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This course follows a similar path to our geography degree, but after the First Year focuses more on the processes and landforms of the natural environment whilst also looking at human impacts on these. 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 will go on two fully-funded field trips in the UK and Switzerland to learn more about the challenges of living in mountainous environments and climate change. Specialist modules include earth surface processes and landforms, quaternary environmental change, glaciology, and natural hazards and disaster reduction. Areas of optional study include conservation and food supplies, environmental problem solving, leisure and tourism, and digital information and location intelligence. Depending on how your interests evolve, you'll have a chance to switch between the different geography courses.

 

Why choose this course?

Other key features of our course include:

  • 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.

What job can I get?

Our graduates are highly sought after in a wide range of professions within local government, town and country planning, 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 in a variety of sectors including:

  • Local government
  • Recreational and habitat management organisations
  • Environmental consultancy,
  • Teaching
  • Broader graduate recruitment schemes
  • Postgraduate study.

Graduates may like to consider further study for example in the University of Hertfordshire's MSc courses in Environmental Management

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. Successful completion of your placement may also lead to 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

  • Earth Surface Processes and Landforms - 30 Credits
  • Quarternary Environmental Change - 30 Credits
  • Enhancing Employability - 0 Credits

Optional

  • Environment, Conservation and Food - 30 Credits
  • Digital Geography - 30 Credits

Level 6

Core Modules

  • Individual Research Project - GE - 30 Credits
  • Glaciology and Hydrogeomorphology - 30 Credits
  • Natural Hazards and Disaster Reduction - 30 Credits

Optional

  • Placement - GE - 0 Credits
  • Biological Conservation - 30 Credits
  • Solving Environmental Problems - 30 Credits
  • Year Abroad - GE - 0 Credits
  • Implementing Geospatial Information - 30 Credits
  • Outdoor Recreation, Access and Education - 30 Credits

Fees & funding

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

None

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

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)