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University of Derby

Geography

UCAS Code: F800

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

Entry requirements


Pass Access to Higher Education Diploma (60 credits) with a minimum 24 level three credits at Merit plus GCSE Maths and English. Functional Skills or Key Skills at level 2. Must include passes in compulsory L3 subjects

UCAS Tariff

96-112

Your offer will be based on your predicted grades from your core A2s (full A levels), BTEC Diploma etc including a grade C in either Science or Social Science A Level (or equivalent qualification). We will accept up to 16 points towards the total from level 3 qualifications such as AS (where those AS levels are not taken on to A2 level), the Extended Project, or Music qualifications. In addition you are required to have 5 GCSEs grades A-C or grade 4 including Maths, English and double Science. For Access to HE please see the specific credits required in the section for Access to HE

104%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2018

Subject

Physical geographical sciences

**Stimulate your curiosity about the Earth and the human societies that inhabit it. With first-class teaching, exciting fieldtrips and excellent facilities, our BSc (Hons) Geography course will help you map out an inspiring career.**

**WHY STUDY GEOGRAPHY AT DERBY?**

- Our course is one of only a few Geography degrees in the country to be accredited by the Institution of Environmental Sciences, reflecting our ability to meet the Institution's high standards of quality and modern content.

- This programme has also been accredited by the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) - they only accredit courses which contain a solid academic foundation in geographical knowledge and skills, and prepare graduates to address the needs of the world beyond higher education.

- Our extensive range of optional modules allows you to tailor your course and specialise in either the human, physical or environmental areas of Geography. We are constantly updating our curriculum to reflect the sustainable development challenges we face such as food security and water scarcity.

- We have invested in up-to-date learning facilities to help you build the practical skills which are highly valued in the profession. They include a spatial data laboratory – which houses an exceptional collection of maps, drone technology to view landscape data, a geotechnical, sedimentology and specialist computing laboratories. Our student research laboratory also gives you a dedicated space to conduct your independent investigations seven days a week.

- We're located near the Peak District National Park, providing a rich resource for you to study and map landscapes and surface features - our students have also travelled to Crete and Morocco to gain a global perspective of geography. You'll also have the opportunity to study abroad in the USA or Canada; an experience that will help you to stand out in the graduate job market.

- Our geography lecturers include active researchers, authors and consultants undertaking important projects worldwide. It means you’ll be kept in touch with the very latest theories and what’s new and next in the world of geography.

**WHAT YOU'LL COVER**

- Your first year will introduce you to themes such as human geography, global environmental issues, mapping and physical geography. Optional modules in your second year will allow you to explore topics from sustainable energy resources through to cultural landscapes, while options in stage three give you the opportunity to take your knowledge of GIS to an advanced level or investigate the security of food across the world.

**HOW YOU'RE ASSESSED**

- We use a diverse range of assessment methods, including essays, reports, field and laboratory notebooks, portfolios, posters, infographics oral presentations, vivas, and written exams (seen and unseen). You may be assessed individually or as part of a group.

**YOUR CAREER**

- Our graduates are now enjoying success in diverse roles such as agronomy, environmental consulting, data analysis, rail planning, water quality analysis, teaching, GIS and conservation - 100% of our Geography graduates were in work or further study within six months of completing the course (HESA, 2016). The knowledge and skills you gain at Derby University are also sought after by employers in commerce, public services, research and industry. Some of our graduates have progressed to employment as surveyors, land managers, business analysts, transport officers and civil servants.

**STUDY OPTIONS**
- This course is available with a Foundation Year option.

- You can combine another subject with this course to study a Joint Honours degree.

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
£11,750
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Derby

Department:

Natural Sciences

TEF rating:
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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

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Physical geographical sciences

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

97%
UK students
3%
International students
62%
Male students
38%
Female students
53%
2:1 or above
3%
Drop out rate
243

After graduation


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Physical geographical sciences

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

97%
med
Employed or in further education
66%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

16%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
7%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
6%
Other administrative occupations
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

There are two options for geography studies: the one we're talking about here is physical geography (there is also an option for geography courses with a more human or social steer). Like a lot of sciences, quite a few graduates in physical geography — about one in five — go on to further study, mainly for one-year Masters courses, and not just in geography, but in environmental sciences, conservation and in courses where we don't have enough graduates like planning and surveying. And in the world of work, graduates often go into environment, surveying and heritage work - and teaching. These are well-rounded degrees that help graduates get a range of useful skills and so careers such as marketing, business analysis, sports and management are also popular and it's often easy to convert or retrain once you have a geography degree.

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