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BA (Hons)Geography

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Overview

Globalisation, geopolitics, population, and sustainability are amongst the largest challenges confronting society in the 21st century. Geography enables you to understand these issues and the ways in which they shape the world. Our degree programmes help you develop expert knowledge and skills to interrogate the range of different approaches to, and perspectives on, these issues, as well as the ability to understand how they interact.

Students on the BA programme often choose more human geography oriented modules, and the core modules for this degree are focused more in this area, but you have the option to also take physical geography modules, and maintaining a balance between the two areas of geography is an option many of our students pursue. You can also take up to two 15 credit modules per year from other subjects so you can maintain an interest in another discipline as part of your BA Geography degree. We will guide you in your module choice to ensure that you choose modules which complement each other and follow a pathway which will help you to gain skills and knowledge relevant for your future career.

In order to give a strong foundation to your degree all students take core modules in Year One which help introduce you to the breadth of the subject, and the key ideas which inform the rest of the course. Core modules include Study Skills and GIS, New Horizons in Human Geography, Human Geography through Merseyside (includes practical and field work), Research Frontiers in Human Geography and also Living with Environmental Change.

In addition, you can choose other optional modules from within human and physical geography, or from other disciplines including Sociology, Planning, Politics, History, Modern Languages, Management, Psychology, Archaeology, Irish Studies, Oceanography, Earth Sciences and Life Sciences, amongst many others.

In Year Two, skills development is a central part of the course, with core modules in Research Skills, Statistics for Social Scientists, Principles and Theory in Geography and a field class. You can then choose additional modules from a range of human geography specialisms including Population and Societies, Rural Geographies, Social and Cultural Geographies, Applied GIS and Modelling, and Political Economies of Globalisation. You also have the flexibility to choose physical geography modules along with options from outside the discipline.

In Year Three, you will complete an independent dissertation, which brings together the skills and techniques learnt in the degree to produce a piece of academic research. Amongst several specialist human geography modules at Year Three (including Geographies of Resistance, European Population Trends, Poland: Political, Social and Cultural Geographies since 1939, Post-colonial Geographies, and Geographies of Energy and Natural Resources) there are opportunities for overseas field study in destinations such as Barcelona, Santa Cruz (California) and Singapore.

Programme structure

Programme Year One

Five core modules

Study Skills and GIS (includes residential field weekend)
Research Frontiers in Human Geography
Human Geography through Merseyside (includes practical and field work)
New Horizons in Human Geography
Living with Environmental Change

Plus three optional modules

Ecology and Conservation
Town and Country Planning: An Introduction
Contemporary Town Planning
Urban and Environmental Economics
Social Change and Social Policy In Contemporary Society 1
Social Change and Social Policy In Contemporary Society 2: Changing Inequalities
Foundations in International Politics
Experiments in Physical Geography 1 (one day per week)
Changes in Earth Surface Processes (includes 5-6 days fieldwork)
Experiments in Physical Geography 2 (one day per week)

Programme Year Two

Four core modules

Research Skills
Principles and Theory in Geography
Statistics for Social Scientists
Field Class (Edinburgh, Glasgow or Cardiff)

Plus Three optional modules

Political Economies of Globalisation
Population and Societies
Rural Geographies
Social and Cultural Geographies
An introduction to Environmental History
GIS for Human Geography
Quaternary Environmental Change
Soils, Slopes and the Environment
Catchment Hydrology
Climatology
Geomorphology: Ice, Sea and Air
Cities and Regions
Environmental Sustainability
Urban Sociology
Comparing Welfare States
Deviance, Youth and Culture
Strategic Plan Making
Urban Design: An Introduction to Place Making

Students may also take up to two 15 credit modules from outside Geography. Popular choices include:

Cities and Regions
Environmental Sustainability
Urban Sociology
Comparing Welfare States
Crime, Deviance and Culture

Programme Year Three

One core module

Geography Dissertation or Geography Work-based Dissertation

One optional field class module:

Singapore, Barcelona or Santa Cruz, California

Choose six of the following (four if taking the optional field class module):

European Population Trends
Postcolonial Geographies
Poland: Political, Social and Cultural Geographies since 1939
Geographies of Resistance
Issues in Geography
Natural Hazards and Society
Geographies of Energy and Natural Resources
Geographic Data Science
Human-Environment Interactions
Climate Change: A Critical Review
Coastal Environments: Spatial and Temporal Change
Fluvial Environments
Understanding Social Exclusion
The Cultural Economy of Cities
Gender, the Body and Identity
Race, Community and Identity
Architecture and Power: Prisons, Parliament and Courts
Politics of the Environment
Peace Activism in Northern Ireland

Career opportunities

Combined with the high regard in which our qualifications are held, this has enabled recent graduates to embark on rewarding careers with a broad range of public and private sector organisations. Some are putting their geographical knowledge to direct use working in jobs such as environment assistant for the Environment Agency, ranger, government researcher, resource planner and in business development. Other graduates are putting the transferable skills they have gained into practice in careers such as accountancy, teaching and management, and a significant number join graduate training programmes in major organisations.

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