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GEOGRAPHY BSC (HONS)

UCAS Code: F800|Duration: 3 years|Full Time|Hope Park|UCAS Campus Code: L46
Accredited|Work placement opportunities|International students can apply
Overview
Curriculum
Entry Requirements
Careers
Finance
Combinations

ABOUT THE COURSE

Geography is about exploring, encountering and engaging with the world around us. It is a dynamic and exciting subject to study. It looks at how the physical world works; how people interact both with each other and with the physical world; how landscapes (both physical and human) evolve; and the ways in which the environment needs to be conserved and managed. Geography covers many different perspectives and brings them together to create a distinctive way of understanding the world. Whether your interests are more towards physical, environmental or human geography, our degree offers you the chance to develop an integrated, enriched understanding of what is taking place on our planet.

Studying Geography means you will look at a wide range of different topics and learn a broad range of skills. For this reason, a Geography degree is one of the most valued subjects among potential employers.

An enthusiastic and friendly team of geographers and environmentalists with wide research interests teach Geography at Hope. You will find that Liverpool is a great place to study Geography, being an excellent case study of economic, environmental and social regeneration, and having surroundings that include stunning upland and coastal landscapes.

COURSE STRUCTURE

Teaching on this degree is structured into lectures, where all students are taught together, seminars of smaller groups of around 20-25 students, and tutorials which typically have no more than 10 students. There are also a number of fieldtrips each year, and each week you will have the opportunity to have a one-to-one meeting with your tutor. 

If you are studying Geography as a Single Honours degree, in your first year there are approximately 12 teaching hours each week, which decreases to approximately 10 teaching hours in your second and third years. If you are studying Geography as a Combined Honours degree, in your first year there are approximately 6 teaching hours each week, which reduces to approximately 5 teaching hours in your second and third years.

On top of teaching hours, there may be additional weekly contact hours associated with fieldwork. You are also expected to spend a number of hours studying independently each week, as well as group study to prepare for any group assessments you may have.

ACCREDITATION

Royal Geographical SocietyThis programme has been accredited by the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG). Accredited degree programmes contain a solid academic foundation in geographical knowledge and skills, and prepare graduates to address the needs of the world beyond higher education. The accreditation criteria require evidence that graduates from accredited programmes meet defined sets of learning outcomes, including subject knowledge, technical ability and transferable skills.

ASSESSMENT AND FEEDBACK

Each year you will have a number of assessments including written exams and essays, portfolios, reports, academic poster, presentations and a literature review. In your final year, you also undertake an Honours Project in the form of a dissertation (Single Honours degree) or a research project (Combined Honours degree).

You will be given written feedback on your assessments, and you will have the opportunity to discuss this with your tutor in more detail.

CURRICULUM OVERVIEW

*Please note topics marked with a * are studied by single honours students only.


YEAR ONE

Human Geographies

An introduction to social, urban and cultural geographical themes and topics.

Physical Geography

You look at geomorphological and biogeographical systems.

Resources Development and Landscape Change

You will have the opportunity to explore resource use, impact and landscape change from a historical perspective.

Environmental Geography

You will explore through a case study approach examples of current environmental issues and concerns, for example, climate change and pollution.

Field-based Investigations

Introduction to mapping, cartography and Geographical Information Systems (GIS)

The Dynamic Earth*

An introduction to key concepts in geology; the geological history of the Earth, and the geological processes in landscape development.

Applied Environmental Geoscience*

You will study topics such as environmental change, environmental resources and environmental resource management.

Earth Materials*

Discover the formation and significance of minerals, rocks, fossils, sediments and soils.

Field and Laboratory-based Environmental Investigations*

YEAR TWO

Earth Surface Processes

You study geomorphological and biogeographical processes.

Contemporary Human Geographies

An exploration of human geographies such as social and cultural dimensions.

Environmental Hazards and Hazard Management*

Research Design*

Landscape Investigation and Interpretation, Geospatial Data Analysis and GIS*

YEAR THREE

Earth’s Dynamic Environments

You will study glacial or coastal environments processes, sediments, and landforms and landscapes.

