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- World top 50 Geography and Environment department (QS World Rankings 2016)
- Ranked 13th in The Guardian university league tables 2016
- Flexible, interdisciplinary programmes with research projects in year three
- Exciting fieldwork opportunities in Europe and South East Asia allow you to apply your knowledge in the field
- Outstanding academic team and world-class facilities
- International exchange opportunities in Europe, Canada, Singapore and Australia
“The field trips have been amazing. We went to Tenerife in second year and I’ve got memories from that trip that I don’t think I’ll be able to top; it was brilliant. ”Sophie Allen - BSc Geography
Typical entry requirements
|GCE A-level||Our A-level entry requirements for 2017/18 intake are 3 A-levels achieved at grades AAA or 3 A-levels achieved at grades AAB and a grade A in the Extended Project Qualification. All applicants must have A-level Geography.|
|International Baccalaureate||36 points overall with 18 at Higher Level (Geography must be offered at Higher Level)|
We welcome applications from candidates offering qualifications other than A and AS-levels (including BTEC, European Baccalaureate, Irish Leaving Certificate and Scottish Highers). You will be expected to attain an equivalent standard to an A-level applicant. These will be considered on an individual basis.
Each international application will be assessed on a case by case basis.
This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.
English Language Requirement
All applicants must have GCSE Grade C or above in English language. If English is not your first language you will be required to pass an approved English test. We normally ask for an overall IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component.
Use of Contextual Data
The University of Southampton is committed to widening participation and ensuring that all students with the potential to succeed, regardless of their background, are encouraged to apply to study with us. The additional information gained through contextual data supports our admissions teams to recognise a student’s potential to succeed in the context of their background and experience. Students identified in this way will be given additional consideration and not be rejected solely on the basis of their predicted (or actual) grades.
Please see our contextual admissions pages for more information.
We welcome applications from candidates who demonstrate the potential and commitment to study geography at degree level. All applications should be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).
Once received, your application will be given careful consideration by our admissions staff and assessed against our selection criteria. In making decisions on applications, we read all sections of your UCAS form. Your personal statement should be a high-quality piece of writing that outlines your interests in geography, your extra-curricular pursuits and what makes you distinctive as a person.
For any admissions enquiries please contact the Admissions Administrator on +44 (0) 23 8059 23760 , or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Typical course content
Eight modules are taken each year, four in each semester. There are both compulsory and optional modules available.
Innovation modules outside of your subject area
Our Curriculum Innovation Programme offers you the chance to take optional modules outside of your chosen subject area. This allows you to personalise your education, to develop new skills and knowledge for your future. Modules range from "Living and working on the web" to "Business skills for employability".
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Learn a language
Some of our courses also give you the option of taking a language module, which can count towards your degree. These modules cover ten languages and range from absolute beginner to near-native speaker level.
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Year one provides a broad academic foundation in both human and physical geography. The acquisition of statistical and computing skills also forms an important element in the early part of the degree. You will attend an in-depth non-residential field course within Britain, looking at both physical and human geography topics.
Year two BA and BSc students take core modules in either human or physical geography respectively. Beyond this core, there is a wide range of other options to choose from within Geography and also in allied disciplines - such as geology, oceanography, demography, sociology and politics - as well as in subjects which relate in different ways, such as modern languages.
For Year three a broad range of advanced options are available in the third year. These are based on the research interests of academic staff, and effectively bring you to the frontier of current knowledge in geography. So whether you are fascinated by fluvial processes, palaeoecology, urban geography or health care provision - to give just a few examples - you will acquire a sense of the cutting-edge issues and debates. In addition, there are overseas field trips for physical geography (eg Switzerland) and human geography (eg Berlin).
A major part of all our degree programmes is the research project. This involves personal fieldwork or documentary research, in the UK or abroad, on a topic you develop in consultation with a member of staff who provides ongoing supervision. Preliminary work and data collection is undertaken in the second year and the project report is submitted around February of your final year.
Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the
programme and the learning outcomes that a typical
student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage
of the learning opportunities that are provided.
More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide
View the full list of course fees
Course fees for 2017/18 full-time UK and EU undergraduate students are typically
£9,250 per year.
