Human Geography, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
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  • English (take IELTS)
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This course provides an opportunity to explore the fascinating and diverse field of contemporary human geography at an advanced level, most notably in the areas of urban, cultural, economic and geopolitics. The Human Geography programme is offered at the Royal Holloway University of London.
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  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding


Students learn through lectures, laboratory, seminar and field training and whilst the aim of this degree scheme is to focus on human geography, students may choose some of their courses in more physical geography disciplines if they wish, to enable focus to move to the role of people in their environment. Suitable courses exist in both second and third year on environmental management themes

This course provides an opportunity to explore the fascinating and diverse field of contemporary human geography at an advanced level, most notably in the areas of urban, cultural, economic and geopolitics. The Human Geography programme is offered at the Royal Holloway University of London.

On this course students acquire an impressive portfolio of learning experiences and skills which make them highly attractive to a wide range of future employers.

Why choose this course?
  • Outstanding, state-of-the-art facilities for both human and physical geography, and some of the most modern research amenities of any department in the country.
  • The Geography Department is consistently ranked highly and many members of academic staff are acknowledged as international experts in their field.
  • Our tutorial system supports your academic and pastoral needs.
  • Fieldwork is a vital part of the Geography degrees at Royal Holloway. All students will have a chance to experience and learn about different geographical environments in both the UK and overseas.
  • Choose from a wide range of optional course units, so that you can build the study content that matches your interests.
Employability & career opportunities

Studying Geography at Royal Holloway enables you to develop a unique skillset. You will develop a range of skills including communication through writing essays, project and laboratory reports, teamwork through regular field trips, analytical skills in the lab and technical expertise using specialist computing applications.

The Geography department is within the top ten UK Geography departments for employability. The strong and flexible range of skills you will develop will help you stand out in the labour market. From environmental scientists, landscape architects, to international development consultants, our graduates have also gone into roles such as lawyers, business analysts, bankers, press officers, pilots and teachers.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

In your first year you will study physical geography, human geography, geographies of development and geographical techniques, as well as research and field methods.

The first year develops your pre-university knowledge and looks at both human and physical processes. The second and third years allow you to choose from a wide range of options, giving students the chance to focus on sub-disciplines or themes within geography.

This can be entirely human geography, or you could choose to take subjects which link human to physical geography topics, such as landscape modification, environmental management or human:environment interactions. In these years you may also develop your studies more widely through taking courses in other Departments.

Throughout the course, you will:
  • develop an up-to-date knowledge of human geography, investigating key geographical themes and debates
  • be taught by, and have access to national and internationally renowned staff
  • develop key geographical skills in the laboratory and field, and learn how to investigate geographical problems
  • develop a range of important transferable skills.
All undergraduate degree courses at Royal Holloway are based on the course unit system. This system provides an effective and flexible approach to study, while ensuring that our degrees have a coherent and developmental structure.

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score: 6.5

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Academic Requirements

  • A-levels: ABB or equivalent
  • GCSE: At least five GCSE passes at grade A*-C including English and Mathematics.
  • English language requirements: IELTS 6.5 overall with 7.0 in writing and minimum of 5.5 in all other subscores.

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Tuition Fee Per Year

  • GBP 13500 International
  • GBP 9000 EU/EEA


Royal Holloway charges an annual fee for all undergraduate courses. The fee varies depending on whether you’re an UK resident, living in Europe or applying from outside the European Union.

Government grants & loans
Along with the scholarships and bursaries provided by Royal Holloway, you can apply for financial support from the Government to help cover the costs of studying and living during your undergraduate degree course.
Future Leaders Scholarships

Three scholarships, one per Faculty, awarded each academic year to new undergraduate students with Home/EU fee status. These scholarships cover the full tuition fee for three years of undergraduate study at Royal Holloway.

Scholarships are assigned as tuition fee waivers equivalent to the full annual Home/ EU tuition fee and are disbursed over three years of study at Royal Holloway.

You need to complete an online Scholarship Application Form before the deadline: 8 March 2016 (5pm UK time).

Before starting your application, please ensure that you have read the Application Guidelines and the eligibility criteria associated with the scholarship you are applying for.
Financial support
At Royal Holloway we know that managing your finances can be a difficult part of being a student so we'll do all we can to help you out to make sure your time at university is as stress-free and enjoyable as possible.
Student Financial Advice

The Student Finance and Funding Advisers, based in Support and Advisory Services, are available if you find yourself in financial difficulty. They are able to offer advice and guidance on financial matters, including how to put together a budget for your studies.

They administer a number of funds including the Principal's Loan fund and Hardship Funds. They can also provide advise to assist you in locating funding opportunities from charities or organisations that are able to distribute money to students.
Principal's Loan Fund

Royal Holloway can provide loans of up to £500 if you end up in short-term financial difficulty and to assist in cash flow problems. This may include a late student loan payment, delayed funds from parents or postponed money from abroad.

It is an interest-free loan, which is repaid by an agreed date.
(Please note, loans usually take a minimum of three working days to be credited to your bank account.)
Hardship Funds
The hardship fund is available to students with an additional financial need.
If you have already received your maximum entitlement of student loan, you may be eligible for help.

Please note, there is also limited funding available to Overseas students.

Applications will be considered throughout the academic year while funds are still available. Priority is given to mature students, those with childcare costs, disabled students and those from a low-income background.

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