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Geography BA

UCAS code: L700

Key information

Course type:
Single honours
Delivery mode:
Classroom
Study mode:
Full time
Required A-level:
Duration:
3 years
Application status:
Open
Start date:
September 2021
Application deadline:
15 January 2021
Apply via UCAS

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 Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Geography 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 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 materials in a range of disciplines taught by staff who are recognised leaders in their fields.
  • All applicants of our full time BSc or BA are eligible for the £9,000 scholarship opportunity, including UK, EU and Overseas students.
  • Field trips are an important aspect of the King’s experience. We currently visit Spain in the first year, and the USA, India, Lisbon and Cape Town in the second year.
  • Our recently refurbished accommodation offers high-quality teaching and social facilities.
  • Situated in central London, you will have access to numerous libraries and facilities as well as discovering the cultural destinations of the city.
  • This programme has been accredited by the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG). Accredited degree programmes contain a solid academic foundation in geographical knowledge and skills, and prepare graduates to address the needs of the world beyond higher education.
  • We focus on research-enhanced education. In the most recent assessment, almost 80% of our research was rated as internationally excellent or world leading.
Janelli-Del-Rosario

Being a King’s Geographer provides an incredible opportunity to travel to different countries and gain valuable field research experience abroad

Jan del Rosario, Geography, BA

Course Aims

  • Our Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Geography course will provide opportunities for you to follow your own interests in different fields whilst being taught the core of the discipline.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The final year 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. Employers value the evidence of analytical and communications skills that a good dissertation demonstrates.
  • All applicants of our full time BSc or BA are eligible for the £9,000 scholarship opportunity, including UK, EU and Overseas students.

Base campuses

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Strand Campus

Located on the north bank of the River Thames, the Strand Campus houses King's College London's arts and sciences faculties.

waterloo-banner
Waterloo Campus

Waterloo campus is home of the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery and facilities for other faculties

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

Special features

Optional study abroad

On this programme, you will have the opportunity to apply for either a single semester or a full year abroad supported by the Study Abroad Tutor in your department and King’s Global Mobility Office. Together with partner organisations around the world, you will be supported in navigating your international, educational journey, developing new skills and competences and learning to apply different perspectives to your chosen discipline.

Find out more about Study Abroad
Optional internships

Students will be supported through innovative digital education tools to discover meaningful work experience for themselves, including internships, insight programmes, which you can undertake alongside your studies.

Find out more about internships

Course accreditation

Logo Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)

Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

Subject requirements

Required subjects:
None
Preferred subjects:
None

A-Levels

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.

International Baccalaureate

35 points

including three Higher Level subjects at 666. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.

You will also need:

GCSEs: There are no GCSE requirements for this programme.

Alternative accepted qualifications

International applicants

Equivalent International qualifications

Course specific subject requirements are indicated in subject requirements above

English language requirements

To study at King's, it is essential that you can communicate in English effectively in an academic environment. You are usually required to provide certification of your competence in English before starting your studies.

Selection process

Application deadline: January 15th 2021

Help for international applicants

International Foundation Year

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, we can help with our Foundation year courses.

Pre-sessional courses

If you have an offer from King's, but English isn't your first language, we have courses to help you.

Teaching methods - what to expect

Hear from some of our students about why they chose to study Geography at King's or find out more about the scholarship opportunity

Teaching

In a typical week you can expect to receive approximately eight hours of lectures and seminars You will also be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study. You will be assigned a personal tutor who will provide support and guidance for your studies.

We will use a delivery method that will ensure students have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face to face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that students also experience elements of digital learning and assessment.

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 learn to analyse a variety of data types and 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 take 120 credits each year. 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.

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

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Assessment

  • Essays
  • Written Examinations
  • Oral Presentations
  • Dissertation
  • Field Reports
  • Practical Workshops

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

At King’s, all students on a taught programme are allocated a personal tutor who will play a key role in helping you to get the most out of your studies, providing support and encouragement for your time at university.

Personal tutors provide you with the opportunity to periodically take stock of your learning, academic progress and general wellbeing as you progress through your studies, offering guidance on how to seek further support if you need it, and how to access the range of opportunities available to you as a King's student.

The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect. However, they are subject to change.

Structure

Courses are divided into modules. Each year you will normally take modules totalling 120 credits.

This is a three-year degree course in which you will take a combination of required and optional modules to total 360 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 the course finder on our website for updates.

Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

Employability

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 course.

Destinations

Recent graduates have found employment within the following job roles and companies:

  • Data analyst in financial and not-for-profit sectors
  • Senior executive officer at The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA)
  • Sustainability officer
  • Environmental planning consultant
  • Management consultant
  • Account executive at international communication company
  • University lecturer
  • Secondary school teacher
  • TV presenter (Countryfile)
  • Documentary film maker
  • Fashion buyer and entrepreneur

Tuition Fees

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Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2021-2022 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 2021-2022 academic year is £20,790 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.

If you choose the study abroad option with one of King’s partner universities, 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 web pages 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 will receive an invoice for £6,167 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. • 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. • EU 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 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. 

