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University of East Anglia UEA

Geography

UCAS Code: L700

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,B

or ABC. Science A-Levels must include a pass in the practical element. General Studies and Critical Thinking not accepted.

Access to HE Diploma

M:45

Principal subjects and A-level combinations are considered - please contact us.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

31

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDM

BTEC Public Services not accepted.

Scottish Advanced Higher

C,C,C

Scottish Higher

A,A,B,B,B

UCAS Tariff

120-147

We've calculated how many Ucas points you'll need for this course.

93%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Subjects

Physical geography

Human geography

Our BA Geography degree focuses on the human impact of a changing world. As the world develops – whether through technology, politics, culture or climate – our understanding of it must change too, as well as our ways of living within it. You will explore some of humanity’s most pressing problems, such as energy, food and water provision alongside biodiversity and sustainability.

You will gain the skills and knowledge to understand and investigate these challenges, with an emphasis on the geographical dimensions of societal change through the study of communities, cultures and their environment.

You will acquire a broad understanding of geographical concepts and issues, as well as how to collect data, formulate research questions, present results, and develop practical transferable skills. You’ll also take part in field work, and have the chance to work on group projects.

During your first year you will gain a solid understanding of the challenges facing the natural environment and human society. As the course progresses, you will have the opportunity to develop valuable, practical experience through fieldwork, alongside the opportunity to acquire specialist theoretical knowledge in such areas as biodiversity conservation and human society, climate change or environmental politics.

You will study in a progressive, world-renowned and diverse School. We produce some of the most important research in the country. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework we were ranked first in the UK for the impact of our world-leading research in Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences (Times Higher REF2014 Analysis), demonstrating the crucial role we play in influencing both the scientific community and environmental policy makers.

Our School of International Development also has an extremely prestigious reputation. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) UEA was ranked fourth in the UK for overall research quality in Anthropology and Development studies (Times Higher REF 2014 Analysis). Over 70% of research in this area was classed as world-leading or internationally excellent.

You’ll have the chance to study with world-leading academics, in cutting-edge facilities and take your pick from a huge variety of modules thanks to the vast expertise in our departments.

**Course Structure**
This three-year course covers a broad range of topics in geography, moving from a first year that provides you with an essential foundation, through to more flexible second and third years. There are opportunities to participate in field courses in all three years of the degree.

**Year 1**
Your first year is designed to give you a broad understanding of the challenges facing contemporary geographers. This is underpinned by an introduction to fundamental research techniques and the methods human geographers use to analyse and understand the world.

**Year 2**
In the second year, you’ll study compulsory modules in Constructing Human Geographies and Social Research Skills for Geographers with an optional field course, as well as several other optional modules. These cover subject areas such as people and place, geographies of development, environmental politics and policymaking, and aquatic ecology.

**Year 3**
In your third year you will spend a substantial amount of time on your Independent Project which accounts for a third of the final year assessment. It’s your opportunity to put everything you’ve learnt throughout your degree into practice, as well as a chance to specialise in a topic that really fascinates you with the supervision of a world-class expert. There are also further optional modules to study, your options could even include a field course to Spain.

**Disclaimer**
Course details are subject to change. You should always confirm the details on the provider's website: **www.uea.ac.uk**

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
£19,800
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of East Anglia UEA

Department:

School of Environmental Sciences

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

79%
med
Physical geography
82%
med
Human geography

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Physical geographical sciences

Teaching and learning

87%
Staff make the subject interesting
98%
Staff are good at explaining things
82%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
89%
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

75%
Library resources
82%
IT resources
93%
Course specific equipment and facilities
91%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

92%
UK students
8%
International students
58%
Male students
42%
Female students
95%
2:1 or above
2%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
C

Human geography

Teaching and learning

84%
Staff make the subject interesting
97%
Staff are good at explaining things
90%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
83%
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

76%
Library resources
88%
IT resources
88%
Course specific equipment and facilities
80%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

77%
UK students
23%
International students
37%
Male students
63%
Female students
96%
2:1 or above
5%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
C

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

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.

£21,000
med
Average annual salary
95%
med
Employed or in further education
100%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

10%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
9%
Other elementary services occupations
7%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
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.

Human geography

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.

£21,000
med
Average annual salary
100%
high
Employed or in further education
76%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

13%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
10%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
9%
Secretarial and related occupations
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Physical geography

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£19k

£19k

£23k

£23k

£28k

£28k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

Human geography

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£16k

£16k

£22k

£22k

£25k

£25k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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