BA (Hons)  Human Geography

BA (Hons) Human Geography

Throughout this course you will explore urban, social, cultural and tourism geographies. York’s thriving tourist industry and rich history make it an ideal location to study these exciting areas of geography. You will have the opportunity to study a range of geographical themes including:

  • Culture and landscape
  • Inequalities and social justice
  • Urban development and global cities
  • Tourism and sustainability.

Through this degree you will develop knowledge and skills relevant to a wide range of careers. Our Human Geography graduates have gone on to work in sectors such as international development, housing, finance, planning and education.

Your learning will never be confined to the classroom. From the start you will apply theory to the world around you, actively engaging with the issues we investigate by choosing your own case studies or carrying out fieldwork. The course will take you from exploring the city on your doorstep to conducting your own research on residential field trips in the UK and abroad. Field trips provide practical experience that is central to your learning, so the cost of them is covered by your fees. Deepen your understanding through first hand experience, gaining skills and confidence in your abilities as an independent researcher. Our current overseas destinations are Malta and Ljulbljana (Slovenia).

While the COVID-19 pandemic continues to raise concerns about health and travel, our residential field trips are replaced with non residential and/or virtual fieldwork. But we will do our best to offer as much of our usual fieldwork as possible.

If you do not yet meet the minimum requirements for entry straight onto this degree course, or feel you are not quite ready for the transition to Higher Education, this is a great option for you. Passing a foundation year guarantees you a place on this degree course the following academic year.

Entry Requirements


  • 104 UCAS Tariff points
  • 3 GCSEs at grade C/4 (or equivalent) including English Language and Maths

International Students

If you are an international student you will need to show that your qualifications match our entry requirements.

Information about international qualifications and entry requirements can be found on our International pages.

If English is not your first language you will need to show that you have English Language competence at IELTS level 6.0 (with no skill below 5.5) or equivalent.

Additional Requirements

  • You do not need an A level in Geography to apply for this course.
  • You will need to demonstrate an interest and enthusiasm for Geography in your personal statement.

Mature Learners Entry Scheme

If you have been out of education for 3 years or more and have a grade C GCSE in English Language or equivalent, you are eligible for our entry scheme for mature learners. It's a scheme that recognises non-traditional entry qualifications and experience for entry onto this course. Information on how to apply can be found on our dedicated page.

Career Prospects

This degree will provide you with specialist geographical skills such as cartography, the use of Geographical Information Systems, research, fieldwork and data analysis. It also allows you to build more broadly transferable skills in critical thinking, forming arguments, decision making, self management and team working.

This degree could be the first step toward your career in:

  • Local government and planning
  • International development and global issues
  • Tourism management
  • Urban regeneration
  • Policy and government

Course Details

Year 1

Critical Thinking and Academic Skills in Geography
Mapping the Geographies of Yorkshire
Social and Cultural Geography
Geography Fieldwork Studies
Urban Geography
Tourism Geographies

Year 2

Geographical Thought
Society and Space
Culture and Landscape
Research Project
Geographers’ Professional Practice (work placement)
Cultural and Heritage Tourism

Year 3

Human Geography Dissertation
Cities in Transition
International/Cross-Cultural Fieldwork
Transnational Cinema
Responsible Tourism

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