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Our Geography degree is designed to train experts in human and physical geography, with a broad understanding of the challenges that the modern world faces and of the interactions between the natural environment and human society.

You'll research important themes like globalisation, climate change, meteorology or natural hazards as part of a varied and flexible degree programme that can be shaped to develop your own particular interests.

Please note there has been a change to the previously advertised version of this programme. You will be asked to make appropriate module choices upon starting the course (and with support from your academic tutor) which will determine whether you pursue the BA or BSc pathway. The BSc course focuses on the interactions between human society and the Earth's environmental processes, while the BA places emphasis on the geographical dimensions of societal change through the study of communities, cultures and their environment.

Overview

A knowledge of geography is central to understanding some of the most important contemporary problems – from resource scarcity and natural hazards, to population growth and climate change.

Our geography degree gives you the skills and knowledge to understand and investigate these problems, with the flexibility to specialise in specific areas. The course introduces you to fundamental geographical skills and concepts of allowing you to choose at the start of the degree either a BSc or BA pathway.

The Pathways

The BSc pathway focuses on the interactions between human society and the Earth’s environmental processes, while the BA places emphasis on the geographical dimensions of societal change through the study of communities, cultures and their environment.

Both pathways provide students with a broad understanding of geographical concepts and issues, as well as how to collect data, formulate research questions, present results, and develop practical transferable skills. 

You will also have the chance to work on group projects, which encourage using teamwork to tackle complex geographical issues, and are a fantastic way to improve your communication skills. Field courses feature in both pathways and there is also four-year Year in Industry variants where the third year is spent away from UEA working in an external organisation. 

BSc Pathway

By choosing our BSc Geography pathway, you will learn about how environmental and societal processes combine to shape landscape changes, from local to global scales. 
You’ll be taught how to gather geographical information and investigate the earth’s many environments, including rivers, oceans, the atmosphere, tectonic plates and volcanic regions. 

You can study modules in topics like climate change, meteorology and natural hazards to build a holistic picture of the Earth as a complex system that needs to be explored, understood and respected.

BA Pathway

The BA pathway places emphasis on human geography which is, almost by definition, concerned with some of humanity’s most pressing problems. As the world changes – whether through technology, politics, culture or climate – our understanding of it must change too, as well as our ways of living prosperously within it.

How do we respond effectively to climate change? How do we manage dwindling resources? How do we deal with population growth in cities and the challenges of more sustainable lifestyles?

These are examples of the important questions that human geographers address, many of which you will confront on the BA pathway.

A Subject of Huge Importance with Exceptional Career Prospects

Geography produces some of the most employable graduates in the country. You’ll develop important practical knowledge, specialist training and a huge range of transferrable skills; from research and analysis to communication and teamwork.

Geography graduates enter a very wide range of career areas and have one of the highest rates of graduate employment, with potential employers spanning the private and public sectors, and particular opportunities at present with respect to climate change, energy systems and land or water resource management. 

Opportunities for internships exist with many organisations and our annual Careers Fair attracts a wide range of employers interested in graduates with geographical skills.

Study in a Progressive, World-Renowned and Diverse School

UEA has one of the best Environmental Science schools in the world (in the QS worldwide top 30), producing some of the most important research in the country (1st for Research Impact in REF 2014). Our School of International Development also has an extremely prestigious reputation, ranking 4th in the UK for overall research (REF 2014).

That means you’ll have the chance to study with world-leading academics; benefit from cutting-edge facilities; and choose modules from a huge and varied range thanks to the vast expertise in our departments.

The Course

This three-year course covers a broad range of topics in geography, moving from a first year that provides you with an essential foundation, through to more flexible second and third years that are, to some extent, determined by your choice of pathway. The course culminates in an independent research project and there are opportunities to participate in field courses in all three years of the degree.

Year 1

Your first year is designed to give you a broad understanding of the challenges facing contemporary geographers, underpinned by an introduction to fundamental research techniques to appreciate what methods geographers can use to analyse and understand the world.

You’ll also choose modules that will determine which pathway you follow for the rest of your degree.

Year 2

In the second year, you’ll continue either the BA or BSc pathway, giving you much more scope to customise your degree with a huge range of options. 

