Course details

A Levels AAB Other entry requirements
UCAS code L700
Duration 3 years
Fee Look up fee
Related subjects Geography

Any questions?

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

Course description

This course is about human life. We'll show you how to apply geographical concepts and skills to real-world problems in politics, culture, economics and social relations. You'll also learn how to evaluate solutions and policies proposed by others.

In the first year, about half the course is made up of compulsory modules in human geography. You will also get skills training.

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 physical 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.

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 a relevant social science subject
A Levels + Extended Project Qualification ABB including Geography or a relevant social science subject + B
International Baccalaureate 34, 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 relevant social science subject
Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels B+AA including Geography or a relevant social science subject
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 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:

Information and Communication Skills for Geographers
Introduction to Environmental Geographies
Introduction to Geographical Methods
Introduction to Human Geography
New Horizons in Geography

Second year

Core modules:

Research Design for Geography and Environmental Science
Statistical Analysis for Geography and Environmental Science

Optional modules:

Atmospheres and Oceans
Earth Surface Processes and Dynamics
Environment, Society and Politics
Environmental Pollution and Quality
Geographies of Development
Glaciers and Ice Sheets
Political Geographies
Quaternary Paleaoenvironments
Social and Cultural Geographies
Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing
Human Geography Fieldclass A
Human Geography Fieldclass B
Human Geography Fieldclass C
Qualitative Methods

Third year

Core modules:

Geographical Research Project

Optional modules:

California Fieldclass
Contemporary Climate Change and Processes
Critical Ecologies
Development and Global Change
Geographies of Consumption
Geographies of Politics and Society
Glacial Environments
Global South Fieldclass
Landscape Development and Tectonic Processes
Natural and Environmental Hazards
New York Fieldclass
New Zealand Field Class
Professional Skills for Environmental Science
Specialised Topics
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 41%
Coursework 54%
Practical 4%

Department of Geography

Our modules are taught by leading academics and reflect our research expertise in fields such as politics, social and cultural geographies, environmental issues, glacial environments, climate change, landscape dynamics and ecosystem processes. Our programmes are highly flexible and can be tailored to suit your interests; you can choose modules from across Geography as well as modules from other academic departments. Our programmes include traingin 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

As well as specialist geographical skills and knowledge, our degrees provide you with transferable skills that are valued by graduate employers. Our graduates work all over the world in a range of sectors, 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.

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