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BA (Hons) Geography

Focus on the spatial dynamics of human societies, cultures and behaviours, with the option to also study physical geography, on a degree which involves travel to a variety of fieldwork destinations in the UK and abroad.

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      UCAS Code: L701
      Course Length: 3 Years Full-Time, 6 Years Part-Time
      Start Dates: September 2022, September 2023
      Subjects: Geography and Geology
      Location: Edge Hill University
      Example Offers: BBC (A Level) or DMM (BTEC)
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      This degree will provide you with a deeper appreciation of the significant role played by human societies, cultures and behaviours, and the physical environments, landscapes and environmental processes of the earth. UK and international fieldwork projects will focus your interests, while also broadening your horizons. Specialising in human geography, you will develop an understanding of the socio-economic and environmental challenges facing the world, through theoretical and practical investigation, as well as knowledge of the patterns, processes and changes in the earth’s physical environments to better understand key global issues. A range of social, economic, political and cultural processes impacting on the human world will be examined and you will gain expertise in geographical information systems (GIS) and remote sensing using the latest industry-standard technology. The programme provides a wealth of transferable skills, enhanced with tailored careers and employability activities across each of the three years, to help you find the career of your choice.

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      What will I study?

      Year 1 provides a foundation in human and physical geography and introduces you to a variety of global environmental issues. You will explore key inter-relationships between people, places and environment, gaining an understanding of the human and physical landscapes of the earth’s surface. Practical techniques for the handling, analysis and communication of spatial and graphical data will be introduced as you develop skills in cartography, research and statistical analyses. You will also participate in residential fieldwork.

      In Year 2 you will enhance your knowledge of essential research methods in human geography, discovering how to design a research proposal and conduct and report upon effective field investigations. You will also be immersed in digital geographies, developing your skills and knowledge in remote sensing analysis and the interpretation of aerial and satellite imagery using geographical information systems (GIS). A choice of optional modules enables you to focus on human geography themes including sustainability, migration, community resilience, and political geographies. You may also wish to explore physical geography topics such as biogeography, geomorphology, climate, weather, and soil development. An additional option is the opportunity to undertake a work placement.

      In Year 3 you will complete an independent research project and choose from a range of optional modules. There will be opportunities for further specialisation in social, cultural and political geographies, from examining socio-cultural issues, to the political geographies of migration, and the role of heritage and culture in the tourism industry, for example. You may also learn how to apply GIS technologies for spatial data management and analysis. Physical geography options are also available enabling you to study natural hazards, environmental change, fluvial and coastal landscapes and processes, and wetlands and their ecosystems.

      How will I 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 will I 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 me?

      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.


      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.


      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.


      Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information, however our programmes 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 accrediting 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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      Year 1

      Compulsory modules:

      GEO1055Contemporary Geographical Research (20 credits)

      Contemporary Geographical Research introduces you to geographical research, enabling you to identify and use geographical information in appropriate and effective ways. The module will develop a number of subject-specific skills including geographical research methodologies, map and cartographical skills, statistical analysis and fieldwork, from note-taking and sketching to risk assessments and specific geographical techniques. You will discover how to select and apply appropriate statistical tests for the analysis of geographical and environmental data and be guided in recording, analysing and interpreting such data and drawing considered and precise conclusions.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      GEO1054Contemporary Geographical Skills (20 credits)

      Contemporary Geographical Skills is a skills-based module that uses geographical knowledge to develop a range of subject-specific skills together with key transferable skills in ICT and communication. The module focuses on the handling, analysis and communication of spatial and graphical data. Core elements of contemporary geographical and environmental practice are the ability to handle, analyse and communicate spatial and graphical data. You will be introduced to the principles, uses and practical skills of geographical information systems (GIS), digital cartography and graphical software packages. You will also begin to develop a personal development portfolio.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      GEO1046Environmental Issues (20 credits)

      Environmental Issues provides an awareness and understanding of the nature of environmental issues facing the world today. Issues such as climatic change, water quality, flooding, biodiversity loss and human vulnerability to natural hazards will be considered. Through case studies, the physical processes underlying the issues will be explained together with an evaluation of management responses.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      GEO1043Introducing Human Geographies (20 credits)

      Introducing Human Geographies provides a broad introduction to the study of human geography, identifying and exploring key inter-relationships, namely between people, places and environments. The module outlines conceptual and theoretical approaches to the study of human geography. Attention focuses on the role of time, space and scale in human geography. In addition, the module introduces students to current debates, concerns and issues within the discipline.

