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L701 - Geography

Geography

BA Honours

  • UCAS code: L701
  • Full time
  • 3 years
  • Next start date: September 2020
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This Geography degree equips you with the specialist skills needed to address real global challenges.

Fees (per year)

  • UK/EU: £9250
  • International: £19200

Entry requirements

  • A Level: AAB-ABB
  • IB: 32-35 points

UCAS Institution name and code:

  • NEWC / N21
Work placement opportunity Study abroad opportunity Professional accreditation

Course overview

This degree explores key societal, economic and environmental challenges and encourages you to engage with, explore and understand the world.

This flexible degree spans the breadth of the discipline. You don’t need to decide between human and physical geography and can tailor your degree to your interests. This enables you to become a specialist in your chosen field, or remain active across the Geographic terrain.

You can select from over 50 Geography modules from across our three-year degree course. These range from Cities of the Global South to Glacial Environments, and from Global Water Resources to Geopolitics.

You will join a community of geographic researchers whose research has been funded by:

  • Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
  • Natural Environmental Research Council (NERC)
  • Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
  • Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)
  • EU funding
  • the Scottish Government environment agency
  • the UK Government
  • the Environment Agency
  • a range of charities
  • major industrial organisations

BA or BSc?

Our Geography BA Honours degree is suitable for students who haven't taken a science A level (or equivalent). If you've taken a science A level (or equivalent) you'll be eligible to study the BSc. Students on both degrees can choose from the same range of modules.

If you choose mainly physical geography modules you can apply to graduate with Geography BSc Honours.

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COVID-19
Please rest assured we make all reasonable efforts to provide you with the courses, services and facilities described. However, it may be necessary to make changes due to significant disruption, for example in response to COVID-19.

See our terms and conditions for more information

View our Frequently Asked Questions

Your course during COVID-19

Whilst things will not be the same when you join us in September, this course page is intended to give you insight into what to expect from your course and your learning experience for the duration of your degree.

We have updated all course information where there are specific changes in the first semester.

Facilities

Most of our student services are now available online. As COVID-19 restrictions lift, we'll be opening up our on-campus facilities as soon as it is safe to do so, so that you can get the best out of your studies.

Your learning experience

Your teaching will be a mixture of online and in-person on-campus teaching. In semester one, as a result of physical distancing requirements, all lecture materials will be delivered online along with many tutorials, workshops and labs.

Our aim, if Government guidance allows us, is to deliver up to three hours of labs, seminars and tutorial teaching in-person on campus where this is possible and safe to do so. We'll review this regularly and plan to return to full in-person, on-campus teaching in semester two if restrictions allow.

Assessment

In semester one, we will not be running face-to-face, on-campus examinations. We will instead use different approaches to assessment. These will test and support your learning.

Field trips

We will be running some but not all of our planned field trips. Some of those that do run, will be run virtually. For those that do not run, we will be offering alternative learning activities. These learning activities will give you the opportunity to achieve the same learning.

Terms and conditions and student complaints

The University has terms and conditions which create a positive environment for learning and academic achievement.

Further information

Our COVID-19 Study page gives more information about your Newcastle University 2020 study experience.

Given the changing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, the commitments outlined are subject to the guidelines that may be in place at the time.

Quality and ranking

  • top 100 – Geography category – QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020
  • top 175 – Social Sciences category – Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject 2020
  • 10th in the UK for research – Research Excellence Framework 2014

Professional accreditation

All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body.

Modules and learning

Modules

The information below is intended to provide an example of what you will study.

Most degrees are divided into stages. Each stage lasts for one academic year, and you'll complete modules totalling 120 credits by the end of each stage. 

Our teaching is informed by research. Course content may change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.

Optional module availability
Student demand for optional modules may affect availability.

Full details of the modules on offer will be published through the Programme Regulations and Specifications ahead of each academic year. This usually happens in May.

To find out more please see our terms and conditions.

You'll be introduced to key ideas in geographical research in both physical and human geography, and how these help us understand the global challenges of the 21st Century.

You'll have achieved a strong Geography A Level result. We will build on these foundations in Stage 1 by equipping you with the knowledge, understanding and skills to take forward your interests in physical and/or human geography at Stages 2 and 3 of your degree

Modules

Compulsory Modules Credits
Interconnected World 20
Geographical Analysis 20
Introduction to Physical Geography 20
Geographical Skills 20
Optional Modules Credits
Introduction to Archaeological Science 20
Geographic Information Systems 10
Principles of Remote Sensing 10
Environmental Issues 20
Human Geographies of the UK 20
Key Concepts in International Politics 20
Comparing Cultures 20
Level A (HE Entry Level) Spanish I 20
Level B (HE Intermediate) Spanish 20

You'll study a module in advanced research techniques and choose a module in either key methods for human geographers or key methods for physical geographers. Your remaining topics will be optional, giving you the chance to engage with our cutting-edge research in areas that interest you the most.

