BA Geography

UCAS codeL705
Duration3 years
Typical offerAAA-AAB; IB: 36-34
DisciplineGeography
Location Streatham (Exeter)

Overview

Our BA Geography programme will provide you with a broad understanding of the geographical aspects of human society and the physical environment, with the opportunity to specialise through module choices. Following a first year that provides a good foundation in human and physical geography, plus key skills, the second and final years offer you the opportunity to shape your degree to match your developing interests with an emphasis on human geography. You’ll choose from a range of optional modules which draw upon our research strengths, including historical geography, rural geography, nature-culture relations, cultural and political geography, and climate and society. You will also have the opportunity to undertake human geography research methods, participate in a human geography field trip, and carry out a human geography dissertation.

Through field work and other forms of experiential learning, the programme aims to promote your curiosity about social, cultural and natural environments and to enable you to develop a range of skills specific to the geographer as well as a series of cognitive, generic and transferable skills.
The programme is available as a four-year degree with the third year spent studying at a partner university abroad.

Why study Geography at our Streatham Campus, Exeter?

  • Join a large community of Geography students and staff – a thriving and vibrant environment in which to study
  • Flexible degree structures and a wide selection of optional modules allow you to tailor your study to suit your developing interests
  • Choice of exciting field courses in the UK and abroad
  • Excellent facilities managed by experienced and dedicated technical support staff:
    • well equipped laboratories including a £3.7million sediment research centre
    • GIS laboratories with high-spec work stations
    • computer rooms
    • technical workshop
    • cartographic studio
    • good provision of technical equipment for field study
  • Opportunities to develop the vocational skills highly sought by employers

Programme variations

The University of Exeter is highly ranked in the UK and the Geography programme is one of the most renowned and developed undergraduate courses here. The quality of teaching is great and the lecturers are friendly and really helpful. Exeter does not only give me the opportunity of a well designed course and high quality education but also valuable life experiences.

Jessica Tsang, BA Geography.

Programme structure

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.

The following tables describe the programme and constituent modules. Constituent modules may be updated, deleted, or replaced as a consequence of the annual review of this programme.

You may take optional modules as long as any necessary prerequisites have been satisfied, where the timetable allows and if you have not already taken the module in question or an equivalent module.

You may take elective modules up to 30 credits outside of the programme in each stage of the programme with permission as long as any necessary prerequisites have been satisfied, where the timetable allows and if you have not already taken the module in question or an equivalent module.

You are also permitted to take the five-credit module GEO3910 Professional Development Experience in Stages 2 and 3. Registration on this module is subject to a competitive application process. If taken, this module will not count towards progression or award calculation.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

I think that the variety and flexibility of the programme is very important. Students have the opportunity to mix physical and human geography with other subjects and languages, and can also participate in studies abroad. The opportunities and support offered by the School are endless, from summer schemes to internships, and the lecturers are very helpful and supportive throughout.

Henrietta Hickling, BA Geography.

Entry requirements 2017

Typical offer

AAA-AAB; IB: 36-34

Required subjects

GCE AL Grade B or IB HL5 Humanities or Social Science subject.

GCE AL humanities/social sciences includes: Business Studies, English, Geography, Geology, History, Media Studies, Religious Studies, Economics, Law, Politics, Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology.

International students

International students should check details of our English language requirements and may be interested in our Foundation programmes.

Further information

Please read the important information about our Typical offer.

For full and up-to-date information on applying to Exeter and entry requirements, including requirements for other types of qualification, please see the Applying section.

Learning and teaching

You will be taught by expert research-active staff who cover a wide range of human and physical geography specialisms, ranging from climate change to popular culture. We have strong links with international, national, and local research projects around the globe, and staff draw upon the insights and examples these provide in their teaching.

You will be taught in a variety of settings including:

  • Lectures, seminars, and workshops;
  • Practical classes – these provide training in research methods and design, and include the use of IT such as Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and both quantitative and qualitative methods;
  • Fieldwork (both local and international, day trips and residential);
  • Tutorials – small group teaching, led by your academic tutor, with a focus on key academic skills and personal development. Here you will have the opportunity to explore and discuss in more depth issues from across the programme, and to develop your skills through presentations and group work
  • Individual progress meetings with your academic tutor.

Technology Enabled Learning
All students have access to the latest GIS, Earth Observation, and mapping software. As support for lectures, seminars and tutorials, we frequently make use of video-conferencing and webcasting. We are actively engaged in introducing new methods of learning and teaching, including increasing use of interactive computer-based approaches to learning. For example, you may be set a collaborative or group learning project and find yourself utilising the University’s surface tables which offer multi-user capability; or you may be required to undertake learning before a class using material prepared by the lecturer, such as a video, reading or web application, and then during the actual class you will engage in a discussion, test or seminar about the material. In lectures we encourage student contribution through the use of smart phone interactive technology to ask questions, collect feedback and test the understanding and engagement of our students.

We have a virtual learning environment, where the details of all modules are stored in an easily navigable website. You can access detailed information about modules and learning outcomes and interact through activities such as discussion forums, blogging and virtual field trips. The virtual field trips integrate video and audio data, maps, datasets, documents and published research to help you develop field work and analytical skills that are firmly grounded in the real world.

