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Geography BSc (Hons)

What is Geography BSc (Hons)?

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 join a course ranked 4th in the UK by the Guardian in 2022, 1st for overall student satisfaction by both The Times and The Guardian University League tables, and 9th for Graduate Outcomes by the Complete University Guide.

You’ll develop a world view, be exposed to a broad range of geographies and acquire an extensive laboratory, statistical and GIS skillset. You’ll find that the abilities you develop are readily transferable, with Geographers continuing to be one of the most sought-after graduates, able to turn their hand to a vast range of employment sectors.

You’ll have the opportunity to progress from field training in the UK in Year 1 to overseas field research in Year 2 and field placements in Year 3, forging unforgettable experiences with us in the landscapes of Europe, Africa and the Americas. You’ll also have the flexibility to select human geography themes from our companion BA Geography course, or to switch to the BA up to the end of Year 2. There is also the opportunity to spend a semester in Year 2 at partner Universities in Canada, the USA or New Zealand.

With a focus on small class, practical and field learning, you will be assessed entirely by coursework to gain a truly representative measure of graduate attributes sought by future employers and for postgraduate study.

Gloucestershire is the only University in the UK to offer Geography in a fast-track 2 year format, alongside the standard 3 year and 4 year (with placement) courses. On this accelerated degree, you will make a substantial saving on tuition fees, accommodation and general living costs. The faster pace of study is made achievable by the well-structured degree at Gloucestershire, involving some concentrated intervals of work in the early summer.

Find out more about our range of fee waivers, scholarships, bursaries and awards on offer for both UK and International students.

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Entry requirements

    • 112 – 128 UCAS tariff points, BBC – ABB at A levels, DMM – DDM at BTEC, or a Merit in your T-Level.

      Applicants for the Fast track study mode may be required to interview.

      If you are using a combination of qualifications to achieve the required UCAS tariff points, they must either include at least 2 A levels, a BTEC or an equivalent qualification.

    • English Language or Literature and Maths Grade 4/C in GCSE (or equivalent) are normally required.

    • We welcome and encourage applications from mature students (aged 21 and over). If you are taking an Access to Higher Education Diploma you will need to pass 60 credits with at least 45 credits at Level 3.

Course modules


Fees and costs

See the further details of fees and potential extra costs when studying a course at the University of Gloucestershire.
Start date Location UCAS code Fee (UK)
per year
Fee (international)
per year
Sep 2023 Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham F800 £9,250 £15,450
Sep 2024 Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham F800 TBC TBC

Possible careers

Graduates from this course can go on to work in:

  • geographic information systems (GIS) roles
  • teaching, lecturing and research
  • sustainable development management
  • planning consultancy
  • civil or security services
  • renewable energies.

Industry links

We offer short-term internships and year-long placement options – so you can gain workplace experience, network with potential employers and obtain academic credit towards your degree. Recently our students have been flood mapping for major water companies, valuing land across the Cotswolds, and planning urban developments and transport networks.


Help shape the world through GIS

Find out how to use geographic information systems (GIS) to quantify deforestation, evaluate coastal and river change, perform suitability mapping for conservation, and map land use for landscape rehabilitation.

Choose a course consistently ranked highly for satisfaction

Over the last 6 years of the annual National Student Survey, our course has consistently scored 90% or more for overall satisfaction.

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Ranked 4th in the UK

Our Geography & Environmental courses are ranked 4th in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2022.

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Ranked 1st in the UK for student satisfaction, teaching satisfaction and teaching quality

Our Geography and Environmental courses are ranked 1st in the UK for student and teaching satisfaction by the Guardian University Guide 2022, 1st for student satisfaction by the Complete University Guide 2023 and 1st for Teaching Quality by The Times Good University Guide 2022.

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Ranked 1st in the UK for feedback satisfaction and student experience

Our Geography and Environmental courses are ranked 1st in the UK for feedback satisfaction by the Guardian University Guide 2022, and 1st in the UK for student experience by The Times Good University Guide 2022.


As part of your course you can gain valuable experience on an optional placement year.

  • Duration – 12 months, full-time (minimum 35 hours a week)
  • Location – popular destinations include the UK, USA, China and Europe
  • Visa – you may need a visa if you’re on placement abroad
  • Finance – your tuition fee is reduced for your placement year – and you can still apply for a maintenance loan and get money advice
  • Placement support – we’ll help you find a great placement and get the most out of the experience


"I'm currently working with the British Antarctic Survey"

“I’ve undertaken field work and attended conferences in some amazing places including Canada, Iceland, and New Zealand. I also serve on the executive committee of the British Society for Geomorphology, and for the European Geosciences Union. I have a variety of research projects on the go working on water (both flowing and frozen), but of particular note I am currently using historic aerial photographs and satellite imagery to look at glacier change on Antarctica – giving me the opportunity to incorporate some of my Antarctic data into my geography teaching.”

Lucy Clarke, Senior Lecturer in Physical Geography

"I'm researching how melting ice impacts ocean circulation"

“The Geography degree offered me a unique opportunity to learn about our planet while gaining the qualification I needed. I developed an aptitude and love for research, and then completed an MSc in Applied Ecology. I’m now researching how melting ice and sea-level rise impact ocean circulation and climate in the North Atlantic, involving field work in Scotland and the Falkland Islands.”

Graham Rush, UoG graduate, PhD student and Associate Lecturer at the University of York

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