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Overview

Our Geography BSc course offers a demanding programme of study covering Physical Geography, Environment, Society and Geography, Geocomputation and Spatial Analysis as well as Development, Urban and Cultural Geography.

You will learn advanced analytical and technical skills that can be applied to understanding a range of real-world issues, and graduate with a distinct set of skills, determined by your study pathway.

 

 

Key benefits

  • You will be studying cutting-edge modules in a range of disciplines taught by staff who are recognised leaders in their fields.
  • Exciting field trips include Spain in the first year and a choice of Hong Kong, San Francisco or Kerala in year two.
  • Our recently refurbished accommodation offers high-quality teaching and social facilities.
  • Situated in central London, you can explore the geography of the city, how it developed and its future prospects from your doorstep.
  • Successful graduates are engaged in a range of different sectors, including the financial services industry, non-governmental organisations and research.

Key information

UCAS code F800

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

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.

Teaching style

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.

Assessment

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.

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 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.

Special notes

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.

 

Other related courses

  • Global Health & Social Medicine
  • International Development

Structure

Year 1

Courses are divided into modules, and students on this course take modules totalling 120 credits.

 

Required Modules
You will be required to take the following modules:
  • The Changing Natural Environment I (15 credits)
  • The Changing Natural Environment II (15 credits)
  • Geographical Foundations: the Making 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)

A variety of required and optional field work activities will be offered to complement and enhance learning.

 

Optional Modules
There are no optional modules in Year 1.

Year 2

 

 

Required Modules
You will be required to take the following 15 credit modules:
  • Field Research in Physical Geography (15 credits)
  • BSc Geography Research Tutorials (15 credits)
  • Geographical Research Skills (15 credits)

 

You then select a thematic pathway as the basis for the rest of your degree from the following 15 credit modules:

• Physical Geography

• Society, Environment & Geography

• Geocomputation & Spatial Analysis

 

In addition, students are required to take the 15 credit module(s) associated with their selected pathway:

  • Physical Geography Pathway: Earth Surface Processes and Landforms (15 credits)

  • Society, Environment & Geography Pathway: The Nature of the Environment (15 credits)

  • Geocomputation & Spatial Analysis Pathway: Geocomputation (15 credits) & Spatial Analysis (15 credits)

 

Optional Modules

In addition, you take further modules to bring the total credits for the year to 120, selecting from a wide range of optional modules that may typically include the following 15 credit modules:

  • Natural Hazards
  • Climate Variability, Change & Society
  • Environmental Remote Sensing
  • Global Environmental Issues: Science & Solutions
  • Earth Surface Processes & Landforms
  • Biogeography and Ecology
  • Any of the other pathway modules

Or any of the modules from the BA Geography degree, which may typically include the following 15 credit modules:

  • Historical Geographies of Urbanism
  • Urban Geography: Exploring the City
  • Territory, State & Nation
  • The Nature of the Environment
  • Water & Development
  • Cities & Citizenship

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
  • Universiti 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

Year 3

Required Modules

You are required to select the 15 credit module relating to your chosen pathway:

• Physical Geography

• Society, Environment & Geography

• Geocomputation & Spatial Analysis

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.

Optional Modules

In addition, you are required to take a total of 75 credits from a wide range of options, which may typically include these 15 credit modules:

  • Advanced Issues in Natural & Environmental Hazards
  • Global Environmental Change I: Climate Science
  • Global Environmental Change II: Earth System Dynamics
  • Environmental Remote Sensing II
  • Desert Environments
  • Tropical Forests in a Changing Environment
  • Directed Readings in Geography

Or any of the final year modules on the BA Geography programme, which may typically include the following 15 credit modules:

  • Health, Lifestyles & Cities
  • The Right to the City
  • Hollywood & the Post Industrial City
  • Geopolitics: Power & Place
  • Economy, Society & Politics in 19th Century London
  • Political Economy of Hazardscapes
  • Global Political Ecology
  • Histories & Geographies of Climate Change
  • Environmental Risk, Governance & Society
  • Social Geography and Critical Development in the Global South
  • Gender Development in the Global South

Entry requirements

 

Required grades

AAB

Please note that A-level General Studies, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives are not accepted by King's as one of your A-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.

Required grades

35 points overall (including TOK/EE) 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

Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels).

Required grades

Further information below

Required grades

Further information below

Required grades

Further information below

Required grades

80% overall

Required grades

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.

A-Level subjects - University policy: Please note that A-level General Studies, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives are not accepted by King's as one of your A-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 in English and Maths / Maths Studies.

Other International Qualifications: Visit our admissions webpages to view our international entry requirements.

Selection procedure

Application deadline: 15 January 2018.

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.

 

Additional costs/expenses

The following table gives you an indication of additional costs associated with your course.  These costs are not included in your tuition fees.

Item

Description

Field Trips   

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 - £600

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

Study

 


If you study abroad as part of your course, you will not be charged tuition fees by the host university (although some partners do charge a small administration fee for applying). Please see the Study Abroad webpages for details of the relevant partner universities.

 King’s will continue to invoice for a proportion of King's tuition fees.  At present these are as follows: 

  • Home students studying for a semester abroad will receive an invoice for £6,000 for King’s tuition fees for the year.
  • Home students studying or working for a full academic year abroad will receive an invoice for £1,350 for King’s tuition fees for the year.
  • Overseas students studying for a semester abroad will receive an invoice for two thirds of the King's tuition fees for the year.
  • Overseas students studying or working for a full academic year abroad will receive an invoice for one third of the King's tuition fees for the year.

 

You should also budget to pay for the associated subsistence costs, such as travel, visas, accommodation and food as well as any vaccination/immunisations required by the country to which you are travelling. 

 

In addition to the costs above, you can also expect to pay for: 

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies 
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions 
  • Library fees and fines 
  • Personal photocopies 
  • Printing course handouts 
  • Society membership fees 
  • Stationery 
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses 
  • Graduation costs

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 to pursue a career doing further research or employment in a range 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

Recent graduates have found employment in roles including: 
• 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
• Public relations officer, Marriott Hotels
• Research assistant/economics & planning consultant, a consultancy company
• Management training programme, Network Rail

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