      Assessment: Coursework: 70%, Written Exam(s): 30%.

      GEO1045Introducing Physical Geographies (20 credits)

      Introducing Physical Geographies provides an overview of physical geography which looks at basic concepts and their development. The module outlines the physical framework of the earth’s surface and investigates the materials and processes operating there. It covers aspects of biogeography, soils, climatology and geomorphology.

      Assessment: Coursework: 60%, Written Exam(s): 40%.

      GEO1044Practising Human Geographies (20 credits)

      Practising Human Geographies focuses on the broad theme of ‘human geography in action’. The module will introduce you to the research process in human geography and the idea of ‘practising’ human geography. You will be guided through the research process, using local fieldwork activities to gain experience of practising and evaluating the effectiveness of a range of qualitative research methods. In addition, key themes and case studies in cultural, urban and environmental geography will be used to exemplify different ways in which human geography can be researched.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      You have the option to learn a language and study Arabic, French, German, Italian, Mandarin or Spanish as an integral part of this degree. A single Language module can be studied in Year 1 instead of either GEO1044 Practising Human Geographies or GEO1046 Environmental Issues.

      TLC1010Language 1 (20 credits)

      TLC1010 Language 1 is ideal if you want to learn a new language, or further develop your current language skills, as an integrated element of your degree. You can study French, German, Arabic, Italian, Mandarin or Spanish (subject to minimum numbers for your preferred language). Delivered at the Edge Hill Language Centre, the module will be taught in an interactive, communicative manner, using authentic materials in the target language. Emphasis will be placed on all four areas of reading, writing, speaking and listening. You will play an active role in the weekly two-hour classes, engaging in role-plays, short conversations, videos, authentic texts and listening materials. You will also be encouraged to reflect on your own learning needs. On enrolment to the module, you will complete a language induction form and be placed into a language level group appropriate for your prior knowledge of your chosen language. Please note, while we will endeavour to accommodate varying language levels per module, this is not always possible. While you can join the module with some prior experience of your target language, you will not be able to study a language you are already fluent or proficient in.

      Assessment: Coursework: 85%, Practical(s): 15%.

      Year 2

      Compulsory modules:

      GEO2080Digital Geographies (20 credits)

      Digital Geographies develops your knowledge and skills in remote sensing and Geographical Information Systems (GIS) which are widely used in a variety of fields including planning, health studies, environmental investigations and resource management. The module focuses on remote sensing analysis and interpretation of aerial and satellite imagery, which has transformed the manner in which geographers and geoscientists view the Earth. You will explore how remote sensing and GIS have greatly improved our understanding of atmospheric, oceanic and landform processes, helped to sustain environmental management and enabled a better understanding of the interaction of humans with the natural world. The module also extensively covers the use of Geographical Information Systems as one of the most important tool to process and analyse geographical data.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      GEO2072Human Geography Research in Practice (20 credits)

      Human Geography Research in Practice uses investigative research processes to enhance and develop essential field research methods in human geography. You will learn how to design a research project proposal using appropriate quantitative and qualitative methods, carry out and report upon effective field investigations in an overseas setting, and identify the significance of the appropriate ethical, health and safety and environmental issues in human geographical fieldwork.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      GEO2070Research Methods for Human Geography (20 credits)

      Research Methods for Human Geography uses investigative research processes to enhance and develop your knowledge and understanding of essential research methods in human geography.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      You will select three of the following optional modules:

      GEO2079Biogeography (20 credits)

