This Geography degree explores key societal, economic and environmental challenges and encourages you to engage with, explore and understand the world. You'll develop a deep understanding of the processes that shape our planet and how they impact on human lives and communities. Alongside this, you'll develop advanced laboratory and GIS skills.
This flexible degree spans the breadth of the discipline. You don’t need to decide between human and physical geography and can tailor your degree to your interests. This enables you to become a specialist in your chosen field, or remain active across the Geographic terrain.
You can select from over 50 Geography modules across our three-year degree course. These range from Cities of the Global South to Glacial Environments and from Global Water Resources to Geopolitics.
You will join a community of geographic researchers whose research has been funded by:
- Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
- Natural Environmental Research Council (NERC)
- Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
- Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)
- EU funding
- the Scottish Government environment agency
- the UK Government
- the Environment Agency
- a range of charities
- major industrial organisations
BA or BSc?
Our Geography BSc Honours degree is suitable for students who've taken a science A level (or equivalent). If you haven't taken a science A level (or equivalent) you'll be able to study the BA. Students on both degrees can choose from the same range of modules.
If you choose mainly human geography modules you can apply to graduate with Geography BA Honours.
Please rest assured we make all reasonable efforts to provide you with the courses, services and facilities described. However, it may be necessary to make changes due to significant disruption, for example in response to COVID-19.
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Quality and ranking
- top 100 – Geography category – QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020
- top 175 – Social Sciences category – Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject 2020
- 10th in the UK for research – Research Excellence Framework 2014
This degree is accredited by the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG). Accredited degrees contain a solid academic foundation in geographical knowledge and skills, and prepare you to address the needs of the world beyond higher education.
All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body.
Modules and learning
The information below is intended to provide an example of what you will study.
Most degrees are divided into stages. Each stage lasts for one academic year, and you'll complete modules totalling 120 credits by the end of each stage.
Our teaching is informed by research. Course content may change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.
Optional module availability
Student demand for optional modules may affect availability.
Full details of the modules on offer will be published through the Programme Regulations and Specifications ahead of each academic year. This usually happens in May.
To find out more please see our terms and conditions.
You'll be introduced to key geographical research and the global challenges of the 21st century.
You'll have achieved a strong Geography A-Level result. We will build on these foundations in Stage 1 by equipping you with the knowledge, understanding and skills that will help you succeed in Stages 2 and 3.
There's also an optional residential physical geography field trip to the Lake District.
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You'll study a module in advanced research techniques and choose a module in either Key Methods for Human Geographers or Key Methods for Physical Geographers.
You will also choose your second-year field course. Fieldtrip locations vary depending on whether you choose to specialise in human geography or physical geography.
Remaining topics will be optional, giving you the chance to engage with our cutting-edge research in the areas that interest you the most.
In Stage 3 you will have a wide choice of optional modules that are directly linked to the research work of our staff.
You will also undertake your dissertation research project: a major piece of independent research, based on your interests, led by you with support from a dedicated academic mentor.
Teaching and assessment
Our geography courses involve a high level of staff and student interaction, including:
- laboratory work
Your modules also require a considerable amount of independent study.
You'll be assessed through a combination of:
Dissertation or research project
Examinations – practical or online
Skills and experience
Field trips in and around our region bring to life topics like industrial change and the conservation of rivers, wetlands and coastal areas under climate change.
You'll get to explore further afield in Stages 2 and 3 and have the option to complete fieldwork in physical or human geography.
Physical Geography field trips may include:
- New Zealand
Human Geography field trips may include:
You will have the opportunity to apply for Expedition funding to enable you to conduct ambitious dissertation research anywhere in the world.
You'll be part of a vibrant research community alongside our highly respected research staff. Fieldwork through your degree will help you grow as a researcher and cultivate your own research techniques.
Your final year dissertation will enable you to refine and showcase the research skills you've developed throughout your degree.
Get career ready with a work placement and leave as a confident professional in your field. You can apply to spend 9 to 12 months working in any organisation in the world, and receive University support from our dedicated team to secure your dream placement. Work placements take place between stages 2 and 3.
You'll gain first-hand experience of working in the sector, putting your learning into practice and developing your professional expertise.
If you choose to take a work placement, it will extend your degree by a year. A work placement is not available if you're spending a year studying abroad. Placements are subject to availability.
Experience life in another country by choosing to study abroad as part of your degree. You’ll be encouraged to embrace fun and challenging experiences, make connections with new communities and graduate as a globally aware professional, ready for your future.
You may choose to spend semester 2 of Stage 2 or semester 1 of Stage 3 on an international exchange at a partner institution.
