Geography is about places and people. It is about understanding why ´here´ differs from ´there´, how people´s lives vary in these different places, and how our own lives are dependent on people and places, near and far.
While Geography combines the earth and social sciences, we appreciate that you may be more interested in the nature and role of people and society, rather than analysis of the physical processes of landscape formation and change. This new award provides a pathway through our Geography programme that enables you to specialise in human geography.
Typical offer range for UK / EU applicants
260–320 UCAS Tariff points with minimum 80 points from geography or a related subject such as science, sociology, economics.
We welcome applications from mature students with an Access to HE qualification. If you have non-standard qualifications we will consider any prior learning and professional experience in your application.
Your first year (level 4) is centred on a core double module (40 credits) Environment, People and Place. This deals with what makes Geography an exciting, varied and applied subject. The module offers an integrated approach to the study of the geo-social and earth sciences and what makes this module special lies in our attention to developing skills as well as knowledge: you will learn how to use the technologies, methods, techniques and equipment that geographers need to use, with increasing confidence. You will also start to build your employability profile under our guidance. The practical application of subject knowledge is the underlying philosophy of this module.
In addition to these modules we usually offer these options (all 20 credits) from which you can choose one or two:
Global Food Matters;
Peace and Conflict;
The remainder of level 4 is made up with at least 40 credits from a complementary module of your choice, such as Sociology, Criminology, History, or an interdisciplinary module focusing on Sustainability in Life and Work.
Your second year (level 5) also centres on a core double module (40 credits) titled The Enterprising Geographer. The aim here is for you to acquire specialist skills in human geography research methods, and to extend your abilities as a team player and as a professional. The Enterprising Geographer puts the subject and the sectors it serves in historical context and highlights the relevance of geographical knowledge to many different professional sectors. Your research skills are developed through an extended research projects where you will apply your growing mastery of your subject to real-world problems and issues. This module also gives you the chance to engage with the Royal Geographical Society and other professional bodies as we begin to help you map out potential career paths. The rest of your studies are optional, and the usual module choices are (you can choose four):
Climate Change and Sustainability;
Geographical Fieldwork (includes a residential fieldtrip to Northern India);
Social Diversity and Social Divisions;
Criminology and Criminal Justice;
Philosophy, Religion and the Environment
Growing up and living in communities.
All optional modules are 20 credits each.
In your final year (level 6), you take the skills and knowledge perfected throughout the degree to design, conduct and write up your very own geography Dissertation or Extended Work Placement (40 credits). There is a huge variety in choice in what you do for a dissertation and throughout the study you will benefit from one-to-one tuition and expert guidance. The rest of the third year is made up from 20 credit modules such as these (you can choose four):
Identities and Inequalities;
Advanced Geographical Fieldwork (includes a residential fieldtrip);
Development and Disasters;
Globalisation and Work;
Global Mobility, Risks and Environmental Justice;
Gender: Mind, Body and Cultures;
Community Engagement (includes a local volunteering placement);
Migration, Diversity and Racism;
Religion, Philosophy and Gender.
Our Geography graduates possess a diverse range of skills, knowledge and expertise, suitable for many careers and occupations. This is due to the great appeal of your geographical skill-set to employers. Environmental bodies, utilities, planning, police and armed forces, retail and financial services, heritage management, local government and school teaching are typical destinations. Many geography graduates are hooked on the subject and undertake further study, including doctoral research here in the department.
The opportunity to undertake a work placement as part of your degree is an excellent way of gaining some experience in the workplace, while guest speakers from industry contribute to your learning experience throughout the course. This engagement with potential employers will stand you in good stead for making those all-important career decisions when you move into the world of work.
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