Geography (BA Hons)

Ait Benhaddou in Morocco

Study mode

Full-Time or Placement


3 Years (Full-Time)
4 Years (Placement)


Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham

We're ranked 100% overall student satisfaction for geography and environmental studies (NSS 2017)

Frigiliana, Spain

Focus on the world's most pressing issues

Graham Rush doing research
Swiss Alps field trip

Globalisation, sustainability and climate change: the world’s most pressing issues are inherently geographical, central to our course and critical to your future. Available as a BA or BSc, our degree allows you to focus your interests in human or physical geography, or to balance the two. As a BA student, you’ll likely be drawn to our human geography themes in population and migration, conflict and development, and the geography of crime, yet our BSc themes will also be open to you.

Fieldwork is pivotal to the course. You'll progress from field training in North Wales to field research overseas: investigating population and urban dynamics in Europe, development and sustainability in Morocco, or social transformation along the Southern Cape Coast of South Africa.

Geo-tagged data is fundamental to information flow and decision making across our planet. You will have the chance to help build this geo-referenced world through our geographic information systems (GIS) theme, positioning you for entry to the largest recruiting industry of geography graduates.

You can also choose to benefit from our internship opportunities, gaining a competitive edge of experience, networking with potential employers and gaining academic credit towards your degree, all at the same time.

This programme has been accredited by the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG). Accredited degree programmes contain a solid academic foundation in geographical knowledge and skills, and prepare graduates to address the needs of the world beyond higher education. The accreditation criteria require evidence that graduates from accredited programmes meet defined sets of learning outcomes, including subject knowledge, technical ability and transferable skills.

Study style

You can choose to complete our Geography degree as a BA or BSc, allowing you to focus your interests in human or physical geography, or to balance the two. Its flexibility means that gaining a BA or a BSc will be decided by your choice of overseas fieldwork destination at the end of your second year. Your programme will be coursework-led, with varied assessment types allowing you to demonstrate your strengths. We place an emphasis on teaching diversity throughout your degree, running small group seminars, one-to-one tutorials, lab sessions, computer practicals and field trips, alongside lectures.

Entry requirements

Tariff information for 2018 entry

120 tariff points

Typical offers

BBB at A levels, DDM at BTEC or use a combination of your qualifications to achieve the required tariff total.

2018 UCAS tariff table

Mature Applicants: We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants. To find out more, please email our enquiries team.

International Students: Please see the full details of entry requirements in your country.

Grade C in GCSE English and Mathematics (or equivalent) are normally required. If you don't meet your tariff points total we may still consider your application. Please email our admissions team for further information.

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UCAS codes

UCAS codes available for this subject
BA Single Honours - 3 years full-timeL700
BA Single Honours - 4 years placementL70P


  • Geographic information systems (GIS) roles
  • Teaching, lecturing and research
  • Sustainable development management
  • Planning consultancy

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Student Focus

Sophie Hartfield

I’m a senior onshore environmental developer for Mainstream Renewable Power. I work with off-shore wind farms and educate people about climate change.

I'm doing something for a greater cause. My degree taught me so much. We went to Arolla in Switzerland for a week to monitor glacier meltwater output. We visited North Wales and saw the historic progression of the last 20,000 years on cliff faces. It was fascinating. I did my dissertation on historic climates in peat bogs. We found a cooling event that happened post ice-age. I had a great sense of achievement.

Industry links

You will have the opportunity to undertake an internship to gain workplace experience, network with potential employers and obtaining academic credit towards your degree. Our internship students have been working in GIS industries, from flood mapping for major water companies to valuing land across the Cotswolds. Others have been gaining teaching experience in schools, critical to their teacher training applications. Some have joined us in our research on population dynamics, environmental change and global sustainability in preparation for studies towards a postgraduate degree.

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Staff Profile

Kenny Lynch

"My particular research specialism lies in development studies, which along with Population & Migration and the Geography of Crime make up the three human geography themes of our degree. Of late I have undertaken fieldwork in Tanzania, Nigeria and South Africa, examining food production and distribution and considering representation, development and change in Africa. Field research is key to our degree course and I’m fortunate to lead the Morocco trip where our human geography projects focus on development, sustainability and social transformation."

Mountain landscape

Tackle society's biggest challenges

Globalisation, sustainability and climate change: the world’s most pressing issues are inherently geographical, central to our course and critical to your future.

Help build the geo-referenced world through GIS

Geo-tagged data is fundamental to information flow and decision-making across our planet. Our geographic information systems (GIS) theme will place you at the core of this world, positioning you for entrance into the largest recruiting area of geography graduates.

Park Guell, Barcelona

Explore the world, on campus and in the field

Students progress from field training in North Wales to field research in Europe, Morocco and South Africa, preparing them for graduate roles across the world.

Contact us

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Royal Geographical Society with IBG Accredited Programme