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 11-13 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 methods including, essays, scientific reports, learning diaries, oral and poster presentations, mock journal articles, popular science articles and a final year individual (supervised) 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 will develop new skills and apply learning from the classroom to the real world. You will work in teams to ask questions about the environment and to solve problems. 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 are subsidised 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, your residential field trips include:
Devon and the Lake District (Year 1 and 2 – core modules)
Gain your first experience of physical geography in the field, these residential trips consider the landscapes and ecology of Dartmoor and the Lake District. Students on both trips will also develop their field survey, sampling and analysis skills.
Almeria (Year 2 – core module)
Examine the striking landscapes and ecologies of the arid coast of southeast Spain, investigating the distinctive geomorphology and ecology of this unique area. As part of the second year research design module, with help from staff, you will make your first attempt at designing and implementing a scientific project of your own.
The Amazon (Year 3, optional)
Spend two weeks in southern Colombian Amazon sailing the Amazon River and studying the spectacular tropical vegetation, fauna and aquatic ecosystems of this biome. Run by staff who have worked in this region throughout their careers, this is a once-in-a-lifetime trip to a truly remarkable and unique environment.
Mojave Desert and Death Valley (Year 3, optional)
Spend ten days in the Mojave Desert (near Las Vegas) in a bespoke desert research station with spectacular views of desert dunes and mountains. This trip and its associated module are focused on desert landscape processes and the climatic evolution of the Mojave itself. We consider desert rivers, sand dunes, dry salt lakes and – in Death Valley – one of the hottest, driest and most spectacular landscapes on Earth.
When not attending lectures, seminars or other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve practical activities, worksheets, 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. This time also includes time meeting staff, such as your personal tutor, which you can arrange via regular staff office hours. To help with your independent learning, you can access the Library and social study spaces spaces in halls of residence.
Your contact hours will depend on the option modules you select. You can see details of the contact hours on individual module pages.
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.
This is a research-led degree. You will be taught by an internationally recognised experts in their fields, whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. Our third year specialism modules map closely to staff’s current research and to our cutting edge facilities where you will get hands on experience. 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.