(Hons) Geography, B.A.

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  • 36 months
  • Tuition
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  • English (take IELTS)
University of Portsmouth ,
Are you interested in the world about you and its relationship with human societies and the future of our planet? Then the study of geography is the course you’re looking for. By choosing to specialise in the human aspects of geography through your unit options, you will graduate with the BA in Geography. Throughout the course you will engage with some of the most important global issues of today.
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  • Programme outline
  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding


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 you’ll gain on this course, plus the transferable skills developed through university study, you’ll find numerous public and private sector roles open to you upon graduation.You’ll 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

Programme Assessment

Throughout your time with us, we will provide you with the support, enthusiasm and encouragement that you will need to reach your goals. You’ll be taught via a balanced structure of lectures, student-centred seminars, one-to-one tutorials and workshops.Assessment is a mix of coursework and exams, roughly 60:40 respectively. However, your coursework can take a variety of forms, including:
  • contributions to electronic discussion forums
  • web page design
  • posters
  • projects
  • presentations
  • portfolios

Student Destinations

As a geographer you will develop a detailed understanding of the diversity and range of physical and human environments. Increasingly, specialist agencies such as the Environment Agency, survey and mapping companies, local authorities and environmental and economic development consultancies are seeking the skills and abilities that geographers possess.The communication, numeric and IT skills you will gain also make you a good candidate for business, commerce or education-oriented careers. Alternatively, a significant proportion of graduates choose go on to postgraduate study.Roles our graduates have taken on include:
  • geographical information scientist
  • environmental consultant
  • spatial analyst
  • coastal process scientist
  • urban planner
  • transport planner
Example of what one of our graduates has gone on to do:
  • Defra, Coastal Process Scientist – coastal surveying

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: 3 years full time, 4 years sandwich with work placement
  • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    360 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Module Details

Year oneIn 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: Local to Global Scale
  • Geography Skills and Prospects
  • Introduction to Geographical Information Systems
  • Population Resources and the Environment
Year twoIn your second year, you can either choose to continue your studies on a broad basis or specialise in the aspects that interest you most. You’ll also get the chance to travel overseas for some field work.Core units in this year include:
  • Research Design and Practice
  • Residential Field Class
Options to choose from in this year include:
  • Applied Spatial Data Analysis
  • Environmental and Climate Change: Practice
  • Environmental and Climate Change: Theory
  • Environmental Hazards: Concepts and Monitoring
  • Geographies of Development
  • Social Geography: Geographies of Wellbeing
  • Sustainable Environment Management
  • Environmental Assessment and Management
  • Geomorphology: Practice
  • Geomorphology: Theory
Year threeSpecialise 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 Geomorphology
  • Coastal Recreation: Environment, Development & Management
  • Databases for GIS
  • Gender and Development
  • Geographies of Health and Urban Wellbeing
  • GIS in the Workplace
  • Human Geography: Critique and Discourse
  • Cold Environments
  • Geographies of Industrialisation
  • Reconstructing Environmental Change
  • The Quarternary

Test Scores

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  • 120 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent.
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • GBP 12600 International
  • GBP 9250 EU/EEA


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