Human Geography (BA Hons)

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Study mode

Full-Time or Part-Time


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


Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham

Geography lies at the centre of many of the world’s most pressing issues. Our BA Human Geography programme 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.  This breadth of content coupled with the development of an extensive range of qualitative, statistical and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) research skills will prepare you for a career in a vast range of employment sectors.

You’ll progress from field training in the dynamic city of Manchester 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.

In addition, you can choose to benefit from invaluable employment experiences though our internship and sandwich degree options, gaining a competitive edge of experience, networking with potential employers and gaining academic credit towards your degree, all at the same time.

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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.

Course modules

Take a look at the course content for full details of all the modules you'll study on this course.

Entry requirements

Tariff information for 2020 entry

96 tariff points

CCC at A levels, BTEC MMM or use a combination of your qualifications to achieve the required tariff total. Please note that if you are applying for the fast-track degree your offer will also be contingent on passing an interview.

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.

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

Grade 4/C in GCSE English and Mathematics (or equivalent) are normally required. Please contact our admissions team if you have a question.


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UCAS codes

UCAS codes available for this subject
BA (Hons) - 3 years full-timeL720
BA (Hons) - 4 years placementL721


  • Policy, research and programme positions with national and international charities
  • Civil service and local government positions
  • Public Affairs
  • Planning
  • Teaching, lecturing and research

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Internships and Placements
We offer short-term internships and long-term sandwich placement options, enabling workplace experience, networking with potential employers and obtaining 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.

Teacher Training
With some 1,500 new secondary Geography teachers required each year, teacher training in this area attracts the highest bursary (£26,000, tax free). A further £2,000 scholarship can also be sought from the Royal Geographical Society. If you aspire to teach, Gloucestershire will support you from securing necessary placement experience in Schools as part of your degree through to preparing you for entry onto our Teacher Training (Secondary) PGCE.

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Exclusive Focus on Human Geography

Our BA Human Geography degree is one of the few geography courses in the UK which focuses entirely on human geography. This means you can specialise exclusively in the socio-geographic issues relevant to your interests and career goals and hone the analytical skills required for researching and understanding the human world.

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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. 

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Networking & Work Experience Opportunities

Our internship and sandwich degree options provide opportunities to gain experience and network with employers, whilst gaining academic credit at the same time.

School of Natural and Social Sciences

Our School of Natural and Social Sciences provides the best possible student experience with cutting-edge technology and strong practical elements to each course. You will work closely with lecturers and other students in the seminar room, the laboratory and the field.

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