University of Kent

Degree level: Undergraduate

Human Geography with a Year in Professional Practice

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Course summary

You can be one of the next generation of geographers preparing to address the challenges facing the modern world. Expand your theoretical knowledge and develop practical field, research, and work-related skills. Extend beyond the traditional foundations of Geography and address contemporary social and environmental issues. Overview Examine why the world is changing so quickly and how these changes affect the environment, cultures and economies at local, national and global levels. This course equips you with the skills required for a career in business, government agencies, NGOs, education, and development. Reasons to study Human Geography at Kent

  • Choose from a wide selection of optional modules to tailor your degree to your interests.
  • Access state-of-the-art study resources including an ecology laboratory, a field trials area, conservation genetics laboratories, a visual anthropology room and an ethnobiology laboratory.
  • Broaden your experience with a year in professional practice or a year abroad at a partner university.
  • Apply your learning on field trips in the UK and continental Europe. (Optional and residential trips may require support funding from attendees.)
  • Shape your degree outside of the classroom through our EcoGeog Society, with events such as the distinguished lecture by Tim Marshall on his book The Power of Geography.
  • Be part of a community engaged in ecological projects around the world, including members of the Kent Interdisciplinary Centre for Spatial Studies (KISS).
  • Join the supportive and welcoming community on our Canterbury campus, set among green and tranquil open spaces, with access to the world-class resources of our Templeman Library.
What you’ll learn Develop the skills and knowledge employers are looking for: analytical writing, presentations, team work, and leadership. Strengthen your competence as a geographer through field work and analytical tools such as geographic information systems and remote sensing imagery. Tailor your degree to pursue your specialists interest by adding “wild” modules from other schools. The year in professional practice gives you the opportunity to undertake work placements with relevant organisations and apply your academic skills in a practical context. Students have had placements with: •Canterbury City Council •National Trust •The Nature Conservancy •United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification.


Developing knowledge and skills for your future employment is a fundamental element of this programme. As well as acquiring generic skills such as analytical writing, oral presentations, team working and leadership, you’ll strengthen your competence as a geographer through regular opportunities for field work and hands-on experience of analytical tools such as geographic information systems and remote sensing imagery.

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The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

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Human Geography with a Year in Professional Practice at University of Kent - UCAS