can take you:

Our Graduates First Jobs

Travel Leisure and Culture
  • Environment Journalist, Guardian
  • Media and Communications Executive, Lonely Planet
  • English Language Teacher, TEFL Vietnam
Environment and Sustainability
  • Environment Advisor, Natural England
  • Flood and Coastal Risk Management Officer, The Environment Agency
  • Waste and Recycling Officer, Hackney City Council

The Business World

  • Audit Graduate, Deloitte
  • Operations Graduate, Santander
  • Advertising Executive, ITV
Development and Global Issues
  • Research Assistant, British Red Cross
  • Youth and School Engagement Campaigner, Oxfam
Regeneration and Planning
  • Senior Consultant, Regeneris Consulting
  • Town Planner, Sheffield City Council
  • Research Assistant, Transport for London
  • Information and Data Manager, Scottish Government
  • Royal Mail, Logistics Manager
  • Geography Teacher, Teach First Graduate Programme
Geographical Techniques
  • Geophysicist, StatascanWeather Forecaster, Met Office
    Store Location Analyst, Landrover

93% of graduates who were available to work secure employment or further study six months after graduation

DLHE Survey 2016/2017

Visit our careers page to find out more 

Entry requirements

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Qualification Grades
A Levels AAB including Geography or another science subject
A Levels + Extended Project Qualification ABB including B in EPQ
International Baccalaureate 35, 6 in Higher Level Geography or another science subject
BTEC DDD in a relevant subject
Cambridge Pre-U D3 D3 M2 including Geography or another science subject
Scottish Highers + 1 Advanced Higher AAABB + B including Geography or another science subject
Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels B+AA including Geography or another science subject
Access to HE Entry requirements for mature students
Other qualifications Other UK qualifications
Other EU/international qualifications

Other requirements

  • At least one of your three A Levels should be in acceptable subjects
    Guidance on acceptable A Level subjects
  • GCSE Maths grade 4 or grade C
  • Science subject includes: Biology/Human Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science/Studies, Further Maths, Geography, Geology, Maths, Physics, Statistics
  • International students need overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or an equivalent English language qualification
    Equivalent English language qualifications

If you have any questions contact us at geography@sheffield.ac.uk