Additional Costs

In addition to your tuition costs, you can also expect to pay for:

  • 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 2019, BA student contribution for fieldtrips were: Kerala £590.86; Lisbon £399.75; San Francisco £722.50.
  • 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 choose the study abroad option with one of King’s partner universities, 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies
  • A personal computer should you wish to purchase one.
  • Personal photocopies, printing course handouts, stationary
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions.
  • Society membership fees, library fees and fines.
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses.
  • Graduation costs.

Funding

To find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans, and other financial help available at King's please visit the Fees and Funding section.

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Course Aims

  • Our Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Geography course will provide opportunities for you to follow your own interests in different fields whilst being taught the core of the discipline.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The final year 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. Employers value the evidence of analytical and communications skills that a good dissertation demonstrates.
  • All applicants of our full time BSc or BA are eligible for the £9,000 scholarship opportunity, including UK, EU and Overseas students.

Base campuses

strand-quad
Strand Campus

Located on the north bank of the River Thames, the Strand Campus houses King's College London's arts and sciences faculties.

waterloo-banner
Waterloo Campus

Waterloo campus is home of the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery and facilities for other faculties

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

Special features

Optional study abroad

On this programme, you will have the opportunity to apply for either a single semester or a full year abroad supported by the Study Abroad Tutor in your department and King’s Global Mobility Office. Together with partner organisations around the world, you will be supported in navigating your international, educational journey, developing new skills and competences and learning to apply different perspectives to your chosen discipline.

Find out more about Study Abroad
Optional internships

Students will be supported through innovative digital education tools to discover meaningful work experience for themselves, including internships, insight programmes, which you can undertake alongside your studies.

Find out more about internships

Course accreditation

Logo Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)

Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

Subject requirements

Required subjects:
None
Preferred subjects:
None

A-Levels

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.

International Baccalaureate

35 points

including three Higher Level subjects at 666. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.

You will also need:

GCSEs: There are no GCSE requirements for this programme.

Alternative accepted qualifications

International applicants

Equivalent International qualifications

Course specific subject requirements are indicated in subject requirements above

English language requirements

To study at King's, it is essential that you can communicate in English effectively in an academic environment. You are usually required to provide certification of your competence in English before starting your studies.

Selection process

Application deadline: January 15th 2021

Help for international applicants

International Foundation Year

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, we can help with our Foundation year courses.

Pre-sessional courses

If you have an offer from King's, but English isn't your first language, we have courses to help you.

Teaching methods - what to expect

Hear from some of our students about why they chose to study Geography at King's or find out more about the scholarship opportunity

Teaching

In a typical week you can expect to receive approximately eight hours of lectures and seminars You will also be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study. You will be assigned a personal tutor who will provide support and guidance for your studies.

We will use a delivery method that will ensure students have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face to face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that students also experience elements of digital learning and assessment.

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 learn to analyse a variety of data types and 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 take 120 credits each year. 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.

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

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Assessment

  • Essays
  • Written Examinations
  • Oral Presentations
  • Dissertation
  • Field Reports
  • Practical Workshops

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

At King’s, all students on a taught programme are allocated a personal tutor who will play a key role in helping you to get the most out of your studies, providing support and encouragement for your time at university.

Personal tutors provide you with the opportunity to periodically take stock of your learning, academic progress and general wellbeing as you progress through your studies, offering guidance on how to seek further support if you need it, and how to access the range of opportunities available to you as a King's student.

The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect. However, they are subject to change.

Structure

Courses are divided into modules. Each year you will normally take modules totalling 120 credits.

This is a three-year degree course in which you will take a combination of required and optional modules to total 360 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 the course finder on our website for updates.

Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

Employability

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 course.

Destinations

Recent graduates have found employment within the following job roles and companies:

  • Data analyst in financial and not-for-profit sectors
  • Senior executive officer at The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA)
  • Sustainability officer
  • Environmental planning consultant
  • Management consultant
  • Account executive at international communication company
  • University lecturer
  • Secondary school teacher
  • TV presenter (Countryfile)
  • Documentary film maker
  • Fashion buyer and entrepreneur

Tuition Fees

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Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2021-2022 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 2021-2022 academic year is £20,790 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.

If you choose the study abroad option with one of King’s partner universities, 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 web pages 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 will receive an invoice for £6,167 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. • 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. • EU 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 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. 

Additional Costs

In addition to your tuition costs, you can also expect to pay for:

  • 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 2019, BA student contribution for fieldtrips were: Kerala £590.86; Lisbon £399.75; San Francisco £722.50.
  • 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 choose the study abroad option with one of King’s partner universities, 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies
  • A personal computer should you wish to purchase one.
  • Personal photocopies, printing course handouts, stationary
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions.
  • Society membership fees, library fees and fines.
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses.
  • Graduation costs.

Funding

To find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans, and other financial help available at King's please visit the Fees and Funding section.

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Key information

Course type:
Single honours
Delivery mode:
Classroom
Study mode:
Full time
Required A-level:
Duration:
3 years
Application status:
Open
Start date:
September 2021
Application deadline:
15 January 2021
Apply via UCAS

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