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BSc Geography / Course details
Year of entry: 2023
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BSc Geography allows you to study the interaction between people and their environment - exploring the diverse cultural, economic, urban, and political dimensions of current global challenges.
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 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.
Opportunity to transfer onto a course with professional placement or international study
There is an opportunity to transfer from this course to one of the four-year Geography courses 'with Professional Placement' or with 'International study' at the start of second year.
here the le placements is limited, priority will be given to students required to undertake a professional or international placement as part of their studies.
Transfers require a first-year average of at least 60% and the application process is competitive.
This course has normally included a field trip. Past locations include 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 .
Our pre-course field trip for new geography students is a tradition amongst Manchester geographers.
The trip usually takes place in Keswick, the Lake District, over three days in the week before Welcome Week in September.
Teaching and learning
Teaching methods include fieldwork, lectures, seminars, small-group learning, individual tutorials, and team work.
The School of Environment, Education and Development (SEED) recognises the value of fieldwork. However, the safety and wellbeing of our students and staff remains our priority. The School will assess on a regular basis the viability of any travel and fieldwork and communicate any significant changes to our students at the earliest possible opportunity.
The ability of fieldwork and travel to proceed, and whether any changes to proposed fieldwork and travel might be necessary, will remain subject to factors such as the:
- rules and guidance on travel and activities implemented and published by the UK and overseas governments;
- outcome of any risk assessments conducted by the University;
- educational value and student experience of the fieldwork, if significant changes to the proposed fieldwork would be necessary;
- availability of appropriate insurance cover;
- availability of appropriate travel and accommodation and any significant changes to their financial costs.
All fieldwork and travel will be subject to a rigorous risk assessment process and the implementation of any protective measures identified by the risk assessment to ensure the health and safety of all our students and staff.
In some circumstances, it may become necessary to make changes to fieldwork or programme related travel. The University will notify you of those changes at the earliest opportunity. If any fieldwork does not go ahead as planned, then the School's focus will be on seeking to offer a suitable alternative and ensure that the Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) of the programme are met.
Please note that Countries may change their immigration and visa regulations at short notice. The School cannot guarantee that where visas are required for fieldwork, they will be granted but we will take steps so that if a visa is refused, affected students are not academically disadvantaged.
Coursework and assessment
Course content for year 1
Course units for year 1
|Key Ideas in Geography||GEOG10192||10||Mandatory|
|Introducing Human Geographies 1||GEOG10251||10||Mandatory|
|Environmental Processes and Change: The Global System||GEOG10401||10||Mandatory|
|Introducing Human Geographies 2||GEOG10432||10||Mandatory|
|Tutorials and Critical Book Review||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|
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Course content for year 2
Course units for year 2
|Research Design and Fieldwork||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|
|Hydrology and Catchment Systems||GEOG20402||20||Optional|
|Spatial Thinking with GIS: Constructing and exploring virtual worlds||GEOG20502||20||Optional|
|North American Cities - Change and Continuity in the Metropolis||GEOG20552||20||Optional|
|Quaternary Climates and Landscapes||GEOG21431||20||Optional|
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Course content for year 3
Course units for year 3
|Mediterranean Quaternary Landscapes||GEOG30131||20||Optional|
|Energy, Society and Space||GEOG30201||20||Optional|
|Life Course Geographies||GEOG30221||20||Optional|
|Our Frozen Planet||GEOG30222||20||Optional|
|Peatlands Under Pressure||GEOG30231||20||Optional|
|Peatlands Under Pressure||GEOG30232||20||Optional|
|Dryland Environments: Past, Present and Future||GEOG30531||20||Optional|
|Wildlife in the Anthropocene||GEOG30701||20||Optional|
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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 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.
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.
See facilities for more information.
Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service.
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