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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.

Overview

Course length: 3 years full-time
6 years part-time
Start dates: September 2023
Location: Edge Hill University
Example offers: BBC (A Level) or DMM (BTEC) View full entry criteria
Subject(s): Geography and Geology
Faculty: Arts and Sciences
Department: History, Geography and Social Sciences
A student consults a laptop which is recording the mass of a sieve that is being weighed on a balance in preparation for particle size analysis using automated equipment and software.

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 environmental and societal 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. You can also tailor your degree to your interests, with the opportunity to select subject-specific and complementary modules.

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.

Course features

  • Fieldwork

  • Learn a language option available

  • 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.

Compulsory modules:

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Contemporary Geographical Research

Contemporary Geographical Skills

Introducing Human Geographies

Introducing Physical Geographies

Two of:

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Environmental Issues

Practising Human Geographies

Language 1

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.

Compulsory modules:

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Digital Geographies

Environmental Research in Practice

Research Methods for Physical Geography and Environmental Science

Three of:

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Biogeography

Cultural Analysis in a Global World

Gender, Sex and Violence

Geographies of Vulnerability, Risk and Hazard

Geomorphology

Political Geography

Political Ideologies

Retail and Consumption Geographies

States, Conflict and Political Violence

Sustainable Urban Futures

Urban and Rural Geographies

Violence and Society

Weather, Climate and Soils

Work Based Learning for Geography, Environmental and Geological Science

Language 2

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.

Compulsory modules:

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Dissertation in Physical Geography

Four of:

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Natural Hazards

Environmental Change

Sport Geographies

Rivers and Coasts

Heritage Tourism

Wetlands

Environmental Hydrology and Flood Management

Applied Geographical Information Systems

Landscape Ecology

Critical Geographies of Modern Slavery

Critical Autism Studies

Critical Terrorism Studies

Childhood and Sexuality

Superdiversity and Community

Socio-Cultural Issues and Questions

Sociology of the Body and the Emotions

Language 3

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. Recent fieldwork locations include Cumbria, the Netherlands and Mallorca, as well as local sites.

Timetables for your first week are normally available at the end of August prior to enrolment in September. You can expect to receive your timetable for the rest of the academic year during your first week. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week. Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities.

How you'll be assessed

Methods of assessment display your knowledge and understanding and develop and demonstrate your competence in subject-specific and key skills. All modules are assessed by either coursework only or a mixture of coursework and examination. Coursework typically 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.

Entry criteria

Entry requirements

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.

Example offers

Qualification Requirement
A Level BBC.
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, one band, or one-and-a-half bands lower, either overall or in one or two elements, you may want to consider our Pre-Sessional English course.

How to apply

Apply full-time

Apply online through UCAS

Read our guide to applying through UCAS to find out more about the application process.

Apply part-time

Apply directly to Edge Hill University

Complete our online application form if you want to study this course on a part-time basis.

International

Apply as an international student

Please see our international student pages for further information about how to apply as a prospective international student.

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.

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Facilities

GeoSciences buildingThe 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

GeoSciences

Finance

Tuition fees

UK Full-Time

£9,250

a year

UK Part-Time

£77 per credit

for 360 credits

International

£15,500

a year

The UK tuition fee rate is subject to final Government approval for academic year 2023/24 entry. The University may administer a small inflationary rise in tuition fees, in line with Government policy, in subsequent academic years as you progress through the course.

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.

Financial support

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 can 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.

Wondering where you could work? Organisations like United Utilities, the Environment Agency, DEFRA and OXFAM regularly recruit graduates with geoscience degrees.

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.

Course changes

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.

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