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Overview

Our Geography BA programme incorporates the main branches of geography while offering a wide range of modules, providing specialist knowledge within a broad interdisciplinary education. Students should choose predominantly human geography for the BA pathway.  

You will have the opportunity to explore some of the fundamental issues and global challenges facing the world today and develop skills that can be applied to a variety of roles.  Compulsory and optional fieldwork activities complement and enhance learning. 

Key benefits

  • We have one of the largest geography departments in the country, providing state-of-the art modules in a wide range of disciplines.
  • Exciting field trips include Spain in the first year and a choice of Hong Kong, San Francisco or Kerala in year two.
  • You will be taught by specialists who are recognised leaders in their fields.
  • Our recently refurbished accommodation offers high-quality teaching and social facilities.
  • Almost 80% of our research has been rated as internationally excellent or world leading in quality in the most recent UK Research Excellence Framework (REF).
  • Our central London location allows easy access to many libraries, cultural and social facilities.  
  • Graduates progress to successful careers in diverse sectors such as financial services industries, non-governmental organisations and research. 

     

Key information

UCAS code L700

Duration Three years

Study mode Full-time

Course type Single honours

Further details

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy

DepartmentDepartment of Geography

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Description

The BA Geography programme is divided into 15 and 30 credit modules and you will take modules worth 120 credits per year over three years. There are no optional modules in the first year, but there is a greater emphasis on optional modules in subsequent years.  In the second year you will choose a thematic pathway for the rest of your degree from Developmental Geography; Society, Environment & Geography; Urban & Cultural Geography; Geocomputation & Spatial Analysis.  In your third year you must conduct your own research for a compulsory dissertation known as the Independent Geographical Study (or IGS). Students are encouraged to carry out their own research throughout the degree. 

Teaching

We use a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials together with workshops, laboratory sessions and field trips.  Students are taught large volumes of information and you will have frequent opportunities to process, consider and examine what you are taught in small groups and one-to-one sessions with academic staff.  All students receive a dedicated personal tutor from the faculty to support and advise them throughout their degree and are supervised by an academic staff member from within the Geography Department for the Independent Geographical Study.    

Assessment                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

You will study modules worth 120 credits each year, comprising of 15 and 30 credit modules. Modules are assessed in a variety of ways including examinations, coursework and presentations. 

 

Location

The majority of learning for this degree takes place at the Strand Campus, with occasional lectures and practical sessions taking place at the Waterloo Campus.

Please note that locations are determined by where each module is taught and may vary depending on the optional modules selected.

Off-site study will take place at specific field trip destinations. Residential field trips take place at various locations worldwide and are continually reviewed and subject to change. We are currently visiting India, Hong Kong, the USA and Morocco.

London is our laboratory

London provides an unrivalled set of learning opportunities. We use London in many different ways to explore the physical and human geography of the city. The Field Activity Week in year one is an opportunity to explore different facets of London’s geography and to try out some field work techniques. London is also the focus of several modules, ranging from its historical development to the challenges posed for the city by climate change. Field trips accompany these modules and several take place linked to specific modules in human geography. Our methods teaching in all years use geographical data relating to London as a way of learning new analytical and mapping techniques as well as finding out about the city itself. In these many ways, London is our laboratory.

Special notes 

The second year geography field trips are currently part self-funded. Wherever possible, the Geography Department tries to provide substantial bursaries to help towards these costs. In 2015, field trip costs, to the students were:

BA field trip destinations:

  • Hong Kong - £600
  • Kerala - £600
  • San Francisco - £600

Second year field trips currently take place at the end of Semester One. Students will be informed of the likely field trip costs in the second semester of their first year of study. Payments are usually required by the end of November of the second year, but this may change if the timings of the field trips alter.

In addition, students may need to pay to obtain a visa to attend overseas field trips. Visa regulations and costs vary and are outside the control of King’s College London. Students are advised to check visa requirements for the advertised field trips to ensure that they are eligible to apply for a visa for the field trip destinations offered. Students will also be responsible for additional costs, including, but not limited to, passport renewal, medical vaccinations, travel to and from the airport, subsistence and free time activities.

Module related field visits (non-residential), may incur additional costs, but these will be limited to the cost of a travel ticket and/or the cost of subsistence, if applicable.

