B.A. Geography

University of Portsmouth

Tuition fee: Not specified
Start date: September  2014
Duration full-time: 36 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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What will I experience?

On this course you can:

* Engage in real-world fieldwork and study some of the most pressing environmental issues such as global warming
* Get a distinct flavour of some of the societies or landscapes you may be studying via organised field trips
* Go abroad to study through one of exchange links with universities in Spain, France and Poland

What opportunities might it lead to?

With your geographical knowledge and skills youll gain on this course, plus the transferable skills developed through university study, youll find numerous public and private sector roles open to you upon graduation.
Youll be able to aim for a wide range of careers, including those in environmental and business management, the public service (including health authorities), local authorities and teaching.
Here are some routes our graduates have pursued:

* environmental consultancies
* geographical information science specialists
* working for the Environmental Agency
* working for the Ordnance Survey


Year one

In the first year of your studies, you will be introduced to the breadth of human geography including environmental systems, environmental issues and management.
Core units in this year include:

* Applied Human Geography
* Environmental Systems and Change
* Foundations of Human Geography
* Geography Skills and Prospects
* Introduction to Geographical Information Systems
* Population Resources and the Environment

Year two

In your second year, you can either choose to continue your studies on a broad basis or specialise in the aspects that interest you most. Youll also get the chance to travel overseas for some field work.
Core units in this year include:

* Geographical Research Methodologies, Techniques and Practice
* Residential Field Class

Options to choose from in this year include:

* Applied Spatial Data Analysis
* Cartography
* Economic and Political Geography: North American City
* Environmental and Climate Change: Practice
* Environmental and Climate Change: Theory
* Environmental Hazards: Concepts and Monitoring
* Environmental Monitoring
* Geographies of Development
* River and Coastal Forms and Processes: Theory
* River and Coastal Forms and Processes: Practice
* Social Geography: Geographies of Wellbeing
* Sustainable Environment Management
* Work and Place

Year three

Specialise further in your final year, with a selection of study options depending on which geography pathway you choose and the chance to do your own independent research.

Core units in this year include:

* Independent Study

Options to choose from in this year include:

* Applied Coastal Geomorphology
* Applied Soil Science
* Databases for GIS
* Economic and Political Geography: Europe in Transition
* Environment: Theory and Assessment
* Gender and Development
* Geography of the North South Divide
* Geographies of Health
* GIS in the Workplace
* Human Geography: Critique and Discourse
* Places: Invented, Experienced, Represented
* Mountain Climates
* Past Global Environmental Change
* Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing
* Regional Economic Development in the NE US 1850-1900
* Water, River and Coastal Management
* Weathering and Conservation


280 points to include 180 points from A levels or equivalent, with 80 points from A level Geography.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6
CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IETLS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

75 (Grade B)

IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

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