Geography BSc (Hons)

UCAS code F800

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About this course 2019/20

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.

91% of students say that they are satisfied overall with their course (National Student Survey, 2016).

Learn from the best

Northumbria University’s BSc Geography course is taught by a team of specialist academics who are research active and publishing cutting edge work within physical geography. This expertise feeds directly into teaching and allows you to actively participate in debates that are currently defining the discipline, with those involved in contributing to those debates.

With experts across a range of geography sub-disciplines, our academics’ specialisms include climate change, snow, glaciers, ice sheets, palaeoenvironments, permafrost, sea-level change, coasts, soils, pollution and contamination, hydrochemistry and geographic information systems (GIS). Working alongside a number of professional bodies and organisations, you will be learning from the best.

Our staff will be there to support you though every step of your degree, providing feedback and advice on an ongoing basis.

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Teaching and Assessment

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.

Annual field trips to destinations in the UK and Europe will further allow you to contextualise key issues and apply your skills in a real-world environment.

Learning Environment

Northumbria University offers a range of specialist facilities to support you throughout your degree.

 Our Department’s three specialist laboratories – Geography Measurement and Analysis Laboratory, Palaeo and Environmental Research Laboratory and Soil and Sediment Processing Laboratory - allow you to get up close and experiment using state-of-the-art equipment and computational software.  Our extensive field equipment includes a range of portable monitoring and analytical instrumentation (e.g. for meteorological,  soil, water and air pollution monitoring).

All of these laboratories allow you to develop and further master your skills, whether you are preparing sediments, soils or biological samples for analysis, modelling your findings using specialist 3D software or utilising specialist statistical packages.

Throughout your course you may also undertake environmental case studies by visiting a variety of regional, national and international locations to practise and implement your investigative field techniques.

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Research-rich Learning

Research-rich learning runs throughout the BSc Geography course, drawing on the cutting-edge international research that is undertaken by our academics who are actively involved in international research projects that shape the discipline.

These findings are disseminated into the teaching environment to further enhance your learning experience and ensure that you have first-hand knowledge of the latest findings and developments.

Consequently, throughout your course you will have unprecedented access to our research-active experts who will bring this subject alive with findings from their trips to the polar regions, Canada, Laos, Romania and Chile, amongst many others.

Research skills and good academic practice are emphasised throughout your course and by your final year you will possess all of the skills required to position yourself as a confident researcher, creating opportunities for practise-based research, enhancement of employability and the boosting of self confidence.

 In the latest UK-wide research assessment exercise (REF2014), 55% of the Geography department’s research was ranked as world-leading or internationally excellent, making us a top-30 Geography Research Department based on research power.

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Give your career an edge

The BSc Geography course content has been designed to leave you equipped with all of the relevant skills and expertise required to pursue a career within your chosen sector.

We boast strong links with local and national organisations and professional practitioners who provide input into modules, guest lectures and talks at key events, allowing you to learn from experts in their scientific fields.

The added option to undertake a semester-based or year-long work placement will further enable to you apply your knowledge to a project with a wide range of organisations, such as local Government, national parks, environmental consultancies, or water and energy companies.

The 2015 National Student Survey found that 86% of BSc Geography students were in work or study within six months of completing their degree.

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Your Future

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 info

UCAS Code F800

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Geography and Environmental Sciences

Location Ellison Building, Newcastle City Campus

City Newcastle

Start September 2019

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