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BSc (Hons) Geography

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  • Clearing
  • UCAS Code:
    F800
  • Institution:
    B50
  • Delivery:
    Full time according to Funding Council definitions

Places available to study this September

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Geography covers a variety of topics that examine the natural, social, economical and political factors that influence our rapidly changing world. Our BSc will help you understand ways of managing our environment sustainably and deal with social and environmental conflicts that affect the world we live in. As the course covers both human and physical geography, you can tailor the course to your interests by choosing appropriate units from year two.

In addition to gaining a sophisticated education, you’ll also graduate with the practical skills needed to work in a range of industries, through multiple field trips including opportunities along the nearby Jurassic Coast, the Isle of Wight and the New Forest. What’s more, in year two there’s an opportunity to complete field experience abroad. In the past themes have included conservation practice in China, and preparation for climate change in farming communities in Nepal, but you’ll receive more information on this at the end of year one.

Taught by an expert-led team of lecturers, academics and guest speakers, highlights of this diverse course include core and optional units such as Marine Geography, Earth & Society, Biological Oceanography, Cultural Ecology, Globalisation & Marginalisation, and Environmental Law & Management.

The course also develops transferable skills such as team working, research and analysis. All students complete work placements to gain valuable employment skills, contacts and real world experience with a wide range of local and international opportunities, making contacts for the future. You may choose to do two five-week placements or one of these short placements and an optional long placement of at least 30 weeks. We have dedicated Placement Coordinators to help you make the most of these opportunities and support you while on placement.

Our students in the Life and Environmental Sciences Department work in partnership with our staff to co-create featured projects, collaborating with professional practioners and also assisting with individual placement opportunities. Take a look at our Co-creating Science web page to find out about the exciting projects and placements our students get involved in, including visits to New Zealand, Yellowstone and also Plankton Diversity in Southampton Water to name just a few. You can even have a look at students’ class projects and dissertations.

Our BSc has extremely high student satisfaction rates; 100% of our final year students said that they have been able to contact staff when they needed to, so join us on live chat now to find out more, or register to meet us at Open Day.

Interested in studying this course part-time? Enquire now.

All statistics shown throughout this page are taken from Unistats, Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE), BU institutional data and Ipsos MORI (National Student Survey) unless otherwise stated.

Key information

Next start date:

September 2018, September 2019

Location:

Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus

Duration:

3 years with two 5-week placements, or 4 years with a minimum 30-week placement

Required subjects:

A Science subject ( including Geography) or Mathematics

Entry requirements:

Places available to study this September

We have greater flexibility with our entry requirements during Clearing, so let’s talk about your future.
BU and you. A match made in Clearing.

Call us on +44 (0)1202 966777.

Waiting for results? Stay up to date with Clearing opportunities at BU.

International entry requirements:

If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS (Academic) 6.5 with minimum 5.5 in each of the 4 components or equivalent. For more information check out our international entry requirements.

Course details

On this course you will usually be taught by a range of staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This will include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners, demonstrators, technicians and research students. You will also benefit from regular guest lectures from industry.

How you will be assessed

You will be assessed by coursework culminating in your final year research project, and you will also undertake group work and written exams. The assessment methods for each unit can be found on the programme profile in the programme specification for your course. As an indication, 88% of the most popular units on this course in 2016/17 were assessed by coursework.

Download the programme specification (pdf 1.3mb)

Placements

At BU, we recognise that placements are extremely valuable and can give you a head start when it comes to your future career. That’s why we offer every new student the opportunity to undertake an industrial placement as part of their course.

What’s more, you can also choose to take your placement abroad, giving you the opportunity to develop yourself personally, academically, and professionally and gain skills to help you stand out in the job market. 

Find out about BU students’ experiences on placementsAll you need to know about placements

Your application

The course will suit applicants who the following qualities:

  • Previous experience and enjoyment of fieldwork
  • A willingness to engage with the public
  • An ability to think abstractly, and especially spatially
  • Feeling comfortable working with information technology
  • Previous study of geography.

Geography encompasses an incredibly broad curriculum and suits those with varied learning abilities (Logical, Visual, Kinaesthetic and other thinkers). It certainly suits those who enjoy fieldwork and there are also many and varied placements.

How to apply

Entry requirements

Careers

This course very much focuses on the practical elements of geography, preparing you for work in a diverse range of jobs and in varied industries when you graduate. As a university, we have a strong graduate employment record and on this degree programme you will have the opportunity to gain practical experience through work placements, as well as what you learn in your lectures.

Our staff have a wealth of research, educational and consultancy experience and will prepare you for the world of work once you graduate. Within six months of finishing their course, 75% of our graduates are in work or further study and 65% are in professional/managerial positions.

Our staff

Costs and fees

All fees are quoted in pounds sterling and are per annum. Your tuition fees will be the same for each year of your course. You can find full information about funding your studies and paying your fees in our undergraduate fees and funding section. That’s also where you’ll find information about the scholarships and bursaries on offer – including unlimited Academic Excellence Scholarships for UK, EU and International students.

Fees quoted are for tuition only unless stated otherwise, and we’re committed to ensuring there are no hidden extra costs while you’re at university – that’s why we’re clear about what you can expect us to cover, and what your cost of living will be. You’ll also find you could benefit from a range of discounts as a student.

Course changes

What our staff say

Julie Gill

Our students have gone on to a wide range of careers including teaching, surveying, risk managment and even sand sculpting.

What our staff say

Dr Phillipa Gillingham

This is a friendly course where all the lecturers will know your name by the time you graduate. We have a strong emphasis on practical work and we make the most of our location near the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site.

What our graduates think

Scott Pilkington-Bennett

I can't stress enough how the GIS element of this course has been vital for my career! I will be supporting projects such as HS2 and Crossrail as a GIS Analyst.