      Biogeography examines spatial and temporal patterns of living organisms over the earth’s surface and highlights the fundamental processes and causal factors which determine these patterns, examining contributions to these processes by human and physical phenomena. Key themes such as the history and development of ecological communities through time, human impacts on the biosphere and biodiversity run through the whole module.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      SPY2138Cultural Analysis in a Global World (20 credits)

      Cultural Analysis in a Global World considers how we understand, make sense of and act upon cultural understandings of the globalised world. We are increasingly aware of the interconnectedness of the local, national and global, through cultural and representational forms, commodities and discourses. How do we make sense of them? How do we gain a sense of what is global, what is local, and how do we make comparative and critical examinations of past and present, and begin to speculate on future, on the basis of distinct and contrasting cultural analyses? This module will look at how both media and representational practices make meanings, generate understandings and act upon them in contemporary societies, with a particular focus on recognising the importance of post-colonial cultural critiques and critical discourse analysis as a means of looking below the surface of our globalised world.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      CRI2025Gender, Sex and Violence (20 credits)

      Gender, Sex and Violence explores the concept of violence and the various forms it can take. Specifically, the module will focus on the relationships between gender, sex, sexuality and violence, and the ideological, cultural and religious underpinnings of such violent acts. You will be encouraged to look beyond established understandings of what constitutes a violent act to explore more abstract forms of violence such as harm, denial of rights, and poverty. Criminological and social science theory will form the basis of considerations of aspects of violence. The structural relations of class (production), ‘race’ (neo-colonialism) and gender/sexuality (reproduction) will be highlighted as the determining contexts in which such violence occurs and is legitimated. Power, dominance, legitimacy, hegemony and ideology  will be key themes of the module.

      Assessment: Written Exam(s): 100%.

      GEO2247Geographies of Vulnerability, Risk and Hazard (20 credits)

      Geographies of Vulnerability, Risk and Hazard introduces the concepts and approaches used in disaster management including prevention, preparedness, response and recovery. The module also provides knowledge and understanding of the theories and practices involved in disaster risk reduction including vulnerability assessment and reduction, mitigation, risk assessment, analysis and emergency planning. The module will include the study of case studies and scenarios and will consider the differences and similarities between disaster management approaches in developed and developing countries.

      Assessment: Coursework: 60%, Written Exam(s): 40%.

      GEO2075Geomorphology (20 credits)

      Geomorphology introduces you to the study of geomorphological processes and the landforms they produce in a range of earth surface environments. The module will outline important concepts for understanding the relationships between processes and landforms. You will study the linkages between landforms and processes in a selection of earth surface environments such as coastal, fluvial, desert and glacial. You will also be introduced to the identification of landforms and the observation of processes through work in the field and laboratory.

      Assessment: Coursework: 60%, Written Exam(s): 40%.

      GEO2246Political Geography (20 credits)

      Political Geography is one of the most important subdisciplines of human geography. The module provides a deeper understanding of various ways in which power produces, and is produced by, spaces and places in which they operate. You will discover the spatial nature of political power, thereby enabling deeper theoretical and practical insights into the relationship between space, place, territory and politics. With specific attention to how power is related to and distributed across space, the module interposes theories, concepts and activism to enable you to appreciate the contemporary moments of politics emerging at various scales. The theories and concepts introduced in the module will help you to develop your own ideas on contemporary issues related to territory, sovereignty, border, conflicts, security, belongingness, citizenship, mobility and migration.

      Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Written Exam(s): 50%.

      POL2003Political Ideologies (20 credits)

      Political Ideologies explores the principle ideas, significance and impact of the major political ideologies in contemporary political life. The module first considers the nature of political ideology and then proceeds to examine and critique each system of ideas and consider the context that shaped their birth, development and evolution. You will also examine the ways in which political ideologies influence or determine political choices in contemporary societies.

      Assessment: Coursework: 30%, Written Exam(s): 50%, Practical(s): 20%.

