Geography

BA, 3-4 years

This is for you if... you are mostly interested in people and the places they inhabit and you want to concentrate on human geography while retaining some physical geography options.

Course Description

At the interface of the human and the physical environments, geography is an integrative discipline that fosters a broad perspective on the problems of today’s world and equips you with a variety of transferable and employable skills. The Department of Geography at Leicester provides a stimulating, supportive and friendly environment in which to study contemporary geography.

Our four degrees allow you to specialise in physical geography or human geography – or to combine topics that bridge the science/social science interface. Throughout your degree there will be an emphasis on gaining practical skills and putting them to use in a critical manner. You will receive all of the training needed to carry out independent research in a range of contexts.

If you choose to study for the BA in Geography you will cover both the social science and scientific aspects of geography - with an emphasis on the former. Most of your degree will cover human geography, exploring aspects of society, culture, environment, development and identity, including the effects that people have on their environment and the social and cultural differences that emerge in urban and rural spaces.

In Year 1 you will also study physical geography. If this appeals to you, you can transfer in Year 2 to the BSc degree, which is more focused on the scientific aspects of the subject.

What's the difference?

The BA and BSc in Geography each cover both Human Geography (social science; people and places) and Physical Geography (natural science; Earth and environment)

  • the BA concentrates more on Human, with a bit of Physical
  • the BSc concentrates more on Physical, with a bit of Human
Key Facts
Typical offer
ABB
UCAS code
L700
Start date
October 2016
Department
Geography
Contact

Admissions enquiries
+44 (0)116 252 5281
seadmissions@le.ac.uk

Course enquiries
+44 (0)116 252 3822/3823
geog@le.ac.uk

Department of Geography website

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Why Leicester?

All field classes in your first and second years are 100% subsidised by the University.

Our student society GeogSoc is one of only two student geography societies in the UK affiliated to EGEA, a massive European network providing great opportunities for exchanges and professional development.

The favourable staff/student ratio means that you will be a member of the team, not just an anonymous face.

You will have access to a dedicated student study area, comprising computing facilities, wireless internet, meeting spaces and information centre, as well as access to online learning resources.

Course Structure

Year 1

Year 1

You will study a broad range of physical and human geography topics in order to understand the breadth of the subject. One-day field trips around the East Midlands will enable you to practice your field skills in a natural setting.

Modules

This is the same as the BSc in Geography, enabling you to switch between the two degrees at the end of your first year if you wish.


Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Year 2

Year 2

During this year you will begin to focus on the human aspects of geography, including themes of society and culture, and environment and development. You will embark on the annual second year field trip, usually to New York.

Core modules

Option modules

Choose three option modules from:

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Year Abroad (optional)

Year Abroad (optional)

If you want to, you can spend your third year studying abroad at one of our partner institutions (eligibility is dependent on your academic performance in Years 1 and 2). Alternatively, you can opt to continue studying at the University and complete your degree in three years.

NB. A year spent abroad still incurs a tuition fee, but this is much lower than for a normal year at Leicester. See our Fees and Funding section for details.

Studying abroad is not just for people who are interested in travelling and meeting new people. It is about acquiring life skills that are becoming increasingly significant for a wide range of jobs in our modern globalised society. Whether you go on to work in the private sector, the state sector, a non-governmental organisation or become self-employed you will find the experience invaluable. Find out more from our International Office.

The Department of Geography at Leicester has links with several European universities, administered through the European Erasmus scheme. If you attend one of these, you may be eligible for an Erasmus grant if you comply with European Commission rules and regulations. If you are eligible for a loan from Student Finance you can apply for a travel grant from them.

  • For the latest information on the future of the Erasmus scheme at UK universities please see our Brexit microsite 

We have links with the following universities:

During your second year at Leicester you will receive appropriate language training in French or Spanish. (You don't need to speak the language if you go to Finland or the Netherlands.)

We also have links with some universities outside Europe. There is no monthly grant when you attend one of these universities, however if you are receiving financial assistance from Student Finance your support will continue and you may also be eligible to apply for additional travel grants or scholarships. We have links with the following universities:

American universities

Canadian universities

Australian universities

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Final Year

Final Year

Your fourth year (or third, if you didn't spend a year abroad) incorporates a blend of teaching and research. You will select a topic to research in your dissertation and choose from a wide range of optional modules, including field trips to Kenya and the USA.

