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  • Duration:

    Full-time: Three years, Part-time: Five years.

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • UCAS Code:

    L700; Short form: BA/Geog

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

Why study this course?

On this course you’ll explore other diverse cultures, understanding how we live, from the global to the local, and how we manage, support and conserve our environment. You’ll also cover the major challenges that face human society in the twenty-first century. Alongside subject knowledge, the strength of geography at UCLan lies in the development and application of a range of transferable skills, all of which are strongly sought after by employers.

Entry Requirements 2017/18

104-112 points at A2; General Studies Accepted 
OCFBED: Distinction, Merit, Merit
QCFBD: Distinction* Distinction*
Pass Access to Higher Education: 112 UCAS points
Pass International Baccalaureate Diploma: 28 Points
GCSE: 5 GCSEs at grade C including Maths and English or Equivalent  
IELTS: grade 6.0 with no subscore lower than 5.5

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.

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Course at a Glance

Year 1

Compulsory Modules

  • Introduction to Physical Geography
  • Ecology
  • Human Geography
  • Introduction to Academic Principles
  • Field Investigations

Plus One Elective Module

Year 2

Compulsory Modules

  • Research Theory and Practice
  • Society and Space
  • Cities

Plus two optional and one elective modules

Year 3

Compulsory Modules

  • Historical and Cultural Geography
  • Fieldwork (includes residential field trip)
  • Final year dissertation (worth two modules in value)

Plus two optional modules

Further Information

The BA (Hons) Geography degree introduces geography at university level. You will be taught how to write critically, how to interpret sources, and how to develop as a researcher. Modules available span the breadth of geography recognising that issues such as climate change, for instance, span both human and physical dimensions of geography.

You will develop valuable interdisciplinary skills – analytical, numeracy, special data handling, GIS, ability to communicate complex information succinctly, interpretation, field and lab skills. Strong field work ethos for each module which could see you study abroad in the USA, Canada, China, Poland and Spain looking at issues such as conservation, wildlife, development, resources, culture and natural environment.

You will learn compulsory focus on research skills, social geography and urban and rural planning. You also have three options to choose. Students can integrate environmental or natural science modules into study of human geography if desired.

In addition the core modules include a dissertation; a fieldwork module and; historical and cultural geography. Options to choose from which cover social geography, art and the city, sustainable development, or human-wildlife interactions.


Students in Guyana

Students at Iwokrama International Centre 

Students trekking in Guyana 



Professional practice and the use of external speakers from a range of professional backgrounds, as well as visits to relevant outside organisations, plays a key part in our teaching strategies.

Third-year field trips include destinations overseas. Recent field trips have included opportunities to research such issues as: Maasai ways of life in the Kenyan savannah; urban change in Chinese cities, gentrification in Seattle; first nations and mineral development on Vancouver Island in Canada; and the economics of crofting in the Scottish Highlands.

In addition, you'll have the option of spending a semester in other institutions, both European and further afield, with the study abroad scheme.

Alongside subject knowledge, the strength of Geography at UCLan lies in the development and application of a range of transferable skills all of which are strongly sought after by employers. Our programmes place a central emphasis on employability and at developing students’ transferable skills.

Our students go into a range of careers, some of which involve use of subject-specific knowledge, eg. planning, teaching, environmental management, conservation, or development agencies. Others utilise transferable skills, eg resource-based companies, banking, accountancy, retail, local government and management.

Course Specification and Handbook

For a concise summary of the main features of this course, see our course specification.
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

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You can apply through UCAS to start in September 2017 until 30th June

Contact Us

+44(0)1772 892400

Fees 2017/18

Full-time: £9,250 per year (UK/EU)

Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated and may be subject to increase annually in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate

Further information:

For 2016/17 fees please refer to our fees page.

Scholarships and bursaries

Industry Links

The School has strong professional links with the Royal Geographical Society. All undergraduates are encouraged to become student members.

Learning Environment and Assessment

The Geography programme is designed to provide opportunities for the exchange of ideas and discussion of important issues, as well as for the acquisition of knowledge. Lectures are the basis of the undergraduate programme. Group sizes range from around 50 for first year modules to about 20 on some specialist final year modules. Project work, field and presentation work is conducted within small groups. Group work enables you to develop your skills in presentation, to develop competence in analysis and interpretation, to acquire the ability to design and carry out investigative research, expertise in the synthesis of ideas and information, report preparation, and organising skills. You will be assigned a personal tutor on arrival at the School. This tutor will remain with you throughout your degree and will provide academic support through scheduled and on demand meetings.

All modules have coursework components that include writing extended papers or reports, group and individual presentations, data analysis and poster presentations. Geography students are required to undertake a final year dissertation.

Students on a field trip

Coming to do geography has opened my horizons. The lecturers couldn’t have been more open and supportive and I have learned both practical and theoretical things which have been really inspiring.

NSS Results 2016

Did you know our Physical Geography and Environmental Science courses have 92% overall student satisfaction?