Academic support
We are committed to providing you with a supportive learning environment in which you can build confidence and mastery of Geography. The ambience is one of informality. Members of teaching staff either maintain an open door policy for student enquiries or have regular office hours when they can be consulted. From day one you are allocated a personal tutor who acts as a mentor on academic work, as well as a source of advice for accessing wider student services should you require them. In addition, all students in Geography are represented through Student-Staff Liaison Committees and can regularly feedback through module and course evaluations.

I think the personal tutor system is a very valuable part of the Geography programme – they are always available to discuss any problems or queries you may have. The staff members Geography are also extremely supportive, and all the lecturers are really passionate and enthusiastic about their topics.

Alexandra Hogan, BA Geography.

Fieldwork

Field work is an important component of our Geography degrees and you’ll participate in a number of field courses throughout your degree.

In Year 1, local field trips will provide an introduction to physical and human aspects of the local region.

In Year 2, you’ll go on a residential field course (normally one week’s duration) where you’ll have the opportunity to apply your research and practical skills. Recent destinations have included:

  • Berlin
  • Brazil
  • California
  • Iceland
  • New York City
  • Paris
  • Seville
  • Southern Spain

Find out more about undergraduate field work.

I have found the degree both informative and thoroughly enjoyable, due to the wide variety of modules available. The flexibility of the programme means that if you find a particular area really interesting then you can study it in more depth. The field trips, both local and international, enable a learning culture outside of the lecture theatre.

Keri Jenner, BA Geography Graduate

Careers

A Geography degree from the University of Exeter will equip you with a wide range of skills suitable for progressing onto further study or employment. The breadth of career opportunities open to geography graduates is vast, with research, planning and management careers in government, the commercial sector and regional councils providing many positions, as well as roles within not-for-profit organisations.

We provide a range of support to help you develop skills attractive to employers. Visit our Careers and Employability web page for more information.

The University of Exeter has an excellent reputation with graduate recruiters and our students and graduates compete very successfully in the employment market. Whatever path you want to follow after graduation, we’re here to help and support you with all your career and employability needs.

Graduate destinations

Below are a few examples of initial jobs undertaken by graduates of University of Exeter Geography undergraduate programmes delivered in Exeter. This information has been taken from the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) Survey 2012/13. Please note that, due to data protection, the job titles and organisations are listed independently and do not necessarily correspond.

Job titleOrganisation
Data Analyst
Graduate Surveyor
Geographic Information Systems Technician
Sustainability Assistant
Audit Associate
Account Executive
Flood Risk Analyst
Climate Change Researcher/Web Portal Developer
Events Manager
Trainee Tutor
Financial Research Analyst
Affordable Warmth Projects Assistant
Immigration Caseworker
Assistant Project Manager
Student Brand Manager
Regen SW
Thames Water
KPMG
Field Studies Council
Deloitte
Conde Naste and Heart
ISG Plc
Environment Agency
The Climate Group
Stockholm Environment Institute
Hospiscare
Preqin
United Sustainable Energy Agency
Financial Times Ltd
English Heritage
Business, Innovation and Skills for the Government
UK Border Agency
South West Water
Red Bull

Further study

Further study is a popular choice for a number of students following graduation. Below are a few examples of further study undertaken by graduates of University of Exeter Geography undergraduate programmes delivered in Exeter. This information has been taken from the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) Survey 2012/13. Please note that, due to data protection, the subjects of study and institutions are listed independently and do not necessarily correspond.

Subject areaInstitution
Rural Estate Management
Real Estate
ACA Association of Chartered Accountants
PGCE Primary
PGCE Secondary Geography
Graduate Diploma in Law
Modern Chinese Studies
Risk and Environmental Hazards
International Development
Rural Land and Business Management
Marketing
Surveying and Land/Environmental Management
Environmental Dynamics and Climate Change
Law and Environmental Science
International Management
Environmental Mapping
Climate Change and Risk Management
Geographic Information and Climate Change
International Relations
University of Exeter
University of Reading
Cranfield University
College of Law
Royal Agricultural College
City University
Kaplan
University of Southampton
Oxford University
University of East Anglia
Durham University
University of Bristol
University of Nottingham
University College London

Find out more

Further information about the opportunities the University of Exeter offers to maximise our graduates’ employment prospects can be found on the CareerZone website.

One of the greatest characteristics of pursuing a degree in geography is the flexibility it provides, extending into disciplines you would not associate with the subject.

Robert Wise, BA Geography with European Study

Professional placement

On the professional placement between the second and final years, you will gain valuable experience by spending a year working within an organisation appropriate to your degree.

The module convenor provides support while you are researching and applying for positions and you are encouraged to consider a range of organisations, including consultancies, charities, NGOs, research institutes and universities.

We have established collaborations with local, national and international organisations that you can consider when applying for placement positions.

You will gain valuable experience from the work placement: you will learn to apply the skills learnt during the first and second years, improve personal and transferable skills, make new contacts and enhance employability. Work placements allow you to develop your career focus and are extremely valued by employers.

Contact us

Streatham Campus, Exeter

Email: cles-externalrelations@exeter.ac.uk
Phone: +44 (0)1392 725818

Website: Visit the Geography website

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