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Other Courses: Geography BSc | MGeogSci

Geography BA

Duration: 3 Years | UCAS Code: L700 | Look up fee


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Our Human Geography programme will equip you to understand and tackle key global challenges facing society today, such as climate change, poverty and inequality, geopolitical uncertainty, urbanisation and food insecurity. You will learn about these processes through lectures, workshops, seminars and practicals. We also use the space around us as our living laboratory, so you will spend time learning in Sheffield – a city shaped by its rich industrial heritage – and while exploring the Peak District National Park and beyond during field classes.

Integral to our degree programme at every level is field based learning, independent research and training in qualitative, quantitative and geospatial research methods.

Our programme will equip you with key specialist, practical and transferable skills required to prepare you for challenges beyond your studies.

Your learning will be driven by world leading research framed around key pathways, including urban geographies, geographies of the global south, political geographies, and social and environmental geographies. You can choose to specialise along one of these pathways or to pick and choose your preferred topics from each.

imageSocial and Cultural Geographies

Explore the relations between culture, society and space. Develop understandings of identity, difference, diversity, prejudice and encounter in the modern world. Hear from leading researchers and conduct your own fieldwork, supported through workshops.

imageNew Development Geographies

Address a range of key issues and challenges in international development and the geographies of development, from sustainable development, natural resource politics, urban transformations and social justice in the Global South.

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.

AthensPolitical Geographies

Discover how relationships between societies and individuals are affected by social, ecological, political and economic processes that are profoundly uneven and highly geographical

RGS accredited

Our 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. 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

Our campus and how we use it

We timetable teaching across the whole of our campus, the details of which can be found on our campus map. Teaching may take place in a student’s home department, but may also be timetabled to take place within other departments or central teaching space.

Course structure

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Module choices for 2019-2020

The course is incredibly flexible, allowing you to focus your degree on one of our research specialisms or take a variety or modules. Students take 120 credits worth of modules each year.

Year 1

In your first year, you will gain foundational knowledge across a broad range of topics in human geography, including social and cultural geography, development geography, urban geography and political geography. You will also begin to develop your skills in fieldwork during a three-day residential trip to the Peak District, as well as your skills in qualitative and quantitative methods. You will also take optional modules in either physical geography or in another subject of your choice.

Geography students in the libraryCore modules (100 credits):

Optional modules (20 credits):

  • Earth, Wind, Fire and Ice
  • You can also choose some modules from other academic departments, subject to departmental approval.

You can also take the optional 0 credit module Exploring the Peak District and Sheffield.

Year 2

In your second year, you will begin to deepen your understanding of topics within your chosen research pathway or you might branch out to study other topics of interest to you. You will further develop practical skills and techniques during a fully-funded international residential fieldclass to Morocco or Germany. During this fieldclass, you will work in small groups to research a real-world issue, developing your research design skills and methods in the process. You will be assigned a supervisor to support you as you begin to design your dissertation project.

Students on the Morocco field tripCore modules (10 credits each):

One of either (10 credits):

An international field class (10 credits):

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

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

  • Any optional modules not taken above
  • Unrestricted modules from other departments, subject to departmental approval.

You can also take the optional 0 credit module Exploring the Peak District and Sheffield.

Year 3

Having developed your practical and subject specific skills at level 1 and 2, you will now apply these skills during a year-long independent research project in your third year. You can also choose modules from a wide-range of specialist topics, such as Development and Global Change, Urban Transformations or Geographies of Citizenship and Democracy. Several courses have integral field components, such as Critical Ecologies. During your third year, you can also elect to participate in additional fieldclasses that align with your research specialty, such as an urban-focused fieldclass in Liverpool or a development-focused international fieldclass in Uganda.

Looking out over New YorkCore modules (40 credits):

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

You can also take the optional 0 credit module Exploring the Peak District and Sheffield.

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers.In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

The degree offered so much flexibility... I was able to pursue the study of my other related interests such as politics and journalism.

Joe, BA Geography

Degree with Employment Experience

Degree with a year abroad (4 years)

Learning and Assessment

The central course pages contain figures which give an indication of how you'll learn and be assessed.


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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 for 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 a relevant social science subject
A Levels + Extended Project Qualification ABB including B in the EPQ
International Baccalaureate 35, 6 in Higher Level Geography or a relevant social science subject
BTEC DDD in a relevant subject
Cambridge Pre-U D3 D3 M2 including Geography or a relevant social 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 a relevant social science subject
Advanced Diploma Creative & Media, grade A. Construction & the Built Environment, grade A. Public Services, grade A. Society, Health & Development, grade A. Plus A Level Geography or another social science, grade B
Access to HE Entry requirements for mature students
Or see below for our foundation year
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
  • Social science subjects include: Anthropology, Citizenship Studies, Economics, Government and Politics, History, Law, Science in Society, Sociology, World Development
  • 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

Geography with Foundation Year BA

Our degrees with foundation year are designed to give mature students without standard university entry qualifications the best possible preparation for success on the degree of their choice.

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