      GEO2074Retail and Consumption Geographies (20 credits)

      Retail and Consumption Geographies examines the workings of the retail industry, exploring how this industry impacts on people, places and environments. The module considers the ways in which the retail sector has changed over time, in particular in terms of space, technology and behaviour.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      SPY2136States, Conflict and Political Violence (20 credits)

      States, Conflict and Political Violence recognises that the sociological study of armed conflict and political violence is an important and growing field of inquiry. Wars and conflicts within and between states are key problems facing the contemporary global community, rooted in the complex character of modern societies. They have been a central concern for sociological theorists since the founding of the discipline.  The study of armed conflict therefore does more than allow you to become familiar with the particular dynamics of specific wars. It also enables a series of key concepts, theories and issues in the social sciences (of power and authority, gender, ethnicity and class) to be investigated and applied to real world situations through the prism of organised violence by, between, against and beyond the state today.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      GEO2245Sustainable Urban Futures (20 credits)

      Sustainable Urban Futures immerses you in the debate about sustainability  and explores the relationship between sustainable developments and the human-built environment. Exploring a number of the key issues, concepts and theories of architecture, urban planning and design, you will study the evolution of city culture and the transformation of the global built environment. Historical and contemporary urban planning/design maps, as well as remote sensing satellite images and census data, will be used to help you explore the role of spatial and socio-economic variables in the development of sustainable cities and guide you in describing and explaining the processes which shape modern western and contemporary developing world cities.

      Assessment: Coursework: 40%, Written Exam(s): 60%.

      GEO2078Urban and Rural Geographies (20 credits)

      Urban and Rural Geographies investigates key themes, concepts and issues in urban and rural geography. The module’s attention focuses on exploring the similarities and differences encountered by people living and working in urban and rural environments through an examination of the economic, social and political processes which have shaped such lived experiences and relationships.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      CRI2220Violence and Society (20 credits)

      Violence and Society explores the concept of violence and the various forms it can take, ranging from intrapersonal violence (e.g. self harm) to interpersonal violence, institutional and state violence, and violence on a global scale.

      Assessment: Written Exam(s): 100%.

      GEO2077Weather, Climate and Soils (20 credits)

      Weather, Climate and Soils provides you with a detailed understanding of the climate system and the soil system. The module covers a range of atmospheric processes through to the development of weather systems, with a specific focus on mid-latitude weather. The varying nature and properties of soils, and the soil processes which give rise to soil formation and development are then considered. You will receive practical training in the analysis and interpretation of meteorological data as well as being guided in the methods used in the field and laboratory analysis of soils.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      GEO2081Work Based Learning for Geography, Environmental and Geological Science (20 credits)

      Work Based Learning for Geography, Environmental and Geological Science provides you with a professional setting in which you can apply the knowledge and skills acquired in lectures, workshops and practical classes, while simultaneously extending and refining your knowledge and skills, over and above the experiences provided through the mechanisms of fieldwork and dissertation work.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      If you studied a Language module in Year 1, or if you can demonstrate equivalent knowledge, you may wish to study a further Language module in Year 2. This would form an integral part of your degree in place of one of the optional modules above.

      TLC2000Language 2 (20 credits)

      TLC2000 Language 2 enables you to build on and develop your previous language knowledge in French, German, Arabic, Italian, Mandarin or Spanish. You must have either studied the prior language module in the previous year of your degree or be able to demonstrate equivalent knowledge of your target language (though you will not be able to study a language you are already fluent or proficient in). The language levels available will be determined by the continuation of corresponding groups from module TLC1010 Language 1. You will gain the language skills necessary to become a more proficient user of the language. Classes will be taught in an interactive and communicative manner using authentic materials to promote meaningful communication. They will be conducted in the target language as much as possible. Emphasis will be on speaking and listening, with appropriate attention also being paid to other communication skills. Other work will include a variety of tasks which may be completed in the Language Centre.

      Assessment: Coursework: 85%, Practical(s): 15%.