You will also have a choice of destinations for your Stage 2 residential field course.

Modules

Optional Modules Credits
Animals, Plants and People: an Introduction to Environmental Archaeology 20
Geographic Information Systems 10
Geological Resources 10
Key Methods for Human Geographers 20
Political Geography 20
Economic Geography 20
Development & Globalisation 20
Social Geographies 20
Doing Human Geography Research: Theory and Practice 20
Doing Physical Geography Research: Theory and Practice 20
Global Environmental Change 20
Key Methods for Physical Geographers 20
Community Volunteering: A Geography Perspective 20
Glacial Environments 20
Biogeography 20
River Catchment Dynamics 20
Career Development for second year students 20
Government and Politics of the USA 20
Political Violence and the Modern State 20

You'll have a wide choice of optional modules that are directly linked to the research work of our staff.

You will also undertake your dissertation research project. This is a major piece of independent research, based on your interests, led by you with support from a dedicated academic mentor.

Modules

Compulsory Modules Credits
Dissertation 40
Optional Modules Credits
Research Methods in Environmental Pollution 20
Geopolitics 20
Tectonic Geomorphology 20
Local and Regional Development 20
Polar Environments 20
Community Volunteering: A Geography Perspective 20
Applied Fluvial Geomorphology 20
Geographies of Race and Nation 20
Geography Community Engagement Project (Advanced) 20
Geohazards and Risk 20
Geographies of Sustainable Production and Consumption 20
Displacement and Migration 20
Crises of Economy: Money and Labour 20
Career Development for final year students 20

Teaching and assessment

Teaching methods

You'll be taught through a combination of:

  • online lectures
  • in-person tutorials and small group work
  • introductions to laboratory work

Your modules also require a considerable amount of independent study.

Assessment methods

You'll be assessed through a combination of:

  • Coursework

  • Dissertation or research project

  • Essays

  • Examinations – practical or online

  • Group work

  • Presentations

  • Projects

  • Reports

Skills and experience

Field trips

Fieldwork and field trips help to bring to life the topics you'll be studying. During your degree you may get opportunities to take part in:

  • UK and international residential trips to put your technical skills into practice
  • day trips to explore our nearby landscapes

Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, there will be no international trips during the 2020/21 academic year. There may be some local fieldwork if declared safe under University risk assessment.

You'll get to explore further afield in Stages 2 and 3 and have the option to complete fieldwork in physical or human geography.

Previous Physical Geography field trips have included:

  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Morocco
  • New Zealand

Previous Human Geography field trips have included:

  • Barcelona
  • Berlin
  • Borneo
  • Bratislava
  • Cyprus
  • Singapore
  • Vienna

You will have the opportunity to apply for Expedition funding to enable you to conduct ambitious dissertation research anywhere in the world.

Research skills

You'll be part of a vibrant research community alongside our highly respected research staff. Fieldwork through your degree will help you grow as a researcher and cultivate your own research techniques.

Your final year dissertation will enable you to refine and showcase the research skills you've developed throughout your degree.

Chat to a student

I love doing Geography because there is such a wide variety of course content across the degree - you get to do things like computer coding but then also dip into subjects like feminist geographies and modules about environmental sustainability!

Faye, Geography student

Opportunities

Work placement

Get career ready with a work placement and leave as a confident professional in your field. You can apply to spend 9 to 12 months working in any organisation in the world, and receive University support from our dedicated team to secure your dream placement. Work placements take place between stages 2 and 3.

You'll gain first-hand experience of working in the sector, putting your learning into practice and developing your professional expertise.

If you choose to take a work placement, it will extend your degree by a year. Placements are subject to availability.

Find out more about work placements

Study abroad

Experience life in another country by choosing to study abroad as part of your degree. You’ll be encouraged to embrace fun and challenging experiences, make connections with new communities and graduate as a globally aware professional, ready for your future.

You may choose to spend semester 2 of Stage 2 or semester 1 of Stage 3 on an international exchange at a partner institution.

Find out more about study abroad

Facilities and environment

Facilities

As a geography student at Newcastle, you'll be based in the School of Geography, Politics and Sociology.

