BSc (Hons) Human Geography

  • All first and second year residential field trip costs are included in your tuition fees.
  • Accredited by the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
  • Our prime peri-urban location offers unrivalled access and opportunities for study of urban and rural geographies

About the course

It is an exciting time to study Human Geography at the University of Hertfordshire, as space and place has become locally, regionally, nationally and supra-nationally contested throughout the world, as resources like water dwindle, and populations increase and move.

At the University of Hertfordshire, we specialise in better understanding how new sustainable and resilient urban spaces are created, making good use of the world's first Garden City and the country's first New Town on our doorstep.

We are also fascinated by issues of governance, exclusion, vulnerability and resistance amongst diverse communities, both in the UK and abroad, with researchers working on these topics in Poland and India. We also have research and teaching staff focusing on future mobilities, particularly in the south-east, where commuting issues and congestion are so topical.

Why choose this course?

Other key features of our course include:

  • A focus into migration pathways and gateway towns with staff expertise in the Polish diaspora.
  • We have dedicated GIS suites that help us to map and analyse these phenomena.
  • Field work is a key aspect of the study of Human Geography at UH and we are ideally placed to look at development, economic regeneration and community transition in North London and its satellite towns, plus issues around the Green Belt.
  • You can study the course over 4 years by including an industrial placement or a year studying at one of our many overseas partners.
  • Our teaching team are dedicated and personable, and we treasure our informal, 'family' reputation and sense of community. Our staff know our students, and our regular small-group tutorials in first and second years set us apart from many larger departments.

And that's not all!

  • No additional charges for compulsory residential field courses in Year 1 and Year 2
  • High student satisfaction and a good study community,
  • 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 for students to contribute to International initiatives and work with European partners on such things as urban living, planning and transport.

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

How 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

Modules include a mixture of lectures, workshops, practicals, seminars, and fieldwork visits. 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.

Each student is allocated a Personal Tutor who is a general academic mentor and first port of call if you have academic or personal matters which you need to discuss. Your Tutor will also give personal, one-on-one and small group academic support.

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 in the following sectors:

  • Civil Service
  • Housing Associations
  • Transport operatives
  • Local Government
  • Planning and regeneration
  • National Park services
  • Graduate recruitment schemes
  • Postgraduate study

Graduate may like to consider further study for example in the University of Hertfordshire's MSc courses in Sustainable Planning

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, housing, recreational management, transport and travel planning, environmental resources management and teaching. Our graduates also join more general graduate recruitment schemes and go on to postgraduate study.