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UCAS Code
F800
Mode of Study
Full-time, Full-time sandwich with work placement
Duration
3 years full-time, 4 years sandwich with work placement
Start Date
September 2019, September 2020
Accredited
Yes

Apply through Clearing

To start this course in 2019 call us on +44 (0)23 9284 8090 or go to our Clearing section to chat with us online.

Entry requirements for this course may be more flexible during Clearing.

Our Clearing hotline is open 9.00am–5.00pm (Monday to Thursday) and 9.00am–4.00pm (Friday).

Overview

If you’re interested in the physical nature, characteristics and environment of the world, you can couple your interest with professional skills on this professionally accredited BSc (Hons) Geography degree course.

You’ll learn about the natural environment, how it was formed, what threatens it and how we can protect it. You’ll deepen your understanding of the world and develop professional skills in areas such as communication, problem solving, decision making and teamwork.

When you complete the course, you'll be prepared for a career in everything from environmental management to teaching and academic research.

You could earn more than the average graduate too – 5 years after graduation, female geography graduates earn 11.6% more than a typical female graduate and male graduates earn 2% more than a typical male graduate (Institute For Fiscal Studies, 2018).

Accredited by:

This course is accredited by the Royal Geographical Society. This shows the teaching on this course is of the highest quality and has been approved by an independent body of academics and industrialists.

97% Overall student satisfaction (NSS, 2018)

What you'll experience

On this degree course, you’ll:

  • Study physical geography, nature, and how environmental changes will affect the future of our planet
  • Use high-powered tech in our labs, including laser survey technology, drones, GIS and photogrammetry equipment and environmental simulation cabinet
  • Tailor your studies, by choosing modules that match your interests and career ambitions
  • Have the chance to experience some of the societies or landscapes you’re studying by doing field work
  • Enrich your studies by hearing from guest speakers from public, private and non-profit sectors

You can travel overseas for field work in places such as Berlin, Malta, Sicily and Uganda and choose to study abroad at one of our link universities in Poland, Spain or France.

Careers and opportunities

What can you do with a Geography degree?

At the end of the course, you'll have many technical and professional skills you can use to start your career. Previous students have gone onto work in areas such as:

  • environmental management
  • business management
  • public services
  • teaching
  • research

What jobs can you do with a Geography degree?

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

  • geographical information scientist
  • environmental consultant
  • spatial analyst
  • coastal process scientist
  • urban planner
  • transport planner

Organisations graduates have gone on to work for include:

  • Ordnance Survey
  • Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA)
  • IBM
  • The Environment Agency

You could also go on to study at postgraduate level.

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

I enjoy my course due to the range of modules, both human and physical geography, and as a coastal city, Portsmouth's location is great to study geography.

Ashley Purchase,

What you'll study on this BSc (Hons) Geography degree

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.

Modules

Core modules in this year include:

  • Academic Communication Skills
  • Environmental Processes and Hazards
  • Global Environmental Challenges
  • Practical Fieldwork Skills
  • Society and Place
  • Tools for Geographical Enquiry

There are no optional modules in this year.

Core modules in this year include:

  • Research Design and Analysis
  • Fieldwork and Professional Skills

Options to choose from in this year currently include:

  • Environmental Change
  • River Processes and Freshwater Ecology
  • Geographies of Development
  • GIS And Remote Sensing
  • Glaciers and Glaciation
  • Introduction to Teaching
  • Regional Economic Development and Inequality
  • Social Identities and Place
  • Sustainable Environmental Management

On this course, you can do an optional work placement year between your 2nd and 3rd years to get valuable experience working in industry.

We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

Core modules in this year include:

  • Independent Research

Options to choose from in this year currently include:

  • Cold Environments
  • Climate Change
  • Environmental Audit and Assessment
  • Conservation Biogeography
  • Creative Economy, People and Place
  • Environment and Development
  • Environmental Pollution and Waste Management
  • Geographical Information Systems in The Workplace
  • Geographies of Children and Young People
  • Geographies of Health and Urban Wellbeing
  • Hazardscapes

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed through:

  • coursework
  • examinations
  • contributions to electronic discussion forums
  • web page design
  • posters
  • projects
  • presentations
  • portfolios

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

Placement year

After your second year, you can do an optional work placement year to get valuable longer-term work experience in the industry.

Previous students have completed work placements at organisations such as:

  • The Environment Agency
  • Natural England
  • The Solent Forum

We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your aspirations. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

Work experience and career planning

To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course.

We can help you identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and opportunities that will complement your studies and build links with employers and the industry.

