University of Portsmouth

Degree level: Undergraduate


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Course summary

Overview If you’re fascinated by the relationship between human society and the natural world, this accredited BA (Hons) Geography degree provides the skills and knowledge you need to help shape the future of the planet. You’ll learn how to sustainably develop urban areas, how governments, business and individuals can help protect the planet for future generations, and how we can ensure the social and economic wellbeing of human populations. You’ll examine themes such as conservation, sustainability, economic and urban development, and geopolitics, and hunt for answers to big questions about the world and society. With a variety of optional modules, you can tailor the course to your interests. You can uncover how society and place influences decisions about transport or urban planning, hazards and analyse cultural attitudes to gender, and travel abroad on field trips to places like Berlin and Malta. This course is accredited by the Royal Geographical Society, so you’ll get the highest quality teaching, approved by an independent body of academics and industrialists Geography graduates are valuable in all sorts of job roles. As well as learning skills to help you understand and engage with the world, you’ll develop as a professional. You’ll come away as a confident communicator, able to solve problems, make good decisions and work well with others. Perhaps that’s why geography graduates earn more than typical graduates from other courses (11.6% more for females and 2% more for males 5 years after graduation, according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies, 2018), working in fields such as transport planning, local government, overseas development and environmental management. What you'll experience On this degree course, you can:

  • Gain valuable work experience on a one year paid placement
  • Travel overseas for field work in places such as Berlin and Malta
  • Study abroad at our partner universities in Canada, Australia, Germany, Malta, Slovakia, Hungary and France
  • Use specialist facilities like you’d use in a geography career, including geography laboratories, GIS and photogrammetry labs, laser survey technology and photogrammetry equipment
  • Study human geography and environmental issues and management
  • Tailor your studies, by choosing modules that match your interests and career ambitions
  • Have the chance to experience some of the societies or landscapes you’re studying by doing field work
  • Enrich your studies by hearing from guest speakers from public, private and non-profit sectors
  • Have the opportunity to learn a language and earn credit towards your degree as part of the University's Institution-Wide Language Programme
**Careers and opportunities What can you do with a Geography degree?** At the end of the course, you'll have many technical and professional skills you can apply to your career. Previous students have gone onto work in areas such as:
  • environmental management
  • business management
  • public services
  • teaching
  • research
What jobs can you do with a Geography degree? Roles our graduates have taken on include:
  • geographical information scientist
  • environmental consultant
  • spatial analyst
  • coastal process scientist
  • urban planner
  • transport planner
Organisations graduates have gone on to work for include:
  • Ordnance Survey
  • Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA)
  • IBM
  • The Environment Agency
  • You could also go on to study at postgraduate level.
After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

Course details


Year 1 core modules [all worth 20 credits each]: Academic Communication Skills; Environmental Processes and Hazards; Global Environmental Challenges; Practical Fieldwork Skills; Society and Place; Tools for Geographical Enquiry | Year 2 core modules: Research, Fieldwork and Professional Skills (40 credits) | Year 2 optional modules [all worth 20 credits each]: Environmental Change; Geographies of Development; GIS and Remote Sensing; Glaciers and Glaciation; Introduction to Teaching; Regional Economic Development and Inequality; River Processes; Social Identities and Place; Sustainable Environmental Management; Uneven Cities | Year 3 core modules: Dissertation (40 credits) | Year 3 optional modules: Climate Change; Cold Environments; Conservation Biogeography; Creative Economy, People and Place; Environment and Society; Environmental Auditing and Assessment; Environmental Pollution and Waste Management; Gender and Development; Hazardscapes; Introduction to Teaching; Practical Boating Skills; Quaternary Geology & Geomorphology; Science & Technical Diving Techniques A; Science & Technical Diving Techniques B; Transport and Sustainability; Weather Science

Assessment method

You’ll be assessed through coursework, examinations, contributions to electronic discussion forums, web page design, posters, projects, presentations, portfolios. You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark. You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future. The way you’re assessed may depend on the modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows: Year 1 students: 50% by written exams, 14% by practical exams and 36% by coursework Year 2 students: 20% by written exams and 80% by coursework Year 3 students: 7% by written exams, 8% by practical exams and 85% by coursework

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • Royal Geographical Society

How to apply

Application codes

Please select a course option – you will then see the application code you need to use to apply for the course.

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)

We welcome applications for advanced entry. If you’d like to apply for advanced entry, you need to select the required year when you complete your UCAS application.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

CLEARING INFORMATION – Our entry requirements may be different during Clearing, so please contact us on 023 9284 8000 to discuss your options

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.
PTE Academic54An overall score of 54 with a minimum of 51 in each skill.
TOEFL (iBT)7979 with a minimum of 18 in Reading, 17 in Listening, 20 in Speaking and 17 in Writing.
Cambridge English AdvancedCambridge English: Advanced (CAE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 169 with no component score less than 162.
Cambridge English ProficiencyCambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 169 with no component score less than 162.
Trinity ISEPassTrinity College Integrated Skills in English (ISE) Level III with a Pass in all 4 components

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
International £15500 Year 1

Additional fee information

Home/Islands Year in placement/industry £925 Year abroad of a language course £925. For further fee information please see EU **Students who are resident in EU countries: please note that the net fee is inclusive of the Transition Scholarship** For further fee information please see International (Non-EU) Year in placement/industry £1,700 Year abroad of a language course £1,700. For further fee information please see **Fees are accurate at the time of publishing and are subject to change at any time without notice. Fees may also go up in later years, in line with inflation.**
Geography at University of Portsmouth - UCAS