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Geography

Our geography courses are ranked 4th in the UK by the 2022 Guardian University League Table.

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Why choose University of Gloucestershire for my geography course?

Geography at Gloucestershire has one of the strongest-track records nationally for overall student satisfaction, consistently achieving 90-100% in the annual National Student Survey.

We are ranked 4th in the UK by the 2022 Guardian University Guide and 1st for student satisfaction. We’re also ranked 1st in the UK for teaching quality by The Times Good University Guide 2022, having scored 100% for overall student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2021.

Fundamentally, this standing reflects the benefits of our focus on small class sizes, enabling an active approach to learning, an assessment system that focuses on abilities to succeed in the workplace rather than in exams, and accessible staff and facilities.

You’ll progress from field training in the UK to field research overseas, forging unforgettable experiences with us in the landscapes of Europe, Africa and the Americas. There is also the opportunity to spend a semester in Year 2 at partner Universities in Canada, the USA or New Zealand.

What Geography degrees does the University of Gloucestershire offer?

We offer three geographically-related degrees here at Gloucestershire:

Bachelor of Arts in Geography

Population, migration, conflict, development, global crime, health and ageing. These present some of the most pressing social challenges of this century, are inherently geographical in nature and are the focus of our BA Geography degree. You’ll also have the flexibility to select physical geography themes from our companion BSc Geography course.

Find out more about our courses in Geography, BA (Hons).

Bachelor of Science in Geography

Water, climate change, sea-level rise, coastal risk, pollution, ecological dynamics and global sustainability. These present some of the critical environmental challenges of this century, are geographical in origin and solution, and are the focus of our BSc Geography degree. You’ll also have the flexibility to select human geography themes from our companion BA Geography course.

Find out more about our courses in Geography, BSc (Hons).

Batchelor of Arts in Human Geography

Human Geography lies at the centre of many of the world’s most pressing issues – this course focuses exclusively on the human dimension of the discipline, enabling you to specialise in the socio-geographic challenges of our time.

Find out more about our courses in Human Geography, BA (Hons).

What are the benefits of having a Geography degree?

The fundamental challenges facing our planet are inherently geographical, in nature but also in how you as a Geographer can play a central role in solving them.

The breadth of themes and skills that you’ll acquire from any Geography degree will open an incredible range of careers to you and, importantly, won’t pigeon hole you into a particular sector. That explains why at the height of the last recession Geography graduates formed the highest proportion of those in employment relative to other degrees.

Geographers also enjoy above-average graduate salaries. For example, recent data demonstrates that after 5 years female Geographers were the eighth best paid out of 32 degree disciplines.

Careers with a Geography degree

Graduates from geography courses can go on to work in:

How are our Geography courses delivered?

Your programme will be coursework-led, with varied assessment types allowing you to demonstrate your strengths across a range of abilities expected in the graduate workplace. We place an emphasis on using a range of learning environments throughout your degree, running small group seminars, one-to-one tutorials, computer practicals and field trips, alongside lectures.

Beyond the conventional 3-year degree and 4-year placement version, we’re the only university in the UK to offer Geography in a fast-track 2-year format. The faster pace of study enables a substantial saving on course and living costs and is achieved through some concentrated intervals of work in the early summers.

Geography degrees: The next steps

Interested in studying Geography at university and applying for one of our Geography courses? Applications for undergraduate Geography degrees are made through UCAS, while applications for postgraduate graphic design degrees are made directly to the university. You can find out more about applying for an undergraduate or postgraduate degree using the links below, where you’ll also find details about how to get in touch with our admissions team if you have any further questions.

Find out more about applying for an undergraduate degree