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

Accreditation from the RGS-IGBAccredited 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.

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.

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:


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:

One of either:

An international fieldclass:

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.

Looking out over New YorkCore modules:

Optional modules:

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)


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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.

ugYear 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.

imageYear 2: We run a fully funded international field class. Students can choose between Morocco, Berlin or Greece. Here, students will get the opportunity to practice the skills they have learned.


Year 3: The optional New York and Global South international field classes are available, as well as Physical Geography field classes (New Zealand and California).  Departmental scholarships are available.

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

Fieldwork at Sheffield

[The fieldclass] will definitely be an experience I will take with my wherever I go.

Rob, Ba Geography


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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

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 

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