BSc (Hons) Geography

BSc (Hons) Geography

Our Geography degree offers a wide ranging approach to the subject, and you will study everything from social and cultural geography to ecosystems and landforms.

Our emphasis is on practical learning, taking you out into the world and bringing the world into the classroom. Immerse yourself in different environments through fieldwork. Hear guest lectures from professionals working in relevant sectors. These opportunities give you up to date, relevant insights into our changing world.

We make the most of the region around us, from the historic city of York to the rugged landscapes of Yorkshire. Our course normally includes a residential field trip in each stage of the degree, taking you further afield in your second and third year to investigate other environments and cultures. Our current overseas field trips include visits to Slovenia and Malta. These are essential to your learning, so there is no additional cost to taking part.

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

The course offers lots of opportunity to choose your own direction, following your interests and developing your own specialist knowledge. Your practical and technical fieldwork skills will grow along with your theoretical understanding. We will support you to become independent researchers and professionals, designing and carrying out your own research, generating your own knowledge and forming your own conclusions.

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:

  • Environmental management
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS) management
  • Local government and planning
  • Tourism management
  • Surveying
  • Sustainability
  • Conservation

Course Details

Year 1

Mapping the Geographies of Yorkshire
Ecosystems and Biogeography
Critical Thinking and Academic Skills in Geography
Social and Cultural Geography
Earth Systems and Geomorphology
Geography Fieldwork Studies

Year 2

Environmental Hazards
Geographical Thought
Society and Space
Culture and Landscape
Sustainability: Global Environmental Challenges
Research Project
Geographers’ Professional Practice (work placement)
Cultural and Heritage Tourism

Year 3

Geography Dissertation
Cities in Transition
Habitat Management
Applied GIS
International/Environmental Fieldwork
International/Cross-Cultural Fieldwork

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