Geography (2016 Entry)

Course type: Single Honours, Dual Honours, Major.
Entry requirements: Read more about entry requirements
Typical offer:BBB or ABC
Tuition fees: Read more about tuition fees
Duration and mode of study: 3 years, Full time
Location of study:Keele University campus
Subject Area: Geography, Geology and the Environment, Faculty of Natural Sciences

Course Overview

In 2015, this course was ranked in the UK’s top ten for overall student satisfaction.

Geography is uniquely positioned between the physical and social sciences enabling geographers to provide broad ranging perspectives on a range of key societal challenges. At Keele, you can study the subject as part of a dual honours, major route or single honours pathway. In all cases, you will develop a core foundation in the first year from which you have the flexibility to pursue a diverse range of specialisms and interests in the second and third years. You’ll learn to access and engage with the latest research; undertake effective fieldwork; utilise a range of methods to collect and analyse qualitative and quantitative data; plan and undertake research; and use specialist software, such as GIS, to address geographical problems. The course also offers local and overseas field excursions, access to excellent computing and science lab facilities, and the chance to study abroad at a partner institution.

Single Honours

Below is an indicative range of modules you could study as part of single honours Geography.

First year

Core modules: 

  • Geographical Skills
  • Fundamentals of Physical Geography
  • Geography and Geographers
  • Human Geographies
  • The Practice of Physical Geography
  • People and the Environment
  • Practising Human Geography

 Elective modules:

  • Global Warming or a New Ice Age?
  • Greening Business
  • Dinosaur Planet

Second year

Core modules: 

  • Dynamic Geographies
  • Practical Physical Geography
  • Practical Human Geography
  • Geographical Research Training

Elective modules: 

  • Space and Society
  • Concepts and Debates in Geography
  • Regional Landsystems
  • Work placement module

Third year

Core modules: 

  • Double Dissertation Independent Study Project (ISP) OR
  • Single Dissertation ISP

Elective modules: 

  • Glaciers and Glacial Geomorphology
  • Natural Hazards
  • Water Resources
  • Coastal Environments
  • Applied GIS
  • Inspirational Landscapes
  • Postcolonialism in South Asia
  • Economic Development and Environmental Transformation
  • Geographies of Children and Youth
  • Rural Geographies
  • Sustainability and Social Justice
  • Trees in their Environment 

Dual Honours

Below is an indicative range of modules you could study as part of dual honours Geography.

First year

Core modules:

  • Geographical Skills
  • Fundamentals of Physical Geography
  • Human Geographies
  • People and the Environment

Second year

Core modules: 

  • Dynamic Geographies
  • Geographical Research Training

Optional core modules: 

  • Practical Physical Geography
  • Practical Human Geography
  • Regional Landsystems
  • Space and Society

Third year

Elective modules: 

  • Double Dissertation Independent Study Project (ISP)
  • Single Dissertation ISP
  • Glaciers and Glacial Geomorphology
  • Global Environmental Change
  • Water Resources
  • Coastal Environments
  • Applied GIS
  • Inspirational Landscapes
  • Postcolonialism in South Asia
  • Economic Development and Environment Transformation
  • Geographies of Children and Youth
  • Rural Geographies

Students may take no more than one of the ISPs on this list, and do not need to take a Geography ISP as long as there is an ISP included within their overall Dual Honours module diet.

Major Minor

Below is an indicative range of modules you could study as part of major honours Geography.

First year

Core modules:

  • Geographical Skills
  • Fundamentals of Physical Geography
  • Human Geographies
  • People and the Environment

Second year

Core modules: 

  • Dynamic Geographies
  • Geographical Research Training

Optional core modules: 

  • Practical Physical Geography
  • Practical Human Geography
  • Regional Landsystems
  • Space and Society

Third year

Core modules: 

  • Double Dissertation Independent Study Project (ISP) or
  • Single Dissertation ISP

Elective modules:

  • Glaciers and Glacial Geomorphology
  • Natural Hazards*
  • Global Environmental Change
  • Water Resources
  • Coastal Environments
  • Applied GIS
  • Inspirational Landscapes
  • Postcolonialism in South Asia
  • Economic Developement and Environmental Transformation
  • Geographies of Children and Youth
  • Rural Geographies
  • Sustainability and Social Justice
  • Trees in their Environment

*Please note that the modules marked with an asterisk are programme approved elective modules that are not examined by the geography exam board.

Students MUST take one of the two Dissertation ISP options

Course workload

This contact time measure is intended to provide you with an indication of the type of activity you are likely to undertake during your programme. The data is compiled based on module choices and learning patterns of students on similar programmes in previous years. Every effort is made to ensure this data is a realistic representation of what you are likely to experience, but changes to programmes, teaching methods and assessment methods mean this data is representative and not specific.

