Human Geography

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, Human Geography at Keele was ranked in the top ten nationally for overall student satisfaction in the National Student Survey.

This course will take you to fascinating fieldwork destinations in the UK and overseas, where you’ll add to your growing skills in understanding and influencing the way humans relate to the environment. In the lab, the field and the archive, you’ll explore the characteristics, diversity, interdependence and changing nature of places. You’ll understand the applications and possibilities Human Geography provides in solving problems, creating wealth and improving quality of life. You’ll collect and analyse spatial, social and environmental data, and become familiar with industry standard GIS software for analysing, visualising and integrating that data.

Single Honours

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

First year 

Core modules: 

  • Geography and Geographers
  • Human Geographies
  • Geographical Skills 
  • Practising Human Geography
  • People and the Environment

Elective modules: 

  • Fundamentals of Physical Geography
  • History, Media, Memory: The Presentation of the Past in Contemporary Culture
  • The Politics of Sustainability
  • Global Warming or a New Ice Age
  • Greening Business: Employability and Sustainability
  • The Practice of Physical Geography
  • Environmental Ethics

Second year 

Core modules: 

  • Dynamic Geographies
  • Practical Human Geography
  • Geographical Research Training
  • Space and Society 

Elective modules: 

  • Gender and the Cinematic Gaze
  • City, Culture and Society
  • Concepts and Debates
  • Regional Landsystems
  • Practical Physical Geography
  • Imperialism and Empire 

Third year 

Optional core modules: 

  • Applied GIS
  • Double Dissertation 
  • Single Dissertation 
  • Inspirational Landscapes
  • Postcolonialism in South Asia
  • Economic Development and Environmental Transformation 
  • Geographies of Children and Youth
  • Rural Geographies

Elective modules: 

  • Sustainability and Social Justice
  • The Northern Dimension: Resources, Environment and Security in the Arctic 
  • Home, Belonging, Locality and Material Culture 

Dual Honours

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

First year

Core modules: 

  • Human Geographies 
  • Geographical Skills 
  • Practising Human Geography
  • People and the Environment 

Second year 

Core modules: 

  • Dynamic Geographies 
  • Practical Human Geography 
  • Geographical Research Training
  • Space and Society 

Third year 

Optional core modules: 

  • Applied GIS 
  • Double Dissertation 
  • Single Dissertation 
  • Inspirational Landscapes
  • Postcolonialism in South Asia
  • Economic Development and Environmental Transformation 
  • Geographies of Children and Youth 
  • Rural Geographies

Elective modules: 

  • Sustainability and Social Justice
  • The Northern Dimension: Resources, Environment and Security in the Arctic 
  • Home, Belonging, Locality and Material Culture 

Major Minor

Below is an indicative range of modules you could study as prt of major-minor honours Human Geography. 

First year

Core modules:

  • Human Geographies
  • Geographical Skills
  • Practising Human Geography
  • People and the Environment 

Second year 

Core modules:

  • Dynamic Geographies
  • Practical Human Geography
  • Geographical Research Training
  • Space and Society

Third year

Optional core modules:

  • Applied GIS
  • Double Dissertation
  • Single Dissertation
  • Inspirational Landscapes
  • Postcolonialism in South Asia
  • Economic Development and Environmental Transformation
  • Geographies of Children and Youth
  • Rural Geographies

Elective modules:

  • Sustainability and Social Justice
  • The Northern Dimension: Resources, Environment and Security in the Arctic
  • Home, Belonging, Locality and Material Culture

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?

In addition to providing very specific human geography skills, this course will enhance your abilities in communication, make you proficient in various methods such as GIS or primary data collection, and develop your creativity in problem solving. This will all be invaluable as you address social, environmental, ethical and global problems as part of your studies or in the world of work. You might go on to work as a planning and development surveyor, logistics manager, residential surveyor, town planner, international development worker, transport planner or market researcher.

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Codes and Combinations

Codes and Combinations

Single Honours, Major and Foundation course information

Human Geography with Foundation Year: L7L3 View KIS Stats

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

can be combined with:

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Study abroad

On the Human Geography programme 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 the syour 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 their 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 they 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)