Sheffield Hallam University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Human Geography

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Course summary

  • Gain flexible skills for a successful career across sectors and industries.
  • Learn by doing, with hands-on study and real-world experiences.
  • Study abroad in one of 25 countries — understanding and experiencing new cultures.
  • Have the opportunity to work abroad — with the possibility of Erasmus funding being available for European placements.
Human geography is a dynamic, exciting subject that focuses on the ways human activities affect the planet. On this course, you'll explore complex political, economic, social and cultural geographies — understanding and responding to the ever-changing world around us. How you learn A variety of teaching methods are used, creating a stimulating learning environment. You're exposed to a variety of viewpoints from module tutors and their peers to become aware of the current debates within human geography. Learning from first-hand experience is a key part of the teaching approach on this degree. You learn through:
  • lectures
  • field work
  • seminars
  • tutorials
  • case study analyses
  • group debates and discussion
  • poster presentations
  • projects based on real-life challenges, locations and organisations
  • assessment tasks
  • practical classes in IT suites
There are opportunities to study abroad at one of our partner universities with the possibility of funding through the Erasmus programme (subject to the UK’s continued participation in the Erasmus programme following the Brexit transition period). **Applied learning Work placements** You will have the opportunity to arrange a year-long work placement in between your second and third years. This gives you a real-world experience to prepare you for your future career. This may involve working with private companies or government and voluntary organisations in the UK or Europe. You may be able to study abroad as part of the Erasmus programme (subject to the UK’s continued participation in the Erasmus programme following the Brexit transition period). It's a great opportunity to focus on a career path and gain the skills, knowledge and experience to find a job after you graduate. Sheffield Hallam University has Erasmus and international study exchange agreements with over 100 institutions in 25 different countries. Current exchange locations include Prague, Paris, Neuchatel (Switzerland), Georgia (USA), Ontario and Victoria (Australia). Field trips There is a strong emphasis on the importance of developing your skills in the field, and gaining valuable first-hand experiences. You take part in a substantial amount of UK-based fieldwork, which includes local activities as well as a week-long residential trip outside Sheffield. Overseas residential field courses also form an integral part of the course, such as a week in New York, Amsterdam and Spain.

Course details


Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances. You can take an optional placement in year three. Year 1 Compulsory modules Approaches To Human Geography 20 Explorations In Urban Geography 20 Fieldwork And Professional Skills In Human Geography 20 Introduction To Regeneration And Planning 20 Key Concepts In Social Science 20 Elective modules Development And Sustainability 20 Foreign Language 20 Year 2 Compulsory modules Geographies Of Everyday Life 20 International Field Work 20 Professional Experience 20 Research Methods In Environmental, Geographical And Social Sciences 20 Elective modules Critical Geographies 20 Development, Power And Imperialism 20 Economic Geography 20 Foreign Language 20 Geographical Information Systems 20 Outdoor Learning For The Environment And Geography 20 Sustainable Settlements 20 Year 3 Compulsory modules Placement Final year Compulsory modules Dissertation (Geography, Environment And Planning) 40 Globalisation, Democracy And Change 20 Elective modules Advanced Field Research 20 Advanced Gis 20 Development In Latin America 20 Foreign Language 20 People And The Natural Environment 20 Place, Memory And Meaning 20 Sustainable Regeneration Practice 20 Sustainable Urban Design 20 Transport Geography And Planning 20

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

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English language requirements

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IELTS (Academic)6Overall score of 6 with a minimum score of 5.5 in all skills, or equivalents.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
International £13995 Year 1

Additional fee information

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2021/22 is £9,250 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200

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Human Geography at Sheffield Hallam University - UCAS