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Overview

Studying geography at King’s enables you to examine some of the key issues facing the world today, including sustainability, global inequality, urban regeneration and gentrification, as well as the impacts of climate change and environmental degradation on society.

Our Geography BA course offers an exciting course of study covering Development, the Environment, Urban and Cultural Geography, Geocomputation and Spatial Analysis as well as interactions with Physical Geography.

You will gain advanced analytical and technical skills that can be applied to understanding a range of real world issues through a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials together with workshops, laboratory sessions and international field trips. You will be taught by leading experts and have the opportunity to use London as your laboratory.  

Key benefits

  • Hear from some of our students about why they chose to study Geography at King's. 

  • All applicants of our full time BSc or BA are eligible for the £9,000 scholarship opportunity, including UK, EU and Overseas students.
  • Fieldwork is central to the King's experience. We currently visit Spain in the first year, and China, India, Morocco, and the US in the second year.
  • You will have the flexibility to choose to focus on human geography, or to combine it with aspects of physical geography, with the option to switch between the BA and BSc in your first year.  
  • Our central London location on the River Thames and a stone’s throw from Parliament provides opportunities for fieldwork, engagement with policy-makers, as well as easy access to a wide range of facilities, experiences and job opportunities. 
  • The quality of our teaching is reflected in student progression: In 2016 whilst only 7% of students achieved a first in their first year, by the third year this was 24%.
  • We focus on research-enhanced education. In the most recent assessment, almost 80% of our research was rated as internationally excellent or world leading.
  • Successful graduates are engaged in a range of different sectors, including the financial services industry, non-governmental organisations and corporate social responsibility.

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

Department Department of Geography

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Course detail

Description

Based in one of the largest geography departments in the UK, our Geography BA and 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.

Your study in the first year will comprise a range of interdisciplinary 15 and 30-credit modules totalling 120 credits. In the second term you will be able to choose whether to continue on the BA or BSc programme of study for the rest of your degree, depending on your choice of programme you will take either Geographical Foundations II: Challenges of the Modern World or The Changing Natural Environment II.

In the second and final years, the BA pathway specialises in areas of development, society and the environment, urban and cultural geography, as well as geocomputation and spatial analysis. The final year also includes a required dissertation, known as the Independent Geographical Study, which is based on individual research in an area of your choice supervised by a discipline specialist. Working and studying at the leading edge of research are considered essential components of a strong Geography degree, and employers value the evidence of analytical and communications skills that a good dissertation demonstrates.

Geography BA will provide opportunities for you to follow your own interests in different fields whilst being taught the core of the discipline. You will also learn advanced analytical and technical skills and apply them to understanding a range of real-world issues. 

Teaching

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 analyse 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 are expected to spend approximately 150 hours of work (ie about 10 hours per credit) for each 15 credit module you attend in your degree. These 150 hours cover every aspect of the module: lectures, seminars, tutorials, field trips, independent study based on lecture notes, tutorial preparation, coursework preparation and submission, examination revision and preparation, and examinations.

In the first year you will have an average of 28.5 hours in scheduled learning and teaching activities
per 15 credit module.

You will take 120 credits each year. Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Assessment                                                                                                                                                      

The department assesses students on a combination of essays, field reports, written examinations, oral presentations, practical workshops, posters and the Independent Geographical Study (dissertation). The nature of assessment varies by module.

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 fieldtrip destinations. Residential fieldtrips take place at various locations worldwide and are continually reviewed and subject to change. We are currently visiting India, Hong Kong, Spain, the USA and Morocco.

Other related courses

*Please note that module information is indicative and may change from year to year.

 

 

Structure

Year 1

Each year you are required to take modules totalling 120 credits.

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on this course page for updates. 

 

Required Modules

You are required to take the following modules:

 

 

Optional Modules

There are no optional modules offered in the first year, but a variety of required and optional field work activities will be offered to complement and enhance learning.

Year 2

 

 

Required Modules

You are required to take the following modules:

Please note that second year field research modules will typically have a week of intensive teaching on a residential field trip, as well as preparatory sessions.

 

Optional Modules

You are also required to take sufficient credits to bring your total for the year to 120 credits, from a range of optional modules, some of which fall into thematic areas. The current themes that are highlighted include:


• 1) Urban and Cultural Geography
• 2) Physical Geography
• 3) Society, Environment and Geography
• 4) Development Geography
• 5) Geocomputation and Spatial Analysis.

