BSc Geography with Study Abroad
|Typical offer||A*AA-AAB; IB: 38-34|
Our BSc Geography with Study Abroad programme offers you the opportunity to tailor your physical geography degree to suit your developing interests. 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.
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.
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.
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.
Entry requirements 2018
A*AA-AAB; IB: 38-34
GCE AL Science subject Grade A; IB HL6 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 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.
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.
Emily Hargreaves, BSc Geography, Streatham Campus.
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.
Students registered on the BSc 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 enables 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 BSc 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).
*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:
- New York City
- 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.
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
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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Transformational Climate Science conference 2014
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