Course details

A Levels AAB Other entry requirements
UCAS code F800
Duration 3 years
Fees and additional costs Home students Overseas students Fee status help
Related subjects Geography

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

Course description

You'll apply your knowledge and skills to global challenges such as climate change, the impact of melting ice sheets on global sea level rise, environmental pollution, predicting volcanic activity and earthquakes, and contemporary changes in the context of long-term variability.

We use the space around us as our living laboratory: you'll spend time learning in Sheffield and exploring the Peak District during field classes.

Integral to your degree is field-based learning, independent research and technical training. We'll show you how to use geospatial techniques such as computer programming and satellite observations, and how to use Geographical Information Systems to observe and monitor the Earth.

This BSc will give you the specialist, practical and transferable skills you need for your future career.

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
A Levels + additional qualifications ABB + B in EPQ; ABB + B in Core Maths
International Baccalaureate 34
BTEC DDD in a relevant subject
Scottish Highers AAAAB
Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels B + AA
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
  • You must demonstrate that your English is good enough for you to successfully complete your course. For this course we require: GCSE English Language at grade 4/C; IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component; or an alternative acceptable English language qualification
  • Equivalent English language qualifications
  • Access Sheffield - find out if you're eligible for additional consideration or an alternative offer
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.

Department of Geography website

First year

Core modules:

Geographical Skills
Earth, Wind, Ice and Fire
Environmental Change and Society
Exploring New Horizons in Geography

Optional modules:

Exploring Human Geographies
Housing, Home and Neighbourhood

Second year

Core modules:

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

Optional modules:

Atmospheres and Oceans
Cities and Modernities
Earth Surface Processes
Environment, Society and Politics
Environmental Pollution and Quality
Geographies of Development
Glaciers and Ice Sheets
Past Environmental Change
Political Geographies
Social and Cultural Geographies

Third year

Core modules:

Dissertation for Geography& Environmental Science

Optional modules:

Advanced Geospatial Analysis
Advances in Cryosphere Science
Applied Volcanology
Coastal Systems: Processes and Management
Critical Ecologies
Decolonising Geographies
Development and Global Change
Geographies of Consumption
Geographies of Democracy and Citizenship
Independent Extended Essay (L3)
Lake District Fieldclass
Landscape Evolution
MATLAB Coding for Geoscience
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. Our courses combine theory and concepts with hands-on, practical experience. Fieldwork is at the heart of our courses. Multiple fieldwork opportunities allow you to design, conduct and present your own research projects. Our lectures and seminars are structured to ensure a varied learning experience that is driven by our research expertise. In addition to lectures and seminars, we use tutorial-based teaching to support your university journey.

Scheduled teaching 16%
Independent study 84%
Placement 0%

Exams/tests 45%
Coursework 45%
Practical 10%

Department of Geography

The Department of Geography at the University of Sheffield is a world leader in teaching and research. We're ranked as one of the top 50 universities in the world for geography according to the QS Rankings 2019.

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, as well as a field centre in Tanzania.

Department of Geography website

What our graduates do

Our courses will develop your ability to analyse global problems from a range of perspectives and at different scales. Our students gain geographical and transferable skills that are highly valued by employers.

Ninety-three per cent of our geography and environmental science graduates are in employment or further study within six months of graduation (Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2017).

Human geography
Graduates from our BA Geography course develop the ability to understand and address complex social, political and cultural challenges. Working at the intersection between people and place, our graduates typically go on to careers in policy and government, education, international development, journalism, social research, business and consultancy.
Recent graduate destinations have included the Department for International Development, Deloitte, The Guardian, Transport for London and the British Red Cross.

Physical geography
Students on our BSc Geography and MGeogSci Geography courses develop the scientific skills to monitor the physical and environmental processes that shape our world. These practical skills are highly sought after by employers in fields as diverse as sustainability, meteorology, environmental consultancy, GIS analysis, business, policy and government.

Recent graduate destinations have included the Environment Agency, npower, the Met Office, Jacobs and Natural England. Graduates from our physical geography courses also secure positions on postgraduate and research programmes.

Environmental science
Graduates from our BSc Environmental Science and MEnvSci Environmental Science degrees are valued by employers for their environmental science skills and in-depth knowledge. Recent graduates have gone on to careers in environmental consultancy and policy, sustainable energy, land remediation and conservation.

As well as specialist skills and knowledge, our degrees provide you with transferable skills that are valued by graduate employers, such as handling data, communicating complex issues, and managing projects from start to finish. Other environmental science graduates have used these assets to secure employment in teaching, law, patenting, finance and banking.

Careers and employability on the Department of Geography website

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.

In your first year you'll learn and apply essential field skills such as qualitative techniques, environmental sampling and laboratory analyses in Sheffield and the surrounding Peak District. You'll go on a three-day residential field class to the Peak District early in the first semester.

Your second year introduces you to more advanced techniques. You'll have the opportunity to develop and apply your research skills in an international location. In recent years, students have travelled to southern Spain to study dryland, fluvial and coastal processes.

In your third year you'll have the chance to take part in optional fieldwork in locations as varied as the Lake District and New Zealand. Many of these trips include gathering group data and carrying out independent research projects, which allows you to develop crucial transferable skills as well as subject knowledge.

Throughout your degree, you can participate in short, optional field trips in Sheffield and the Peak District to engage with agencies and communities, develop field research skills and learn about the local region.

Additional costs for fieldwork

All core fieldwork, including one international field class, is included in your tuition fees. Costs for optional field classes vary. Estimated costs for 2019/20 include £150 (Lake District) and £2,200 (New Zealand).

Some factors that could 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.

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