Geography (Professional Experience) MSci Hons - 2018 Entry

UCAS Code
4R60

Entry Year
2018

A Level Requirements
AAA see all requirements see all requirements

Duration
Full time 4 Year(s)

Course Overview

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; learn from world-renowned lecturers; and collaborate with industry professionals and businesses.

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. Through this programme, you will also be given the fantastic opportunity to get involved with real-world projects, working with our partners in industry.

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 such as Iceland, Amazonia, New York and Croatia.

You will develop a fundamental understanding of human, physical and environmental geography in the Double Year 1 Geography modules. These first year 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 undertake a dissertation, guided by your academic supervisor which offers a chance to perform original geographical research on a topic of your choice. You will complete this piece of research by working alongside a business, working with professionals and gaining valuable insight into working life and industry. This will be a fantastic opportunity to apply and develop your geography skills in a real, working environment, allowing you to gain experience and employability skills that will be invaluable when pursuing your career goals.

You will also be offered further optional module choices, and there will be fieldwork opportunities in locations such as Iceland, Croatia and New York. Topics may include the study of coastal processes, geological hazards and glacial systems, but could also include an element of human geography, such as Global Consumption, Urban Infrastructure in a Changing World or Geographies of Health.

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, this programme provides a ten-week placement with a graduate employer where you will utilise and develop your skills in a professional environment, gaining valuable real-world experience. You will also gain communication and IT skills, and will become familiar with data handling and environmental sampling and analysis.

Assessment

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.

  • Course Overview

    Course Overview

    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; learn from world-renowned lecturers; and collaborate with industry professionals and businesses.

    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. Through this programme, you will also be given the fantastic opportunity to get involved with real-world projects, working with our partners in industry.

    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 such as Iceland, Amazonia, New York and Croatia.

    You will develop a fundamental understanding of human, physical and environmental geography in the Double Year 1 Geography modules. These first year 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 undertake a dissertation, guided by your academic supervisor which offers a chance to perform original geographical research on a topic of your choice. You will complete this piece of research by working alongside a business, working with professionals and gaining valuable insight into working life and industry. This will be a fantastic opportunity to apply and develop your geography skills in a real, working environment, allowing you to gain experience and employability skills that will be invaluable when pursuing your career goals.

    You will also be offered further optional module choices, and there will be fieldwork opportunities in locations such as Iceland, Croatia and New York. Topics may include the study of coastal processes, geological hazards and glacial systems, but could also include an element of human geography, such as Global Consumption, Urban Infrastructure in a Changing World or Geographies of Health.

    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, this programme provides a ten-week placement with a graduate employer where you will utilise and develop your skills in a professional environment, gaining valuable real-world experience. You will also gain communication and IT skills, and will become familiar with data handling and environmental sampling and analysis.

    Assessment

    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.

  • Entry Requirements

    Entry Requirements

    Grade Requirements

    A Level AAA

    Required Subjects A level grade A in Geography

    GCSE Mathematics grade C, English Language grade C

    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.

    Other Qualifications

    International Baccalaureate 36 points overall with 16 points from the best 3 Higher Level subjects including Geography at HL grade 6

    BTEC Distinction, Distinction, Distinction in a related subject but may additionally require a supporting A level in Geography at grade A. Please contact the Admissions Team for further advice.

    Access to HE Diploma 36 Level 3 credits at Distinction and 9 Level 3 credits at Merit in a related subject but may additionally require a supporting A level in Geography 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.

    Contact Admissions Team + 44 (0) 1524 592028 or via ugadmissions@lancaster.ac.uk

  • Course Structure

    Course Structure

    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.

    Year 1

      Core

      Optional

    Year 2

      Core

      Optional

    Year 3

      Core

      Optional

    Year 4

      Optional

    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.

  • Careers

    Careers

    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

    Fees and Funding

    Fees

    We set our fees on an annual basis and the 2018/19 entry fees have not yet been set.

    As a guide, our fees in 2017 were:

    UK/EU Overseas
    £9,250 £18,168

    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.

    Funding

    For full details of the University's financial support packages including eligibility criteria, please visit our fees and funding page

    Students will be required to pay for travel to field sites and will have to purchase wet weather clothing, boots and waterproof notebooks for fieldtrips for which the estimated cost is approximately £110. The course offers optional field trips and students will have to pay for any travel and accommodation costs. If students undertake placements then they may incur additional travel costs. Students on certain modules may wish to purchase a hand lens and compass clinometer but these may be borrowed from the Department.

    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. 

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