      Year 3

      Compulsory modules:

      GEO3080Dissertation in Human Geography (40 credits)

      Dissertation in Human Geography enables you to develop and apply a range of research and transferable skills in the planning, execution and reporting of an individual research project on a relevant topic in human geography of your choice. The module provides you with the opportunity to demonstrate the ability to work independently and effectively, meeting deadlines and producing a professional product, in consultation with a supervisor.

      Assessment: Coursework: 90%, Practical(s): 10%.

      You will select four of the following optional modules:

      GEO3071Natural Hazards (20 credits)

      Natural Hazards identifies the nature of geohazards and the relationships between hazards and risk to people. The module investigates the distribution, causes and management of a range of major geohazards. It will enable you to demonstrate your ability to research and evaluate information on geohazards both on an individual basis and in a group scenario.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      GEO3073Environmental Change (20 credits)

      Environmental Change develops your knowledge and understanding of the nature of environmental change from the last glacial period to the recent past. You will examine the evidence for change, consider potential causes, and analyse the spatial and temporal responses.  The module explores the major changes of the Late Glacial, Holocene and recent periods and examines the relative contributions of forcing factors, such as climatic variability and anthropogenic activity. In addition, the module critically considers the techniques and methodologies used in the reconstruction of environmental change.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      GEO3074Sport Geographies (20 credits)

      Sport Geographies investigates how modern sport is used to explore geographical concepts of space, place and identity. The module examines the economic, social, political, health, environmental and cultural impacts of sport. You will focus on the economic, political and social processes operating at various spatial scales and build your understanding of how they produce a range of sporting opportunities, experiences and modes of engagement.

      Assessment: Coursework: 60%, Written Exam(s): 40%.

      GEO3075Rivers and Coasts (20 credits)

      Rivers and Coasts immerses you in the advanced study of fluvial and coastal landscapes. The module draws on geomorphological, environmental and management issues in rivers and coastlines in the UK and around the world, with particular emphasis on fluvial/coastal processes and resources. The impact of management strategies and climate change on fluvial and coastal landscapes will also be explored. The module considers key theories on fluvial and coastal geomorphology, examines recent papers in each topic area and explores some of the techniques and instrumentation in modern research. A number of examples will be drawn from research in the North West of England and other areas of the UK.

      Assessment: Coursework: 60%, Written Exam(s): 40%.

      GEO3076Heritage Tourism (20 credits)

      Heritage Tourism explores the presence of the past in contemporary society, focusing on the role of heritage and culture in the tourism industry. You will define and understand classifications of heritage themed attractions, identify and critically evaluate the role of heritage in place promotion and economic regeneration, critically evaluate debates surrounding the representation of people, places and cultures, and assess key issues surrounding the management of heritage sites and attractions.

      Assessment: Coursework: 60%, Written Exam(s): 40%.

      GEO3077Wetlands (20 credits)

      Wetlands explores the largest terrestrial carbon store; wetlands. The module studies the flora and fauna that have adapted to and formed these environments. You will examine the sensitivity of these environments to climate change and analyse the historic, current and future management strategies required to preserve these ecosystems.

      Assessment: Coursework: 60%, Written Exam(s): 40%.

      GEO3088Environmental Hydrology and Flood Management (20 credits)

      Environmental Hydrology and Flood Management provides an understanding of input, storage and output processes within the catchment unit in the hydrological cycle. The module will develop knowledge and experience of the measurement, analysis and simulation techniques available to the modern hydrologist. You will gain an holistic appreciation of flood estimation and modelling techniques, in addition to river catchment and flood risk management, in the context of extant policies, legislation and planning.

      Assessment: Coursework: 60%, Written Exam(s): 40%.

