Why Herts?
  • Over 95% of students said that they were satisfied with the learning resources on the course (NSS 2019)

About the course

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.


Fact sheets 2019 Course fact sheet 1 BSc (Hons) Physical Geography
Programme specifications 2019 Programme specification 1 BSc (Hons) Geography and Environment

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.

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


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

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.

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


  • Level 4
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Ecosystems and Environmental Change 15 Credits Compulsory
    Introduction to Field Research 15 Credits Compulsory
    Dynamic Earth 15 Credits Compulsory
    The Earth System 15 Credits Compulsory
    Geographical and Environmental Thought 15 Credits Compulsory
    Cultural and Historical Geography 15 Credits Compulsory
    Space, Place and Future Mobility 15 Credits Compulsory
    Political and Economic Geography 15 Credits Compulsory
    Essential Study Skills 0 Credits Compulsory
  • Level 5
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Earth Surface Processes and Landforms 30 Credits Compulsory
    Quarternary Environmental Change 30 Credits Compulsory
    Enhancing Employability 0 Credits Compulsory
    Environment, Conservation and Food 30 Credits Optional
    Digital Geography 30 Credits Optional
  • Level 6
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Individual Research Project - GE 30 Credits Compulsory
    Glaciology and Hydrogeomorphology 30 Credits Compulsory
    Natural Hazards and Disaster Reduction 30 Credits Compulsory
    Placement - GE 0 Credits Optional
    Biological Conservation 30 Credits Optional
    Solving Environmental Problems 30 Credits Optional
    Year Abroad - GE 0 Credits Optional
    Implementing Geospatial Information 30 Credits Optional
    Outdoor Recreation, Access and Education 30 Credits Optional
  • 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


    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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    Read more about additional fees in the course fact sheet

    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.

    View detailed information about our accommodation

    Entry requirements

    UCAS pointsA LevelBTEC

    How to apply

    Course length
    • Full Time, 3 Years
    • Part Time, 5 Years
    • Sandwich, 4 Years
    • University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield


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    Optional Sandwich Placement or Study Abroad year
    We welcome applications from international and EU students