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Human Geography

BA (Hons)

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What is Human Geography BA (Hons)?

Geography lies at the centre of many of the world’s most pressing issues – our BA Human Geography course focuses exclusively on the human dimension of the discipline, enabling you to specialise in the socio-geographic challenges of our time. You’ll study topics including population, migration, geopolitics, sustainability, health, ageing, development, conflict, global crime and inequalities. You’ll also develop an extensive range of qualitative, statistical and geographic information systems (GIS) research skills – getting you ready for a career in a vast range of employment sectors.

You’ll join a course rated first for overall satisfaction in UK Geography by The Guardian in 2020.

You’ll progress from UK field training to field research overseas,where you could be exploring development and social justice in South Africa, migration dynamics in Canada, sustainability in Venice or global governance at the UN in Geneva. There is also the opportunity to spend a semester in Year 2 at partner Universities in Canada or the USA.

Study style

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 fieldtrips, alongside lectures.

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Entry requirements

    • 112 tariff points (calculate your points at

      Your points must include at least 2 A Levels, BTEC or equivalent qualifications, for example:
      BBC at A levels, DMM at BTEC or use a combination of qualifications to achieve the required tariff.

      If your course has a fast-track option that you’re applying to, you’ll also need to pass an entry interview.

    • We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants though the entry requirements still apply.

      Some courses require several years of working experiences in the relevant industry.

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

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 2021 Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham L720 £9,250 £14,700
Sep 2022 Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham L720

Possible careers

Graduates from this course can go on to work in:

  • policy, research and programme positions with national and international charities
  • civil service and local government positions
  • public affairs
  • planning
  • teaching, lecturing and research.

Industry links

We offer short-term internships and long-term sandwich-placement options – so you can gain workplace experience, network with potential employers and obtain academic credit towards your degree. Recently our students have been event planning for a refugee support organisation, valuing land across the Cotswolds and planning urban developments and transport networks.

Unforgettable International Fieldwork

Whether it be in Europe, Africa or the Americas your experiences on international fieldwork are likely to be a key highlight of your time with us. The international exposure and experience of working in an unfamiliar environment will also give you a competitive edge in the graduate job market.

Student on Geography course overlooking city in South Africa whilst on field trip

Exclusive Focus on Human Geography

This is one of the few geography courses in the UK which focuses entirely on human geography. You’ll specialise exclusively in the socio-geographic issues relevant to your interests and career goals and hone the analytical skills you need for researching and understanding the human world.

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Our Human Geography course ranks 8th in the UK for assessment and feedback according to the National Student Survey 2020.

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Our Human Geography course ranks 1st in the UK for organisation and management according to the National Student Survey 2020.


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

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