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Geography

BSc (Hons)

100% student satisfaction

National Student Survey 2019

Free fieldwork trips

Trips to North Wales, Peak District and Spain included in fees

Choose your pathway

Option to graduate with a BA or BSc award

UCAS code:
F802
Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Study option:
Full-time
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Duration:
3 Years
Start date:
14 September 2020
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Understand how natural and built environments shape our lives

Geographers are helping to tackle some of the the biggest challenges facing us from climate change and sea level rises to extreme weather and population growth.

A Geography degree will equip you with the knowledge and skills to make your mark in the 21st Century world.     

We achieved 100% overall student satisfaction in the 2018 and 2019 National Student Surveys.

100% satisfaction with our teaching and learning opportunities on the course also ensured we ranked #1 out of 71 Geography departments (NSS).

All students enrol on a BSc award but have the option in the second year to transfer to a BA pathway.

On successful completion of study, depending on your choice of specialism pathway, we will issue you with one of the following awards:

BSc (Hons) Geography
BA (Hons) Geography

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

Course content

We offer the flexibility for you to tailor your learning with three pathways:

Geography
Human Geography
Physical Geography

Year 1 introduces you to the fundamentals of both physical and human geography. This is your chance to discover which areas excite you and lets you shape the rest of your studies.

In Year 2 and 3 you choose whether to study a broad geographical degree or specialise in human or physical geography.

Physical Geography: From the Ice Age to the Volcanoes of today. Explore the formation, processes and phenomena of the natural world.

Human Geography: From country landscapes to Smart cities, how are people, cultures and communities affected by their environment?

The outdoors is your laboratory

Our three main residential field trips to North Wales, Peak District and Barcelona are offered at no additional cost. There are also lots of chances to get out of the labs and into the environment.

Working in small class sizes means more contact time with our staff who are active researchers as well as supportive friendly.

We offer the flexibility for you to tailor your learning with three pathways:

Geography
Human Geography
Physical Geography

Year 1 introduces you to the fundamentals of both physical and human geography. This is your chance to discover which areas excite you and lets you shape the rest of your studies.

In Year 2 and 3 you choose whether to study a broad geographical degree or specialise in human or physical geography.

Physical Geography: From the Ice Age to the Volcanoes of today. Explore the formation, processes and phenomena of the natural world.

Human Geography: From country landscapes to Smart cities, how are people, cultures and communities affected by their environment?

The outdoors is your laboratory

Our three main residential field trips to North Wales, Peak District and Barcelona are offered at no additional cost. There are also lots of chances to get out of the labs and into the environment.

Working in small class sizes means more contact time with our staff who are active researchers as well as supportive friendly.

Academic year

The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Typically the majority of modules are 15 academic credits with a smaller number of 30 credit core (compulsory) modules. Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10 hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity. Full-time students take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for the course and your degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6. The full-time course has one start point in September.

The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Typically the majority of modules are 15 academic credits with a smaller number of 30 credit core (compulsory) modules. Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10 hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity. Full-time students take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for the course and your degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6. The full-time course has one start point in September.

Modules

The tables provide an indicative list of the modules that make up the course for the current academic year. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. We aim to ensure that all modules run as scheduled. If for any reason a module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and will provide guidance on selecting an appropriate alternative module.

Human

Year 1 compulsory modules
Geographical Skills And Tutorials 30 credits
Global Challenges 30 credits
People And Places: An Introduction To Human Geography 30 credits
The Dynamic Earth 30 credits
Year 2 compulsory modules
Advanced Practical And Fieldwork Skills For Geographers 30 credits
Geographers In The Real World 15 credits
Place Making And Regeneration 15 credits
Project Preparation And Planning 15 credits
Sustainable Smart Cities 15 credits
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Year 3 compulsory modules
Advanced Geography Fieldwork 30 credits
Geography Independent Research Project 30 credits
People, Technology And Place 15 credits
Transnational Geographies: Networks And Global Interdependence, C.1850-Present 15 credits
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Modules

The tables provide an indicative list of the modules that make up the course for the current academic year. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. We aim to ensure that all modules run as scheduled. If for any reason a module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and will provide guidance on selecting an appropriate alternative module.

Facilities

Careers

Our former students now work across the public and private sectors in environmental management, research,teaching, consultancy, tourism and recreation, outdoor pursuits, planning and surveying.

Popular graduate destinations include:

  • River and coastal zone management
  • Town and transport planning
  • Landscape assessment and management
  • Environmental management and policy
  • Tourism and heritage management

Teaching and assessment

Assessment

Geography employs an innovative range of assessments including essays, examinations and class tests, poster presentations, reports, logbooks, reflective diaries, data worksheets, oral presentations, video reports and webpage development.

