Geography at University of Portsmouth - UCAS

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Course summary

This is a Connected Degree Portsmouth is the only University in the UK with the flexibility to choose when to do an optional paid placement or self-employed year. Either take a placement in your third year, or finish your studies first and complete a placement in your fourth year. You can decide if and when to take a placement after you've started your course. Overview If you're fascinated by the interrelationship between people, place and environment, 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.

  • Create your own bespoke final year to match your interests and career ambitions by choosing from an optional list of modules, including environment and society, creative economy and urban placemaking and gender and development
  • Learn to use GIS to solve societal problems including industry-standard technology, laser survey technology, drones, and photogrammetry equipment
  • 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 examine themes such as conservation, sustainability, geopolitics, and economic and urban development, and hunt for answers to big questions about the world and society. 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. 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

Modules

Year 1: Core modules in this year include:

  • Changing the World (20 credits)
  • Environmental Processes and Hazards (20 credits)
  • Exploring Landscapes (20 credits)
  • Geographical Techniques (20 credits)
  • Global Environmental Challenges (20 credits)
  • Society and Place (20 credits)
There are no optional modules in this year. Year 2: Core modules in this year include:
  • Human Geography Fieldwork and Professional Skills (20 credits)
  • Research Skills (20 credits)
Optional modules in this year include:
  • Environmental Change (20 credits)
  • Geographies of Development (20 credits)
  • Gis and Remote Sensing (20 credits)
  • Glaciers and Glaciation (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Teaching (20 credits)
  • River Processes (20 credits)
  • Sustainable Environmental Management (20 credits)
  • Uneven Cities, Planning and Design (20 credits)
  • Volcanoes (20 credits)
  • Wildlife Crime: Threats and Response (20 credits)
  • Young People and Place (20 credits)
Placement year: Boost your employability by taking an industry-based work placement year with a relevant organisation or immerse yourself in another culture by studying for a year at one of our partner universities worldwide. This is an amazing opportunity to either put everything you’ve learned so far into action in a real workplace or expand your horizons and set yourself up for your future career by studying abroad and becoming a student ambassador for our university. Depending on what you choose, we’ll help you find and secure an exciting placement opportunity within an appropriate company or organisation, or you’ll expand your global perspective and develop additional skills to boost your future career during a study abroad year. This is a Connected Degree We're the only university that gives you the flexibility to choose when to take a work placement. Take it after your 2nd year, before returning to finish your studies. Or after your final year, connecting you into the workplace. If you're not sure if or when to take your placement, don't worry. You'll have plenty of time to settle into your studies and explore your options before making your choice. Year 3: Core modules in this year include:
  • Research Project (40 credits)
Optional modules in this year include:
  • Climate Change (20 credits)
  • Coastal Recreation - Planning and Management (20 credits)
  • Cold Environments (20 credits)
  • Conservation in a Changing World (20 credits)
  • Creative Economy and Urban Placemaking (20 credits)
  • Environment and Society (20 credits)
  • Environmental Assessment and Management (20 credits)
  • Environmental Pollution and Waste Management (20 credits)
  • Gender and Development (20 credits)
  • Hazardscapes (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Teaching (20 credits)
  • Quaternary Geology & Geomorphology (20 credits)
  • Weather Science (20 credits)
Changes to course content: We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies. Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry. If a module doesn't run, we'll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

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

Student Outcomes

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70%
Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
95%
Go onto work and study

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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 £19200 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 – £1,385 EU – £1,385 (including Transition Scholarship)| International (Non-EU) – £2,875. 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