Human Geography BA, 3-4 years

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Course information

Typical offer ABB

UK/EU fee £9,250

UCAS code L720

International fee £17,450

Institute code L34

Taught by Geography

On this degree, you'll study some of the most pressing global and environmental challenges of our time, with particular focus on human, digital and environmental geographies

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Course description

Course description

This degree is perfect for you if you want to focus exclusively on the social science elements of geography involving human, digital and environmental geographies.

This degree involves no physical geography, although there are options available at the interface of physical and human geography exploring, for example, climate change. It also allows you to supplement your geography studies with modules in Sociology, Politics or Modern Languages.

As you progress through the programme you will study options that explore some of the most pressing contemporary geographical challenges including: international migration and how this shapes us and the places where we live, environmental governance and justice, gentrification, sustainability, energy and food security, and critical development geographies. Throughout your degree there will be an emphasis on gaining practical skills and putting them to use in a critical manner in exciting fieldwork locations in the UK and around the world. You will receive all of the training needed to carry out independent research in a range of contexts.

If you like the sound of this degree but don't want to ignore physical geography, you should consider the Geography BA.

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Entry requirements

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.
  • GCSE: Grade C/4 in English Language and Maths.
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass relevant diploma with a minimum of 45 credits at level 3, 30 of which must be at Distinction.
  • BTEC Nationals: Pass Diploma with DDM.
  • International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 30 points. Minimum of 3 in HL Maths, or 4 in SL Maths, or 5 in Maths Studies required if Grade C/4 not held at GCSE. Minimum of 4 in English Language required if grade C/4 not held at GCSE.

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 – Society and Culture run by the Global Study Centre. The GSC provides academic 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

When considering your application, we will look for evidence that you will be able to fulfil the objectives of the course and achieve the standards required. We will take into account a range of factors including previous exam results.

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.

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Fees and funding

Fees and funding

UK and EU Students

Starting in 2020

  • £9,250 in your first year. Tuition fees are subject to government regulations and may change in future years
  • Year Abroad: your fee will be £1,250 for that year
  • Year in Industry: your fee will be 15% of the full-time tuition fee that applies in that year

Find out more about scholarships and funding.

Additional costs

If you choose the field trip to Berlin as one of your third year option modules, the cost is expected to be about £500.

International Students

Starting in 2020

  • £17,450 per year
  • Year Abroad: £4,362.50, which is 25% of the full-time tuition fee
  • Year in Industry: £2,617.50, which is 15% of the full-time tuition fee

Find out more about scholarships and funding.

Additional costs

If you choose the field trip to Berlin as one of your third year option modules, the cost is expected to be about £500.

Careers and employability

Careers and employability

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

The 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 and the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission.

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.

Related courses

Related courses

Sustainable Development Goals

Sustainable Development Goals

We are committed to providing skills and knowledge to help prepare you tackle global challenges. We have mapped our undergraduate degrees for learning which aligns to the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals.

This degree includes learning which relates to the following UN Sustainable Development Goals:

Find out more about the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Course structure

Year 1

Year 1

Since this is a solely human geography degree, you will take no modules in physical geography and will take supplementary modules in Politics, Sociology or Modern Languages. Please note that the number of Geographers taking some supplementary subjects may be subject to a cap in numbers.

Core modules

Option modules

Semester 1

Semester 2

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, such as environmental justice, gentrification, and the politics of development. Your second year will involve a field trip to Vancouver, Canada.

Core modules

Option modules

Choose five option modules from:

Plus a range of modules in other subjects. The precise selection of these modules is still to be confirmed.

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 or in Industry (optional)

Year Abroad or in Industry (optional)

If you want to, you can spend your third year studying abroad at one of our partner institutions or working in an industrial placement (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 or on an industrial placement 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.

Year Abroad

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. Please see the list of institutions with which we have links, for where you could go on a year abroad. Find out more from our Global Opportunities team.

Year in Industry

A Year in Industry gives you the opportunity to stand out from the crowd when it comes to applying for graduate jobs with work experience incorporated into your programme of study. If this is for you, in Year 2 you will take a module in which we prepare you for that year in work and support you with your search for a placement in an industry or organisation relevant to your career aspirations. After your year in industry you will return to university for your final year of study.

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 final year incorporates a blend of teaching and independent research. You will select a topic to research in your dissertation and choose from a wide range of optional modules.


Choose two option modules from:

 Then 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.

Why Leicester?

Job prospects are excellent: 97% of our Geography students are employed (or studying for a Masters degree) six months after graduating. (DLHE)

Our field trips will take you to some amazing places. All first and second year field trips are funded by the University, including opportunities to explore the human geography of Vancouver in Canada (BA degrees) or the physical geography of Almeria in Spain (BSc degrees).

In your final year there are optional field trips to fantastic locations such as Berlin, Death Valley and the Amazon rainforest, with bursaries available to help with travel costs.

You will definitely want to join the Students' Union's Geography Society which offers a great mix of academic support and social events. Leicester GeogSoc is affiliated to EGEA, a massive European network providing great opportunities for exchanges and professional development.

Geography at Leicester

As part of his course, Michael used industry-standard GIS and remote-sensing applications.

Teaching and learning


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 BA or Human Geography BA, your field trips can include:

Sheffield (Year 1)

On this residential field trip you will study Sheffield's fascinating environmental and industrial heritage, involving some urban exploration and training in creative visual methods.

Vancouver (Year 2)

Fly to Vancouver to examine questions such as multiculturalism, gentrification, migration and settlement in the city. This week-long residential field course includes a variety of day trips to interrogate the composition and evolution of a truly global city.

Berlin (Year 3)

The Berlin field course is an optional course aimed at students taking the BA in Geography or the BA in Human Geography. It explores how the location of Berlin has shaped its place within geopolitical conflicts over centuries. The field course examines how the Berlin Wall is commemorated, and also how Cold War geopolitics continues to shape life in the city. The module is an opportunity to apply critical and creative geographical approaches to researching the politics of housing and migration in Berlin.


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.

Independent learning

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.

Your contact hours will depend on the option modules you select. You can see details of the contact hours on individual module pages.

Academic support

Our Student Learning Development Team provides help in the following areas:

  • study and exam skills
  • academic writing
  • presentations
  • dissertations
  • 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.

Teaching staff

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. Our teaching is informed by the research we do. You can learn more about our staff by visiting our staff profiles.

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