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BSc Geography 3 Years (F800)

Overview

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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 uses 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 examines 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 brings 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.

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.

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A Geography degree teaches you a vast range of key transferable skills which are crucial to many jobs

NataLie, BSC GEOGRAPHY

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.

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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:

Options:

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:

Optional modules (take to the value of 40 credits, each module is 20 credits):

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:

Optional modules:

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

Degree with Employment Experience

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

Alex, BSC Geography

Fieldwork

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Fieldwork is central to learning in Geography at the University of Sheffield. Fieldwork brings the subject to life, allowing you to develop and test the ideas and skills introduced in lectures, tutorials and laboratory classes, as well as providing essential practical experience.

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

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Year 1: Modules provide core training in essential field skills, such as qualitative techniques, and environmental sampling and laboratory analysis. Our dedicated field center in the Peak District National Park acts as the base for much of our teaching.

Image of SpainYear 2: We run a fully funded international field class to Spain, where students get the opportunity to practice the skills they have learned.


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Year 3: Our international field courses currently go to California and New Zealand. BSc students also have the opportunity to go on Human Geography field classes. Departmental scholarships are available for these optional field classes. 

Many students conduct fieldwork as part of their research projects and departmental scholarships are available to support ambitious independent fieldwork.

Fieldwork at Sheffield

Being able to learn and observe theories from the classroom out in the world is a really valuable experience, and is where some of my fondest university memories were formed.

Dale, BSC Geography

Careers

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Employability

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
Society
  • 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

Over the last 3 years, 96% of our graduates are in work and/or further study 6 months after finishing the course

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Entry requirements

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Qualification Grades
A Levels AAB including Geography or another science subject
A Levels + Extended Project Qualification ABB including Geography or another science subject + B. The Extended Project should be in a relevant subject
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