BSc (Hons) Geography

Why study this course?

Environmental change and the physical processes that affect the natural world increasingly impact on our everyday lives. This hands-on course will provide a solid understanding of the global environment and how problems relating to it prompt us to develop ways to manage and conserve the world around us. You’ll learn how to write critically, how to interpret data, and how to develop as a researcher. Modules span the breadth of geography recognising that issues such as climate change, connect human and physical dimensions of the subject.

Industry Links

The School has strong professional links with the Royal Geographical Society. All undergraduates are encouraged to become student members.

Learning Environment and Assessment

The Geography programme is designed to provide opportunities for the exchange of ideas and discussion of important issues, as well as for the acquisition of knowledge. Lectures are the basis of the undergraduate programme. Group sizes ranging from around 50 for first year modules to about 20 on some specialist final year modules. Project work, field and presentation work is conducted within small groups. Group work enables students to develop their skills in presentation, to develop competence in analysis and interpretation, to acquire the ability to design and carry out investigative research, expertise in the synthesis ideas and information, report preparation, and organising skills. You will be assigned a personal tutor on arrival at the School. This tutor will remain with you throughout your degree and will provide academic support through scheduled and on demand meetings.

All modules have coursework components that include writing extended papers, or reports, group and individual presentations, data analysis and poster presentations. Geography students are required to undertake a third year dissertation.

Opportunities

Professional practice and the use of external speakers from a range of professional backgrounds, as well as visits to relevant outside organisations, plays a key part in our teaching strategies.

Third-year fieldtrips include destinations overseas. Recent fieldtrips have included opportunities to research such issues as: Maasai ways of life in the Kenyan savannah; urban change in Chinese cities, gentrification in Seattle; first nations and mineral development on Vancouver Island in Canada; and the economics of crofting in the Scottish Highlands.

In addition, our students have the option of spending a semester in other institutions, both European and further afield, with the study abroad scheme.

Alongside subject knowledge, the strength of Geography at UCLan lies in the development and application of a range of transferable skills all of which are strongly sought after by employers. Our programmes place a central emphasis on employability and at developing students’ transferable skills.

Our students go into a range of careers, some of which involve use of subject-specific knowledge, eg. planning, teaching, environmental management, conservation, or development agencies. Others utilise transferable skills e.g. resource-based companies, banking, accountancy, retail, local government and management.

Another key destination is postgraduate study e.g. School Direct, PGCE, MA / MSc, PhD, vocational and professional qualifications.

Key Information

Start date:

Organisation:

University of Central Lancashire (UCLan)

Type:

Full Time

Sector:

Ecology, Environment & Sustainability

Location:

Preston

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