Transformation/Change in Human Geographies

A look at changing urban landscapes and environments.

History, Development of Current Practice of Physical and Human Geography

Current Research in Physical Environments and Human Geographies

International Fieldwork*

You will undertake fieldwork internationally. Past countries have included Malta.

Sustainable Futures*

A consideration and evaluation of themes and debates surrounding sustainability; sustainable development; environmental resource management; climate change; and the Anthropocene.

Environmental Change*

You explore reasons for environmental change, for example those associated with the cryosphere and during the Quaternary.

Honours Project (dissertation)*

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS


A-LevelsABB-BBC
UCAS Tariff Points136 - 104
BTECDDD-DMM
Access to HE136 - 104 Tariff Points
IB26
Irish Leaving Certificate136 - 104 Tariff Points from Higher Level qualifications only
Welsh BaccalaureateThis qualification can only be accepted in conjunction with other relevant qualifications
Subject RequirementsNo specific subject requirements

INTERNATIONAL ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Specific Country RequirementsSelect your country
IELTS6.0 overall (with reading and writing at 6.0) and no individual score lower than 5.5

CAREERS

A Geography degree can open the door to a wide range of careers including local authority planning, environmental assessment, urban regeneration, conservation, sustainable development, tourism planning, renewable energy, and housing association management. With the increasing demands of European legislation and global environmental policy, there are growing employment opportunities in environmental consultancy.

A degree in Geography opens the door to a wide range of 'general' graduate careers such as business, management, finance, the police service and the armed forces.

Many of our graduates go on to train to be teachers of Geography. Others go on to further study at Masters or Doctorate level. Studying Geography means you will look at a wide range of different topics and learn a broad range of skills that you can take with you into the workplace. You will develop skills in problem-solving, data analysis, report-writing, developing arguments, working both independently and as part of a group, and interpreting data.

ENHANCEMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Work Placement Opportunities

In your final year, your Honours Project can be completed through a work placement. This placement enables you to gain relevant environmental work experience so that you can apply your geographical knowledge and experiences into a work setting. Please note that you must organise the placement yourself.


SALA

The Service and Leadership Award is offered as an extra-curricular programme involving service-based experiences, development of leadership potential and equipping you for a career in a rapidly changing world. It enhances your degree, it is something which is complimentary but different and which has a distinct ‘value-added’ component. Find out more on our Service and Leadership Award page.


Study Abroad

As part of your degree, you can choose to spend either a semester or a full year of study at one of our partner universities as part of our Study Abroad programme. Find out more on our Study Abroad page.


TUITION FEES

The tuition fees for 2018/19 are £9,250 for full-time undergraduate courses.

If you are a student from the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands, your tuition fees will also be £9,250.

The University reserves the right to increase Home and EU Undergraduate and PGCE tuition fees in line with any inflationary or other increase authorised by the Secretary of State for future years of study.

ADDITIONAL COSTS

As well as your tuition fees, you need to consider the costs associated with compulsory and optional residential and other fieldwork trips. Cost depends on the nature of the fieldwork or location, but we estimate you will need around £400. You also need around £200 to buy key textbooks and around £100 for fieldwork equipment such as boots and a waterproof coat.

If once you graduate you wish to become a member of the Royal Geographical Society, there is a registration fee and an annual fee thereafter - full details of costs can be found on the RGS website.

You will also need to consider the cost of your accommodation each year whilst you study at university. Visit our accommodation webpages for further details about our Halls of Residence.

SCHOLARSHIPS

We have a range of scholarships to help with the cost of your studies. Visit our scholarships page to find out more.

INTERNATIONAL TUITION FEES

The International tuition fees for 2018/19 are £11,400 for full-time undergraduate courses.

Visit our International fees page for more information.

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GOOD TO KNOW:
  • Fieldwork allows you to explore key concepts of Geography in a field-based context
  • 75% of the research outputs of the Department are at least at internationally recognised level. (REF2014)
  • Close links with local voluntary and professional organisations to provide work experience and research project opportunities

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