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Frequently asked questions

What is special about Geography at the University of Leicester?

Firstly, you won’t be a face in the crowd here. We’re a friendly School and we get to know our students through personal tutoring, one-to-one dissertation supervision and our fantastic fieldtrips.

Secondly, our research-led teaching means that you’re taught by academics involved in world leading research. Geography at Leicester is home to a vibrant community of researchers, both physical and human geographers, undertaking research that spans the entire discipline. Our research passions fuel our teaching.

Thirdly, our home is in the Bennett Building and here you can find your lecturers’ offices, state of the art laboratories and a newly refurbished study area where you can hang out between lectures, study and meet friends.

I want to study Geography, but I don’t know what I want to do when I graduate. How will you help me with my career?

When you get here, you can turn your 3 year degree programme into a 4 year programme, incorporating a Year in Industry or a Year Abroad to develop skills and knowledge that help you stand out from the crowd when it comes to applying for graduate jobs.

We also have a module called Geography in Education that involves teaching experience in schools. We’re selective about who takes this module, but if you want a career in teaching, this could be a module you want to take.

We host an Annual Geography Careers Day, where you'll have the chance to hear from our alumni about their careers, and speak to industries and organisations who are keen to employ geography graduates. The university hosts regular career events too, and you’ll have lifetime membership of our Careers Service with access to support, training and information about employment opportunities.

What are my weekly contact hours with lecturers?

You will have about 12 hours of lectures and seminars in formal teaching rooms with your lecturers each week. This does not include meeting your tutor for personal tutor meetings, dropping in to see lecturers in their offices for support and help, one-to-one dissertation supervision and so on.

Are fieldtrips included in the fees?

Core Year 1 and Year 2 fieldtrips offered by the School of Geography, Geology and the Environment are included in your fees. Optional fieldtrips that we run in Year 3 are not included in the fees.

Can I change from the BA Geography to the BSc Geography degree (or from the BSc Geography to the BA Geography degree)?

Yes, up until the end of Year 1. The BA Geography and BSc Geography degree programmes are similar in Year 1. You can also shift between any of our programmes at the start of Year 1, so don’t worry if you have an offer to study on one of our degree programmes but are thinking now that you might want to do one of our other degree programmes.

Can I study abroad?

Many of our courses feature the opportunity to study abroad.

There are many benefits of spending time studying abroad during your course - International experiences can enhance your academic and personal skills and your employability.

Most students go for one academic year, between the second and third years of their course. However, some Schools offer one-semester options. You can also consider going on an overseas summer school, whether as a taster for a full year, or simply as a shorter alternative. And don’t worry if you don’t currently speak any other languages - we have many partner universities in other English-speaking countries, and most of our partner universities teach at least some of their classes in English.

We have exchange partner universities on every continent (except Antarctica!). Where you can go depends on your course and this list can vary from year to year.