Geography - BSc (Hons) (F801 / F800)




University of Nottingham Trent

Geography - BSc (Hons) 

About the course

Taught on our outstanding Brackenhurst Campus just north of Nottingham, this Geography degree explores the interaction between people and the environment. It will equip you with an understanding of a wide range of geographical issues, and prepare you for a successful career in a variety of fields.

Study Geography at NTU and you can split your time between our stunning, rural Brackenhurst Campus and the vibrant city of Nottingham, and explore a subject that is relevant and crucially important to today's world.

Why choose this course?

  • Get the best of both worlds! Immerse yourself in the subject in our stunning outdoor classroom at Brackenhurst, but still be completely connected to student life and all the events, entertainment, clubs and societies that Nottingham has to offer.
  • Learn from our experienced teaching staff who have expertise in a wide range of specialist areas including glaciology, natural hazards and water quality testing.
  • Study in our new 1,000 square metre, £2.5 million campus Eco-library and benefit from free electronic access to the core text for each module.
  • Undertake fieldwork on our very own Brackenhurst Campus, elsewhere in the UK and even in south-east Spain.
  • Benefit from our strong links with employers and academic institutions by completing a year-long work placement.
  • Take advantage of subsidised field trips as part of your course fee.
  • This programme has been accredited by the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG).

What you will study?

This course has been designed for anyone interested in the physical and social processes that surround us. Focusing on current global issues, it covers topics such as land use, water resources and climate change. You will learn and develop a range of transferable skills enabling you to work in the diverse geography jobs sector in the UK and overseas.

Other issues of current public concern the programme covers are:

  • geography of environmental hazards and disasters
  • sustainability
  • resource management
  • migration
  • globalisation
  • international security.

These are all areas where geographers make a significant contribution to understanding and policy development as well as to management.

Year one:

  • Earth Surface Processes and Landforms

Learn about the Earth's surface systems and process, and develop your understanding of how the physical landscape is shaped.

  • Geographical Fieldwork

Develop problem-solving skills in a range of issues in human and physical geography. Gain an awareness of different environments, both locally and overseas. Fieldwork is undertaken both in the UK and in the province of Almería, south-east Spain, at present.

  • Skills for Geographers

Develop an understanding of the range of skills required in Geography, such as geographical data collection, data analysis and report writing.

  • Geographies of Global Change

Explore the geopolitical and cultural framework in which the world moves today and investigate trends, transactions and patterns in environmental governance. Topics include globalisation, the geography of trading, and the changing status of women in the global economy.

  • Introduction to Global Environmental Issues

Study contemporary global environmental issues and their underlying causes, including how humans impact the environment and how the natural environment impacts human society.

  • Landscapes and Land Use

Relate landscape evolution to the influences of human activity past, present and future. You will examine the value, opinions and policy aims of different stakeholders in the countryside, and look at contemporary issues that may affect rural and urban areas.

Year two:

  • Principles and Practice in Geography

You will use a number of case studies, including a local study conducted by yourself, to become familiar with and learn the key approaches and issues associated with practicing Geography.

  • Geographical Information System and Spatial Analysis

Study the mapping and analytical techniques used in geographical information systems (GIS). Explore the applications of technology across a wide range of topic areas.

You'll also chose four optional modules.

Examples include:

  • Sustainability
  • Environmental Hazards and Disasters
  • Fluvial Geomorphology and River Management
  • Cities and Development in the 21st Century
  • Living with Climate Change
  • Environmental Law Policy
Year three:

This is a placement year for students on the four-year course

Final year:
  • Geographical Politics, Issues and Ethics

Through fieldwork in Tenerife, explore issues in and perceptions of environment and society in order to systematically identify and evaluate the philosophies influencing Geography.

  • Dissertation

Undertake independent research, under supervision. Focus on your own area of interest within Geography.

You'll also choose three optional modules.

Examples include:

  • Applied Hydrology and Water Resources
  • Natural Resource Management
  • Drylands
  • Global Agriculture and Food Security
  • Urban Environment Transformations
  • Applications of Remote Sensing

How you’re taught

You will be assessed by a variety of methods including the following:

Coursework 67%

  • Assignments
  • Coursework exercise
  • Reports
  • Project output – 17%
  • Portfolio – 50%

Written 33%

  • Exams – 33%

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