University of Portsmouth

Degree level: Undergraduate

Geography

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Course summary

Overview If you’re fascinated by the relationship between human society and the natural world, this BA (Hons) Geography degree, accredited by the Royal Geographical Society (RGS), provides the skills and knowledge you need to help shape the future of the planet. You'll investigate how we can preserve both the natural environment and the social and economic wellbeing of human populations. When you graduate, you'll have what you need to work in a wide range of areas, such as within urban or environmental planning, the energy sector, teaching or research.

  • Use industry-standard laboratory tech, including laser survey technology, drones, GIS and photogrammetry equipment and our environmental simulation cabinet – a controlled lab area that simulates different environmental conditions
  • Create your own bespoke final year to match your interests and career ambitions by choosing from a fully optional list of modules, including environment and society, gender and development, and transport and sustainability
  • Experience some of the societies, cultures and landscapes you’re studying through fieldwork, including in places such as Berlin, Malta, Sicily and Uganda
  • Choose to study abroad at one of our partner universities in Canada, Australia, Germany, Malta, Slovakia, Hungary and France, or build experience on a work placement at an organisation like the Environment Agency or Natural England
Accredited by: This course is accredited by the Royal Geographical Society. **Careers and opportunities On this BA (Hons) Geography, you’ll learn how to sustainably develop urban areas, and how governments, business and individuals can help protect the planet for future generations. You’ll examine themes such as conservation, sustainability, geopolitics, and economic and urban development, and hunt for answers to big questions about the world and society. 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. When you graduate, you'll be ready for a career in a wide range of important fields and sectors, with technical and professional skills many employers are looking for. Our previous students have gone onto work in areas such as transport planning, engineering, civil services, teaching and research. What jobs can you do with a geography degree? Roles our graduates have taken on include:
  • geo-environmental consultant
  • transport planner
  • urban planner
  • GIS analyst
  • spatial analyst
  • operations watchkeeper
  • geography teacher
Graduate destinations Organisations our graduates have gone on to work for include:
  • Mott McDonald
  • AECOM
  • Savills
  • Bulb
  • Department of Business and Energy
  • Thames Water
  • Hampshire County Council
You could also go on to study at postgraduate level. Placement year (optional) Either before or following your third year, you can opt for a work placement year to gain valuable longer-term work experience in the industry. Placements give you the opportunity to apply what you've learnt so far in a real workplace, boosting your employability and making you attractive to employers after graduation. You can work for a company or organisation here in the UK or overseas – some Geography students have chosen Australia, Spain or Malta for their placement year. Whichever route you choose, you'll receive support and guidance. Our specialist team of Science and Health Careers advisors can help you with finding a work placement and improving your employability skills. Potential placement destinations Our students have completed placements at organisations including:
  • Atkins Global
  • Pfizer Research and Development
  • Hampshire Ecological Services
  • The Environment Agency
  • Natural England

Course details

Modules

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
  • Institution Wide Language Programme
  • Introduction to Teaching
  • Overseas Study
  • Overseas Study Research and Fieldwork Skills
  • River Processes
  • Sustainable Environmental Management
  • Transport and Sustainability
  • Uneven Cities, Planning and Design
Year 3 core modules:
  • Dissertation (40 credits)
Year 3 optional modules:
  • Climate Change
  • Coastal Recreation - Planning and Management
  • Cold Environments
  • Conservation Biogeography
  • Creative Economy and Urban Placemaking
  • Environment and Society
  • Environmental Assessment and Management
  • Environmental Pollution and Waste Management
  • Hazardscapes
  • Introduction to Teaching
  • Quaternary Geology & Geomorphology
  • The Green Economy
- 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

Course code:
L700
Institution code:
P80
Campus name:
Main Site
Campus code:
-

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.

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

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

Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £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
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
International £18300 Year 1

Additional fee information

Students who are resident in EU countries: please note that the net fee is inclusive of the Transition Scholarship Placement Year and Year abroad: UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £925 | EU – £925 (including Transition Scholarship)| International (Non-EU) – £1,800. 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. For more information about fees, go to port.ac.uk/ug-tuition-fees
Geography at University of Portsmouth - UCAS