Major in Human Geography BA

BA, 3-4 years

This is for you if... you would like to combine the study of human geography with another subject.

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.

The Major in Human Geography focuses exclusively on the social science elements of geography such as society, culture, environment, development and identity. You will discover the complexity of human-environment interactions and the social and cultural differences that emerge in urban and rural spaces.

Key Facts
Typical offer
ABB
UCAS code
L702
Start date
September 2017
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

Why Leicester?

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

Our student society GeogSoc is affiliated to EGEA, a massive European network providing great opportunities for exchanges and professional development.

The small-medium size of the Department 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

  • Human Geography for a Globalised World
  • Environment/Nature/Society
  • Exploring our Digital Planet
  • Human Geography Field Course: The Dynamics of People and Place
  • Study Skills for Professional Geographers
  • Working with Geographical Information

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 the 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

Choose one option module from:

  • Geographies of the Market-Place
  • Contemporary Environmental Challenges
  • Information Visulisation

Plus three option modules from:

  • Critical Digital Geographies
  • Post Colonial Perspectives in/of Africa
  • Critical, Symbolic and Emotional Rural Geographies
  • Berlin Fieldcourse: Tracing Geopolitics in Urban Space
  • Geographies of Global Migration

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.

Major/Minor Degrees

On a Major/Minor degree, you study a core area in depth (in this case Human Geography), while also exploring an additional area (your minor subject).

Restrictions

Please note that you cannot study the Major in Human Geography with the Minor in Sustainability.

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.
  • International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 30 plus any subject requirements.
  • 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. 

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 2017

    An inflationary increase (2.8% based on RPIX*) in tuition fees and student support loans have been announced by the Government for 2017. This is still subject to formal parliamentary approval however, if approved, fees for 2017/18 entry could rise to £9,250 in 2017/18.

    After 2017/18, the tuition fee you pay may increase annually in line with inflation (RPIX) and is subject to government regulations.

    (*RPIX is a measure of inflation in the UK, equivalent to all items in the Retail Price Index (RPI) excluding mortgage interest payments.)

    • Year Abroad: your fee will be £1,250 for that year.

    Find out more about scholarships and funding.

     

  • Starting in 2017

    • £15,290 per year

    Year Abroad: your fee will be £3,822.50 which is 25% of the full-time tuition fee.

      Find out more about scholarships and funding.

    Career Opportunities

    We have a dedicated careers liaison officer to 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. Over the course of your first year, you will undergo a programme of workshops to, for example, provide tips on writing CVs and covering letters and to help build personal confidence.

    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.

    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
    Major in Human Geography BA 3 years, full-time L702 Apply Now
    Major in Human Geography with Year Abroad BA 4 years, full-time L702 Apply Now
    Course
    Major in Human Geography
    Qualification
    BA
    Duration
    3 years, full-time
    UCAS Code
    L702
    Availability
    Course
    Major in Human Geography with Year Abroad
    Qualification
    BA
    Duration
    4 years, full-time
    UCAS Code
    L702
    Availability

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