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Geography BA

UCAS code: L700

Key information

Course type:
Single honours
Delivery mode:
Classroom
Study mode:
Full time
Duration:
Three years
Application status:
Open
Start date:
September 2022
Application deadline:
26 January 2022
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, Spatial Data Science as well as interactions with Physical Geography & Environmental Science. You will learn advanced analytical and technical skills that can be applied to understanding a range of real-world issues and graduate with a career-relevant 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 to our BA or BSc programmes are eligible for a £9250 scholarship opportunity including UK, EU and Overseas students. The scholarship will be awarded through assessment of academic performance. We welcome applications from students able to demonstrate their potential to succeed on their chosen programme. For undergraduate UK applicants, the university will use contextual information to gain a more complete picture of their individual and educational context.
  • 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

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

Special features

Optional study abroad
Optional internships

Course accreditation

Logo Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)

Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)

Awarding Institutions

kcl logo

King's College London and Affiliates

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.

Notes: If you are taking linear A-levels in England, you will be required to pass the practical endorsement in all Science subjects. This is with the exception of private candidates who are unable to take the practical component. We do not consider the EPQ at any point of the assessment process.

Contextual A-Level information

BBB 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. Notes: If you are taking linear A-levels in England, you will be required to pass the practical endorsement in all Science subjects. This is with the exception of private candidates who are unable to take the practical component. We do not consider the EPQ at any point of the assessment process.

International Baccalaureate

35 points including 665 at Higher Level.

Notes: The total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.

Contextual International Baccalaureate information

32 points including 555 at Higher Level. Notes: The total point score of 32 includes TOK/EE.

Alternative accepted qualifications

Standard requirements

International applicants

Equivalent International qualifications

Course specific subject requirements are indicated in subject requirements above

English language requirements

Please note that nationals of Majority English Speaking Countries (as defined by UKVI) who have successfully completed high school in the respective country, are not required to complete an English language test. For information on our English requirements and whether you need to complete an English language test, please see our English Language requirements page.

Selection process

Application deadline: 26th January 2022 - 18:00 GMT

 

Contextual consideration

We make contextual offers for this programme, which can be found in the entry requirements. As part of the assessment process, we take into account contextual information to gain a more complete picture of each application. More information can be found on the Contextualised admissions website.

Deferrals

Applications can be submitted for deferred entry by choosing the appropriate year of entry on the UCAS application.

If your circumstances change and, therefore, you need to request a deferral after an offer has been made, then we can generally permit these for this programme. However, each deferral request will be considered on a case-by-case basis and we reserve the right to decline any post-offer deferral request. Requests should be submitted via a message on King’s Apply with an explanation of the reason for making the request.

Please note, second deferral requests will only be considered where the request is due to extreme unforeseen extenuating circumstances, for example, health reasons. We are unable to permit deferral requests that go beyond two years and you would need to apply again. This is with the exception of deferrals which are due to military/national service.

Foundation courses

Applicants studying Foundation Year programmes in the UK are welcome to apply for this programme. Foundation programmes from other universities and further education providers in the UK are considered on a case-by-case basis. Whether or not we can consider a particular foundation year as suitable for study at King's depends on the content of the syllabus and modules studied. In the past we have accepted foundation programmes from a number of other institutions.

We are unable to accept Foundation programmes that are integrated as part of a main degree at another institution. These may be called Year 0 or Integrated Foundations. We are also unable to accept non-UK Foundation courses.

Once you have submitted an application, the Admissions Office may contact you via King's Apply to ask for further details on your qualification, such as a list of modules and course specifications.

The King's International Foundation Programme has guaranteed pathways available for progression onto our King's undergraduate degree programmes, and information can be found on the website.

Graduates

Our general entry requirements are based on A-level or equivalent. However, where an applicant is completing/has completed a degree, we are able to consider the degree study as part of the assessment of the application.

Generally, we would consider a minimum of a UK Bachelor degree with a 2:1 grade profile (or overseas equivalent) as meeting the entry requirements for our undergraduate degrees. However, those who have achieved/are predicted a high 2:1 or a First may be considered more competitive.

Once you have submitted an application, the Admissions Office may contact you via King's Apply to ask for further details on your degree study.

Personal Statement

Your personal statement is one of the many factors in the overall assessment of your application, and is your opportunity to introduce yourself to the university and inform us of your commitment to the programme and how the programme fits into your career plans, as well as any work experience or extracurricular activities you have done.

Resits

We are able to consider applicants who have retaken or are retaking their qualifications.

Transfers

Transfers into this programme are not permitted.

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 the first year you will have an average of 28.5 hours in scheduled learning and teaching activities per 15 credit module. 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 analyse a variety of data types 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 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.

Assessment

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

You will study modules totaling 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 Geographical research project, for which you will receive individual tutorial support from an expert in the field. 

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.

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

Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2022-2023 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 2022-2023 academic year is £21,840 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). 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.   Please see the Study Abroad web pages for details of the relevant partner universities and detailed information on the fees that apply under the Course Essentials tab.