Teaching

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • workshops
  • seminars
  • one-on-one tutorials

You can access all teaching resources on Moodle, our virtual learning environment, from anywhere with a Web connection.

Teaching staff profiles

These are some of the expert staff who’ll teach you on this degree course. 

Clare Boston, Senior Lecturer

Clare specialises in glacial processes, landforms and sediments. Her research includes work on past glaciation in Britain and recent glacier change in Norway and Greenland, and encompasses fieldwork, remote sensing and GIS.

Clare teaches on the following modules: L4: Practical Fieldwork Skills, Tools for Geographical Enquiry, Environmental Processes and Hazards, L5: Glaciers and Glaciation, L6: Independent Study (dissertation).

How you'll spend your time

One of the main differences between school or college and university is how much control you have over your learning.

At university, as well as spending time in timetabled teaching activities such as lectures, seminars and tutorials, you’ll do lots of independent study with support from our staff when you need it.

A typical week

We recommend you spend at least 35 hours a week studying for your Geography degree. In your first year, you’ll be in timetabled teaching activities such as tutorials, lectures, practical classes and workshops and external visits for about 11 hours a week. The rest of the time you’ll do independent study such as research, reading, coursework and project work, alone or in a group with others from your course. You'll probably do more independent study and have less scheduled teaching in years 2 and 3, but this depends on which modules you choose.

Most timetabled teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends.

Term times

The academic year runs from September to early June with breaks at Christmas and Easter. It's divided into 2 teaching blocks and 2 assessment periods:

  • September to December – teaching block 1
  • January – assessment period 1
  • January to May – teaching block 2 (includes Easter break)
  • May to June – assessment period 2

Extra learning support

The amount of timetabled teaching you'll get on your degree might be less than what you're used to at school or college, but you'll also get face-to-face support from teaching and support staff when you need it. These include the following people and services:

Personal tutor

Your personal tutor helps you make the transition to independent study and gives you academic and personal support throughout your time at university.

As well as regular scheduled meetings with your personal tutor, they're also available at set times during the week if you want to chat with them about anything that can't wait until your next meeting.

Learning support tutors

You'll have help from a team of faculty learning support tutors. They can help you improve and develop your academic skills and support you in any area of your study.

They can help with:

  • improving your academic writing (for example, essays, reports, dissertations)
  • understanding and using assignment feedback
  • managing your time and workload
  • revision and exam techniques

Academic skills support

As well as support from faculty staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • academic writing
  • note taking
  • time management
  • critical thinking
  • presentation skills
  • referencing
  • working in groups
  • revision, memory and exam techniques

If you have a disability or need extra support, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) will give you help, support and advice.

Library support

Library staff are available in person or by email, phone or online chat to help you make the most of the University’s library resources. You can also request one-to-one appointments and get support from the faculty librarian for science.

The library is open 24 hours a day, every day, in term time.

Support with English

If English isn't your first language, you can do one of our English language courses to improve your written and spoken English language skills before starting your degree. Once you're here, you can take part in our free English for Academic Purposes programme to improve your English further.

Entry requirements​

Entry requirements for this course may be more flexible during Clearing.

BSc (Hons) Geography degree entry requirements

Qualifications or experience
  • 96-120 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent.

See the other qualifications we accept

English language requirements
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

See alternative English language qualifications

Qualifications or experience
  • 112-120 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent.

See the other qualifications we accept

English language requirements
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

See alternative English language qualifications

​Course costs

Tuition fees (2019 start)

  • UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • International students – £13,900 per year (subject to annual increase)

Additional course costs

These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.

Additional costs

Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.

You’ll study up to 6 modules a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each module.

You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.

We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.

The cost of travel or accommodation for compulsory fieldwork is included in the course fee, but you will be expected to pay for meals and other subsistence costs.

If you take a placement year, you’ll need to budget for the travel, accommodation and subsistence costs associated with the placement. These are generally £50–£1000, depending on destination and duration.

On some of the optional units in the final year of the course, you’ll need to contribute to the cost of field trips. These costs are often £30–£2,200. You can take optional units in your final year that have no field trips.

Apply

How to apply

To start this course in 2019, call our Clearing hotline on +44 (0)23 9284 8090 or go to our Clearing section to chat with us online.

To start in 2020 you need to apply through UCAS. You can start your application now and submit it from 4 September 2019.

In the meantime, sign up to an Open Day to explore our course facilities, tour the campus and have a look around our halls of residence.

If you’re new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.

When you apply, you'll need:

  • the UCAS course code – F800
  • our institution code – P80

How to apply from outside the UK

If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply for this course through UCAS (see the 'How to apply' section above for details). You can also apply directly to us or you can get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region.

To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section. 

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