Geography MSci Hons - 2020 Entry
You won’t just be sat in lectures at Lancaster. Study geography in our outstanding practical facilities; explore our beautiful surroundings; take part in international field trips; and learn from world-renowned lecturers.
Geography is a distinctive subject: it studies our world in a vast range of areas. Our Geography degree programme explores the Earth’s landscapes, species, places and environment in a dynamic range of modules that draw from the humanities, social science and physical science subjects.
While studying in the Lancaster Environment Centre (LEC), you will have access to new teaching and research labs, computer systems and software and even our very own weather monitoring station. Working in comfortable class sizes, you will have the opportunity to get to know your lecturers personally, enabling you to benefit from their expert knowledge and helpful one-to-one advice.
Our location, between the rural settings of the north and the bustling cities of Liverpool and Manchester, enables us to explore some of the UK’s most unique areas of geographic interest. You will gain a wealth of hands-on experience with field trips to places such as the Yorkshire Dales, Cumbrian coast and Lake District, as well as international locations like Iceland, Croatia and New York.
You will develop a fundamental understanding of human, physical and environmental geography in your first year Geography modules. These modules equip you with a well-rounded introduction to some of the key themes of geography, as well as providing you with some of the key skills used by geographers to analyse problems in both the physical and human aspects of the discipline.
Specialisation begins in second year, enabling you to choose topics that match your interests. Core modules will focus on practical work, giving you a range of analytical and research project skills. A series of optional modules offer exciting field trips to Spain and France.
In the third year, you will be offered further optional module choices, and there will be fieldwork opportunities in locations such as Iceland, the Amazon and New York. Topics may include the study of Natural Hazards, Glacial Systems or Water Resource Management, but could also include elements of human geography such as Global Consumption, Urban Infrastructure in a Changing World or Geographies of Health.
You will also undertake a dissertation project, guided by your academic supervisor, which offers a chance to perform original geographical research on a topic of your choice. While completing the dissertation, you will use the key research, analytical and academic writing skills you have learnt throughout your degree. Alternatively, you may wish to take advantage of the opportunity to collaborate with a business to complete your dissertation research, allowing you to gain valuable work experience at the same time.
Your fourth year of study provides an advanced qualification which will give you a competitive edge in the graduate jobs market by equipping you with the extra experience, knowledge and skills that come with studying Masters-level modules and undertaking a second dissertation. This will enable you to stand out from the crowd in the selection process for graduate roles.
In addition to your subject knowledge, you will gain communication and information technology skills and will become familiar with data handling and environmental sampling and analysis. Throughout your degree, considerable weight is placed upon enhancing your employability and such skills are greatly valued by potential employers.
MSci Hons Geography (Professional Experience)
This programme provides a ten-week placement with a graduate employer. You will also have the opportunity to undertake Masters-level modules.
MSci Hons Geography (Study Abroad)
Broaden your horizons with our Study Abroad programme. You will spend the second year of your degree studying at one of our international partnering universities, allowing you to gain experience of a different culture and society while studying an equivalent set of modules to those we offer at Lancaster.
We offer flexible programmes with a strong emphasis on practical learning. You will engage in a wide range of modules that span the breadth of geographical topics and infuse content from the humanities, along with the social and physical sciences. Your work will be regularly assessed by a combination of assignments, written examinations and project reports.
A Level AAA
Required Subjects A level Geography is recommended, or alternatively one of the following subjects: Anthropology, Biology, Chemistry, Classics, Economics, English Literature, Environmental Studies, Geology, History, Mathematics, Philosophy, Physics, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology, World Development.
GCSE Mathematics grade C or 4, English Language grade C or 4
IELTS 6.5 overall with at least 5.5 in each component. For other English language qualifications we accept, please see our English language requirements webpages.
International Baccalaureate 36 points overall with 16 points from the best 3 Higher Level subjects including Geography or alternative cognate subject at HL grade 6
BTEC Distinction, Distinction, Distinction in a related subject but may additionally require a supporting A level in Geography or alternative cognate subject at grade A. Please contact the Admissions Team for further advice.
