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Global Sustainable Development BA

Department of Geography

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    Course description

    Take an interdisciplinary focus on global and international development, examining worldwide issues through the lens of social justice and environmental sustainability.

    Explore contemporary global issues, linking current affairs, climate change and activism, and equip yourself with the skills to pursue a career in sustainable development and to become a global problem solver.

    Through professional skills training, practical research experience, policy engagement and analysis, you'll be prepared for employment in the public, private or third sector. Graduates can anticipate pursuing careers in the UK and overseas to tackle pressing global sustainability and development priorities.

    In your first year, you'll learn the history and key debates of global development, and how challenges of environment, inequality and sustainability are addressed through local and global policy.

    You'll develop your research skills and learn about critical perspectives on global sustainable development in your second year. You'll also have the opportunity to tailor your degree to your interests by taking a range of relevant interdisciplinary modules spanning economics, geography, politics and sociology.

    In your final year, you'll learn more about global sustainable development on the ground and in practice. You'll develop your professional skills and also undertake independent research for a dissertation on a specialist topic of your choice, and further tailor your degree through a range of relevant optional modules.

    Modules

    Modules for this course are to be confirmed.

    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 Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn.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. We are no longer offering unrestricted module choice. If your course included unrestricted modules, your department will provide a list of modules from their own and other subject areas that you can choose from.

    Learning and assessment

    Learning

    Our courses combine theory and concepts with hands-on, practical experience. Fieldwork is at the heart of our courses. Typically, there are multiple fieldwork opportunities, which allow you to design, conduct and present your own research projects.

    We invest to create the right environment for you. That means outstanding facilities, study spaces and support, including 24/7 online access to our online library service.

    Study spaces and computers are available to offer you choice and flexibility for your study. Our five library sites give you access to over 1.3 million books and periodicals. You can access your library account and our rich digital collections from anywhere on or off campus. Other library services include study skills training to improve your grades, and tailored advice from experts in your subject.

    Learning support facilities and library opening hours

    Assessment

    You will be assessed through a combination of exams, coursework and practical assessment. The proportions of these will vary depending on the modules you choose.

    Programme specification

    This tells you the aims and learning outcomes of this course and how these will be achieved and assessed.

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    Entry requirements

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    The A Level entry requirements for this course are:
    AAB

    A Levels + additional qualifications ABB + B in the EPQ

    International Baccalaureate 34

    BTEC Extended Diploma DDD in a relevant subject

    BTEC Diploma DD in a relevant subject + A at A Level

    Scottish Highers AAAAB

    Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels B + AA

    Access to HE Diploma Award of Access to HE Diploma in a social science or arts and humanities subject, with 45 credits at Level 3, including 36 at Distinction and 9 at Merit

    Other requirements
    • GCSE Maths grade 4/C

    The A Level entry requirements for this course are:
    ABB

    A Levels + additional qualifications ABB + B in the EPQ

    International Baccalaureate 33

    BTEC Extended Diploma DDD in a relevant subject

    BTEC Diploma DD in a relevant subject + B at A Level

    Scottish Highers AAABB

    Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels B + AB

    Access to HE Diploma Award of Access to HE Diploma in a social science or arts and humanities subject, with 45 credits at Level 3, including 30 at Distinction and 15 at Merit

    Other requirements
    • GCSE Maths grade 4/C

    English language requirements

    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

    Visa and immigration requirements

    Other qualifications | UK and EU/international

    If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department.

    Department of Geography

    Our department building on the edge of Western Park

    The Department of Geography at the University of Sheffield is a world leader in teaching and research. We're ranked within the top 50 universities in the world for geography according to the QS Rankings 2021 and within the top 10 in the world for geography by the ShanghaiRanking Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2021.

    We are experts in the fields of social justice and environmental change. We explore our dynamic, diverse world to address humanity’s greatest problems, from food waste to melting ice sheets. Our innovative research and practice-based learning will equip you with distinct, relevant professional skills.

    We have over 30 full-time academic staff in the department. Our high staff-to-student ratio ensures that you receive excellent quality teaching and a high level of pastoral support throughout your studies.

    The Department of Geography is housed in an award-winning, purpose-built building on the edge of the beautiful Weston Park, close to the Students' Union and central libraries and lecture theatres.

    Facilities

    We have a well-equipped computer teaching laboratory, postgraduate and undergraduate physical geography laboratories, and image processing facilities which provide an important component for teaching and research in remote sensing and geographical information systems (GIS).

    Our facilities

    Department of Geography

    Why choose Sheffield?

    The University of Sheffield

      A top 100 university 2022
    QS World University Rankings

      92 per cent of our research is rated in the highest two categories
    Research Excellence Framework 2021

      No 1 Students' Union in the UK
    Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017

    Department of Geography

    Top 10 in the world for geography

    ShanghaiRanking Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2021

    Top 50 in the world for geography

    QS World University Rankings By Subject 2021


    Graduate careers

    Our courses will develop your ability to analyse global problems from a range of perspectives and at different scales. 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.

    Our graduates progress to careers in a variety of sectors. These include public sector roles in local government and the civil service, roles as surveyors and environmental consultants in private sector companies, research and teaching roles in the education sector and management roles in NGOs and international development organisations.

    Fees and funding

    Fees

    Additional costs

    The annual fee for your course includes a number of items in addition to your tuition. If an item or activity is classed as a compulsory element for your course, it will normally be included in your tuition fee. There are also other costs which you may need to consider.

    Examples of what’s included and excluded

    Funding your study

    Depending on your circumstances, you may qualify for a bursary, scholarship or loan to help fund your study and enhance your learning experience.

    Use our Student Funding Calculator to work out what you’re eligible for.

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