Northumbria University Newcastle - Geography BSc (Hons)

Northumbria University Newcastle

Geography BSc (Hons)

With a broad geographical focus in your first year, this course goes on to teach you how to understand and analyse human impact on the environment, the world around you and all of the factors that affect this.

Through teaching delivered by our internationally recognised academics, you will not only be learning about research but actively taking part as a researcher. In addition to fieldtrips in the UK and Europe, you will also have the opportunity to undertake study abroad, or to complete a work placement allowing you to put all of your recently acquired skills into practise, or to undertake a combination of both as part of a sandwich year.

Throughout the degree you will develop your knowledge and a broad understanding of geography, with a focus on physical geography, in addition to developing intellectual and professional skills and abilities that will benefit your future career or studies. 

Entry Requirements

Standard Entry

120 UCAS Tariff points

From a combination of acceptable Level 3 qualifications which may include: A-level, T Level, BTEC Diplomas/Extended Diplomas, Scottish and Irish Highers, Access to HE Diplomas, or the International Baccalaureate.

Subject Requirements:

There are no specific subject requirements for this course.

GCSE Requirements:

Applicants will need Maths and English Language at minimum grade 4/C, or an equivalent.

Additional Requirements:

There are no additional requirements for this course.

English Language Requirements:

International applicants should have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component (or an approved equivalent*).

Career Prospects

BSc Geography will prepare you for a broad range of careers as employers appreciate the transferable analytical, communication and presentation skills that are acquired throughout this degree.

Graduates go on to work in a broad range of sectors that may include tackling important real world problems in the management of the environment or policy jobs across a wide range of industries.

Others may choose to pursue environmental consultancy or Government, graduate training schemes, teaching or further study. Employability is embedded within BSc Geography from the start, ensuring you leave with skills that are transferrable and applicable to a working environment.

Course Details

BSc Geography utilises a range of teaching and assessment methods and a large part of this course is delivered via lectures, seminars, and practical activities in both the lab and field, to help you master core professional skills.

Once you have built up your core skillset, assessments will be undertaken via a range of methods including reports, presentations, seen exams,  and posters. Around 70% of your course will be assessed via coursework, with the remaining 30% assessed by exam.

Year One

Introduction to Human Geography (Core,20 Credits)
Geography Fieldwork (Core,20 Credits)
Exploring Geographical and Environmental Data (Core,20 Credits)
Dynamic Earth (Core,20 Credits)
Academic Skills and Personal Development (BSc) (Core,20 Credits)
Introduction to Physical Environments (Core,20 Credits)
Academic Language Skills for Geography (Core – for International and EU students only,0 Credits)

Year Two

Cold and Palaeoenvironments (Core,20 Credits)
Meteorology and Oceanography (Optional,20 Credits)
Fundamentals of Ecology (Optional,20 Credits)
Earth Observation and GIS (Core,20 Credits)
Academic Language Skills for Geography (Core – for International and EU students only,0 Credits)
Research and Fieldwork in Physical Geography (Core,20 Credits)
Coastal Monitoring and Management (Core,20 Credits)
Green cities and nature-based solutions (Optional,20 Credits)
Environmental Cycles: Air, Water, Soil (Optional,20 Credits)
Student Tutoring (Optional,20 Credits)

Year three

Year in International Business (This is made up of modules studied in Newcastle (Semester 1) & Amsterdam (Semester 2) (Optional,120 Credits)
International Academic Exchange 1 (Optional,60 Credits)
Academic Language Skills for Geography (Core – for International and EU students only,0 Credits)
Work Placement Year (Optional,120 Credits)
Study Abroad Year (Optional,120 Credits)
Work placement semester (Optional,60 Credits)

Year Four

Academic Language Skills for Geography (Core – for International and EU students only,0 Credits)
Geography and Environment Dissertation (Core,40 Credits)
Cold Landscapes (Optional,20 Credits)
Modelling, Computation and Data Manipulation (Optional,20 Credits)
Palaeoecology and Biogeography (Optional,20 Credits)
Development and Disasters (Optional,20 Credits)
Advanced Geospatial Applications (Optional,20 Credits)
Public Health and Occupational Safety (Optional,20 Credits)
Applied Ecology and Conservation Management (Optional,20 Credits)
Environmental Pollution and Health (Optional,20 Credits)

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