UWE Bristol - BA Hons Geography

UWE Bristol

BA Hons Geography

This course is accredited by the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG). Take a sandwich year and study with one of our international partners in locations such as the US or Canada.
Why study geography?
Geography is unique in integrating the social sciences with the natural sciences. It's about understanding the earth's peoples and their impact, as well as its landscapes, places and environments.
Geographers play a key role in developing and managing the response to challenges that are on the news on a daily basis - from globalisation and urbanisation, to terrorism and climate change.
Why UWE Bristol?
This BA(Hons) Geography course in human geography is strongly applied, meaning you'll look beyond the theories to explore their real-world application.
You'll broaden your geographical experience through field trips investigating innovative projects as diverse as industrial change in Wales and urban development in Mallorca all included within course fees.
Our strong industry links mean you'll get the chance to undertake inspiring learning opportunities outside the classroom: whether it's a work placement, a study year abroad, or an international research opportunity.
And because our geography tutors come from a variety of academic and industry backgrounds, your learning will be inspired by real-world experiences and different perspectives. Teaching and assessment alike are designed to embrace a range of formats and interactions, so that all learning styles are catered for. 
As well as mastering specialist techniques such as computer-based spatial analysis, you'll develop important transferable skills in communication, creative thinking and problem-solving skills which are valued by employers across the board.
You'll also have the opportunity to tailor the programme to your interests through module options including the regeneration and transformation of cities, international tourism development, global crime and migration.
Where can it take me?
As a graduate of this course your skills will equip you to pursue a career in a wide range of areas, from regeneration and renewable energy, to local and central government.
Past students have gone on to become town planners, property developers, environmental consultants and researchers.

Entry Requirements

  • Tariff points: 112
  • GCSE: Grade C/4 in English Literature or Language and Mathematics, or equivalent. We do not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificate in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as alternatives to GCSEs.
  • English Language Requirement: International and EU applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component.
  • A-level subjects: No specific subjects required.

Career Prospects

Studying geography can lead to a range of careers. You could work for environmental consultancies, conservation agencies and government, or take on research opportunities.

You could also apply your skills and knowledge in logistics, business management or finance.

If you're interested in teaching geography at secondary school level, this degree is a good foundation for a postgraduate teaching qualification. 

Course Details

If you study on the four year (sandwich) course, you'll spend your third year away from the University on a work or study placement. 

Depending on which you choose, you'll either complete a placement learning or learning and development module.

Year 1

Geographies of Globalisation
Environmental Challenges
People, Places and Change
Field Study in Human Geography
Geographical Skills.

Year 2

Researching Human Geography
Professional Development for Geographers.

Five optional modules
Geopolitics of Migration
Sustainable Resource Management
Geographies of Security
Culture, Geography and Tourism
City Regeneration
Transport and Mobility
Climate and Environmental Justice.

Placement year

Final Year

Final Year Project.
Professional Experience or Professional Project and Independent Project.

Three optional modules
International Tourism and Sustainable Development
Transforming Global Cities
Contemporary Security Issues
GIS and Remote Sensing Applications
Advanced Geographic Expedition
Decolonising Environmental Management
Water and Energy Futures
Sustainable Transport: Technologies and Behaviour.

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