      GEO3089Applied Geographical Information Systems (20 credits)

      Applied Geographical Information Systems recognises that GIS is an increasingly specialised and growing field, providing spatial data management and analysis to many academic disciplines as well as a broad range of business and public organisations. The module focuses on the theory and application of GIS technologies for geographical and environmental enquiry and/or application. You will develop advanced technological skills which will enhance your employability.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      GEO3102Landscape Ecology (20 credits)

      Landscape Ecology facilitates advanced learning in landscape ecology, involving the application of remote sensing image data collection and computational spatial analysis to solve environmental problems. Landscape ecology is a growth area, underpinning much large-scale environmental analysis due to its synoptic scale, the wide and growing availability of digital image data and the ease of automated, computer-based analysis. The module covers the theory underpinning landscape ecology and provides advanced technical training in acquiring and analysing various forms of imagery, including optical, hyperspectral, lidar and drone data. You will learn how to apply spatial analyses to a range of environmental and ecological problems such as land use planning, habitat assessment, forest monitoring and peatland conservation.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      GEO3245Critical Geographies of Modern Slavery (20 credits)

      Critical Geographies of Modern Slavery engages you in analysis and fresh perspectives on human trafficking, modern slavery, and forced labour. The module introduces you to the historical debates on labour and migration that led to the current international laws on human trafficking. You will critically analyse the geopolitics of several competing terminologies like ‘human trafficking’, ‘modern slavery’, ‘worst forms of labour’, ‘unacceptable forms of work’, ‘forced labour’, and ‘unfreedom’. You will critically evaluate whether and how these terms help address labour exploitation and examine whether they are selectively deployed in line with particular political ideologies. The module will provide an insight into critical perspectives on modern slavery and encourage you to go beyond these critical approaches and develop your own original ideas on how to address the exploitation, oppression and rightlessness of all workers.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      SPY3048Critical Autism Studies (20 credits)

      Critical Autism Studies adopts a critical approach to understanding autism and seeks to challenge the dominant medical model of neurological deficit. Rather than viewing autism as a cognitive development disability, you will be encouraged to consider it as a naturally occurring form of cognitive diversity. The module will examine the argument that autism has been constructed as a neurobiological deficit in a context of neurotypicality or cognitive normality. Understanding autism as neurodiversity opens up spaces for more positive interpretations of autistic people’s experiences, skills and identities. The module is underpinned and, in part, informed by, research by members of the programme team which is focused on areas of sexuality and autism and, specifically, what professionals and care workers should do when providing support for people whose intellectual disability or mental condition makes their consent – being informed, competent and free from coercion – legally unreliable.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      SPY3110Critical Terrorism Studies (20 credits)

      Critical Terrorism Studies recognises that in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, and those in London, Madrid, Paris and beyond, terrorism and political violence have become ever more pressing contemporary issues. But, what is ‘terrorism’; what does the term itself actually mean? What causes political violence, how is it represented in modern multi-mediated societies and how does the issue of ‘counter terrorism’ impact on the lives of people today? How has the ‘fear’ of terrorism come to affect our society? These are the sort of questions this module is designed to address. You will be invited to employ and develop your understanding of critical sociological theories, concepts and approaches in order to investigate these matters of great contemporary social importance.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      SPY3118Childhood and Sexuality (20 credits)

      Childhood and Sexuality juxtaposes how children and young people are constructed simultaneously as desexualised or pre-sexual beings and, therefore, in need of protection and, at the same time, young people, in particular, are portrayed as sexually ‘promiscuous’ or engaged in sexual ‘risk taking behaviour’. The module introduces you to the tensions between these contradictory constructions of youth sexuality and explores the ways in which young people understand their sexuality and develop their sexual identity.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      SPY3122Superdiversity and Community (20 credits)

      Superdiversity and Community explores the theoretical and conceptual platform of (super)diversity as well as its implications for policy and practice. (Super)diversity has slowly gained ground as an important concept in explaining the diversification of urban areas in the North Western world as a result of increased immigration and the contact between people of various backgrounds. At the same time, superdiversity research and the broader social science literature consider diversification a topic worthy of investigation in its own right. Recently the attention of scholars concerned with issues of diversification has turned to the implications that conceptual and societal developments linked to (super)diversity have for communities and practitioners. The module will analyse these implications in light of burgeoning literature in the field of diversification and community and social relations.

      Assessment: Practical(s): 100%.

