Our degree courses Below are summary outlines of the various choices available to you. Full descriptions of the degree courses can be found on pages 10-21.
BA and BSc Geography These courses begin with a common year of mostly compulsory modules, which include both human and physical geography. In the second and third years the BA focuses on human geography and the BSc on physical geography, but there is also the opportunity to maintain a broader mix if you wish, by taking some modules in the other ‘half’ of the subject. You can also choose a module oﬀered by other departments. These courses therefore allow ﬂexibility and are particularly suited to students who wish to keep their options as open as possible. In the second and third years most of the modules are options – in human geography these include historical and cultural geography, urban and rural regeneration, and globalisation and development, while in physical geography they include landforms and processes, ecological systems, and environmental change. Further options allow you to focus on environmental issues or on GIS (geographical information systems), remote sensing and geographical modelling. In the third year there is also an optional work placement module, as well as the opportunity to study for part of your course at a university in the USA or in Europe.
First year The ﬁrst-year programme has a strong core element, which gives a basic grounding in the subject. All students take modules in geographical methods, which include a range of transferable skills such as written, oral and graphical presentation, computing, data handling and methods of geographical enquiry. First-year modules in human geography focus on the developed and developing world and issues of globalisation. Modules in physical geography focus on geomorphology, earth climate, biogeography and natural hazards. You have the option to take a module from outside the department in any subject, including modern languages.
Second year In the second year the core skills include ﬁeld methods, project design, data collection, analysis and presentation. Second-year option modules in human geography concentrate on economic, social, historical, political and cultural geography. Physical geography modules examine earth surface processes and landforms, ecosystems, and environmental change. There are also more environmental-based modules relating to urban and rural regeneration, landscape history and geographies of consumption. A number of optional overseas ﬁeld-study modules are available in the second year. Current locations for BSc student ﬁeld trips are France and Tenerife, while destinations for BA students include Spain, Italy and New York.
The range of specialist interests and expertise among our staﬀ allows us to oﬀer more than 40 diﬀerent modules across the breadth of human and physical geography.
Third year In the third year you choose modules which lead on from your second-year programme, an arrangement which maintains progression by allowing subjects to be studied in greater depth. Human geography modules focus on the political, economic, social and cultural transformations that the world is experiencing. Topics in physical geography include rivers, biogeography, environmental change, and GIS and remote sensing. Environmental-based options include climate change, applied environmental management, renewable energy and water resources. A ﬁeld-study module based in Iceland is available to all BSc and BA students. An
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