If you choose the BSc pathway, you’ll gain valuable technical expertise through the GIS Skills for Project Work module, before choosing from a range of options including: Geomorphology, Population Ecology and Management, Climate Change: Science and Policy and Global Tectonics. 

The BA pathway features a compulsory module in Social Research Skills for Geographers (with Optional Field Course) as well as several optional modules in topics such as People and Place, Geographies of Development, Population Ecology and Management, and Low Carbon Energy.

Some of the optional modules listed above can be taken in both the BA and BSc pathways (see the full Course Profile below).

Year 3

In your third year you will spend a substantial amount of time on your Independent Project. This accounts for a third of the final year assessment and provides a brilliant opportunity to put everything you’ve learnt throughout your degree into practice, as well as a chance to specialise in a topic that really fascinates you with the supervision of a world-class expert.

There are also further optional modules to study, including Geophysical Hazards and Paleoclimatology in the BSc pathway; or Biodiversity Conservation and Human Society in the BA pathway; as well as Energy and People, Urban Geographies, Catchment Water Resources, or Natural Resources and Environmental Economics in either.

Course Modules

Year 1

Course Profile BSc Geography BA Geography
First Year Core Geographical Perspectives
Research and Field Skills
Global Environmental Challenges
Understanding the Dynamic Planet
Geographical Perspectives
Research and Field Skills
Global Environmental Challenges
Human Geographies of a Changing World
Sustainability, Society and Biodiversity
First Year Options One of the following:
Maths for Scientists A
Advanced Quantitative Skills
Quantitative Skills
Plus one of:
Atmosphere and Oceans I
Atmosphere and Oceans II
Sustainability, Society and Biodiversity 
One of the following:
Maths for Scientists A
Advanced Quantitative Skills
Quantitative Skills

Year 2

Course
Profile
BSc Geography BA Geography
Year 2 Core GIS Skills for Project Work Contemporary Human Geographies
Year 2 Options

At least one of the following:
Aquatic Ecology
Community, Ecosystem and Macro-ecology
Geomorphology
Meteorology

At least one of the following:
Field Ecology
Population Ecology and Management
Earth Science Lab Skills 
Earth Science Skills
Environmental Analytical Chemistry 
Marine Sciences Field Course
Social Research Skills for Geographers and Environmental Scientists 
Social Research Skills for Geographers and Environmental Scientists with Field Course

Plus up to three of these:

Contemporary Human Geographies
Geographies of Development
Low Carbon Energy
People and Place
Climate Change: Science and Policy
Environmental Politics and Policymaking
Origins of the English Landscape 4000BC to 1066 AD
Soil Processes and Environmental Issues
Global Tectonics
Hydrology and Hydrogeology
Sedimentology
Meteorology I
Meteorology II
Shelf Sea Dynamics and Coastal Processes
Atmospheric Chemistry and Global Change

EITHER Social Research Skills for Geographers and Environmental Scientists
OR Social Research Skills for Geographers and Environmental Scientists with field Course

Plus four of these:

GIS Skills for Project Work
Geographies of Development
Low Carbon Energy
People and Place
Climate Change: Science and Policy
Environmental Politics and Policymaking
Origins of the English Landscape 4000BC to 1066 AD

The four options can also include one of:

Aquatic Ecology 
Population Ecology and Management
Soil Processes and Environmental Issues
Geomorphology
Global Tectonics

Year 3

Course profile BSc Geography BA Geography
Final Year Core Independent Project  Independent Project 
Final Year Options

Plus four of these:

Urban Geographies
Natural Resources and Environmental Economics 
Catchment Water Resources
Biodiversity, Conservation and Human Society
Environmental Risks and Hazards
Geographies of Agriculture and Food
Energy and People
Fossil Fuels
The Carbon Cycle and Climate Change
Modern Methods in Air Pollution Science
Climate Systems
Palaeoclimatology
Geophysical Hazards

The four options can also include one of:

Field Course to East Africa
Geography Field Course to Spain
Geosciences Field Course

Plus four of these:

Urban Geographies
Natural Resources and Environmental Economics 
Catchment Water Resources
Biodiversity, Conservation and Human Society
Environmental Risks and Hazards
Geographies of Agriculture and Food
Energy and People
Contemporary Issues in Resource Development & Conservation

