Geography BA (Hons)

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.

Key Information

  • Duration:

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

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

  • Institution Code:

    CLANC C30

  • UCAS Code:


  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Alongside subject knowledge, you’ll benefit from the development and application of a range of transferable skills, all of which are strongly sought after by employers.
  • You’ll also cover the major challenges that face human society in the twenty-first century.
  • Third-year field trips include destinations overseas, covering research issues such as: Maasai ways of life in the Kenyan savannah; gentrification in Seattle; first nations and mineral development on Vancouver Island in Canada.

Course Overview

Year 1

Compulsory modules:

  • Physical and Human Geography
  • Ecology
  • Dynamic Earth
  • Measuring the Environment
  • Environment and Sustainability

Year 2

Compulsory modules:

  • Research Theory and Practice
  • GIS
  • Urban and Social Geography

Optional modules:

  • Practical Physical Geography
  • Environmental Change
  • Geographers in Schools
  • Biodiversity and Conservation
  • Placement / Project

Year 3

Compulsory modules:

  • Research Project
  • Fieldwork
  • Historical and Cultural Geography

Optional modules:

  • Applied River Management
  • Nature, Science and Society
  • Soils Degradation and Management
  • Applied Ecology
  • Carbon and Energy Management
  • Environmental Impact Assessment

More information about programme specifications and module information is available in the course handbook.

Fees 2020/21

Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: £1,540* per 20 credits studied (UK/EU)
Fees for international students

Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 104-112 UCAS Points.  We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement. General Studies accepted

BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit 
BTEC Diploma: Distinction*, Distinction
Pass Access Course: 106-112 UCAS Points  
International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with  104-112 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects
IELTS: 6.0 with no score lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & English or equivalent 

International Students

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Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships and bursaries to support you through your studies.

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If you do not meet the formal entry requirements specified, Foundation Entry offers an alternative route to study for this degree

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Further Information

Why study this course?

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.

Learning Environment and Assessment

A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises 360 credits and each 20 credit (a standard module) equates to 200 hours of study, which comprises of a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical sessions and independent study. Independent study is an important aspect of your degree course. The exact combination of study time will be detailed within your module descriptors, and will depend on your option choices.

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.

Find out more about our activities on our subject page.

Professional Accreditation

This programme has been accredited by the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG). Accredited degree programmes contain a solid academic foundation in geographical knowledge and skills, and prepare graduates to address the needs of the world beyond higher education. The accreditation criteria require evidence that graduates from accredited programmes meet defined sets of learning outcomes, including subject knowledge, technical ability and transferable skills.

Our Industry Links

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

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Senses Heightened on South American Field Trip
When the opportunity arose for Krishen Chauhan to visit South America on an educational trip, he jumped at the chance.

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) student travelled to Guyana with eight of his second year geography/environmental management classmates to experience the exotic wildlife and to witness habitat conservation at first-hand.

Students on a field trip

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Important Information

This course is based in the School of Forensic and Applied Sciences

Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2019 Entry | 2020 Entry
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.

Tuition Fees & Finance

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.
For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

Further Information for students

You can find regulations and policies relating to student life at The University of Central Lancashire on our Student Contract page.

Entry Requirements

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our Essential and Important Course 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.