|Typical offer||AAA-AAB; IB: 36-34|
Our BSc Geography 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 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 to undertake physical geography research methods, participate in a physical geography field trip, and carry out a physical geography dissertation.
Through field work and other forms of experiential learning the programme aims to promote your curiosity about natural, social and cultural 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
The teaching at Exeter is fantastic, with enthusiastic tutors freely available to discuss topics and concepts with you, in a lively research-orientated department. This means that your lecturers are at the forefront of the latest concepts to have come from academia. With many opportunities for students to get involved with the department, I found both my confidence and key skills improved, and a sense of pride gained as I was ‘giving back’ to a department that has given me so much. Combine fantastic teaching, excellent resources and a beautiful location, and you have the reason for choosing to pursue studying Geography at the University of Exeter.
Tim Wright, Geography Graduate.
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.
90 credits of compulsory modules, 30 credits of optional modules
|GEO1211||Earth System Science: The History of Our Planet||15|
|GEO1212||Earth System Science: The Future of Our Planet||15|
|GEO1310||Geographies of Environment and Sustainability||15|
|GEO1311||Study Skills for Physical Geographers||15|
|GEO1315||Research Methods for Geographers||15|
|GEO1316||Concepts in Geography||15|
|GEO1105||Geographies of Place, Identity and Culture||15|
|GEO1106||Geographies of Global Change||15|
90 credits of compulsory modules, 30 credits of optional modules
* You must choose 30-60 credits from the Physical Geography modules contained within the list [Physical Geography second year].
|GEO2307||Physical Geography Field Trip||15|
|GEO2320||Applied GIS for Physical Geographers||15|
|GEO2330||Research Methods for Physical Geography||15|
|GEO2331||Research Design in Physical Geography||15|
|Physical Geography second year [* see note above]|
|GEO2221||Catchment Hydrology and Geomorphology||15|
|GEO2226||Biogeography and Ecosystems||15|
|GEO2228||Cold Climate Geomorphology||15|
|GEO2230||Reconstructing Past Environments||15|
You may then choose 0-30 credits from other level 5 Geography modules listed below.
|GEO2119||Historical Cultural Geographies||15|
|GEO2131||Nature Development and Justice||15|
|GEO2312||Theory, Space and Society||15|
|GEO2315||Learning from Experience||15|
|GEO2317||Climate Change: Science and Society||15|
30-45 credits of compulsory modules, 75-90 credits of optional modules
* You must choose either GEO3321 or GEO3322.
|GEO3321||BSc Dissertation [* see note above]||45|
|GEO3322||BSc Dissertation [* see note above]||30|
|GEO3101||Gender and Geography||15|
|GEO3117||Geographies of Rurality||15|
|GEO3121||Cultural Geographies of Landscape||15|
|GEO3127||Geographies of Transport and Mobility||15|
|GEO3128||Geographies of the State||15|
|GEO3129||Images of the Earth||15|
|GEO3131||Geographies of Creativity, Economy and Society||15|
|GEO3132||Geographies of Heritage and Memory||15|
|GEO3133||NIMBYism and the Low Carbon Transition||15|
|GEO3134||Making Carbon Public: Risk, Climate and the Politics of Energy||15|
|GEO3136||Geographies of Science, Politics and Publics||15|
|GEO3225||Climate Change and its Impacts||15|
|GEO3229||Tropical Palaeoecology and Palaecoclimatology||15|
|GEO3230||Tropical Forests in a Changing World||15|
|GEO3231||The Oceans and Climate||15|
|GEO3233||Environmental Feedbacks to Climate Change||15|
Entry requirements 2015
AAA-AAB; IB: 36-34
GCE AL Science subject Grade B; 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.
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 and quantitative and qualitative methods, ,and Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
- 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 Geographic Information Systems, 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.
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.
- Examinations account for around 50-60 per cent of your final mark.
- Coursework-based assessment accounts for around 40-50 per cent of your final mark.
Assessment methods will vary depending on your choice of optional modules.
You must pass your first year assessment in order to progress to the second year, but these results won’t count towards your degree classification. For three-year programmes, the assessments in the second and third years all contribute to your final degree classification. For four-year programmes the assessments in the second, third and fourth years all contribute to your final degree.
Emily Hargreaves, BSc Geography, Streatham Campus.
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:
- New York City
- South Africa
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.
Below are a few examples* of initial jobs undertaken by graduates of University of Exeter Geography undergraduate programmes. 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
Graduate Account Executive
Financial Research Analyst
Affordable Warmth Projects Assistant
Operations Management Graduate Trainee
Assistant Catastrophe Exposure Analyst
Performance and Efficiency Analyst
Thales Business Graduate
Field Studies Council
The Climate Group
Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI)
United Sustainable Energy Agency
Financial Times Ltd
UK Border Agency
South West Water
London Borough Newham Council
Department for Transport
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. Please note that, due to data protection, the subjects of study and institutions are listed independently and do not necessarily correspond.
Oil and gas management
Surveying and land/environmental management
|University of Exeter
College of Law
Royal Agricultural College
University of East Anglia
University of Bristol
The University of Nottingham
University College London
University of Warwick
University of Reading
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.
* This information has been taken from the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) Survey 2011/12.
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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Transformational Climate Science conference 2014
In May 2014 we hosted the first gathering of Co-Chairs and authors from all three IPCC working groups with over 500 climate scientists, policy makers, industry professionals, students, and members of the public participated in this exciting event. View full size.