We welcome applications from students with a range of alternative UK and international qualifications, including combinations of qualification. Further guidance on admission to the University, including other qualifications that we accept, frequently asked questions and information on applying, can be found on our general admissions webpages.
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Many of Lancaster's degree programmes are flexible, offering students the opportunity to cover a wide selection of subject areas to complement their main specialism. You will be able to study a range of modules, some examples of which are listed below.
- Atmospheric Science
- Catchment Hydrology
- Communicating Geography
- Cultural Geography
- Development, Geography and the Majority World
- Energy, Economy and Environment
- Environment and Society
- Geoscience in Practice
- Glacial and Fluvial Landscape Processes
- Globalizing Food: A Field Course of Food Politics and Culture in Paris
- Interacting Landscapes: Catchment Science
- Introduction to Eco-Innovation
- Investigating Mediterranean Environments
- People and the Sea
- Political Geography
- Populations to Ecosystems
- Principles of Biodiversity Conservation
- Soil Science
- Africa: Geographies of Transformation
- Cities and Globalization
- Climate and Society
- Conservation and sustainable development in the Brazilian Amazon
- Coral Reef Ecology
- Dissertation with External Partner
- Environment, Politics and Society in Amazonia
- Environmental Remote Sensing and Image Processing
- Food and Agriculture in the 21st Century
- Geographical Information Systems: Principles and Practice
- Geological Hazards
- Glacial Systems
- Glacier- landscape interactions
- Global Change and the Earth System
- Global Change Biology: Challenges and Solutions
- Global Consumption
- Hydrological Processes Field Course (Slapton)
- Introduction to Geophysical Techniques
- Issues in Conservation Biology
- Lakes, Rivers and Estuaries
- New York Field Course
- Sustainable Agriculture
- The Causes and Consequences of Environmental Radioactivity
- The Dynamic Earth
- Urban Infrastructure in a Changing World
- Volcanic Processes Field Course
- Water Resources Management
- Water, Society and the Istrian Landscape
- Catchment Protection (field course)
- Climate Change and Society
- Data Analysis and Interpretation
- Data Analysis and Programming Skills
- Environmental Aspects of Renewable Energy
- Environmental Auditing
- Environmental Governance and Management
- Food Security, Agriculture and Climate Change
- Geological Hazards
- Global Change and the Earth System
- Groundwater Resources and Protection
- Lake Ecology
- Modelling Environmental Processes
- Numerical Skills
- Perspectives on Environment and Development
- Physical Volcanology
- Research Methods in the Social Sciences
- Sustainable Soil Management
- Volcanic Process Field Course
Lancaster University offers a range of programmes, some of which follow a structured study programme, and others which offer the chance for you to devise a more flexible programme. We divide academic study into two sections - Part 1 (Year 1) and Part 2 (Year 2, 3 and sometimes 4). For most programmes Part 1 requires you to study 120 credits spread over at least three modules which, depending upon your programme, will be drawn from one, two or three different academic subjects. A higher degree of specialisation then develops in subsequent years. For more information about our teaching methods at Lancaster visit our Teaching and Learning section.
Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, but changes may be necessary, for example as a result of student feedback, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes, and new research.
Geography graduates can achieve success in a variety of exciting careers. Recent examples of career opportunities have included entering the profession of Planning Officer, Environmental Consultant, Geographical Information Systems Officer, Weather Forecaster, Emergency Planner or Landscape Architect. Alternatively, many of our graduates choose to continue their studies to postgraduate level. Our goal is to empower all our graduates with the skills, confidence and experience they need to achieve a successful career. You will be offered a wide range of support, helping you realise your career ambitions and providing you with the skills to reach your full potential.
We offer a variety of extra-curricular activities and volunteering opportunities that enable you to explore your interests and enhance your CV. Our weekly careers bulletin and careers blogs are written by student volunteers, and inform you of all careers events. The Green Lancaster programme run by the Students Union offers placements with external organisations, allowing students to gain volunteering experience at weekends by working in the local community, taking part in a wide range of activities and developing their practical skills.
