Key facts

Location:

Stoke-on-Trent Campus

Mode of attendance: Full-time
Duration: 3 years full-time
UCAS code: F800
Academic year: 17 September 2018 – 7 June 2019

Introduction

Our Geography degree is perfect if you who want to learn about how natural and built areas affect our lives.

You can study a wide range of topics across the breadth of physical and human geography. This course will prepare you for many different careers, including:

  • landscape assessment and management
  • town and transport planning
  • environmental management and policy
  • tourism and heritage management
  • teaching.

Our staff are experts in their field but also friendly and supportive. You will study in small class sizes, work in excellent facilities and do free fieldwork.

We achieved 100% overall student satisfaction in the 2016 National Student Survey.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BSc (Hons) Geography

Course content

In Year 1 and Year 2, you’ll develop your knowledge of a wide range of physical and human geographical issues, from earth surface processes and cold environments, to urban sustainability, regeneration, geology and climate.

You’ll explore field investigation, data analysis, and Geographical Information Systems (GIS).

In Year 3, you’ll take a number of specialist physical and human geography modules to develop an advanced knowledge of your subject area, such as Glaciers and Ice Ages, and Food, Agriculture and Sustainability. You’ll also complete either a dissertation or a work placement project.

Our generous fieldwork provision is included in the cost of your tuition fees, so you won’t have to fund any additional costs. In Year 1, you’ll attend a residential weekend field course and have a number of regional field days. In Year 2, you will have a week-long UK residential field course, and in Year 3 you’ll go on a week-long international residential trip.

Modules

This module map provides an indicative list of the modules that make up your course. Each module is worth a specified number of credits: you take a combination of compulsory and optional modules, enabling you to cover key subject knowledge while developing your own interest. You must take modules worth a total of 120 credits at each level of the course. The number of optional modules you can take depends on the number of compulsory modules at a given level, you may have more choice in later parts of the course. 

Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. You can always find the most up-to-date information about your modules and who is teaching them in our module catalogue. We aim to ensure that all optional modules run as scheduled. If for any reason an optional module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Before you can register on some optional modules, you may be required to have undertaken prerequisite modules. Some module combinations may not be allowed.

Year 1

Semester 1
Module title
People and Places: An Introduction to Human Geography Compulsory
The Dynamic Earth Compulsory
Geographical Skills and Tutorials Compulsory
Geology and Landscapes Optional
World Regional Geography Optional
Semester 2
Module title
People and Places: An Introduction to Human Geography Compulsory
The Dynamic Earth Compulsory
Geographical Skills and Tutorials Compulsory
Global Challenges Compulsory

Year 2

Semester 1
Module title
This Changing Earth Compulsory
Urban Worlds Compulsory
Advanced Practical and Fieldwork Skills for Geographers Compulsory
Geographers in the Real World Compulsory
Semester 2
Module title
This Changing Earth Compulsory
Urban Worlds Compulsory
Advanced Practical and Fieldwork Skills for Geographers Compulsory
Project Preparation and Planning Compulsory

Year 3

Semester 1
Module title
Geography Independent Research Project Optional
Geography in the Workplace Optional
Professional Practice and Careers for Geography Graduates Compulsory
Advanced Geography Fieldwork Compulsory
Semester 2
Module title
Glaciers and Ice Ages Optional
People, Technology and Place Optional
Geographic Information Systems Optional
Geography Research Assistantship Optional
Cities and the Physical Environment Optional
Food, Agriculture and Sustainability Optional
Geographies of Health Optional

Teaching staff

You will be taught by an expert teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics and professional practitioners with industry experience. Postgraduate research students who have undertaken teaching training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Our teaching is research-informed and 72% of our full-time staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.