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Course summary

Geography offers an understanding of the processes that created our physical world. On your three-year BSc Geography degree, you will study the natural and physical science aspects of geography and gain a better understanding of climate change; both in the past and how it might influence our world in the future. You will learn how to read a landscape and the processes that help to shape it. You will also gain an appreciation of our changing world as viewed from space and discover how to use Geographical Information Systems (GIS) to interrogate and analyse spatial data. Your year two overseas field course is an important milestone in developing your skills as a researcher, giving you the opportunity to study the landscape in more detail in locations such as southern Spain or Tenerife. The compulsory year two trip is included in course fees. Further optional overseas field courses allow you to hone these skills in the unique environments that alpine and tropical locations offer. Your future employability is a key priority throughout your studies and all University of Southampton geography programmes are accredited by the Royal Geographical Society. Whatever you are interested in, from public policy to environmental consultancy, from teaching to financial services; most industries require the analytical and research skills that Southampton graduates will be proficient in. Geography at Southampton is ranked 5th in the UK in The Guardian University Guide, 2022.


Field work is an important element of your degree and you will have the option to participate in projects in each year of study. You will also complete core modules (listed below) and choose additional optional modules each year. Year One Field work Non-residential one-week field course, exploring the vegetation and stream dynamics of the New Forest. Core Modules A Global World Curiosity, Creativity and Communication Dangerous World Dynamic Landscapes Society, Culture and Space The Earth System Year Two Field Work One-week overseas field trip (compulsory and covered by your fees) previous trips have been to Tenerife and Spain. Core Modules Concepts and Methods for Environmental Management Exploring Physical Environments (overseas field course) Introductory Geographic Information Systems Remote Sensing for Earth Observation Year Three Field work Optional field trips further afield. Previous trips have been to Switzerland and Cambodia Core Modules Geography Research Project The full list of modules is available on the website course page:

Assessment method

The learning activities for this course include the following: lectures, classes and tutorials, coursework. We’ll assess you using: developing websites, coursework, laboratory report and essays, individual and group projects, oral presentations and written and practical exams.

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

GCSE :Applicants must hold GCSE English language (or GCSE English) (minimum grade 4/C) and mathematics (minimum grade 4/C). We are committed to ensuring that all learners with the potential to succeed, regardless of their background, are encouraged to apply to study with us. The additional information gained through contextual data allows us to recognise a learner’s potential to succeed in the context of their background and experience. Applicants who are highlighted in this way will be made an offer which is lower than the typical offer for that programme.

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English language requirements

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IELTS (Academic)6.5with no component below 6.0

All programmes at the University of Southampton are taught and assessed in the medium of English (other than those in modern foreign languages). Therefore, all applicants must demonstrate they possess at least a minimum standard of English language proficiency.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £27400 Year 1
International £27400 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1

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