Sheffield Hallam University

Degree level: Undergraduate


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Course summary

Course Summary

  • Develop your practical skills through fieldwork in the outdoors.
  • Gain knowledge in all key areas of geography or specialise in your areas of interest.
  • Apply your knowledge to real-world problems and issues using geographical ideas, skills and techniques.
  • Have the opportunity to work abroad — with the possibility of Erasmus funding being available for European placements.
Develop an advanced understanding of human, physical and environmental geography on a practically focused course. You will combine both the academic and vocational aspects of geography, preparing you for a career in the environment. How you learn Learning from first-hand experience is a key part of our approach to study on this course. You will be encouraged to use skills taught in the classroom on real-life projects. You learn through:
  • fieldwork
  • work placements
  • laboratory classes
  • IT sessions
  • lectures and seminars
  • tutorials and workshops
  • field trips
There are opportunities to study abroad at one of our partner universities with the possibility of funding through the Erasmus programme (subject to the UK’s continued participation in the Erasmus programme following the Brexit transition period). **Applied learning Work placements** You will have the opportunity to arrange a year-long work placement in between your second and third years. This gives you a real-world experience to prepare you for your future career. Recently our students have gained placements at local authorities, wildlife trusts, the Environment Agency, Transport for London, Global Vision International and Peak District National Park Authority. You could choose a placement abroad; our students have recently gone to Tampere in Finland and Sognaogfjordane in Norway to study. We also have links in countries including France, Germany, Czech Republic, Austria and Spain. We also have similar links with international universities outside Europe, including the University of Queensland in Australia and Ryerson University in Canada. Many of our European partner institutions teach in English, but to support your international placement, or future international aspirations, you can study a foreign language. Field trips As well as our onsite facilities, we also use the outside world as a resource for our teaching, including urban and rural areas in the UK, the Czech Republic, Germany, Spain, Tenerife and Iceland. Fieldwork is important for putting your learning into context and these are some of the richest learning experiences on the course. Networking opportunities We have an active student Geography Society that organises social and academic events including a programme of invited speakers.

Course details


Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances. You can take an optional placement in year three. Year 1 Compulsory modules Approaches To Human Geography 20 Explorations In Urban Geography 20 Fieldwork And Professional Skills In Geography 20 Introduction To Environmental Science 20 Introduction To Physical Geography 20 Elective modules Development And Sustainability 20 Foreign Language 20 Year 2 Compulsory modules International Field Work 20 Professional Experience 20 Research Methods In Environmental, Geographical And Social Sciences 20 Elective modules Conservation Ecology 20 Critical Geographies 20 Development, Power And Imperialism 20 Economic Geography 20 Energy, Waste And Resources 20 Fluvial Geomorphology And Hydrology 20 Foreign Language 20 Geographical Information Systems 20 Geographies Of Everyday Life 20 Glaciers And Glaciation 20 Outdoor Learning For The Environment And Geography 20 Sustainable Settlements 20 Year 3 Compulsory modules Placement Final year Elective modules Advanced Field Research 20 Advanced Gis 20 Atmospheric And Water Quality 20 Conservation And Habitat Management 20 Contaminated Land And Remediation 20 Development In Latin America 20 Environmental Impact Assessment & Management Systems 20 Foreign Language 20 Globalisation, Democracy And Change 20 Past Environmental Change 20 People And The Natural Environment 20 Place, Memory And Meaning 20 Sustainable Regeneration Practice 20 Transport Geography And Planning 20

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

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English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6Overall score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or equivalent.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £13995 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
International £13995 Year 1

Additional fee information

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2021/22 is £9,250 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

Sponsorship information

Scholarships, discounts and bursaries may be available to students who study this course.

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