Human Geography (Study Abroad) BA Hons - 2020 Entry
Gain first-hand experience of the ways people interact with their environment and how they form communities, cultures and economies. With a strong emphasis on fieldwork, you’ll gain a wealth of knowledge and skills from world-renowned lecturers.
In this programme, you will benefit from studying at the multidisciplinary Lancaster Environment Centre (LEC), and will spend one year of your study gaining hands-on experience in USA, Canada, Australia or New Zealand. You will study a diverse range of modules that are developed and taught by our world-class academics who are leading experts in human, environmental and political geography, development studies and Anthropology, political economy and science and technology studies.
First year modules equip you with a well-rounded introduction to some of the key themes of human geography, as well as helping you to develop skills used by geographers to analyse problems within the discipline. In addition to the Human Geography modules, you will be given the opportunity to take two other subjects alongside your first year studies. You may use this opportunity to explore some of the many subjects offered within the Lancaster Environment Centre, study further social sciences such as Sociology or Politics, or gain transferable skills in Economics or Marketing, for example.
Second year modules will be taught at one of our partner universities in Australia or New Zealand, Canada or the USA. You will gain hands-on-experience with overseas culture and climates, build an international network, and will undertake a variety of module topics.
In the third year you will undertake a dissertation project, guided by your academic supervisor, researching 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. In addition, you may select from a range of optional modules which cover topics such as food and agriculture, health, enterprise and global consumption, as well as field courses to New York, Croatia and the Brazilian Amazon.
MArts Hons Geography
Our MArts Hons Geography degree has a strong emphasis on Human Geography. The fourth year of this programme equips you with advanced knowledge, skills and experience by enabling you to take a second dissertation and Masters-level modules. There is also a Study Abroad option that enables you to spend a year studying in North America or Australasia.
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 humanities and social sciences. Your work will be regularly assessed by a combination of fieldwork and practical assignments, in addition to written examinations and project reports.
A Level AAA
Required Subjects A level Geography is recommended, or alternatively one of the following subjects: Anthropology, Classics, Economics, English Literature, History, Philosophy, 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.
- Africa: Geographies of Transformation
- Cities and Globalization
- Climate and Society
- Conservation and sustainable development in the Brazilian Amazon
- Environment, Politics and Society in Amazonia
- Food and Agriculture in the 21st Century
- Geographical Information Systems: Principles and Practice
- Global Consumption
- New York Field Course
- Urban Infrastructure in a Changing World
- Water, Society and the Istrian Landscape
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 professions 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.
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 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.
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 MSci Hons: 4R61
- 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
- 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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