Lancaster University is dedicated to ensuring you not only gain a highly reputable degree, but that you also graduate with relevant life and work based skills. We are unique in that every student is eligible to participate in The Lancaster Award which offers you the opportunity to complete key activities such as work experience, employability/career development, campus community and social development. Visit our Employability section for full details.
Fees and Funding
We set our fees on an annual basis and the 2020/21 entry fees have not yet been set.
As a guide, our fees in 2019 were:
Channel Islands and the Isle of Man
Some science and medicine courses have higher fees for students from the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. You can find more details here: Island Students.
For full details of the University's financial support packages including eligibility criteria, please visit our fees and funding page
Students also need to consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, photocopying, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits. Following graduation it may be necessary to take out subscriptions to professional bodies and to buy business attire for job interviews.
This programme has been accredited by the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG). Accreditation recognises programmes that deliver the geographical knowledge, understanding, skills, approaches and professional attributes expected of high-quality geography graduates, as recorded in the QAA Subject Benchmark Statement for Geography.
Download the latest Geography brochure, featuring all of the information you could need. The includes detailed course information about each of our courses.
Optional Field Courses
When you study at Lancaster, you will have the opportunity to take your studies beyond the classroom and into the field.
Glacier-Landscape Interactions, Iceland
Food and Culture Politics, Paris
Volcanic Processes, Mount Etna
“I’ve always been interested in Geography because of its diverse nature and, as a subject, it can open you up to different perspectives of the world and its complexities - this is why studying at Lancaster is great! You are taught by experts in the field who are conducting research to solve real-world issues. I also believe it is important to encourage young women to consider studying science and STEM subjects - your work at Lancaster won’t go unrecognised.”
Lectures provide an introduction to the key issues and findings in each topic and are delivered by an expert in that particular field. Lectures usually last either one or two hours and should be complemented by reading relevant literature on the topic. We provide online reading lists, suggesting suitable books and journals which will be available either digitally or in print from our library.
Tutorials are usually one-hour sessions where you will be encouraged to discuss your learning with a small group of fellow students, under the guidance of a tutor. We encourage you to make the most of these groups by becoming used to speaking out, listening to others and learning to increasingly present yourself with confidence. You'll become experienced in being part of a team and explore the topics under study together.
Many of our modules include practical sessions alongside lectures and tutorials. These are designed to help you discover the key biological principles underpinning your study, whilst also developing your skills which you will be able to put to use throughout your degree and future career.
The assessment process varies across modules, but includes laboratory reports, essays, independent project reports, group presentations, multiple-choice tests and exams. Assessment is an on-going process, rather than being left solely until the end of the degree. This means we are able to offer feedback to you throughout your degree and, equally as importantly, it relieves pressure on you when modules are examined at the end of each year.
Careers and Personal Development
Our degrees offer excellent employment prospects, with 97% of students going onto employment of further study within 6 months of graduating from Lancaster. We offer a wide range of support, helping you realise your careers ambitions and providing you with the skills to reach your full potential.
- Geography BA Hons: L700
- Geography BSc Hons: F800
- Geography MArts Hons: L702
- Geography (Placement Year) BA Hons: L704
- Geography (Placement Year) BSc Hons: F803
- Geography (Professional Experience) MSci Hons: 4R60
- Geography (Study Abroad) BA Hons: L701
- Geography (Study Abroad) BSc Hons: F802
- Geography (Study Abroad) MArts Hons: L703
- Geography (Study Abroad) MSci Hons: 4R62
- Geography and Economics BA Hons: LL71
- German Studies and Geography BA Hons: LR72
- Human Geography BA Hons: L720
- Human Geography (Placement Year) BA Hons: L723
- Human Geography (Study Abroad) BA Hons: L721
- Physical Geography BSc Hons: F840
- Physical Geography MSci Hons: 4R63
- Physical Geography (Placement Year) BSc Hons: F841
- Physical Geography (Study Abroad) BSc Hons: F847
- Physical Geography (Study Abroad) MSci Hons: 4R64
- Spanish Studies and Geography BA Hons: LR74
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