Geography 

(2018 Entry)

BA (Hons) or BSc (Hons)

Geography is uniquely positioned between the physical and social sciences enabling geographers to provide broad-ranging perspectives on a range of key societal challenges. The course has consistently received very high levels of student satisfaction in recent National Student Surveys with Keele now ranking in the Top 10 for Geography in the Guardian 2017 University Guide.

Single Honours
Study abroad
Learn a language
International year
3 years/ 4 years with international year

UCAS code: L701

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Course Overview

In our Geography course at Keele, you will develop a core foundation in the first year from which you will have the flexibility to pursue a diverse range of specialisms and interests in the second and third years, allowing you to explore your interests within the subject. You'll learn to access and engage with the latest research in which the majority of our staff are engaged; undertake effective fieldwork; utilise a range of methods to collect and analyse qualitative data; plan and undertake research; and use specialist software such as GIS to address geographical problems.

We offer a range of local field excursions, which for many students are the highlight of their learning experience. Our campus provides an ideal venue for some of our work, whilst field courses run locally and overseas provide an opportunity to broaden your horizons. We provide field course routes that incur no additional costs with only some optional trips involving additional charges. You will also have access to excellent computing and laboratory facilities, and the chance to study abroad at a partner institution, either for a semester or an entire international year

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 and research.

This programme has been accredited by the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG).

Indicative modules

First Year

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

Second Year

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

Third Year

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

*Single Honours Geography Only

Course structure

Our degree courses are organised into modules. Each module is usually a self-contained unit of study and each is usually assessed separately with the award of credits on the basis of 1 credit = 10 hours of student effort.  An outline of the structure of the programme is provided in the tables below.

There are three types of module delivered as part of this programme. They are:

  • Compulsory modules – a module that you are required to study on this course;
  • Optional modules – these allow you some limited choice of what to study from a list of modules;
  • Elective modules – a free choice of modules that count towards the overall credit requirement but not the number of subject-related credits.

Modules Summary

Geography -  Single Honours programme is modular in structure. The programme provides a broad-based first year followed by more specialised second year and third-year studies.

We assume no prior expertise in Geography, and begin with introductory modules that provide a platform from which students can develop their knowledge, understanding and skills.  First year is an introductory year in which students acquire essential academic skills and a foundation of knowledge of the underlying concepts and principles of the subject. Second year develops a critical understanding of more advanced topics and conceptual issues in the subject, and helps students to establish skills in independent research. Third year allows students to explore specialised topics of their choice at the level of the most recent scientific research, and to develop a range of advanced skills.

A summary of the credit requirements per year is as follows, with a minimum of 90 subject credits (compulsory plus optional) required for each year.

Year

Compulsory

Optional

Electives

Min

Max

Min

Max

1

75

15

45

0

30

2

75

15

45

0

30

3

0

90

120

0

30

Modules - Year One

Year 1 (Level 4)

Compulsory Core modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Geographical Skills

15

The Practice of Physical Geography

15

Fundamentals of Physical Geography

15

Practising Human Geography

15

Geography & Geographers

15

Global Warming or a New Ice Age?

15

Human Geographies

15

Greening Business

15

People and the Environment

15

Entrepreneurship Level 4

15

 

Modules - Year Two

Year 2 (Level 5)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Practical Physical Geography

15

Regional Landsystems

15

Dynamic Geographies

30

Space & Society

15

Regional Landsystems

15

Work Placement Module

15

Geographical Research Training

15

Concepts & Debates in Geography

15

   

Entrepreneurship Level 5

15

Modules - Year Three

Year 3 (Level 6)

In the third year, you must obtain a minimum of 90 credits from option modules (options must include either 15 or 30 credit Dissertation Independent Study Project (ISP) module). You may choose all 120 credits from option modules including one dissertation ISP.

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

None

 

Double Dissertation ISP

30

   

OR

 
   

Single Dissertation ISP

15

   

PLUS

 
   

Glaciers and Glacial Geomorphology

15

   

Natural Hazards

15

   

Global Environmental Change

15

   

Water Resources

15

   

Coastal Environments

15

   

Applied GIS

15

   

Inspirational Landscapes

15

   

Postcolonialism in South Asia

15

   

Economic Development & Environmental Transformation

15

   

Geographies of Children & Youth

15

   

Rural Geographies

15

   

Trees in their Environment

15

   

Environment & Sustainability Case Study

15

 

For further information on the content of modules currently offered, including the list of elective modules, please visit: www.keele.ac.uk/recordsandexams/az