You can be assessed on project work completed with external organisations, with previous students conducting research for The Princes’ Trust, BET365, Stoke City FC, Groundwork and Stoke-on-Trent City Council.

Geography employs an innovative range of assessments including essays, examinations and class tests, poster presentations, reports, logbooks, reflective diaries, data worksheets, oral presentations, video reports and webpage development.

You can be assessed on project work completed with external organisations, with previous students conducting research for The Princes’ Trust, BET365, Stoke City FC, Groundwork and Stoke-on-Trent City Council.

Learning support

In addition to the excellent support you will receive from your course teaching team, our central Academic Skills team provides group and one-to-one help to support your learning in a number of areas. These include study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills); written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy); academic writing (including how to reference); research skills; critical thinking and understanding arguments; and revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management).

Additional support

Our AccessAbility Services support students with additional needs such as sensory impairment, or learning difficulties such as dyslexia.

Feedback

Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments. Each module normally includes practice or 'formative' assessments for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark. There is a formal or 'summative' assessment at the end of each module and the grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark. You will normally receive feedback on coursework assessments within 20 working days following the date of submission. Examination feedback may take a variety of formats. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.

Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments. Each module normally includes practice or 'formative' assessments for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark. There is a formal or 'summative' assessment at the end of each module and the grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark. You will normally receive feedback on coursework assessments within 20 working days following the date of submission. Examination feedback may take a variety of formats. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.

Staff

You’ll have the opportunity to learn from world-renowned researchers, including experts in cold environmental geomorphology, natural hazards, cultural geography, GIS, landscape science, food and development studies.

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 80% of our full-time staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy. 

Tim Harris
Tim HarrisCourse Leader

Tim's research interests include: Glacial and periglacial geomorphology, Climate Change, Quaternary Environmental Change, The Ice Ages in Britain and Conflict Archaeology.

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Fiona Tweed
Fiona TweedProfessor

Fiona is an international expert on glacial processes and natural hazards with over 25 years’ experience of collaborative field research. An enthusiastic and inspiring educator, Fiona is a Senior Fellow of the HEA and a National Teaching Fellow. 

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Ruth Swetnam
Ruth SwetnamAssociate Professor

Ruth is a GIS specialist. Her research interests lie in the fields of landscape ecology, historical geography, land use change and environmental information. Ruth is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a Chartered Geographer in GIS.

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Dr Paul Barratt
Dr Paul BarrattLecturer

Paul is a cultural geographer with research interests focusing on environmental engagements, low carbon living and working, and qualitative research methods.

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Dr. Janet Wright
Dr. Janet WrightPostgraduate Course Leader

Janet’s current research focuses on the origins and characteristics of quartz silt within weathering profiles; the soiling, degradation and weathering of sandstone buildings; micro-landform development and slope evolution on exposed salt rocks in eastern Spain and the development of sustainable, low energy building products.

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For the course starting on 14 September 2020 the tuition fees are:

Study option
Full-time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£9,250 per year of study
International (Non-EU)
£14,000 per year of study

For the course starting on 14 September 2020 the tuition fees are:

Study option
Part-time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£4,620 per year of study

UK, EU and Channel Island students: This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation. If the UK government passes appropriate legislation, the fee for subsequent years of study may increase in each academic year. But this increase will not exceed the rate of inflation as measured by RPIX**. Any change in fees will apply to both new and continuing students. The University will notify students of any change as early as possible. Further information about fee changes would be posted on the University’s website once this becomes available.

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

International (Non-EU) students: Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course, as long as you complete it in the normal time-frame (i.e. no repeat years or breaks in study).

Our students

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Sophie Lancaster
Graduate now teaching Geography

Studying Geography has made me so much more confident in my abilities. The staff give a high level of support and are genuinely interested in you, while the course has a wide variety of modules that you can tailor to your interests.

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Adam Caine
Graduate now studying for a PhD

The course offered me unique opportunities to combine my love of the outdoors with a rigorous academic training in Geography. Through field-based learning, peer mentoring and externally accredited assessment, I now have a qualification of significance.

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Sam Pillow
Graduate now teaching Geography

Geography is a very broad degree, you can work in so many sectors; you can work in the council, be a city planner, go into traffic management. There's so many different careers you can go into with a Geography degree. It really does prepare you with a wide set of skills for the future.

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Ed Jones
Graduate now working for Field Studies Council

I gained not only geographical knowledge but also a number of competencies. My ability to carry out fieldwork, utilise GIS, conduct statistical analysis was born through Staffordshire University and is now used on a daily basis.

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Stoke-on-Trent campus
BSc (Hons)
Full-time
14 September 2020

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