What students say about geography
As a geography student, the physical side of the course is far more scientific than the human side. The human side features a lot of abstract concepts - some people find this easier than others - but there is quite a split between the two. The experimental aspect of physical geography is good fun and offers real insight to the uses of geography in the real world.1st year, University of Exeter
The geography course covers a wide range of content including both physical and human geography modules. The work/ assessment style has varied, from online tests, exams, coursework and primary research (interviews and land-use surveys, scientific practicals) to use of essential statistical programs and other software. The content of this course was very interesting - we studied areas ranging from culture, society and economy to river systems, ecology and glaciers. Communicate with other students rather than rely on lecturers to answer all of your questions (they cannot offer 1-1's as often as other subjects)1st year, Plymouth University
In an average week, geography students have about 12 hours of contact time. The course is challenging as there is a large step-up from A-level and the course covers a range of topics, so the skills you need to approach them are varied. However, the feedback is very useful and you will find that you are well supported in reaching the level expected at university. The work is also varied and includes essays, reports, fieldwork, practicals, exams and online exercises. I have found the content very interesting, as it makes you aware of the extent to which geography is relevant to a huge array of issues.1st year, Durham University
What you need to get on a course
Subjects you need
A-levels (or equivalent) usually required
- Geography for most courses
Useful to have
Here's a guide to what to expect from the application process - also check individual university entry requirements, as these may differ.
- January application
- October application
- Personal statement
- Entry test
- Work experience
Personal statement advice
Geography admissions tutors don't just want to hear about your academics, but also how you pursue your geographical interests outside of school or college. Here's how to write a balanced geography personal statement that ticks the right boxes.
Search for geography courses
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- Institution of Environmental Sciences (IES)
- Geological Society
- British Psychological Society (BPS)
- Institute of Physics (IOP)
- Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST)
- EFMD Quality Improvement System
- Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA)
- Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
- Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
- Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)
- Business, finance and related associate professionals
- Sales assistants and retail cashiers
- Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
Longer term career paths
Jobs where this degree is useful
- Social Researcher
- Geographic Information Systems (GIS) officer
Other real-life job examples
- Financial analyst
- Water disposals officer
- Heritage manager
What employers like about this subject
Subject-specific skills you can gain from geography will depend to an extent on whether you specialise in physical or social geography, but can include an understanding of current theory and practice in fields of geography; how to generate and interpret research data and the development of field skills. It is especially important to develop good maths and statistics skills during a geography degree, as the mix of data and communication skills is particularly useful to employers. Geography graduates work for a wide range of employers including government agencies, banks, management consultants and environmental businesses.