Geography (with Mountain Leadership)

BSc (Hons)

Key facts

Location:

Stoke-on-Trent Campus

Mode of attendance: Full-time
Duration: 3 years full-time
UCAS code: F8X3
Academic year: 17 September 2018 – 7 June 2019

Introduction

The only one of its kind in the UK. As well as gaining a degree in Geography, you'll qualify as a mountain leader with the Mountain Training Association.

If you’re interested in establishing a career in outdoor education, recreation management, outdoor pursuits, landscape assessment and management, or expedition leadership - or if you want to join the Armed Forces - this course could be for you. As well as gaining a full Honours degree in Geography, you’ll qualify as a mountain leader with the Mountain Training Association (MTA). It is also an excellent choice for anyone considering a career as a teacher. 

The course itself is delivered by staff who are experts in the field of geography and enthusiastic about the outdoors. You’ll study in a department with high levels of student satisfaction, small class sizes, free fieldwork provision, friendly and supportive staff, and excellent facilities. 

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

Course content

In Year 1, you’ll study core modules in physical and human geography to set the basis for your studies. You’ll develop your practical skills in computing, cartography and data analysis and you’ll start to build your repertoire of outdoor and navigation skills. 

In Year 2, you’ll complete your MTA Mountain Leader Award training as part of residential fieldwork in UK uplands. You’ll also continue develop your knowledge of a range of physical and human geography issues, as well as having a further residential field class in the UK. And you will explore field investigation, data analysis and Geographical Information Systems (GIS). 

In Year 3, you’ll take your Mountain Leadership Skills Assessment during a UK residential field class. You will also attend a week-long international residential field class, and choose from a range of specialist physical and human geography modules, such as Glaciers and Ice Ages, Global Cities, and Planning for Climate Change. You’ll also complete a dissertation or workplace project. 

UK and international residential field trips - and the costs of the mountain leader training and assessments - are all included in the cost of your tuition fees.

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 & Tutorials Compulsory
Geology and Landscapes Compulsory
Semester 2
Module title
People and Places: An Introduction to Human Geography Compulsory
The Dynamic Earth Compulsory
Geographical Skills & Tutorials Compulsory
Outdoor Skills Compulsory

Year 2

Semester 1
Module title
This Changing Earth Compulsory
Urban Worlds Optional
Advanced Practical & Fieldwork Skills for Geographers Compulsory
Mountain Leader Award (Training) Compulsory
Semester 2
Module title
This Changing Earth Compulsory
Urban Worlds Optional
Advanced Practical & 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 Project Optional
Professional Practice & Careers for Geography Graduates Compulsory
Advanced Geography Fieldwork Compulsory
Semester 2
Module title
Glaciers and Ice Ages Optional
Geographic Information Systems Optional
Cities and the Physical Environment Optional
Food, Agriculture and Sustainability Optional
Geographies of Health Optional
People, Technology and Place Optional
Research Assistantship Optional
Mountain Leader Award (Assessment) Compulsory
Advanced Geography Fieldwork Compulsory

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.