The four options can also include one of:

Field Course to East Africa
Geography Field Course to Spain

Disclaimer

Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

Entry Requirements

  • A Level ABB including Geography
  • International Baccalaureate 33 points including HL 5 in Geography
  • Scottish Advanced Highers AAB including Geography
  • Irish Leaving Certificate AAAABB or 4 subjects at H1, 2 at H2 including Geography
  • Access Course Pass the Access to HE Diploma with Distinction in 36 credits at Level 3 and Merit in 9 credits and Level 3, including 12 Level 3 credits in Geography
  • BTEC DDD including 6 units in Geography
  • European Baccalaureate 80% overall including 70% in Geography

Entry Requirement

Applicants are required to have Geography A level or equivalent.

A second science in a level 3 qualification will strengthen your application to the University.

General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted.

You are required to have Mathematics and English Language at a minimum of Grade C or Grade 4 or above at GCSE.

UEA recognises that some students take a mixture of International Baccalaureate IB or International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme IBCP study rather than the full diploma, taking Higher levels in addition to A levels and/or BTEC qualifications. At UEA we do consider a combination of qualifications for entry, provided a minimum of three qualifications are taken at a higher Level. In addition some degree programmes require specific subjects at a higher level.

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students from all academic backgrounds. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including writing, speaking, listening and reading):

  • IELTS : 6.5 overall (minimum 6.0 in any component)

We also accept a number of other English language tests. Please click here to see our full list.

INTO University of East Anglia

If you do not meet the academic and or English requirements for direct entry our partner, INTO University of East Anglia offers guaranteed progression on to this undergraduate degree upon successful completion of a preparation programme. Depending on your interests, and your qualifications you can take a variety of routes to this degree:

International Foundation in General Science FS1

International Foundation in Pharmacy, Biomedicine and Health FS2

International Foundation in Physical Sciences and Mathematics FS3

Interviews

The majority of candidates will not be called for an interview and a decision will be made via UCAS Track. However, for some students an interview will be requested. You may be called for an interview to help the School of Study, and you, understand if the course is the right choice for you.  The interview will cover topics such as your current studies, reasons for choosing the course and your personal interests and extra-curricular activities.  Where an interview is required the Admissions Service will contact you directly to arrange a convenient time.

Gap Year

We welcome applications from students who have already taken or intend to take a gap year.  We believe that a year between school and university can be of substantial benefit. You are advised to indicate your reason for wishing to defer entry and to contact admissions@uea.ac.uk directly to discuss this further.

Fees and Funding

Undergraduate University Fees and Financial Support: Home and EU Students

Tuition Fees

Please see our webpage for further information on the current amount of tuition fees payable for Home and EU students and for details of the support available.

Scholarships and Bursaries

We are committed to ensuring that costs do not act as a barrier to those aspiring to come to a world leading university and have developed a funding package to reward those with excellent qualifications and assist those from lower income backgrounds. 

Home/EU - The University of East Anglia offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships.  To check if you are eligible please visit 

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Undergraduate University Fees and Financial Support: International Students

Tuition Fees

Please see our webpage for further information on the current amount of tuition fees payable for International Students.

Scholarships

We offer a range of Scholarships for International Students – please see our website for further information.

How to Apply

Applications need to be made via the Universities Colleges and Admissions Services (UCAS), using the UCAS Apply option.

UCAS Apply is a secure online application system that allows you to apply for full-time Undergraduate courses at universities and colleges in the United Kingdom. It is made up of different sections that you need to complete. Your application does not have to be completed all at once. The system allows you to leave a section partially completed so you can return to it later and add to or edit any information you have entered. Once your application is complete, it must be sent to UCAS so that they can process it and send it to your chosen universities and colleges.

The UCAS code name and number for the University of East Anglia is EANGL E14.

Further Information

If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances with the Admissions Service prior to applying please do contact us:

Undergraduate Admissions Service
Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515
Email: admissions@uea.ac.uk

Please click here to register your details via our Online Enquiry Form.

International candidates are also actively encouraged to access the University's International section of our website.

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