University of Plymouth

Degree level: Undergraduate

Geography with International Relations

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Course summary

Combine geography with international relations and discover the core principles of human geography, learnt with political, economic and social issues globally. You’ll study the relations between people, place and environment, democracy in the developing world and explore international political economies and security and rural development. Learn new skills and put them to the test with the chance to study abroad, international field trips and a placement opportunity. You will gain excellent communication skills by working independently and as part of a team and learn from our accessible, supportive staff – expert researchers in their field. You will seize the opportunity to gain 'problem-solving' experience. You’ll be equipped with advanced computer and information technology competence and expertise in other job-related skills. You will also have the opportunity to choose to study abroad in Europe or the USA.

  • Maximise your choice of option modules by studying geography as a major subject within a BA combined honours degree. Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, international residential fieldwork and tutorials.
  • Develop your understanding of the ways in which humans interpret, organise and respond to aspects in their social, cultural, economic, political and physical environments.
  • Seize the opportunity to gain 'problem-solving' experience. You’ll also be equipped with advanced computer and information technology competence and expertise in other job-related skills.
  • Examine the way political, economic and social issues affect all our lives – international relations will introduce you to key events and debates, with the opportunity to study a number of relevant themes.
  • Gain excellent communication skills by working independently and as part of a team and learn from our accessible, supportive staff – expert researchers in their field.
  • Benefit from our unique location in the heart of the historical city of Plymouth, bordered by Dartmoor National Park as well as the Tamar Valley and South Hams Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Devon and Cornwall have glorious beaches, coasts, rivers and estuaries.

Course details


In your first year, lectures, tutorials, practicals and local fieldwork in human geography will strengthen your knowledge and introduce new ideas and techniques. Geography modules introduce themes such as globalisation, population and development as well as how to practise geography. You’ll also be introduced to the concepts and processes of international relations analysis. In your second year, you’ll specialise in human geography options (fieldwork options may also be chosen). Geography modules include the principles and practice of geographical research, sustainability policies and practices, and geography and employability. You’ll also have the chance to study abroad (Europe, North America or Australia). Develop your knowledge further by exploring many important themes of contemporary international relations. In your final year, you’ll write a dissertation on your choice of geography research topic and take further geography option modules including a work experience module to prepare you for future employment. Fieldwork options outside the UK are offered. You’ll also have a variety of international relations study options including peace-keeping and humanitarian intervention, refugee studies, arms control, European security, maritime studies, Asia-Pacific, Middle Eastern and post-colonial studies. The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.

Assessment method

11% of assessment is by exam, 77% by coursework and 12% practical assessment

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Course does not award QTS

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 4

International applicants

The University of Plymouth has a dedicated International Student Advice (ISA) service who will support you from the day you accept an offer at the University, right through to graduation. They will offer help and advice so you can get the most out of your studies, and your time in the UK, visit for more information. Once you have applied through UCAS, your conditional offer letters will also be sent to you by email, so be sure to enter your current email address on your application and to check this email regularly. You'll need your unconditional letter, and the Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) that we'll send you, when applying for your student visa to the UK. A minimum £2,000 tuition fee deposit will be required before we'll send you the CAS. We're a licenced Sponsor under the Points Based System. To comply with our duties as a Sponsor, we're required to check other aspects of your application in addition to your academic achievements, for example any previous studies, financial status and your immigration history in the UK. For course entry requirements (inc. English requirements) please refer to the specific page for the course you are interested in ( A recognised English language qualification (e.g. IELTS) would be required or successful completion of one of the University's pre-sessional English Language courses. Check our country pages to find out more about application from your specific home country International fees, please visit our fees and funding pages If you have any questions please contact [email protected]

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Maths and English GCSE at Grade C/4

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £14200* 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 £14200* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

* Full and part time fees shown are per annum. * Fees are correct at the time of publication and may be subject to change. * For all information about tuition fees, please visit our fees and funding pages. * International fees, please visit our fees and funding pages. * ‘Islands’ refers to fees for both the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.
Geography with International Relations at University of Plymouth - UCAS