About the course

An understanding of the world from social, economic, political and environmental perspectives has never been more critical. A geography degree will give you an in-depth understanding of our rapidly changing world by combining elements of both physical and human geography. Fieldwork learning, and practical application are at the heart of this course, and you'll develop skills using our own field station, specialist laboratories and geographical information analysis facilities whilst also benefitting from our unique location in terms of planning and urban design. Your studies include two fully-funded field trips in the UK and Switzerland. Throughout the course you can explore topics such as sustainability, globalisation, climate change, food scarcity, earth surface processes and landforms, natural hazards, glaciology, environmental problem solving, demography, migration, urban place making, transport, future mobility, planning and development, leisure, tourism and identity, marginalisation, exclusion and geopolitics.

 

Why choose this course?

  • No additional charges for compulsory residential field courses in Year 1 and Year 2."
  • High student satisfaction and a good study community
  • Regular opportunities for students to assist staff with glaciology research and to undertake fieldwork in pursuit of final year dissertations in locations including Iceland, Switzerland and the High Arctic.
  • Working with employers in Hertfordshire to address pressing environmental challenges, helping them save energy, reduce waste and put effective techniques in place to manage their environmental impact.
  • Working with voluntary organisations to support community energy - overcoming the barriers to installing solar panels on school buildings and improving a community energy toolkit.
  • Opportunities to get involved in ecology activities at Bayfordbury such as beekeeping, bat watching, coppicing, etc.
  • Active research community

You can find out more about our staff in Geography, Environment and Agriculture here.

The student experience

“I really feel that my time at the University of Hertfordshire has helped to open many doors. I’ve got a fantastic job in the field I wanted to work in. Geography opens up so many career paths, it’s incredible. Thanks University of Hertfordshire!”
Shane Green, Geography Graduate currently working as a Consultant at Public Information Exchange Ltd

“My time Hertfordshire has enabled me to explore an interest, find a specialty and develop all the skills I need to form a career” Peter Lattimore, Geography Graduate currently working as a GIS Support Analyst at Tesco

What will I study?

You will develop your capacity for independent study and interpersonal skills on this programme. There is an emphasis on structured research, well-prepared written and verbal presentations and computer literacy.

You will experience a wide variety of teaching styles on the programme including:

  • standard lectures
  • seminars
  • tutorials
  • laboratories
  • case studies
  • individual and group projects

In your final year you will normally have the opportunity to hone your independent study and interpersonal skills by undertaking a major project or dissertation

Part-time study

If you are studying part-time you will study for 5-6 years to complete your course from registration. You will complete 60 credits per year. The first and second year are made up of compulsory modules thereafter years three to six contain a mixture of core and optional modules depending on the pathway you are studying on. Your timetable will depend on which modules you pick.

Professional Accreditations

This programme has received accreditation from the Royal Geographical Society and has therefore been independently checked to ensure that the knowledge, skills and other attributes expected of high quality geography graduates are being delivered. 

Careers

Geography graduates are highly sought after in a wide range of professions. Our graduates have found successful careers within local government, town and country planning, recreational and habitat management, environmental resources management, teaching and private environmental consultancies as well as more general graduate recruitment schemes and postgraduate study.

Our graduates are highly employable and have excellent opportunities in a wide range of careers because of our varied curriculum, our strong emphasis on field and practical experience, our industrial placement year and our strong ties with professional bodies and employers in business, industry, regulatory bodies and government. Indeed, 90% of our students have gone on to work or study after graduation (Unistats, 2013).

Typical job titles of recent graduates

Assistant Surveyor, Conservation Officer, Environmental Consultant, Environmental developments Officer, Environmental Management Systems Developer, Environmental Manager, Environmental Officer, Environmental Support Officer, Estates manager, GIS assistant, Land Charges Assistant, Planning Officer, Production Systems Development Engineer, Senior GIS Technical Officer, Trainee Emergency Ambulance Technician, Trainee Logging Geologist, Transport Coordinator, Transport Planner.

Typical employers of recent graduates

Affinity Water, Buildings Research Establishment, Banks Cargil Agriculture Ltd, Beds and Herts Ambulance and Paramedic Service, Channel Tunnel Rail Link, Coors Brewers, Datalog Technology Ltd, Environment Agency, Granada Business Technology, Merck Sharp & Dohme, National Grid, Veolia Water, South-East Water, Sustrans, University of Hertfordshire, Vauxhall Motors, Vivendi Water.

What job can I get?

Our graduates are highly sought after in a wide range of professions within local government, the civil service, town and country planning, regeneration, environment agency work, water companies, recreational and habitat management, environmental resources management, teaching and environmental consultancies. Our graduates also join more general graduate recruitment schemes and go on to postgraduate study.