Facilities and environment
As a geography student at Newcastle, you'll be based in the School of Geography, Politics and Sociology.
You'll have access to modern laboratories and workshops, and a range of facilities and specialist equipment that will be part of the entirely refurbished and newly resourced home of Geography at Newcastle, the Henry Daysh Building and Geoscience Laboratories.
Our geomorphology and sediment, chemistry and biology laboratories are used for a combination of teaching and research. Our research-specific laboratories comprise organic geochemistry and palaeoecology, a spatial analysis lab, and cosmogenic isotope lab.
Field equipment includes a range of technologies for:
- topographic survey
- soil and sediment sampling
- biological and chemical analysis
- hydrological analysis
- biology laboratory
- chemistry laboratory
- cosmogenic isotope laboratory
- geomorphology and sediment laboratories
You'll have the support of an academic member of staff as a personal tutor throughout your degree to help with academic and personal issues.
Peer mentors will help you in your first year. They are fellow students who can help you settle in and answer any questions you have, when starting university.
You'll also benefit from our:
- extended induction programme, to help you quickly settle in to our lively community of staff and students
- activities and events run by our highly active student-run society, GeogSoc
Join a network of successful graduates
100% of our Geography BSc Honours graduates were employed or in further study within 6 months of graduating, with an average salary of £21,230*.
Recent graduates have secured roles such as:
- flood risk modeller
- trainee stock exchange broker
*Destinations of (undergraduate, UK and EU) Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2016/17
Graduates in demand
Our graduates’ excellent employment record is a sign of the flexibility and professionalism that our geography degrees develop.
You will leave with sought-after skills, including teamwork, project management, research and presentation skills, and therefore will have access to a wide variety of careers.
A Geography degree from Newcastle will ensure you develop the skills that employers look for and can open the doors to a wide range of careers. Our graduates have been recruited by a variety of organisations, including:
- the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
- the Environment Agency
- independent and major scientific consultancies
- Raleigh International
- the Armed Forces
- the NHS
- local government
- financial services firms
Make a difference
We strongly value developing your employability and have our own Geography Employability Co-ordinator. In your final year you can select an optional work experience module.
Our teaching draws upon rich and diverse research networks connected to the world of work. What we teach captures insights from employers ranging from governmental bodies and policy makers, to non-government organisations, the private sector and charities ensuring you are career ready.
Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers. We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through our ncl+ initiative.
All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements below apply to 2021 entry.
Other UK qualifications (and PARTNERS)
Qualifications from outside the UK
English Language requirements
Through our PARTNERS programme, you could receive an offer up to three grades lower than the typical requirements, and get support throughout the application process. To apply through PARTNERS, you must be based in the UK and meet our eligibility criteria.
Entrance courses (INTO)
International Pathway Courses are specialist programmes designed for international students who want to study in the UK. We provide a range of study options for international students in partnership with INTO.
This policy applies to all undergraduate and postgraduate admissions at Newcastle University, including Newcastle University London. It is intended to provide information about our admissions policies and procedures to applicants and potential applicants, to their advisors and family members, and to staff of the University.
Tuition fees and scholarships
Tuition fees for 2021 entry (per year)
Home Fee Students
International Fee Students
The maximum fee that we are permitted to charge for home fee-paying students is set by the UK government.
As a general principle, you should expect the tuition fee to increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation.
You will be charged tuition fees for each year of your degree programme (unless you are on a shorter exchange programme).
The tuition fee amount you will pay may increase slightly year on year as a result of inflation.
Year abroad and additional costs
For programmes where you can spend a year on a work placement or studying abroad, you will receive a significant fee reduction for that year.
Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.
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Open days and events
The situation with Covid-19 means that we're unable to hold Open Days on campus. However, you don’t have to visit in person to experience Newcastle.
From the comfort of your sofa you'll be able to:
• explore our beautiful campus
• find out about our vibrant city
• discover what students think about studying at Newcastle
You'll also have the opportunity to speak to academic staff and find out more about the subjects you're interested in.
How to apply
Apply through UCAS
To apply for undergraduate study at Newcastle University, you must use the online application system managed by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). All UK schools and colleges, and a small number of EU and international establishments, are registered with UCAS. You will need:
- the UCAS name and institution codes for Newcastle University (NEWC/N21)
- the UCAS code for the course you want to apply for
- the UCAS 'buzzword' for your school or college
If you are applying independently, or are applying from a school or college which is not registered to manage applications, you will still use the Apply system. You will not need a buzzword.Apply through UCAS
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