BSc (Hons) Environmental Geography

BSc (Hons) Environmental Geography

Approach environmental issues from both human and physical geographical perspectives, considering the natural world and the populations who interact with it. Topics you will explore include:

  • Ecosystems
  • Biogeography
  • Environmental hazards
  • Nature conservation
  • Sustainability
  • Global environmental challenges

Tackling these issues will challenge you to think about your own environmental values and your relationship with the natural world. As our effects on the planet become ever more visible, having skills to confront the challenges humanity faces will be invaluable.

Tackling environmental issues is never purely theoretical. Practical experience is an essential part of your learning, and you will get out into the field and study the natural world up close. We make the most of our location, in a Yorkshire landscape of moors, National Parks and coastland. Guest speakers from local environmental organisations also strengthen your connection to the region.

As you progress through this degree you will study an increasingly broad range of natural environments. You will take part in residential field trips, which currently include locations such as Malta and Slovenia. This experience of planning and carrying out your own research develops valuable, employable skills. It is an essential part of the course, so participation on these trips is included in your course fees.

While the COVID19 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 give you 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:

  • Environmental management
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS) management
  • Local government and planning
  • Surveying
  • Sustainability
  • Nature conservation

Course Details

Year 1

Critical Thinking and Academic Skills in Geography
Ecosystems and Biogeography
Earth Systems and Geomorphology
Mapping the Geographies of Yorkshire
Nature Conservation
Environmental Geography Fieldwork Studies

Year 2

Environmental Hazards
Geographical Thought
Environmental Change
Sustainability: Global Environmental Challenges
Research Project
Geographers’ Professional Practice (work placement)

Year 3

Environmental Geography Dissertation
Habitat Management
Applied GIS
International/Environmental Fieldwork

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