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.
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.
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.
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.
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.