Tuition fees for international students differ between each course. Most
part-time courses cost 50% of the full-time fee.
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Scholarships, bursaries or grants may be available to support you through your
Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or
your country of origin.
These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.
Costs associated with this course
Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such
essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the
academic requirements for each programme of study.
There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable
from the University:
|Equipment||Approved Calculators: Candidates may use calculators in the examination room only as specified by the University and as permitted by the rubric of individual examination papers. The University approved model is Casio FX-570 This may be purchased from any source and no longer needs to carry the University logo.|
|Stationery||You will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationary items, e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc. Any specialist stationery items will be specified under the Additional Costs tab of the relevant module profile.|
|Books||Where a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source.
Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.|
|Equipment||Field Equipment and Materials: A number of essential items will be provided to you e.g. compass-clinometer, steel tape measure, safety helmet, hi-vis jacket. If items provided are lost replacements can be purchased.
However, you will need provide yourselves with a notebook, ruler, pencils (including coloured), eraser, calculator. These can be purchased from any source.|
|Equipment||Laboratory Equipment and Materials: Microscopes and associated laboratory equipment will be provided.|
|Equipment||IT - Software Licences: Software licenses are available on campus computers, students may choose to purchase additional personal copies for use on their own computers.|
|Equipment||IT - Hardware: Computer suites are available on campus and iPads and laptops will be available for field courses, but students may wish to purchase their own personal laptop to undertake work at home.|
|Clothing||Lab Coats: Lab coats will be provided for compulsory laboratory work.|
|Clothing||Protective Clothing: Hard hats and hi-viz jackets will be provided when required. Students will need to purchase suitable footwear and suncream from any source.|
|Clothing||Field course Clothing: You will need to wear suitable clothing when attending field courses, e.g. waterproofs, walking boots, sunhats. You can purchase these from any source.|
|Printing and copying||In the majority of cases, coursework such as essays; projects; dissertations is likely to be submitted on line. However, there are some items where it is not possible to submit on line and students will be asked to provide a printed copy. A list of the University printing costs can be found here: http://www.southampton.ac.uk/isolutions/students/printing/|
|Fieldwork||In addition to the compulsory overseas field courses that are held in the second year of your programme, and for which the department covers all costs, we also currently offers three optional residential field courses in overseas locations in the final year of your degree programmes. Since these are optional courses, students are asked to contribute the costs of subsistence, travel (including entry visas where relevant) and accommodation incurred during these trips (though the department covers your travel insurance), as well as any associated immunisation and vaccination costs. It is difficult to estimate the precise costs of these trips in advance of departure, for example because there may be substantial variations in exchange rates, fuel duties, and because the costs of accommodation and subsistence on some courses also depend on the numbers of students attending the course. Nevertheless, below we offer some guidance on the costs associated with each of the three optional field classes:
1) GEOG3011 – Arolla field course. The costs incurred on this 10 day trip, scheduled in August-September each year are associated with travel, accommodation and subsistence. Students make their own way to Arolla (and must cover the cost of flights, trains or car share/petrol) and stay as a group in a chalet to minimise accommodation/subsistence costs. These accommodation and subsistence costs vary with exchange rates and number of students attending but in the past have been between £400 and £600 per student.
2) GEOG30XX- Water, Environment and Development (Cambodia field course). The costs incurred on this 10 day trip, which will be scheduled in January 2017, are associated with the costs of travel to and from Cambodia, visas, accommodation and subsistence in country. Flights are relatively expensive, but in-country expenses are very cheap. It is anticipated that the total cost of the trip will be less than £1400.
3) GEOG3003 – Advanced Human Geography (Field Course) - Costs vary each year in relation to student numbers, exchange rates, the teaching schedule for the week, and so on. But in 2014-15, students were charged £150 each for accommodation and related costs. On top of these costs, students are expected to arrange their own transport to Berlin (flight and transfers), their own travel in Berlin (public transport), and their own lunch and dinner in Berlin (for six days).|
|Other||Optional Visits (e.g. museums, galleries): Some modules may include optional field visits. You will normally be expected to cover the cost of travel and admission, unless otherwise specified in the module profile.|
In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated
with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also
ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and
Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.