BSc Geography with International Study / Course details

Year of entry: 2022

Course description

BSc Geography with International Study allows you to study the natural processes of the Earth and examine human impact on the global environment - exploring a wide range of topics such as environmental pollution, ecology and environmental restoration, glacial and fluvial dynamics, long-term landscape evolution and climate change, before spending your third year overseas, anywhere from Europe, the US and Canada, to Australia or South East Asia. 

Here at The University of Manchester, we've been teaching Geography for more than 125 years - after all, where better to study the subject than this rapidly changing metropolis, with its surrounding national parks and stretching coastlines? 

The field is our classroom - you will have the opportunity to engage in field-based learning around Manchester and in destinations such as Greece, Amsterdam, Hong Kong, Brazil and the Czech Republic. 

The wide range of teaching and research interests of our academics - who have an impressive international research reputation - will make it easy for you to be flexible about what, and how, you learn.  

This allows you the maximum choice to tailor your studies to suit your interests. 

Not sure if you're a human or physical geographer just yet? Don't worry - our course allows you to study both human and physical geography in your first year, before specialising to study for a BA or a BSc later in your course.  

You don't need to apply to both courses either - apply for just one via UCAS, and you'll be allowed to switch after beginning your course.

Special features


Our Skills for Geographers course is designed to support students as they begin exploring their future career paths, and what they need to get there.  

This includes practicing core and transferrable skills and identifying areas of expertise. 


Fieldwork options during the degree currently include trips to Crete, Spain, Amsterdam, Morocco, and the Czech Republic - and, of course, around the city of Manchester itself. 

For more information, see  Fieldwork

Manchester University Geographical Society (MUGS)  

You can also join the Manchester University Geographical Society (MUGS), a society run by Geography students for Geography Students. 

For more information, see  MUGS

Pre-course fieldtrip  

Our pre-course field trip for new geography students is a tradition amongst Manchester geographers.  

The trip takes place in Keswick, the Lake District, over three days in the week before Welcome Week in September. 

The residential trip is a great opportunity to get to know your fellow students and future tutors.  

It's the first chance to meet some friends who you'll remain close to throughout your course and - in many cases - for long after you graduate.

Teaching and learning

Teaching methods include fieldwork, lectures, seminars, small group learning and individual tutorials. 

Coursework and assessment

Assessment methods include essays, team projects, coursework, presentations, written exams and a dissertation.

Course content for year 1

Course units for year 1

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Key Ideas in Geography GEOG10192 10 Mandatory
Introducing Human Geographies 1 GEOG10251 10 Mandatory
Environmental Processes and Change: The Global System GEOG10401 10 Mandatory
Dynamic Earth GEOG10422 10 Mandatory
Introducing Human Geographies 2 GEOG10432 10 Mandatory
Tutorials GEOG12011 10 Mandatory
Tutorials and Profile of a Research Geographer GEOG12012 10 Mandatory
Creating a Sustainable World: 21st Century Challenges and the Sustainable Development Goals UCIL20311 10 Mandatory
Geographies of Globalisation GEOG10101 10 Optional
The Human Planet GEOG10402 10 Optional
Introduction to Landscape Ecology and Remote Sensing GEOG10501 10 Optional
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Course content for year 2

Course units for year 2

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Research Design and Overseas Fieldcourses GEOG20072 20 Mandatory
Skills for Geographers GEOG20621 20 Mandatory
Climate Change: Science and Society GEOG20091 20 Optional
Economic Geography: Understanding the economy. creating economic spaces GEOG20101 20 Optional
Spatial Thinking with GIS: Constructing and exploring virtual worlds GEOG20502 20 Optional
Transport Geographies GEOG20541 20 Optional
North American Cities - Change and Continuity in the Metropolis GEOG20552 20 Optional
Biogeography GEOG20771 20 Optional
Quaternary Climates and Landscapes GEOG21431 20 Optional
Moral Geographies GEOG21432 20 Optional
Geomorphology GEOG21512 20 Optional
Creating a Sustainable World: Applying the Sustainable Development Goals UCIL20511 10 Optional
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Course content for year 3

Your third year is spent abroad at a partner university in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Hong Kong, Singapore or the USA.

Your dissertation will likely be related to this period of study.

Course content for year 4

Course units for year 4

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Dissertation GEOG30000 40 Mandatory
Mediterranean Quaternary Landscapes GEOG30131 20 Optional
Energy, Society and Space GEOG30201 20 Optional
Our Frozen Planet GEOG30222 20 Optional
Peatlands Under Pressure GEOG30231 20 Optional
Peatlands Under Pressure GEOG30232 20 Optional
Understanding GIS GEOG30552 20 Optional
Wildlife in the Anthropocene GEOG30701 20 Optional
Feminist Geographies of Health GEOG31021 20 Optional
Green Planet: Plant Ecology and Global Change GEOG31041 20 Optional
Nature, Society & Social Power GEOG31212 20 Optional
Pyrogeography: Fire in the Earth System GEOG32012 20 Optional
Environmental Restoration GEOG32022 20 Optional
Migration, Conflict and Social Change GEOG32032 20 Optional
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What our students say

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My course has really helped me mould my path, starting off in first year with really broad topics and then helping me narrow down my interests in second and third year through specific and more niche course units.

It has given me a really good academic grounding through the assessment style and has helped me through networking across the UK and potentially further afield in Canada through the year abroad.

Joshua Emsley / BSc Geography with International Study student
Read more about Joshua's experience on the course in his student profile or chat to Joshua and other students about student life.


We're one of Europe's best-equipped universities for geography, with excellent library, cartography, computing and laboratory facilities.  

You can learn professional computer-based skills such as coding and programming - as well as how to use industry-standard software such as image processing, GIS, GPS and cartographic representation - in our Humanities computer labs. 

The University's Main Library is the largest university library system in the UK (apart from the copyright libraries) and has many different working spaces.  

It is home to the University Map Collection, which comprises about 100,000 map sheets of every part of the world. 

We also have our very own Kantorowich Library, which contains many of the teaching and learning materials that you will need, from books and journals to past dissertations. 

Depending on your interests you may also take advantage of our excellent physical geography labs, which offer a wide spectrum of advanced equipment for environmental analyses, including dedicated sediments, microscopy, spectroscopy and X-ray facilities. 

For more information, see  Facilities .

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service.

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