What you'll study
The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.
First year modules
This programme offers a wide range of specialised modules, providing you with an in-depth insight into the important issues affecting the world around us.
Our BA and BSc programmes share a core first year, providing a thorough grounding in human and physical geography. First-year modules introduce students to key concepts and themes in human and physical geography, providing the building blocks for more specialised modules later in the programme.
We use a variety of methods to assess your progress, including exams, assessed essays, projects and extended research. Fieldwork is integral to our programme and all core field trips, including our second year overseas trips, are free.
Worlds of Connection and Difference
This module will introduce you to key perspectives in contemporary human geography. It uses the themes of difference and connection to explore a wide range of case studies.
A look at the planet we live on and its constituent systems and processes: oceans, atmosphere, biosphere and tectonics.
Exploring Worlds Around Us
You’ll find out about many different ways of studying the world around us by exploring a specific field trip location.
Development and Change
Our changing world faces many challenges, especially in developing countries. Learn how geographers approach development, inequality, sustainability and governance.
This module introduces you to some key tools we use to interpret the environments around us, such as computer mapping and data analysis.
Landscapes of the World
This module introduces you to different landforms and landscapes found across the globe: from mountains and glaciers to rainforests, coastal and marine environments and deserts.
Second year modules
The second and final years of our BA Human Geography programme allow you to specialise in the side of the discipline you find most engaging.
Second-year modules introduce you to core concepts in human geography research and allow you to explore three academic pathways. This offers a tailored and specialised programme of study towards specific career or research goals: sustainability and development; cities and globalisation; and people, culture and place.
Frontiers in Human Geography
In this module, you'll learn how to design a dissertation research proposal in order to carry out independent research on a human geographical problem.
Cities and Globalisation
Using real examples of cities from around the world, you'll examine urban development patterns and processes in an era of rapid globalisation.
Cultural and Historical Geography
You'll be using sources as diverse as films, music, art, landscape and maps to learn about the cultural, historical and social processes that make our world.
Study key issues relating to the concept of sustainability and attempts to create more sustainable ways of living.
Field Studies (Human Geography)
Visit field locations such as Barcelona and Berlin, as well as UK destinations, where you'll design and conduct your own research projects.
Living in the Anthropocene
You'll consider profound questions about the scale of the impact of human activities on our planet and the prospects for sustainable global environmental stewardship.
Discover the fascinating world of photosynthetic organisms, from single celled marine algae to the giant trees of the tropical rain forests. Practical classes will teach you ways of investigating plants and algae in the lab and in the field.
Year abroad modules
You will spend year three studying abroad at a university of your choice. During this year, you will follow a programme of study that will be agreed between yourself and the department prior to your departure. You will take all assessments set by the host university while you are overseas, for which marks will be awarded and a final transcript released.
Final year modules
The final year of our BA Human Geography programme allows you to further specialise in areas of Human Geography you are most interested in.
You can continue to choose modules from the three academic pathways: sustainability and development; cities and globalisation; and people, culture and place.
You also have the opportunity to spend one semester of your final year gaining real-world experience and boosting your employability by working on a project with an outside organisation from the private, public or non-profit sectors.
You will make an original contribution to research by designing, carrying out and writing up your own project on a topic you choose, supported by your dissertation supervisor.
Explore different theories, strategies and actions to green our economy and society in response to pressing issues such as climate change, resource scarcity and social inequalities.
Professional Consultancy Project
Work with an external host organisation on a research project designed to be useful to them, while being supervised by university tutors.
This module provides you with real world teaching experience and allows you to conduct a project with a school into an aspect of teaching and learning in your subject.
Geotechnologies A: Advanced GIS
Develop your geospatial analysis and modelling skills with GIS. This will provide you with key expertise when you enter the geographic job market.
Cities and Regions
This module introduces you to key concepts and policies related to urbanisation and regional development, focusing on selected examples from North America.
Geographies of Oppression and Resistance
You'll cover topics such as neoliberalism and the ‘War on Terror’, totalitarianism, institutions of oppression, the civil rights movement, suffrage campaigns and climate change protests.
Advanced Field Study
You’ll research first-hand the challenges of harnessing human and physical resources in a developing country to meet the needs for sustainable development.
Feeding the City
Explore the production and consumption networks that feed the city, following food from field to fork. Consider the complex systems of farming, food processing, retail and consumption that feed us.
This module will take you on a journey through the current Ice Age, which spans the last 2.6 million years.
All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.