BA Geography with Study Abroad
|Typical offer||A*AA-AAB; IB: 38-34; BTEC D*DD-DDD|
This four-year degree includes a year studying abroad, between the second and final years. In this third year you study at a university with which we have established links, for example in North America or Australia, and credit for this academic work counts towards your degree at the University of Exeter.
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.
- Investigate the world through novel geographical lenses, explore the flows and spaces of globalization, the importance of place and the shifting geographies of identity and culture
- Choose from a range of optional modules which draw upon our international research strengths, including environment and sustainability, political geography, global urban futures, historical and cultural geography, health geographies, and climate and society
- Through fieldwork and through experiential learning, engage your curiosity about the dynamics and consequences of social, cultural and environmental change and develop a range of geographical skills which are transferable to diverse workplaces
- Take the opportunity, in your third year of a four year programme, to study abroad or undertake a year’s work placement within an organisation relevant to your degree
- Option to select modules from physical geography in your second and final years
The first year of the BA Geography degree programme provides an excellent introduction to wide-ranging research areas in human geography (including globalisation, sustainability, place, identity and culture) and core academic skills development (independent learning, effective communication, and academic writing) and includes a residential field trip in the first term, during which you will develop a series of human geography research skills.
The second year offers a combination of core and optional modules in Human Geography, ranging from Nature, Development and Justice and Global Lives to Political and Social Geographies.
Modules at the interface between human and physical geography also enable students to examine the challenges of climate change and natural hazards. Core components of second year skills development are advanced research training and international residential fieldtrips, such as the Bay of Naples, Berlin, New York and Seville*.
Study Abroad year
The final year offers optional modules across a wide range of critical subject areas in human geography, in many cases directly linked to ongoing research being undertaken in the department (covering fields including refugee and asylum geographies, geographies of technology, material culture and low carbon societies). The final year also offers you the opportunity to undertake your own research project.
*Field course destinations are subject to change. Please note, some optional/alternative field courses may incur additional costs.
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.
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 4. Registration on this module is subject to a competitive application process. If taken, this module will not count towards progression or award calculation.
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.
Entry requirements 2019
A*AA-AAB; IB: 38-34; BTEC D*DD-DDD
GCE AL Grade A or IB HL6 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 should check details of our English language requirements and may be interested in our Foundation programme for Biomedical, Life and Environmental Sciences.
International students should check details of our English language requirements and may be interested in our Foundation programme for Humanities, Law and Social Science.
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.
Teaching is through lectures, seminars, tutorials, laboratory classes and field work. Tutorials complement lectures by encouraging you to explore issues in small group discussion meetings (between six and twelve students per group). We have well-equipped laboratories with the latest scientific teaching equipment. We believe every student benefits from being part of a research-inspired culture and taught by experts. You will discuss the very latest ideas in seminars and tutorials and, in appropriate degree programmes, you will become an active member of a research team.
We have strong links with international, national and local research projects across every continent of the globe from Antarctica to Asia.
Technology Enabled Learning
All students have access to the latest geographical information systems (GIS), mapping statistics and coding software.
As support for lectures, seminars and tutorials, we frequently make use of video-conferencing and webcasting. We’re actively engaged in introducing new methods of learning and teaching, including increased interactive computer-based approaches to learning through our virtual learning environment. 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.
Your progress is monitored through tutorial work and practical assessments. The final degree mark is based on approximately 50 per cent exam-based and 50 per cent coursework-based assessments. The latter include a final year dissertation, which is an independent research project in which you study the topic that excites you most. The modules taken in the first year must be passed to progress to the second year but the marks obtained do not influence your final degree classification.
We are committed to providing you with a supportive learning environment in which you can build confidence and mastery of Geography. As well as a minimum of 10 hours of direct contact time with your lecturers per week, all students have a personal and academic tutor who is available for advice and support throughout their studies and to support the transition to university-level learning. In addition, all students in Geography are represented through Student-Staff Liaison Committees and can regularly feedback through module and course evaluations.
There are also a number of services where you can get advice and information, including the Students’ Guild Advice Unit.
These four-year programmes give you the opportunity to spend the third year of your degree at one of our international partner universities in Australia, New Zealand or the United States of America. Your work during the year abroad is assessed and contributes to your final degree classification and ‘with Study Abroad’ will be recorded on your degree certificate. During your first, second and final years of study, you will follow the same programme of study as the BA Geography.
Students registered on the BA Geography with Study Abroad can apply for a place to study with a number of International Exchange partner universities in the United States and Australia. You can find a complete list of International Exchange partner universities on the International Exeter website (click on the College of Life and Environmental Sciences link).
This International Exchange programme you to spend a year abroad at an international (non-European) university in an English-speaking country. Whilst abroad you will study approved modules at the host university to the value of 120 credits; these will be credited towards your University of Exeter BA Geography degree, which you would then complete after four years of study rather than three.
To qualify for application for an International Exchange place, we would expect you to have successfully completed your Year 1 studies with an average mark of at least 60%. All assessments during the year abroad would be undertaken at the host university and would count towards your final degree. Upon return to the University of Exeter, you would then complete your degree in a fourth year (equivalent to the current Year 3 of our geography programmes).
You may apply for direct entry to these degrees or, exceptionally, students with first year marks above 60 per cent can apply for to transfer on these degrees from one of the other degree programmes during their second year, spaces permitting.
Field work is an important component of our Geography degrees and you’ll participate in a number of field courses throughout your degree.
In the second and final years, field trips provide an opportunity for you to develop and apply your research skills to wider environments. The main residential field class runs in the second year. Previous destinations have included the Bay of Naples, Berlin, Brazil, California, Iceland, New York and Seville*.
You will be introduced to key geographical research techniques in core modules and field courses during the first two years of your degree. First and second year modules provide training in research design, quantitative and qualitative analytical techniques that form the basis of your geographical investigation in your final year.
Residential field trips in the UK help you apply what you are learning about, how to conduct research as geographers and observe geographical processes in action.
*Field course destinations are subject to change. Please note, some optional/alternative field courses may incur additional costs.
Find out more
Visit our Fieldwork page for more information.
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, Geography Graduate
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.
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.
Geographic Information Systems Technician
Flood Risk Analyst
Climate Change Researcher/Web Portal Developer
Financial Research Analyst
Affordable Warmth Projects Assistant
Assistant Project Manager
Student Brand Manager
Field Studies Council
Conde Naste and Heart
The Climate Group
Stockholm Environment Institute
United Sustainable Energy Agency
Financial Times Ltd
Business, Innovation and Skills for the Government
UK Border Agency
South West Water
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.
|Rural Estate Management
ACA Association of Chartered Accountants
PGCE Secondary Geography
Graduate Diploma in Law
Modern Chinese Studies
Risk and Environmental Hazards
Rural Land and Business Management
Surveying and Land/Environmental Management
Environmental Dynamics and Climate Change
Law and Environmental Science
Climate Change and Risk Management
Geographic Information and Climate Change
|University of Exeter
University of Reading
College of Law
Royal Agricultural College
University of Southampton
University of East Anglia
University of Bristol
University of Nottingham
University College London
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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, Geography with European Study