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.
|Cryosphere 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.
||Landscape 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.
|Environmental 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.
||Environment 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.
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.
There is a lot of overlap between my undergraduate degree and my day to day work.
Maddie, BA Geography, Consultant
Our courses are accredited by the Royal Geographical Society.
Accredited degree programmes prepare graduates to address the needs of the world beyond higher education through a defined sets of learning outcomes, such as subject knowledge, technical ability and transferable skills.
We offer a wide range of open days throughout the year, where you can attend subject specific talks and meet staff and students.
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.
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 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.
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.
Year 2: We run a fully funded international field class to Spain, where students get the opportunity to practice the skills they have learned.
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
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.
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
- 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
Visit our careers page to find out more
||AAB including Geography or another science subject
|A Levels + Extended Project Qualification
||ABB including B in EPQ
||35, 6 in Higher Level Geography or another science subject
||DDD in a relevant subject
||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 UK qualifications
Other EU/international qualifications
- 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