      SPY3125Socio-Cultural Issues and Questions (20 credits)

      Socio-Cultural Issues and Questions provides you with the opportunity to intensively study a particular society and culture through some of its contemporary issues. The module allows for the comparative cultural analysis of a different society to the one you live in, focused around some preparatory lectures and reflective sessions and an intensive study trip to that country. The focus of the study trip will be to explore both comparisons and contrasts, and use the experience of difference to explore social and cultural issues and problems.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      SPY3130Sociology of the Body and the Emotions (20 credits)

      Sociology of the Body and the Emotions introduces you to different ways of understanding ‘the body’ and its significance in past and contemporary societies. Relevant classical social theorists, such as Bourdieu, Elias, Le Breton, Foucault, Mauss and Goffman, will be covered, as will more contemporary sociologists such as Turner, Shilling, Fraser, Butler, Burkitt and Williams. The social production of bodies, how the body is deployed socially and culturally, the socially constructed dualism between body and mind, and the relationship between power and the body, are key issues for evaluation and analysis. They will be illustrated through a range of substantive topics such as gendered, classed and racialised bodies, the body, health and illness, body modification, biotechnology, and social and digital media and the body.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      If you studied Language modules in Years 1 and 2, or if you can demonstrate equivalent knowledge, you may wish to study a further Language module in Year 3. This would form an integral part of your degree in place of one of the optional modules above.

      TLC3000Language 3 (20 credits)

      TLC3000 Language 3 further enhances your language skills in French, German, Arabic, Italian, Mandarin or Spanish and introduces you to a new culture and way of life. It is suitable if you have studied the prior language module in the previous year of your degree or if you can demonstrate equivalent knowledge of your target language (though you will not be able to study a language you are already fluent or proficient in). The language levels available will be determined by the continuation of corresponding groups from module TLC2000 Language 2. You will develop language skills to a level of proficiency that will enable you to spend time living or working abroad. Classes will be conducted as much as possible in the target language. They will be taught in an interactive, communicative manner, using authentic materials in the target language. Emphasis will be on speaking and listening, with appropriate attention also being paid to other skills. Other work will include a variety of tasks which may be completed in the Language Centre.

      Assessment: Coursework: 85%, Practical(s): 15%.

      Optional modules provide an element of choice within the programme 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.

      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

      Some examples of how you can achieve 112 UCAS Tariff points are detailed below.

      • 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.

      For further information on how you can meet the entry requirements, including details of alternative qualifications, please visit

      EU students can get country-specific information about the University’s entry requirements and equivalent national qualifications at

      International students should visit for information on the entry criteria for overseas applicants.

      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.

      Are there any alternative ways to meet the entry requirements?

      If you have the ability to study for a degree but lack the necessary qualifications or confidence, our Fastrack: Preparation for Higher Education course could be for you. This free, seven-week programme provides a great opportunity to enhance your study skills and subject knowledge and demonstrate that you are ready to study a particular subject with us, in lieu of achieving the UCAS Tariff points in the entry criteria.

      Upon successful completion of a Fastrack course, you will be well placed to progress onto a corresponding Edge Hill University degree, although additional entry requirements may apply and the availability of specific programmes cannot be guaranteed. For more information, visit

      Career Prospects

      What are my career prospects?

      A geography degree is recognised by employers for the extensive range of transferable skills that graduates have including IT and communication skills, project management, report writing, statistical analysis, group work and oral presentation skills. These skills are of great value to them and to you in your career.

      You will be qualified for a career in industry, administration, finance, marketing, local government, environmental management, planning, remote sensing, environmental monitoring and consultancy, environmental education, postgraduate study, teaching (further training required) and research.

      How can I enhance my employability?

      It is useful to consider, even before you apply, how you will spend your time while studying and make the most of your university experience.