 

 

 

Structure

Year 1

Students must take and pass 120 credits each year.

Year 1:

 You will be required to take the following six modules:

  • The Changing Natural Environment I (15 credits)
  • Geographical Foundations: the making of the modern world (15 credits)
  • Geographical Foundations II: challenges of the modern world (15 credits)
  • Principles of Geographical Inquiry I (30 credits)
  • Geography in Action (15 credits)
  • Geography Tutorials: Critical Thinking & Techniques (30 credits)

 There will be required and optional field work activities offered to complement and enhance learning. 

Required Modules
Optional Modules

Year 2

Required Modules

Second year students are required to take the following 15 credit modules:

  • Field Research in Human & Development Geography (15 credits)
  • BA Geography Research Tutorials (15 credits)
  • Geographical Research Skills (15 credits)

 You will then choose from one of the four following themed pathways as the basis for the rest of your degree:

 Development Geography

  • Society, Environment & Geography
  • Urban & Cultural Geography
  • Geocomputation & Spatial Analysis

 You must then take the 15 credit module(s) associated with the pathway you have selected:

  • Development Geography Pathway: Livelihoods & Policy Contexts (15 credits)
  • Society, Environment & Geography Pathway: Nature & Culture (15 credits)
  • Urban & Cultural Geography Pathway: Space, Society &  Culture (15 credits)
  • Geocomputation & Spatial Analysis Pathway: Geocomputation (15 credits) & Spatial Analysis (15 credits)

 *Note: Students opting for the Geo-computation & Spatial Analysis pathway are required to take 2 x 15-credit compulsory thematic modules.

 Optional Modules

 You will also take further modules to attain 120 credits for the year, selecting from a wide range of options that may typically include the following:

 Historical Geographies of Urbanism (15 credits)

  • Urban Geography: Exploring the City (15 credits
  • Territory, State & Nation (15 credits)
  • The Nature of the Environment (15 credits)
  • Water & Development (15 credits)

Any of the other pathway modules

 

You can also take any of the modules from the BSc Geography programme, which may typically include the following:

 Natural Hazards (15 credits)

  • Landscapes: Ecology, Biogeography & Management (15 credits)
  • Climate Variability, Change & Society (15 credits)
  • Environmental Remote Sensing (15 credits)
  • Physical Geography: Earth Surface Processes & Landforms (15 credits)
  • Global Environmental Issues: Science & Solutions (15 credits)

 Please note: Second year field research modules will typically have a week of intensive teaching on a residential field trip.

 You will also have the opportunity to study abroad for either the second semester of the second year or for the whole year. Partner institutions currently include:

 University of Auckland

  • Hong Kong University
  • University of Melbourne
  • Monash University (includes study options in South Africa and Malaysia)
  • National University of Singapore
  • University Brunei Darussalam (second semester only)
  • University of California
  • University of North Carolina
  • University of Toronto (full year only)
  • University of British Columbia
  • University of Washington (Seattle)
  • Australian National University (Canberra)
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison

 

Required Modules
Optional Modules

Year 3

In your final year, you will be required to select a 15 credit module relating to your chosen pathway. 

You are also required to take the Independent Geographical Study (IGS) 30 credit module as a piece of individual research, which is supported on a one-to-one basis by a supervisor from within the Geography Department.

You must then select an additional 75 credits from a wide range of options, which may include:

 Health, Lifestyles & Cities (15 credits)

  • The Right to the City (15 credits)
  • Hollywood & the Post-Industrial City (15 credits)
  • Geopolitics: Power & Place (15 credits)
  • Economy, Society & Politics in 19th Century London (15 credits)
  • Political Economy of Hazardscapes (15 credits)
  • Global Political Ecology (15 credits)
  • Histories & Geographies of Climate Change (15 credits)
  • Environmental Risk, Governance & Society (15 credits)
  • Economic & Social Change in Southern Africa (15 credits)
  • Directed Readings in Geography (15 credits)

 Or any of the modules on the BSc Geography programme, which may typically include the following:

 Global Environmental Change I: Climate Science (15 credits)

  • Global Environmental Change II: Earth System Dynamics (15 credits)
  • Environmental Remote Sensing II (15 credits)
  • Tropical Forests in a Changing Environment (15 credits)
  • Desert Environments (15 credits)
  • Advanced Issues in Natural & Environmental Hazards (15 credits)

We offer a range of optional modules, which usually reflect the research of current members of our academic team. This is in keeping with King’s reputation as a research university and also ensures that our degree programmes are relevant and up to date. Therefore, not all module options will be available every year and may change, subject to staff availability. New and additional modules may be added.

