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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. You’ll also have the opportunity to take fully-funded field trips in the UK and Switzerland. Throughout the course you can explore topics such as sustainability, glaciology, Earth surface processes and landforms, natural hazards and the management of environmental problems alongside demography, migration, urban and rural planning and development, transport, outdoor recreation and education, 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.

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 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.

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. 

Course details

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.

Teaching methods

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.

Work Placement

Work placement

You have the opportunity to take a work placement for a year before your final year. These optional placements will enhance your future career prospects. Successfully completion of your placement may also be eligible for the Licentiateship of the City and Guilds Institute. 

Study abroad

This course offers you the opportunity to study abroad in the Sandwich Year through the University's study abroad programme. Study abroad opportunities are available worldwide and in Europe under the Erasmus+ Programme. Find out more about Study abroad opportunities

Structure

Level 4

Core Modules

  • Ecosystems and Environmental Change - 15 Credits
  • Introduction to Field Research - 15 Credits
  • Dynamic Earth - 15 Credits
  • The Earth System - 15 Credits
  • Geographical and Environmental Thought - 15 Credits
  • Cultural and Historical Geography - 15 Credits
  • Space, Place and Future Mobility - 15 Credits
  • Political and Economic Geography - 15 Credits
  • Essential Study Skills - 0 Credits

Optional

Level 5

Core Modules

  • Graduate and Professional Skills 2 - GE - 0 Credits
  • Real World Research - 30 Credits
  • Earth Surface Processes and Landforms - 30 Credits
  • People, Place and Movement - 30 Credits

Optional

  • Ecology and Environmental Quality - 30 Credits
  • Fundamentals of Geospatial Information - 30 Credits
  • Living in a Changing and Contested World - 30 Credits
  • Changing Rural Britain: People, Places, Policy - 30 Credits

Level 6

Core Modules

  • Individual Research Project - GE - 30 Credits

Optional

  • Development, Tourism and the Marginalised World - 30 Credits
  • Placement - GE - 0 Credits
  • Biological Conservation - 30 Credits
  • Solving Environmental Problems - 30 Credits
  • Year Abroad - GE - 0 Credits
  • Implementing Geospatial Information - 30 Credits
  • Glaciology and Hydrogeomorphology - 30 Credits
  • Outdoor Recreation, Access and Education - 30 Credits
  • Natural Hazards and Disaster Reduction - 30 Credits
  • Urban Social Geography, Planning and Development - 30 Credits
  • Geopolitics: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives - 30 Credits

Fees & funding

Fees 2018

UK/EU Students

Full time
  • £9250 for the 2018/2019 academic year

International Students

Full time
  • £11950 for the 2018/2019 academic year

Fees 2019

UK/EU Students

Full time
  • £9250 for the 2019/2020 academic year
Part time
  • £1155 per 15 credits for the 2019/2020 academic year

International Students

Full time
  • £12350 for the 2019/2020 academic year
Part time
  • £1540 per 15 credits for the 2019/2020 academic year

This course offers fantastic opportunities for field work which gives students the chance to study human, environmental and physical interactions in both UK and International settings. All first and second year residential field trip costs are covered by your fees.

There is one optional choice of a field to Southern Spain in final year that will cost approximately £400 and cover international travel costs, bed and breakfast. This trip is heavily subsidised by the University.

Discounts are available for International students if payment is made in full at registration

*Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

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Other financial support

Find out more about other financial support available to UK and EU students

Living costs / accommodation

The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.

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Entry requirements...

2019 entry 

72 - 168 UCAS points from a minimum of two A Levels

A Levels

A minimum of two A Levels required

International Baccalaureate (IB)

72 - 168 points with a minimum of 2 HL subject at grade 4 or above (with the remaining points to come from a combination of HL, SL and Core).

GCSE Maths and English Language at grade 4 (C) or above.

Find out more about international application requirements.

International applications

A minimum IELTS score of 6.0 is required for those for whom English is not their first language

If you do not have the required IELTS or equivalent for direct entry on to your degree programme, our Pre-sessional English and International Foundation courses can help you to achieve this level.

The University of Hertfordshire is committed to welcoming students with a wide range of qualifications and levels of experience. The entry requirements listed on the course pages provide a guide to the minimum level of qualifications needed to study each course. However, we have a flexible approach to admissions and each application will be considered on an individual basis.

How to apply

2019

Start DateEnd DateLink
28/09/201920/05/2020Apply online (Full Time)
28/09/201920/05/2020Apply online (Part Time)
28/09/201920/05/2020Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
28/09/201920/05/2020Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)

2020

Start DateEnd DateLink
28/09/202020/05/2021Apply online (Full Time)
28/09/202020/05/2021Apply online (Part Time)
28/09/202020/05/2021Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
28/09/202020/05/2021Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)