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BA (Hons)Geography and Planning

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Overview

Students gain an in-depth understanding of the practical and theoretical aspects of Geography and planning. Consideration is given to the ways that rural and urban areas reconcile conflicting interest and adapt to economic, social and environmental change. An interdisciplinary approach to study provides learning opportunities that draw upon the expertise of academics in both Planning and Geography as well as Sociology and Architecture.

The first two years of study introduce students to the nature and extent of planning issues and the circumstances in which they arise, and provide a broad overview of how planning powers, agencies and policies are contributing to efforts to overcome contemporary planning problems. Students are encouraged to acquire and enhance oral, written and visual communication skills and engage in group-based problem solving and practical work – gaining skills that are readily transferable to the workplace. Residential field visits are an integral part of modules in both Years One and Two.

In Year Two, students take modules that serve as an introduction to the respective specialised themes of Year Three: Spatial Planning for Environmental Change, Transforming Cities and Regions or Human Geography. In their final year, BA (Hons) Geography and Planning students must choose at least four modules relating to their selected theme; and this focus can be further developed by selecting appropriate module options or preparing a dissertation on a topic related to this area of specialism.

Programme structure

Programme Year One

The first year of study is a foundation year that provides an introduction to basic features of the planning system in the United Kingdom and an awareness of the broad social, economic and environmental context in which contemporary planning issues arise. You will also be introduced to a number of key issues in Geography including climate change, globalisation, sustainability and fieldwork, which will provide the basis of your degree. Essential study and communication skills are given early emphasis so that students are well equipped to take full advantage of the wide range of teaching and learning resources that are made available for their benefit.

Programme Year Two

In the second year, skill levels are a central component of our teaching to enable students to engage more effectively in group-based problem solving tasks and to develop an awareness of the methodological and spatial design issues that arise in the development of planning schemes. Students are also introduced to social statistics and the theoretical approaches to geographical thought. The forces and factors that are influencing the way in which the world in general, and our towns and cities more locally, are evolving are examined in compulsory modules.

All students have the opportunity to verify their choice of degree specialism by taking modules that serve as an introduction to the respective specialised themes of Year Three – through ‘Environmental Sustainability’ relating to the Environment and Planning programme and ‘Cities and Regions’ relating to the Urban Regeneration and Planning programme or through optional Human Geography modules.

Students will take participate in a residential field visit associated with ‘Rural Planning Field Class’ module or the place based Edinburgh or Newcastle trips. .

Programme Year Three

In Year 3 Students select which Planning or Geography route they wish to pursue for their final degree.

Students select one of three themes in order to gain greater knowledge and expertise in one particular aspect of geography, environment and planning – Spatial Planning for Environmental Change, Transforming Cities and Regions or Human Geography.

Students complete an independent dissertation which brings together the skills and techniques learnt throughout their degree to a produce a piece of academic research. Students are also required to take four modules associated with their chosen theme.

Students pursuing a Planning degree are required to take two compulsory modules from their theme (environment or urban regeneration) plus two optional modules. Students following the Geography route are required to to take four compulsory and choose four optional modules.

Career opportunities

Career paths taken by our recent graduates:

Planning and environmental consultants
Strategic and Local Development Planning
Development Management
Housing Associations
Transport planning
Urban regeneration
Economic development
Environmental management
Urban designers
GIS and data science specialists
Academic researchers
Environmental Charities

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States