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Course summary

Birkbeck’s BSc Geography and International Development gives you the skills and knowledge to understand our changing physical and social environment, and how this impacts on the challenges facing our contemporary world, with a particular focus on international development. Led by leading researchers in the field, you will discover the multiple connections between space, place, culture, power and physical landscapes in which we live, addressing issues such as climate change, the causes and impact of global inequalities, and how we live together in an increasingly urban world. You will learn key geographical skills in your first year and then tailor your degree to your interests, by drawing from a range of option modules in the fields of:

  • international development
  • human and environmental geography
  • geographic information systems (GIS).
These modules cover a wide range of interconnected subjects from globalisation to food security, water resources to gentrification, and race and social justice to nature conservation. You will also complete a dissertation or a literature review in an area of special interest to you, furthering the development of important skills in data collection and analysis. There are many possible careers with a geography degree, and through a mix of UK-based, local and international field teaching you will acquire theory and knowledge, practical skills, and research and project management experience, all of which will enhance your employability. If you opt for the Foundation Year route, this will fully prepare you for undergraduate study. It is ideal if you are returning to study after a gap, or if you have not previously studied the relevant subjects, or if you didn't achieve the grades you need for a place on your chosen undergraduate degree. Highlights
  • We offer multiple approaches to the study of societies and cultures, human geography, and sustainability, poverty and development, as well as community and citizenship, at local, regional and global levels.
  • One of the unique strengths of our Department of Geography is the breadth of research interests of our staff. Subsequently, we offer a very wide range of courses that reflect the disciplinary breadth of development and globalisation, while also allowing you to engage with other disciplines, such as anthropology and sociology.
  • You will be surrounded by committed fellow students from all cultures, backgrounds and career stages who are eager to share their experience and expertise with their peers.
  • We have strong links with the London International Development Centre, which can enhance your employability.
  • Ours is a vibrant research culture, powered by a shared passion for learning and intellectual engagement among our academics and students. We have a strong commitment to social justice, which informs and shapes much of our cutting-edge research.
Careers and employability Graduates can pursue career paths in development NGOs, policy organisations, charities or corporate social responsibility. Possible professions include:
  • social researcher
  • charity officer
  • human resources officer
  • higher education lecturer
  • policy adviser.
We offer a comprehensive Careers Service - Birkbeck Futures - your career partner during your time at Birkbeck and beyond. At every stage of your career journey, we empower you to take ownership of your future, helping you to make the connection between your experience, education and future ambitions.

Modules

For information about course structure and the modules you will be studying, please visit Birkbeck’s online prospectus.

Assessment method

Coursework and examinations. The final-year independent literature review or research project is assessed purely by project work.


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

International applicants

If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests. We also accept other English language tests.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

We welcome applications from applicants without traditional entry qualifications. We assess by interview and application your suitability for degree level study, taking into account the knowledge and skills that you have gained since leaving formal education. FOUNDATION YEAR DEGREES Our 'with Foundation Year' route is designed to give you extra support as it provides you with an additional year (full-time) or two years (part-time) of supported study. This is an ideal route if you are returning to study after a gap, or if you have not previously studied this subject, or if you did not achieve the grades you need for a place on this degree. Once you successfully complete your Foundation Year studies, you will automatically advance onto the main degree.


Unistats information

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Student satisfaction
55%
Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
85%
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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
International £16020 Year 1

Additional fee information

Students are charged a tuition fee in each year of their programme. Tuition fees for students continuing on their programme in following years may be subject to annual inflationary increases. As well as fees, you should expect to pay other study-related expenses, for travel to and from College, books, stationery, etc. Birkbeck provides advice and financial support for students who experience hardship in meeting the travel costs of essential fieldwork or study visits. Compulsory field trips are paid for by the department, apart from travel costs to/from the venue.
Geography and International Development at Birkbeck, University of London - UCAS