Major in Human Geography

BA, 3-4 years

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

Course Description

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.

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.


Key Facts
Typical offer
ABB
UCAS code
L702
Start date
September 2018
Department
Geography
Contact

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

Course enquiries
+44 (0)116 252 3822/3823
geogadmin@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

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

Core modules

Option modules

Choose two option modules from:

Plus either Political Geography: Space, Territory and Power or Geographical Information Science

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

Please be aware that not all the institutions listed below may offer appropriate modules in both physical and/or human geography.

The Department of Geography at Leicester has links with several European universities, administered through the European Erasmus scheme. 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. (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. 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

Modules

Choose one option module from:

Plus three 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. Optional field courses in Year 3 do come with an additional cost although there are bursaries available.

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.


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.

Overall workload

Typical workload hours for Geography courses in 2016/17:

Year 1: 17% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 204 hours
  • Independent learning: 996 hours

Year 2: 19% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 228 hours
  • Independent learning: 972 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: 11% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 132 hours
  • Independent learning: 1068 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.

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. 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.

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.
  • GCSE: Maths Grade C, English Language Grade C
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass relevant diploma with a minimum of 45 credits at level 3, 30 of which must be 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. 

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.

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 2018

    • £9,250 in your first year. After 2018/19, the tuition fee you pay may increase annually in line with inflation and is subject to government regulations.
    • Year Abroad: your fee will be £1,250 for that year.

      Find out more about scholarships and funding.

       

    • Starting in 2018

      • £15,980 per year
      • Year Abroad: your fee will be £3,995 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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