Modules

Choose four option modules from:

Plus your Dissertation

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Additional Information

Fieldwork

Fieldwork is integral to any Geography degree. In the field you develop new skills and apply learning from the classroom to real world problems. Here at Leicester we go into the field a lot. Our field trips will be one of the most rewarding and enjoyable experiences for both Human and Physical Geography students.

All field courses in your first and second year will be fully funded by the University of Leicester. There are bursaries available for the optional Year 3 field courses.

If you study on the Geography BA or Human Geography BA, your field trips can include:

New York (Year 2)

Fly to the Big Apple to examine questions such as multiculturalism, gentrification and colonialism in the city. Based in Mid-town Manhattan, this week-long residential field course includes day trips to Ellis Island, China Town, Wall Street and Ground Zero in order to interrogate the composition and evolution of a truly global city.

South West USA (Year 3, optional)

Spend 12 days exploring the complex geographies of the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Zion National Park - and Las Vegas. You will learn about the iconography of landscapes; contested natures, and Interpretations of sustainability.

Students on the Geography BSc or Physical Geography BSc have the chance to take field trips to Almeria in south-east Spain, the Amazon jungle in Southern Colombia and Death Valley in California. 

Teaching and Assessment

You will be taught through a mixture of lectures, tutorials, seminars, practicals and fieldwork. All lecture material is available online through our virtual learning environment Blackboard. Contact time typically averages about 10-11 hours per week. Residential field trips are run by academic staff throughout the degree and provide extended periods of small group teaching in field contexts.

Your work will be assessed through a mixture of essays, scientific reports, learning diaries, oral and poster presentations, mock journal articles and of course your final year individual dissertation project. Coursework is mainly undertaken on an individual basis. However, a number of modules (especially field-based modules) involve assessed group project work.

Research Stories

Entry Requirements

  • A/AS-levels: ABB. Two AS-levels considered in place of one A-level. Geography not essential.
  • EPQ with A-levels: BBB + EPQ at grade B. Two AS-levels considered in place of one A-level. General Studies accepted.
  • GCSE: Maths Grade C, English Language Grade C
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass relevant diploma with 45 credits at level 3 including some at distinction.
  • BTEC Nationals: Pass Diploma with DDM.

Other national and international qualifications considered.

If you do not meet the entry requirements for this course, you can apply for the International Foundation Year run by our dedicated International Study Centre. The ISC
provides academic and English language support to help you progress to your chosen undergraduate degree at the University of Leicester. 

Second year entry may be possible with suitable qualifications.

Selection Process

Applicants are not normally interviewed. If you receive an offer you will be invited to visit the department.

English Language Requirements

IELTS 6.5 or equivalent, with at least 6.0 in each component score. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

International Qualifications

Find your country in this list to check equivalent qualifications, scholarships and additional requirements.

Countries list

Fees and Funding

  • Starting in 2016

    • £9,000 per year
    • The fee for a year abroad is £1,250, rather than £9,000.
    Find out more about scholarships and funding.
  • Starting in 2016

    • £14,630 per year
    • The fee for a year abroad is £3,657.50, rather than £14,630.
    Find out more about scholarships and funding.

Career Opportunities

We have a dedicated careers tutor in the Department to help you find a job. During term time you will also receive weekly email digests containing information about career fairs, jobs opportunities, career development courses and other practical information to help you on your way to employability.

Our second-year module, 'Workplace Geographies' provides opportunities for work experience, develops your understanding of the job market, provides tips on writings CVs and covering letters and helps build personal confidence.

Another second year module, 'Geography in Education' provides placements in local,secondary schools. Working closely with teachers you will develop skills and experience beneficial to a career in teaching.

The Department has well-established links with many businesses and Government departments, including Natural England, the European Space Agency, the Home Office, BP Exploration, Infoterra Ltd and the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission.

Careers

Our Career Development Service is here to support you, with advice on interviews, CVs, work experience, volunteering and more. From Freshers’ Week to Graduation and beyond, they are here to help you reach your professional goals.

Course Qualification Duration UCAS Code Availability
Geography BA 3 years full-time L700 Apply Now
Geography with Year Abroad BA 4 years full-time L700 Apply Now
Course
Geography
Qualification
BA
Duration
3 years full-time
UCAS Code
L700
Availability
Course
Geography with Year Abroad
Qualification
BA
Duration
4 years full-time
UCAS Code
L700
Availability

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