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Birkbeck, University of London

Geography

UCAS Code: F840

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

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Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Other options

4 years | Part-time | 2019

Subjects

Physical geography

Human geography

Birkbeck’s BSc Geography gives you the skills and knowledge to understand our changing physical and social environment, and how this impacts on the challenges facing our world in the twenty-first century. Learning from leading researchers in the field, you will discover the multiple connections between space, place, human culture and the physical landscape in which we live, addressing issues such as climate change, the causes and impact of inequalities, and how we live together in an increasingly urban world.

You will learn key geographical skills in your first year and then tailor your degree to your interests, by drawing from a range of option modules in the fields of human, physical, and environmental geography, geographic information systems (GIS) and international development. These modules cover a range of subjects from globalisation to food security, water resources to gentrification, and culture and development to nature conservation. You will also complete a dissertation or a literature review in an area of special interest to you, furthering the development of important skills in data collection and analysis.

Through a mix of classroom and local and international field-based teaching you will acquire theory and knowledge, practical skills, and research and project management experience, all of which will enhance your employability.

Highlights

- Birkbeck teaching takes place in the evening, enabling you to work and study at the same time. You will study in small classes, interacting with classmates, some of whom are already working in relevant sectors and are keen to share their experience and expertise.

- Our geography teaching is research-led, offering a complete grounding in human, environmental, GIS and physical geography, as well as a wide range of option modules that let you tailor your degree to your interests.

- We offer a range of local and international field trips, exploring a range of themes in human and physical geography.

- Our campus in London offers students the chance to explore one of the world’s great multicultural cities, and access to world-class libraries and institutions like the British Museum and the British Library.

- Birkbeck's professional recruitment service, Birkbeck Talent, can help you secure paid internships and work opportunities to give you the edge in a competitive job market.

- We are proud of our vibrant research culture, powered by a shared passion for learning and intellectual engagement among our academics and students. We have a strong commitment to social justice, which is demonstrated in much of our research.

Modules

You need a total of 360 credits to complete your undergraduate degree. The first year is composed of four compulsory modules (120 credits total) that introduce fundamental aspects of both physical and human geography and associated methods (listed below).

In the second year, you have the opportunity to study more specialised modules that explore processes and interactions that shape our physical, social and economic environment (compulsory and option modules listed below, total of 120 credits).

In your final year, you undertake a substantial piece of written work: either a 30-credit literature review or a 60-credit research project. You can also specialise further by choosing from a range of advanced option modules listed below to make up your full 120 credits.

Our courses are supported by a range of exciting fieldtrips to destinations in the UK and beyond. Compulsory fieldtrips are paid for by the Department, apart from travel costs to/from the venue. We also offer a range of optional fieldtrips.

Year 1 compulsory modules:
Global Environmental Issues;
Human Geography: Space and Place in the Contemporary World;
Humans and the Environment;
Introduction to Spatial Thinking.

Year 2 compulsory modules:
Environment, Economy and Society in Europe;
Environmental Processes;
Methods, Analysis and Techniques.

Year 3 compulsory module:
Geography/Environment Literature Review.

Indicative option modules:
Anthropology of Space, Architecture and the Landscape (Level 6);
Anthropology, Development and Tourism;
Cities and Urban Inequalities;
Coastal Processes and Management;
Contemporary debates in food and farming;
Critical Race Studies: Understanding Asian and Black Experiences in Britain;
Environment and Development;
Environment and Security;
Environmental Management in Organisations;
Gender, Space and Time;
Globalization in the Contemporary World;
Landscape Change: Past and Future (1);
Principles of Geographical Information Systems;
Remote Sensing and Image Processing;
Research Applications in Human Geography, Delhi Field Trip Level 6;
Storms, Seas and Rivers: hydrology in the field (2);
Urbanisation in Developing Countries.

The following 30-credit modules include fieldwork:
Contemporary Debates in Food and Farming;
One-day fieldtrip in London to urban agriculture projects.

Ecological Survey and Monitoring:
One-week residential course to FSC Preston Montford, Shropshire.

Landscape Change: Past and Future:
One-day fieldtrip to Lepe Country Park SSSI in the New Forest, Hampshire.

Coastal Processes and Management:
One-day fieldtrip to Hayling Island and a one-day fieldtrip to Barton on Sea and Hurst Castle Spit.

Storms, Seas and Rivers: Hydrology in the Field:
Four-day fieldtrip to Mallorca.

Assessment methods

Most modules are assessed by a combination of unseen examinations and coursework.

The final-year independent literature review or research project is assessed purely by project work.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£13,675
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Birkbeck, University of London

Department:

Geography

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Physical geography

How do students rate their degree experience?

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Physical geographical sciences

Teaching and learning

85%
Staff make the subject interesting
82%
Staff are good at explaining things
85%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
77%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

74%
Library resources
74%
IT resources
86%
Course specific equipment and facilities
64%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

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Human geography

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