The BA Geography course focuses on the many ways to explore our relationships to space, society, politics and culture. It provides the critical skills with which to appreciate, analyse and respond to the key issues and challenges of our contemporary lives. Our specialisms include:
Social and Cultural Geographies
Explore the relations between identity, difference and space that shape ourselves and our worlds. Our social practices matter for tackling major social challenges like migration, urban life, energy and food security.
New 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.
Environment 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.
Discover how relationships between societies and individuals are affected by social, ecological, political and economic processes that are profoundly uneven and highly geographical
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.
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.
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. Students take 120 credits worth of modules each year.
Due to ongoing review and improvements the list of available modules may change year on year.
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)
Fieldwork in years 1 and 2 is included within your tuition fees and includes an international residential trip
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.
BSc 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.
BA 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.
BSc 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.
The department offers a selection of optional international field class modules at year 3.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
93% of graduates who were available for employment secure employment or further study six months after graduation
DLHE Survey 2016/2017
Visit our careers page to find out more
||AAB including Geography or a relevant social science subject
|A Levels + Extended Project Qualification
||ABB including B in the EPQ
||35, 6 in Higher Level Geography or a relevant social science subject
||DDD in a relevant subject
||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
||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
||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
- 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