 

Typical optional modules may include:

The following modules are from the BSc Geography course and may also be taken as
optional modules. They typically include the following:

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

 

Year 3

 

 

Required Modules

You are required to take the following 15 credit module:

  • Pathways to Impact: Geographical Research & Public Policy 

You are also required to take the Independent Geographical Study (IGS) 30 credit module (dissertation). This is 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, students are required to take a total of 75 credits from a wide range of options, which may typically include:

 

The following optional modules from the BSc Geography course are also available. Typical modules include:

 

 

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

If you are taking the new RQF BTEC Nationals (2016), you will not be required to fulfil the module requirement stipulated above - you will only need to get the right overall grade. If you are taking the QCF BTEC Nationals (2010), you must achieve both the required overall grade and the specified module grades. If you are unsure which BTEC you are studying, your teacher or school/college counsellor should be able to tell you.

Required grades

Further information below

If you are taking the new RQF BTEC Nationals (2016), you will not be required to fulfil the module requirement stipulated above - you will only need to get the right overall grade. If you are taking the QCF BTEC Nationals (2010), you must achieve both the required overall grade and the specified module grades. If you are unsure which BTEC you are studying, your teacher or school/college counsellor should be able to tell you.

Required grades

Further information below

If you are taking the new RQF BTEC Nationals (2016), you will not be required to fulfil the module requirement stipulated above - you will only need to get the right overall grade. If you are taking the QCF BTEC Nationals (2010), you must achieve both the required overall grade and the specified module grades. If you are unsure which BTEC you are studying, your teacher or school/college counsellor should be able to tell you.

Required grades

80% overall

Required grades

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

Required subjects

None

Preferred subjects

None

Further information and other requirements

Entry requirements
A-Level  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.
Access to HE Diploma 

D: 33 credits

M: 12 credits

P: 0 credits

Access to HE Diploma (for example, in Humanities) with 45 Level 3 credits: 33 must be from units awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit.
Cambridge Pre-U D3 D3 M2 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

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

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

Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers

AAB at Highers

and

AB at Advanced Highers

Must be a combination of three Scottish Highers and two Scottish Advanced Highers. We do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject.
International Baccalaureate 35 points Including 665 at Higher Level. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.
Other International Qualifications   Visit our admissions webpages to view our international entry requirements.
English Language requirements Band B Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

Selection procedure

Application deadline: January 15th 2019

Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2019-2020 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap.

Full time tuition fees EU:

Students starting their programme in 2019/20 (September 2019) who are eligible to pay EU fees will pay the same rate of tuition fees as UK students. This will apply for the duration of their programme, but may be subject to change by the UK Government for subsequent cohorts from 2020/21.

The UK tuition fee for the 2019-2020 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap.

Full time tuition fees International:

The International tuition fee for the 2019-2020 academic year is £18,900 per year.

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 2017, field trip costs to the students were:

BA field trip destinations:

Hong Kong - £679.40

Kerala - £626

San Francisco - £876.55

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 Abroad

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 £6,167 for King’s tuition fees for the year.
  • EU students studying for a semester abroad- £6,167
  • Overseas students studying for a semester abroad will receive an invoice for two thirds of the King's tuition fees for the year.
  • Home students studying for a full academic year abroad will receive an invoice for £1,350 for King’s tuition fees for the year.
  • EU students studying for a full academic year abroad will receive an invoice for 
  • Overseas students studying for a full academic year abroad will receive an invoice for one third of the King’s tuition fees for the year.
  • NB: EU students will be liable for the same study abroad tuition fees as Home (UK) students in 2019/20.  However, this may be subject to change in subsequent years.  The Government is expected to announce any changes regarding EU student tuition fees in September 2018.

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.
    • A personal computer should you wish to purchase one.
    • Some modules include the option to undertake other short day-trip fieldwork.  These options will enhance the modules, but they are not assessed as part of the module.  The additional costs for short day-trip fieldwork would typically not exceed £50 per year.
    • Costs may be incurred for dissertation work if fieldwork and/or laboratory materials are needed for the chosen study topic, but such work is not mandatory and would not impact academic success if an alternative approach to dissertation research is taken.

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 course.

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
  • Management training programme, Network Rail

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