Geography BSc (Hons)
UCAS code: F801
Discover the processes and changes in the Earth’s physical environment and understand the role humans play on our planet. You’ll travel for fieldwork, use industry-standard software and explore pressing environmental issues on our BSc Geography course.
Examine geography from the perspective of the Earth’s physical environments, landscapes and environmental processes. And use your knowledge of these to better understand the social and economic challenges we’re all facing.
UK and international fieldwork opportunities will broaden your horizons and inspire your research. You’ll visit destinations across Europe – previous destinations have included Tenerife, Mallorca and Cumbria. Plus, you’ll use the latest industry technology to gain experience in geographical information systems (GIS) and remote sensing.
We run tailored careers and employability activities to help you plan for life after completing your BSc Geography degree. After three years, you’ll have developed subject-specific and transferable skills useful in both the public and private sector. You might consider working in environmental management, remote sensing or environmental education.
Learn a Language
Sandwich Year Option Available
Studying Abroad Option Available
What you'll study
Pick up skills in handling, analysing and communicating spatial and geographical data, and take part in fieldwork. Year 1 introduces you to physical and human geography, and a range of environmental issues. You’ll learn about the physical landscape of the Earth’s surface and its processes, and explore relationships between the environment, people and places. And you’ll develop skills in cartography, research and statistical analysis.
Contemporary Geographical Research
Module code: GEO1055
Contemporary Geographical Skills
Module code: GEO1054
Introducing Human Geographies
Module code: GEO1043
Introducing Physical Geographies
Module code: GEO1045
Two of:Expand all
Module code: GEO1046
Practising Human Geographies
Module code: GEO1044
Module code: TLC1010
Design a research proposal. Take part in, and report on, investigations in the field. By immersing yourself in digital geographies, you’ll discover how to interpret aerial and satellite images and learn remote sensing analysis. And you’ll gain knowledge in key physical geography themes such as geomorphology, biogeography, weather, climate and environmental change. Plus, there’s the chance to take on a work placement.
Module code: GEO2080
Environmental Research in Practice
Module code: GEO2073
Research Methods for Physical Geography and Environmental Science
Module code: GEO2071
Three of:Expand all
Module code: GEO2079
Cultural Analysis in a Global World
Module code: SPY2138
Gender, Sex and Violence
Module code: CRI2025
Geographies of Vulnerability, Risk and Hazard
Module code: GEO2247
Module code: GEO2075
Module code: GEO2246
Module code: POL2003
Retail and Consumption Geographies
Module code: GEO2074
States, Conflict and Political Violence
Module code: SPY2136
Sustainable Urban Futures
Module code: GEO2245
Urban and Rural Geographies
Module code: GEO2078
Violence and Society
Module code: CRI2220
Weather, Climate and Soils
Module code: GEO2077
Work Based Learning for Geography, Environmental and Geological Science
Module code: GEO2081
Module code: TLC2000
Complete an independent research project and specialise. You’ll cover topics such as river flooding and management, natural hazards, and environmental change. And learn how to apply GIS technologies. Human geography options are also available, covering social, cultural, development and political themes.
Dissertation in Physical Geography
Module code: GEO3081
Four of:Expand all
Module code: GEO3071
Module code: GEO3073
Module code: GEO3074
Rivers and Coasts
Module code: GEO3075
Module code: GEO3076
Module code: GEO3077
Environmental Hydrology and Flood Management
Module code: GEO3088
Applied Geographical Information Systems
Module code: GEO3089
Module code: GEO3102
Critical Geographies of Modern Slavery
Module code: GEO3245
Critical Autism Studies
Module code: SPY3048
Critical Terrorism Studies
Module code: SPY3110
Childhood and Sexuality
Module code: SPY3118
Superdiversity and Community
Module code: SPY3122
Socio-Cultural Issues and Questions
Module code: SPY3125
Sociology of the Body and the Emotions
Module code: SPY3130
Module code: TLC3000
Optional modules provide an element of choice within the course curriculum. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by timetabling requirements. Some restrictions on optional module choice or combinations of optional modules may apply.
How you'll study
Teaching is through laboratory and workshop practical activities, lectures and seminars, directed independent study, dissertation supervision, tutorials and fieldwork. We place an emphasis on building your employment potential through the acquisition of subject-specific, key and career management skills, as well as the development of knowledge and understanding.
Fieldwork is one of the most beneficial and enjoyable aspects of our programme. Current fieldwork locations include Cumbria, the Netherlands and Mallorca as well as local sites.
