Other Courses: BSc Geography | MGeogSci

BA Geography 3 Years (L700)


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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:

imageSocial 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.

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.

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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

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. 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. Students take 120 credits worth of modules each year.

Year 1

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

Geography students in the libraryCore modules (100 credits):

Optional modules (20 credits):

Year 2

You will begin to deepen your geographical understanding of our research specialisms and to develop the practical skills and methods used by human geographers. You can choose to focus on modules from one or two specialisms – such as New Development Geographies or Environment and Society – or to study a broad range of modules from across physical geography and other academic disciplines.

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):

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.

Looking out over New YorkCore modules (40 credits):

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

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

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 for employment 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
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

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