Undergraduate courses at Keele contain an element of module choice; therefore, you will experience a different mix of contact time and assessment types dependent upon your own individual choice of modules. The figures below are an example of activities that you may expect on your chosen course by year/stage of study. Contact time includes scheduled activities such as: lecture, seminar, tutorial, project supervision, demonstration, practical classes and labs, supervised time in labs/workshop, fieldwork and external visits. The figures are based on 1,200 hours of student effort each year for full-time students.

First year

  • Scheduled learning and teaching activities – 25%
  • Guided independent study – 75%

Second year

  • Scheduled learning and teaching activities – 27%
  • Guided independent study – 73%

 Third year

  • Scheduled learning and teaching activities – 17%
  • Guided independent study – 83%

Skills and Careers

What will this mean for my future?

As a geographer, you’ll develop a wide range of transferable and subject-specific skills that are highly valued by employers. Your interdisciplinary perspectives, problem solving skills and the ability to research, evaluate and synthesise information from diverse sources are relevant to a broad range of careers including those in transport and planning and the environmental and retail sectors. They also provide an ideal training for postgraduate study.

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Codes and Combinations

All students who study a science subject are candidates for the degree of Bachelor of Science (with Honours) (BSc Hons).

Dual Honours Course can be combined with:

CoursesUCASCoursesUCAS

Applied Environmental Science:

FL97

Human Biology:

FC81

Astrophysics:

FL57 Human Resource Management: LN76

Biochemistry:

LCR7 International Business: LN71

Biology:

LCR1

Marketing: LN75

Business Management:

LN79 Mathematics: LG71

Criminology:

LM79

Music: LW73

English:

LQR3

Music Technology: LWT3

Environmental Studies:

F9F8 Neuroscience: BF18

Film Studies:

PL37 Philosophy: LVR5

Finance:

NL37 Physics: LF73
Forensic Science: FL47 Politics: LL72

Geology:

LF76

Sociology: LLJ7

History:

LV71    

 

Single Honours, Major and Foundation course available:

CoursesUCAS
Geography Single Honours L701
Geography Single Honours (Major route):
Please indicate your choice of second subject (chosen from those listed above) in the
'further information' section of your UCAS form
L700
Geography with Social Sciences Foundation Year:
Geography with Science Foundation Year: 
These four-year degree courses are designed for students who wish to
study Geography but lack the necessary background qualifications.
L7LH
F800


Codes and Combinations

Codes and Combinations

All students who study a science subject are candidates for the degree of Bachelor of Science (with Honours) (BSc Hons).

can be combined with:

Single Honours, Major and Foundation course information

Geography with a Foundation Year (Science) : F800 View KIS Stats
Geography with a Foundation Year (Social Science) : L7LH View KIS Stats

Full Unistats data is available at unistats.direct.gov.uk (opens new window)

Study abroad

On Geography Programmes you have the opportunity to spend a semester abroad in your second year studying at one of Keele’s international partner universities. Exactly which countries are available depends on your choice of degree subjects. An indicative list of countries is on the website Partner Universities however this does not guarantee the availability of study in a specific country as this is subject to the university’s application process for studying abroad.

No additional tuition fees are payable for studying abroad but you do have to bear the costs of travelling to and from your destination university, accommodation, food and personal costs. Depending on the destination you are studying at additional costs may include visas, study permits, residence permits, and compulsory health checks. You should expect the total costs of studying abroad to be greater than if you study in the UK, information is made available from the Global Education Team throughout the process, as costs will vary depending on destination.

Find out more about the course

Our Course Information Documents (CIDs) are designed to give you all of the details you need to make an informed decision about what and where to study.

Single Honours Course Information Document (PDF) Dual Honours and Major Minor Course Information Document (PDF)

2017 Entry details

Our full course information for 2017 entry is yet to be finalised. We may make changes to our course content from year to year in order to keep pace with current research and innovation.

Here is a list of indicative modules for 2017 entry:

First year

  • Geography and Geographers*
  • Human Geographies
  • Practising Human Geography
  • People and the Environment
  • Geographical Skills
  • Fundamentals of Physical Geography
  • The Practice of Physical Geography

Second year

 

  • Dynamic Geographies
  • Practical Human Geography
  • Geographical Research Training
  • Space and Society
  • Practical Physical Geography
  • Work Placement*
  • Regional Landsystems
  • Concepts and Debates in Geography*

 

Third year

 

  • Dissertation
  • Natural Hazards
  • Water Resources
  • Rural Geographies
  • Inspirational Landscapes
  • Glaciers and Glacial Geomorphology
  • Applied GIS
  • Global Environmental Change
  • Coastal Environments
  • Economic Development and Environmental Transformation
  • Geographies of Children and Youth

 

*Single Honours Geography only

It is important that you read the information at Terms and Conditions which explains how and why we might need to make changes to the educational services that we provide.

For Dual Honours courses, other combinations are available