University of Reading

Degree level: Undergraduate

Geography and Economics (Regional Science) with Professional Experience

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Course summary

Explore concepts of economics and human geography – from globalisation, consumerism and sustainability, to the handling of epidemics and political and economic responses to climate change – with our BSc Geography and Economics (Regional Science) with Professional Experience degree. This interdisciplinary, four-year degree, led by experts from the Department of Geography and Environmental Science and the Department of Economics, examines issues that dominate the news and shape the world in which we live. An integrated placement year between your second and final year enables you to gain valuable real-world experience in the workplace. You’ll address challenges across a range of scales – local, regional, national and global – from the spatial implications of economic processes, to the economic impact of social processes. Develop your knowledge and expertise as you critically analyse:

  • how resources are allocated and used, and the consequences for social and economic wellbeing
  • the impact of consumerism and sustainability
  • issues of work, employment and development
  • how neighbourhoods and urban spaces are regenerated
  • the application of micro-economics and macro-economics to globalisation
We’ll support you to develop subject-specific and transferable skills, including:
  • GIS and remote sensing
  • modelling and cartography
  • statistical and numerical analyses
  • research techniques, including quantitative analysis, interviewing and ethnographic approaches
  • teamwork, communication, and leadership
Throughout your degree, you’ll have the opportunity to shape your learning and follow your individual interests through our wide range of optional modules. Professional experience This degree includes an integrated year in industry – between your second and final year – enabling you to experience the workplace, develop your skills, and gain insight into possible future careers. Previous students have applied for placements with the Government Economic Service, supporting professional economists in a range of government departments, or joined accountancy or consulting firms to gain experience in the private sector. Students have recently worked with organisations such as:
  • The Environment Agency
  • The Earth Trust
  • Department of Education
  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
  • Bank of England
  • Deloitte
  • NHS England
  • IBM
Your placement will be supported by our dedicaed placement team, and you will also benefit from staff links with industry, including NGOs, local authorities and government departments.


The following modules have been approved in principle for delivery in 2024/25. Please note that as part of our current curriculum improvement process, all modules require final University approval and may be subject to change. Core modules for this course: Global Challenges; Geographical Imaginaries; Approaching Human Geography; Principles of Economics 1; Principles of Economics 2; Quantitative Methods and Data Analysis; Intermediate Microeconomics; Intermediate Macroeconomics; Skills Training and Project Design; Living Together: Social and Cultural Geographies; Professional Placement Year; Dissertation The University cannot guarantee that all optional modules will be available to all students who may wish to take them. Further information about the content of final approved modules will be available between May and July 2023. We suggest that you regularly revisit this webpage during this time to ensure you have the most up-to-date information regarding the modules offered on this programme.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Contextual offers for this programme are typically two grades beneath our standard entry requirement, e.g. BCC.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6.5We require a minimum score of 6.5 overall with at least 5.5 in each element of the test (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing).
TOEFL (iBT)88We require a minimum score of 88 overall with no less than 17 in Listening and Writing, 18 in Reading and 20 in Speaking.
Cambridge English AdvancedBWe require a grade B or a score of 176 overall with no element less than 162.
Cambridge English ProficiencyCWe require a grade C or a score of 176 overall with no element less than 162.
PTE Academic69We require a minimum score of 69 overall with at least 59 in each element of the test (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing).
Institution's Own TestTest of English for Educational Purposes (TEEP). We require a minimum score of 6.5 overall with at least 5.5 in each element of the test (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing).
Trinity ISEMeritWe require a Merit in each element from ISE II. If you take ISE III or ISE IV, we require a Pass in each element.

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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
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £22350 Year 1
International £22350 Year 1

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