      Optional, additional activities may be available on this degree which could help to prepare you for a stimulating and rewarding career. These include:

      • Sandwich Years – you may have the opportunity to apply to complete a sandwich year placement, usually as the third year of a four year degree, and gain highly relevant work experience;
      • Studying Abroad – you may have the opportunity to apply to spend time studying or working abroad, usually as the third year of a four year degree, enabling you to immerse yourself in a different culture;
      • Learning a Language – you may be able to select language modules, delivered at the Edge Hill Language Centre, as an integral part of your degree (for which you will gain academic credits). Alternatively, it may be possible to participate in Language Steps classes as additional study.

      Please note, the availability of these additional activities cannot be guaranteed for all students. Depending on availability and the number of students wanting to participate, there may be a competitive application process for sandwich year placements or studying abroad opportunities or you may be required to secure a relevant placement yourself.


      Tuition Fees

      If you are a prospective UK student who will be joining this undergraduate degree on a full-time basis in academic year 2022/23, the tuition fee will be £9,250 a year. Tuition fees for international students enrolling on the programme on a full-time basis in academic year 2022/23 are £15,000 a year.

      If you are a prospective UK student who will be joining this undergraduate degree on a part-time basis in academic year 2022/23, the tuition fee will be £77 per credit. This is equivalent to £1,540 per 20 credit module. 360 credits are required to complete an undergraduate degree.

      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.

      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.

      Financial Support

      Subject to eligibility, UK students joining this undergraduate degree can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. UK students enrolling on the programme may also be eligible to apply for additional funding to help with living costs.

      For comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK students joining this programme in academic year 2022/23, together with details of how to apply for potential funding, please view our Money Matters 2022/23 guide for your intended mode of study.

      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). Please see for further details.

      Financial support information for international students can be found at


      Ten scholarship winners sitting together in a lecture theatre at the Scholarship Awards Evening.Edge Hill University offers a range of scholarships with a competitive application process for prospective full-time undergraduate students.

      These scholarships aren’t linked to academic success and celebrate determination, talent and achievement beyond your coursework, for instance in creativity, enterprise, ICT, performance, sport or volunteering.

      To find out more about scholarships, to assess your eligibility, and to meet some of our dedicated scholarship winners, visit


      How to Apply

      If you wish to study full-time, apply online through UCAS at Visit to find out more about the application process.

      If you wish to study part-time, apply directly to Edge Hill University at

      Further information for international students about how to apply is available at

      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

      Visit Us

      If you are considering applying to study at Edge Hill University, the best way to gain an insight into student life is to discover our stunning campus for yourself by attending an open day. You can view dates and book your place at

      Alternatively, if you are unable to attend an open day, you can find out more about our full range of events for prospective students, including campus tours and virtual activities, at

      Request a Prospectus

      If you would like to explore our full range of degrees before you apply, you can order an undergraduate prospectus at

      Get in Touch

      If you have any questions about this programme or what it’s like to study at Edge Hill University, please contact:

      International students should visit or email [email protected] with any queries about overseas study.

      Course Changes

      Expand All This tab outlines any material changes to course content, programme structure, assessment methods, entry criteria, and modes of study or delivery, implemented in the past two years. Future material changes will be added here as amends are made to course information.

      17th January 2022 - New Modules Added

      CRI2025 Gender, Sex and Violence (20 credits), CRI2220 Violence and Society (20 credits), GEO2246 Political Geography (20 credits), 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.

      21st January 2021 - Change of Modules

      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.

      Covid-19 - Geography Essential Information

      Geography Course Statement

      Weekly delivery to consist of six hours of on-site teaching supported by six hours of online learning comprising synchronous and asynchronous learning activities and academic support. If fieldwork cannot take place due to Government guidelines, it will be replaced with virtual fieldwork and other appropriate learning activities.

      Teaching and Learning at Edge Hill University in 2020

      In this video Pro Vice-Chancellor, Lynda Brady, answers your questions and explains how teaching will work when you join us at Edge Hill University in September.

      Campus Facilities at Edge Hill University in 2020

      In this video Pro Vice-Chancellor, Lynda Brady, explains how we’re preparing the campus for your arrival in September and the facilities that will be available.

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