Additional Costs

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

  • 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 contributions were: Lisbon - £399.75; Kerala, India - £590.86; San Francisco - £722.50.
  • If the field trip includes travel abroad, you will also need to budget for food & beverages and if necessary, vaccinations, passport renewal and visas.
  • Some modules include the option to undertake non-residential fieldwork visits. These options will enhance the module, 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
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions.
  • Library fees and fines.
  • Personal photocopies
  • Printing course handouts.
  • Society membership fees.
  • Stationary.
  • Graduation costs.
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses.

Funding

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

Special features

Optional study abroad
Optional internships

Course accreditation

Logo Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)

Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)

Awarding Institutions

kcl logo

King's College London and Affiliates

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.

Notes: If you are taking linear A-levels in England, you will be required to pass the practical endorsement in all Science subjects. This is with the exception of private candidates who are unable to take the practical component. We do not consider the EPQ at any point of the assessment process.

Contextual A-Level information

BBB 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. Notes: If you are taking linear A-levels in England, you will be required to pass the practical endorsement in all Science subjects. This is with the exception of private candidates who are unable to take the practical component. We do not consider the EPQ at any point of the assessment process.

International Baccalaureate

35 points including 665 at Higher Level.

Notes: The total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.

Contextual International Baccalaureate information

32 points including 555 at Higher Level. Notes: The total point score of 32 includes TOK/EE.

Alternative accepted qualifications

Standard requirements

International applicants

Equivalent International qualifications

Course specific subject requirements are indicated in subject requirements above

English language requirements

Please note that nationals of Majority English Speaking Countries (as defined by UKVI) who have successfully completed high school in the respective country, are not required to complete an English language test. For information on our English requirements and whether you need to complete an English language test, please see our English Language requirements page.

Selection process

Application deadline: 26th January 2022 - 18:00 GMT

 

Contextual consideration

We make contextual offers for this programme, which can be found in the entry requirements. As part of the assessment process, we take into account contextual information to gain a more complete picture of each application. More information can be found on the Contextualised admissions website.

Deferrals

Applications can be submitted for deferred entry by choosing the appropriate year of entry on the UCAS application.

If your circumstances change and, therefore, you need to request a deferral after an offer has been made, then we can generally permit these for this programme. However, each deferral request will be considered on a case-by-case basis and we reserve the right to decline any post-offer deferral request. Requests should be submitted via a message on King’s Apply with an explanation of the reason for making the request.

Please note, second deferral requests will only be considered where the request is due to extreme unforeseen extenuating circumstances, for example, health reasons. We are unable to permit deferral requests that go beyond two years and you would need to apply again. This is with the exception of deferrals which are due to military/national service.

Foundation courses

Applicants studying Foundation Year programmes in the UK are welcome to apply for this programme. Foundation programmes from other universities and further education providers in the UK are considered on a case-by-case basis. Whether or not we can consider a particular foundation year as suitable for study at King's depends on the content of the syllabus and modules studied. In the past we have accepted foundation programmes from a number of other institutions.

We are unable to accept Foundation programmes that are integrated as part of a main degree at another institution. These may be called Year 0 or Integrated Foundations. We are also unable to accept non-UK Foundation courses.

Once you have submitted an application, the Admissions Office may contact you via King's Apply to ask for further details on your qualification, such as a list of modules and course specifications.

The King's International Foundation Programme has guaranteed pathways available for progression onto our King's undergraduate degree programmes, and information can be found on the website.

Graduates

Our general entry requirements are based on A-level or equivalent. However, where an applicant is completing/has completed a degree, we are able to consider the degree study as part of the assessment of the application.

Generally, we would consider a minimum of a UK Bachelor degree with a 2:1 grade profile (or overseas equivalent) as meeting the entry requirements for our undergraduate degrees. However, those who have achieved/are predicted a high 2:1 or a First may be considered more competitive.

Once you have submitted an application, the Admissions Office may contact you via King's Apply to ask for further details on your degree study.

Personal Statement

Your personal statement is one of the many factors in the overall assessment of your application, and is your opportunity to introduce yourself to the university and inform us of your commitment to the programme and how the programme fits into your career plans, as well as any work experience or extracurricular activities you have done.

Resits

We are able to consider applicants who have retaken or are retaking their qualifications.

Transfers

Transfers into this programme are not permitted.

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 the first year you will have an average of 28.5 hours in scheduled learning and teaching activities per 15 credit module. 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 analyse a variety of data types 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 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.

Assessment

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

You will study modules totaling 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 Geographical research project, for which you will receive individual tutorial support from an expert in the field. 

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.

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

Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2022-2023 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 2022-2023 academic year is £21,840 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). 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.   Please see the Study Abroad web pages for details of the relevant partner universities and detailed information on the fees that apply under the Course Essentials tab.

Additional Costs

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

  • 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 contributions were: Lisbon - £399.75; Kerala, India - £590.86; San Francisco - £722.50.
  • If the field trip includes travel abroad, you will also need to budget for food & beverages and if necessary, vaccinations, passport renewal and visas.
  • Some modules include the option to undertake non-residential fieldwork visits. These options will enhance the module, 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
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions.
  • Library fees and fines.
  • Personal photocopies
  • Printing course handouts.
  • Society membership fees.
  • Stationary.
  • Graduation costs.
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses.

Funding

Key information

Course type:
Single honours
Delivery mode:
Classroom
Study mode:
Full time
Duration:
Three years
Application status:
Open
Start date:
September 2022
Application deadline:
26 January 2022
Apply via UCAS

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