BSc Geography with European Study

UCAS codeF8R8
Duration4 Years
Typical offerAAA-AAB; IB: 36-34
Location Streatham (Exeter)


The four-year BSc Geography with European Study programme mirrors the BSc Geography programme at the Streatham Campus, but also gives you an exciting opportunity to spend the third year of your degree in one of our partner universities abroad. This is part of the EU-funded Erasmus programme, for which Exeter is one of a small number of fully-recognised UK Geography Schools. Your work during your year abroad is assessed and contributes to your final degree classification and 'with European Study' will be recorded on your degree certificate.

The programme offers you the opportunity to tailor your physical geography degree to suit your developing interests. The first year of the programme provides an excellent grounding in both physical and human geography and ensures you develop the core skills required to progress successfully. The second and final years at Exeter allow for greater flexibility and specialisation with an emphasis on physical geography. You can choose from a diverse set of optional modules which span a breadth of topics including areas in which we have a particular strength such as hydrology, geomorphology and earth surface processes, Quaternary environmental and climatic change, and GIS. You will also have the opportunity for you to undertake physical geography research methods, participate in a physical geography field trip, and carry out a physical geography dissertation.

Your third year will be spent at the partner university; find out more.

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 4. 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

Year 4

Entry requirements 2017

Typical offer

AAA-AAB; IB: 36-34

Required subjects

GCE AL Grade B or IB HL5 science subject.

GCE AL/AS science includes: Biology/Human Biology*; Chemistry; Computing; Design and Technology; Electronics; Environmental Studies; Geography; Geology; Maths/Pure Maths/Further Maths*; Physical Education; Physics; Psychology; Science (applied); Statistics.

 *If more than one of these is taken they would only count as one 'science' but could count as two A-levels towards our general requirements.

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 feed back through module and course evaluations.

I chose the University of Exeter to study BSc Geography because of all the available resources on the doorstep such as the Jurassic coast. The university also has great research community, with the latest information being fed to the students through  lectures and tutorials. Since being here I have really valued the fact that we have the leading experts in their field teaching us as they are writing the textbook!

Emily Hargreaves, BSc Geography, Streatham Campus.

European study

Research indicates that 64% of employers consider an international experience important for recruitment and report that graduates with an international background are given greater responsibility more frequently. 92% of employers involved in a study conducted in 2014* indicated that they look for skills such as openness to and curiosity about new challenges, problem-solving and decision-making skills, confidence, and tolerance towards other personal values and behaviours. The research revealed that studying abroad had a positive impact on the development of these skills and concluded that the employability and competences of students greatly benefit from mobility.

Geography at the University of Exeter has established a number of Erasmus exchanges with European Universities in France, Spain, Finland, the Netherlands, Ireland, Germany, Belgium and Austria, and is currently developing others. Erasmus promotes mobility amongst students in the European Union. Under the scheme students participate in an exchange between institutions for between 3 and 9 months. It is a fantastic opportunity to immerse yourself in another culture, improve your language skills, make new friends, and test your potential. UK geography students can benefit from a year’s study at universities in these countries while students on equivalent Geography degree courses in these countries may come and spend a term or a year with Geography at the University of Exeter. You can find a complete list of Erasmus partner universities on the International Exeter website.

If you want to go to a European University where teaching is not delivered in English (Germany, Austria, France and Spain) you would be expected to have suitable proficiency in the relevant foreign language and take relevant credited language modules in years 1 and 2 before going abroad in your third year. There is no language requirement for our partner universities where courses are taught in English (Ireland, Netherlands, Finland) but you will still need to meet the modern foreign language requirements shown in our entry requirements.

*European Commission (2014) The Erasmus Impact Study, Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union, 2014


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


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 concerns, 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
Field Studies Council
Conde Naste and Heart
Environment Agency
The Climate Group
Stockholm Environment Institute
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
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
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.

After my degree I hope to go into travel or environmental journalism, and the flexibility of my programme means that I am gaining knowledge in a wide variety of areas and keeping my options open for the future.

Lara Langston, BSc Geography, Streatham Campus

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Phone: +44 (0)1392 725818

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