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.
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. Optional field courses in Year 3 do come with an additional cost although there are bursaries available.
If you study on the Geography BSc or Physical Geography BSc, your field trips can include:
Almeria (Year 2)
Examine the striking arid landscapes of South East Spain, investigating the distinctive geomorphology and ecology of this unique area.
The Amazon (Year 3, optional)
Spend two weeks in southern Colombia studying the spectacular tropical vegetation of the region as well as animal biogeography and aquatic ecosystems.
Death Valley (Year 3, optional)
Spend ten days in the Mojave Desert (near Las Vegas). You will stay in a desert research station and spend the trip studying a range of landforms and landscapes characteristic of this remarkable arid landscape, including weathering processes, desert rivers, sand-dunes, salt lakes and - in Death Valley - some of the world’s most impressive alluvial fans.
When not attending lectures, seminars or other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for exams. To help with your independent learning, you can access the Library and our social study spaces in halls of residence.
Typical workload hours for Geography courses in 2016/17:
Year 1: 22% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
Teaching, learning and assessment: 264 hours
Independent learning: 936 hours
Year 2: 23% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
Teaching, learning and assessment: 276 hours
Independent learning: 924 hours
Optional year abroad: If you’re spending a year abroad, your contact hours will vary depending on the institution you’re studying at.
Final year: 17% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
Teaching, learning and assessment: 204 hours
Independent learning: 996 hours
While your actual contact hours may depend on the option modules you select, the above information gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities for each year of your course.
Our Student Learning Development Team provides help in the following areas:
- study and exam skills
- academic writing
- numerical data skills
- referencing sources
Our AccessAbility Centre offers support and practical help for students with dyslexia or other specific learning difficulties, including physical, mental health or mobility difficulties, deafness, or visual impairment.
You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. PhD research students who have undertaken teacher training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Our teaching is informed by the research we do. You can learn more about our staff by visiting our staff profiles.