Course details

A Levels AAB Other entry requirements
UCAS code F800
Duration 3 years
Fee Look up fee
Related subjects Geography

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Undergraduate Programmes Officer
Department of Geography
Telephone +44 (0)114 222 7900

Course description

This course is about physical geography. It's focused on the processes that underlie changes in our environment, from dryland and glacial processes to atmosphere and ocean dynamics.

In the first year, about half the course is made up of compulsory modules in physical geography. We also teach the practical skills you need to investigate real-world problems such as desert dust sources and climate change.

The second and third years are a mix of compulsory and optional modules. Third year options include international field class modules. You can broaden your knowledge with modules in human geography.

Throughout the course, you're free to take one module each semester in another department. You could use this time to learn a language or study a related subject such as politics or economics.

This course is accredited by the Royal Geographical Society.

Modules: what you study and when

Financial help from the University - bursaries

If you're a UK student, you could be entitled to a University bursary. A bursary is the same as a grant - you don't have to pay it back.

How our bursary scheme works

Entry requirements

Qualification Grades
A Levels AAB including Geography or another science subject
A Levels + Extended Project Qualification ABB including Geography or another science subject + B
International Baccalaureate 34, 6 in Higher Level Geography or another science subject
BTEC DDD in a relevant subject
Cambridge Pre-U 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 qualifications Other UK qualifications
Other EU/international qualifications
Other requirements
  • 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
If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department

Modules - what you study and when

The modules listed below are examples from the last academic year. There may be some changes before you start your course. For the very latest module information, check with the department direct.

Course information on Department of Geography website

First year

Core modules:

Geographical Methods
Introduction to Environmental Geographies
Introduction to Physical Geography
New Horizons in Geography

Second year

Core modules:

Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing
Geographical Data in the World
Physical Geography Fieldclass
Research Design for Geography and Environmental Science

Optional modules:

Atmospheres and Oceans
Environment, Society and Politics
Environmental Pollution and Quality
Geographies of Development
Glaciers and Ice Sheets
Ice Age Earth
Political Geographies
Social and Cultural Geographies
Water and Soil Processes in the Environment
Qualitative Methods

Third year

Core modules:

Dissertation for Geography& Environmental Science

Optional modules:

Advanced Geospatial Analysis
Coastal Processes
Critical Ecologies
Dangerous and Dynamic Earth
Death Valley Fieldclass
Development and Global Change
Geographies of Consumption
Geographies of Politics and Society
Glacial Environments
Global City Fieldclass
Global South Fieldclass
Independent Extended Essay
New Zealand Field Class
Philosophy, Aesthetics and Place
Planetary Geoscience
Professional Skills for Environmental Science
Urban Exploration
Urban Transformations

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.

Learning and assessment

These figures give an indication of how you'll learn and be assessed. They're a combined average of all the years of the course. The learning and assessment percentages could vary depending on the modules you choose.

Scheduled teaching 16%
Independent study 84%
Placement 0%

Exams/tests 45%
Coursework 45%
Practical 10%

Department of Geography

Geography is a key discipline for the 21st century. Our Royal Geographical Society accredited degrees offer specialisms that reflect our research expertise and the international agenda. Your course is also highly flexible: you tailor it to your interests. All students are able to choose modules from across our human and physical geography specialisms. But you can also study modules from other disciplines, regardless of the degree you take. Our programmes include training in key skills, such as Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and policy analysis. You'll also receive practical training through fieldwork.

Fieldwork is embedded throughout our programmes. As an international department, we ensure you'll have the opportunity to undertake fieldwork in another country in Year 2, with the option of further international field classes in Year 3. Recent destinations for our fieldclasses include Berlin, California, Greece, Morocco, New York, New Zealand, Uganda and Spain.

As well as group study areas, we have our own computer suites that are equipped with the latest remote sensing, GIS and modeling software packages. We also have state-of-the-art laboratories, including an environment centre in the Peak District and a field centre in Tanzania.

Department of Geography website

What our graduates do

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: from policy and government, business and consultancy, to science, sustainability and the environment.

Student profile

"We've just got back from a field class in California where we were in the Mojave desert looking at the landscape...we went with three lecturers who were extremely knowledgeable on drylands."

Bryony Smith

BSc Geography graduate Stephen Penson explains how his course helped prepare him for his job as a geographic information system (GIS) consultant.

Fieldwork is an important part of the course right from the start. You’ll work on projects in Berlin, California, Greece, Morocco, New York and Spain, learning from experts and making your own discoveries.

All compulsory field trips and classes are free. We also offer some scholarships for optional field classes and independent research.

Additional costs for fieldwork

The costs of all compulsory fieldwork and classes are covered by the department. You will only need to pay for food, spending money, etc.

Costs for optional field classes vary. In 2016/17 they ranged from £1,500 to £2,000 per student.

Some factors, such as airline fare increases, are beyond the department's control and might impact on the cost of field trips. We try to keep the costs as low as possible, and to inform students as early as possible about the costs of optional field trips that they have planned to take.

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