Based in one of the largest geography departments in the UK, our Geography BSc course combines lectures, seminars and tutorials together with workshops, laboratory sessions and field trips. We will provide frequent opportunities to process, combine and discuss what you have learned in small groups and one-to-one sessions with academic staff. As you progress through your degree, we offer combinations of one-term and two-term modules placing greater emphasis on optional modules. Your study in the first year will comprise core introductory 15 and 30-credit modules totalling to 120 credits. You will have the opportunity in the second term to choose between BA or BSc pathway of study through the rest of your degree. In the second and final years, the BSc pathway offers study modules that include Physical Geography, Society Environment and Geography, Geocomputation and Spatial Analysis as well as Development, Urban and Cultural Geography.
The BSc pathway offers optional modules including Physical, Society, Environment Geography as well as Geocomputation & Spatial Analysis. The final year also includes a compulsory dissertation, known as the Independent Geographical Study (or IGS), which is based on individual research. Working and studying at the leading-edge of research are considered essential components of a strong Geography degree. Geography BSc will provide opportunities for you to follow your own interests in different fields. You will also learn advanced analytical and technical skills and apply them to understanding a range of real-world issues.
We use a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials together with workshops, laboratory sessions and field trips to teach a very wide range of modules covering all areas of Geography. You will process large volumes of information, and have the opportunity to process, synthesise and discuss what you have learned in small groups and one-to-one sessions with academic staff. Combinations of one-term and two-term modules are available with a greater emphasis on optional modules as you progress through the degree.
You will study modules totalling 120 credits for each year, comprising of 15 and 30 credit modules. The study includes an initial set range of modules in the first year, followed by the opportunity to concentrate on a chosen study pathway. In the final year, you will undertake an independent research-based Geographical study, for which you will receive individual tutorial support from an expert in the field. You will be assigned a dedicated personal tutor drawn from the faculty to advise and support you throughout your study experience.
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 you select.
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 Spain, India, Hong Kong, the USA and Morocco and Spain.
The Second Year Geography field trips are currently part self-funded. Where possible, the Geography Department tries to provide bursaries to help towards these costs. In 2015, field trip costs to the students were:
BSc field trip destinations:
Morocco - £300
Western Ghats - £780
If the field trip includes travel abroad, you will also need to budget for travel insurance, food & beverages and if necessary, vaccinations, passport renewal and visas. Module related field visits (non-residential), may incur additional costs e.g. travel ticket and/or the cost of subsistence.
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