How you'll be assessed
Assessments give you the opportunity to display your knowledge and understanding and to develop and demonstrate your competence in subject-specific and key skills. Modules are assessed by either coursework only or a mixture of coursework and examination. Exams never count for more than 60% of the total mark for modules that include an examination. Coursework includes practical portfolios, essays, project reports, field notebooks, individual and group oral presentations and poster presentations.
Who will be teaching you
We have experienced and knowledgeable staff who take pride in the quality of their teaching. All staff are research active, which means that they keep up-to-date with current developments in their areas of interest and pass this knowledge on. We are a friendly and approachable department where you won’t get lost in the crowd and we will respond to your needs.
Typical offer 112 UCAS Tariff points, including Geography, Environmental Science or a related subject. GCSE Mathematics at Grade C or Grade 4 or above, or Adult Numeracy at Level 2 or above, or equivalent, is also required.
|BTEC Extended Diploma (or combination of BTEC QCF qualifications)||Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM).|
|T Level||Overall grade of Merit.|
|International Baccalaureate (IB)||We are happy to accept IB qualifications which achieve the required number of UCAS Tariff points. Subject-specific requirements at Higher Level (HL) Grade 5 may apply.|
|Access to Higher Education Diploma||45 credits at Level 3, for example 15 credits at Distinction and 30 credits at Merit. The required total can be attained from various credit combinations.|
Please note, the above examples may differ from actual offers made. A combination of A Level and BTEC awards may also be accepted.
If you have a minimum of two A Levels (or equivalent), there is no maximum number of qualifications that we will accept UCAS points from. This includes additional qualifications such as Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), AS Levels that haven't been continued to A Level, and General Studies AS or A Level awards.
English language requirements
International students require IELTS 6.0, with a score no lower than 5.5 in each individual component, or an equivalent English language qualification.
If your current level of English is half a band or one band lower, either overall or in one or two elements, you may want to consider our Pre-Sessional English course.
How to apply
Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at www.edgehill.ac.uk/studentterms.
Did you know?
If you join a full time undergraduate degree at Edge Hill University, we will guarantee you the offer of a room in our halls of residence for the first year of your course.Discover our accommodation
The Department of Geography and Geology’s modern and wide-ranging facilities combine with a friendly and supportive learning environment to ensure that your studies are a rich and rewarding experience.
The GeoSciences building features a large lecture theatre, small group teaching rooms, physical geography and environmental science laboratories, a geology laboratory, a geo-engineering laboratory, geo-information laboratories and a large social area.
Where you'll study
£77 per credit
for 360 credits
EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, as well as Irish nationals, may be eligible for the UK tuition fee rate.
Subject to eligibility, UK students joining this course can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. UK students enrolling on the course may also be eligible to apply for additional funding to help with living costs. Please view the relevant Money Matters guide for comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK students.
EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme may be eligible to apply for financial support. Irish nationals should ordinarily apply to Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). If you are an EU student who does not have settled or pre-settled status, or are an international student from a non-EU country, please see our international student finance pages.
Your future career
This BSc Geography degree gives you a range of skills useful to both private and public sector organisations. You can find our graduates working at:
- the Environment Agency
- JBA Consulting
- Highways England
- Natural England
- United Utilities
They’ve got job titles like senior GIS analyst, graduate transport planner and air quality consultant.
You can get help in applying for roles by attending our annual Careers and Employability Week. Alumni, industry professionals and staff from other University departments will help you improve your employability.
Alternatively, you may want to look into postgraduate courses. After completing this degree, graduates have studied environment and climate change, conservation management, town planning, GIS and teaching.
Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this information, however our courses are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.
Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of professional bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.
Track changes to this course
New Modules Added - 17 January 2022
CRI2025 Gender, Sex and Violence (20 credits), CRI2220 Violence and Society (20 credits), GEO2246 Political Geography, GEO2247 Geographies of Vulnerability, Risk and Hazard (20 credits), POL2003 Political Ideologies (20 credits), SPY2136 States, Conflict and Political Violence (20 credits) and SPY2138 Cultural Analysis in a Global World (20 credits) added as optional modules in Year 2.
GEO3088 Environmental Hydrology and Flood Management (20 credits) and GEO3245 Critical Geographies of Modern Slavery (20 credits) added as optional modules in Year 3.
Change of Modules - 21 January 2021
GEO1054 Contemporary Geographical Skills (20 credits) and GEO1055 Contemporary Geographical Research (20 credits) replace GEO1047 Practical Skills for Geography and Environmental Science (20 credits) and GEO1048 Introduction to Geographical and Environmental Science Research (20 credits) as compulsory modules in Year 1.
GEO3072 Population and Medical Geographies (20 credits) and GEO3078 Popular Culture of South Asia (20 credits) removed as optional modules in Year 3.