Up to 30 credits can also be taken from outside the Department subject to approval from the Chair of Teaching.

 

Required Modules
Optional Modules

Entry requirements

 

Required grades:

AAB

Required grades:

35 points overall with three Higher Level subjects at 665

Required grades:

45 Level 3 credits: 33 must be from units awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit

Required grades:

D3 D3 M2

Required grades:

Further information below

Required grades:

Further information below

Required grades:

Further information below

Required grades:

80% overall

Visit our admissions webpages to view our international entry requirements and English language entry requirements.

Required subjects

GCSE Mathematics and GCSE English Language at grade B (or equivalent)

 

Preferred subjects

None

 

Further information and other requirements

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

General Studies and Critical Thinking - College policy: Please note that AS/A level General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted by King's as one of your A or AS levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer

A-levels: AAB at A-Level. Additionally, GCSE Mathematics and GCSE English Language at grade B (or equivalent).

Access to HE Diploma: Access to Humanities (or similar) Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits: 33 must be from units awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit. Additionally, GCSE Mathematics and GCSE English Language at grade B (or equivalent).

Cambridge Pre-U: Three Pre-U Principal subjects at D3 D3 M2. Additionally, GCSE Mathematics and GCSE English Language at grade B (or equivalent). Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010): DDM with eleven Distinctions and two A levels at grades AB or DDM with ten Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA. Additionally, GCSE Mathematics and GCSE English Language at grade B (or equivalent).

BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010): DM with six Distinctions and two A levels at grades AB or DM with four Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA. Additionally, GCSE Mathematics and GCSE English Language at grade B (or equivalent).

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010): D with four modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades AB or M and two A levels at grades AA. Additionally, GCSE Mathematics and GCSE English Language at grade B (or equivalent).

Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers: AAB at Higher in one sitting and AB at Advanced Higher (we do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject). In addition, Mathematics and English both at minimum Intermediate 2/Standard Credit 1 or 2/National 5 (if not offered at Higher/Advanced Higher).

International Baccalaureate: Pass the IB Diploma with a total of at least 35 points, with three Higher Level subjects at 665. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE. In addition, Standard Level English and Maths / Maths Studies. 

 

Selection procedure

Application deadline: 15 January 2017.

Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2017-2018 academic year is £9,250 per annum.

Please note that the UK tuition fee may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

 

Full time tuition fees EU:

Current regulations allow some students to pay UK tuition fees on the basis of their EU citizenship or residency. Until these eligibility criteria are changed, the EU tuition fee will remain the same as the UK tuition fee.

The UK tuition fee for the 2017-2018 academic year is £9,250 per annum.

Please note that the UK tuition fee may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

 

Full time tuition fees International:

The International tuition fee for the 2017-2018 academic year is £17,050 per annum.

Please note that the International tuition fee is subject to annual increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

All International applicants to Undergraduate programmes are required to pay a deposit of £2,000 against their first year’s tuition fee. This deposit is payable when you firmly accept an unconditional offer to study with us, and will be offset against your tuition fees when you join King’s.

 

For further information, please visit our fees and funding pages.

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.

Career prospects

Geography at degree level provides a broad education leading to a range of opportunities in research after graduation, or employment in a variety of sectors, from London’s financial services industries to non-governmental organisations in areas such as development and environmental justice. King’s Careers Service ensures that a very high percentage of graduates find suitable employment on leaving the programme.

 

Career destinations

Career destinations

  • Recent graduates have found employment as:
  • Account executive, Mind Share
  • Analyst, GPM Trading Ltd
  • Company director, a garden equipment company
  • Executive risk assessor, a risk management company
  • Marketing internship, Jimmy Choo
  • Management Training Programme Network Rail
  • Public relations officer, Marriott Hotels
  • Research assistant/economics & planning consultant, a consultancy company

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