You'll have access to modern laboratories and workshops, and a range of facilities and specialist equipment that will be part of the entirely refurbished and newly resourced home of Geography at Newcastle, the Henry Daysh Building and Geoscience Laboratories.

Our geomorphology and sediment, chemistry and biology laboratories are used for a combination of teaching and research. Our research-specific laboratories comprise organic geochemistry and palaeoecology, a spatial analysis lab, and cosmogenic isotope lab.

Field equipment

Field equipment includes a range of technologies for:

  • topographic survey
  • soil and sediment sampling
  • biological and chemical analysis
  • hydrological analysis

Our laboratories

  • biology laboratory
  • chemistry laboratory
  • cosmogenic isotope laboratory
  • geomorphology and sediment laboratories
Students walking through the Newcastle campus

Support

You'll have the support of an academic member of staff as a personal tutor throughout your degree to help with academic and personal issues.

Peer mentors will help you in your first year. They are fellow students who can help you settle in and answer any questions you have, when starting university.

You'll also benefit from our:

  • extended induction programme, to help you quickly settle in to our lively community of staff and students
  • activities and events run by our highly active student-run society, GeogSoc

Your future

Join a network of successful graduates

97% of our Geography BA Honours graduates were employed or in further study within 6 months of graduating, with an average salary of £20,715*.

Recent graduates have secured roles such as:

  • graduate planner
  • graduate surveyor
  • account executive

*Destinations of (undergraduate, UK and EU) Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2016/17

Graduates in demand

Our graduates’ excellent employment record is a sign of the flexibility and professionalism that our geography degrees develop.

You will leave with sought-after skills, including teamwork, project management, research and presentation skills, and therefore will have access to a wide variety of careers.

A Geography degree from Newcastle will ensure you develop the skills that employers look for and can open the doors to a wide range of careers. Our graduates have been recruited by a variety of organisations, including:

  • the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
  • the Environment Agency
  • independent and major scientific consultancies
  • Raleigh International
  • the Armed Forces
  • the NHS
  • local government
  • financial services firms

Make a difference

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Careers support

We strongly value developing your employability and have our own Geography Employability Co-ordinator. In your final year you can select an optional work experience module.

Our teaching draws upon rich and diverse research networks connected to the world of work. What we teach captures insights from employers ranging from governmental bodies and policy makers, to non-government organisations, the private sector and charities ensuring you are career ready.

Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers. We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through our ncl+ initiative.

Visit our Careers Service website

Entry requirements

All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements below apply to 2020 entry.

A Level

AAB-ABB

International Baccalaureate

32-35 points

Other UK qualifications (and PARTNERS)

Qualifications from outside the UK

English Language requirements

PARTNERS

Through our PARTNERS programme, you could receive an offer up to three grades lower than the typical requirements, and get support throughout the application process. To apply through PARTNERS, you must be based in the UK and meet our eligibility criteria. 

Find out more about PARTNERS

Entrance courses (INTO)

International Pathway Courses are specialist programmes designed for international students who want to study in the UK. We provide a range of study options for international students in partnership with INTO. 

Find out more about International Pathway Courses

Admissions policy

This policy applies to all undergraduate and postgraduate admissions at Newcastle University, including Newcastle University London. It is intended to provide information about our admissions policies and procedures to applicants and potential applicants, to their advisors and family members, and to staff of the University.

Tuition fees and scholarships

Tuition fees for 2020 entry (per year)

UK Students

£9250

International Students

£19200

The maximum fee that we are permitted to charge for UK students is set by the UK government.

As a general principle, you should expect the tuition fee to increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation.

Read more about fees and funding

You will be charged tuition fees for each year of your degree programme (unless you are on a shorter exchange programme).

The tuition fee amount you will pay may increase slightly year on year as a result of inflation.

Read more about fees and funding

Year abroad and additional costs

For programmes where you can spend a year on a work placement or studying abroad, you will receive a significant fee reduction for that year. 

Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.

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Scholarships

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How to apply

Apply through UCAS

To apply for undergraduate study at Newcastle University, you must use the online application system managed by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). All UK schools and colleges, and a small number of EU and international establishments, are registered with UCAS. You will need:

  • the UCAS name and institution codes for Newcastle University (NEWC/N21)
  • the UCAS code for the course you want to apply for
  • the UCAS 'buzzword' for your school or college

If you are applying independently, or are applying from a school or college which is not registered to manage applications, you will still use the Apply system. You will not need a buzzword.

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