f800 - Geography BSc

Geography BSc Honours

UCAS Code: F800 (full time: 3 Years)

Course Overview

Our Geography BSc Honours degree offers an extremely flexible study programme, and is suitable for students studying a science A level (or equivalent).

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At a Glance


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Degree Awarded
BSc Honours

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Course Duration
3 Years

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Entry Requirements
A Level: AAB-ABB
IB: 32-35 points

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You can select from a wide range of topics spanning human and physical geography, such as:

  • climate and environmental change
  • natural hazards
  • geopolitics and uneven development
  • the effect of social and economic change

You will enjoy fieldwork in both the UK and abroad, with field visits ranging from nearby Northumberland to Iceland, New Zealand, Ireland and Morocco. 

A dissertation in your third year enables you to showcase your skills to employers by conducting your own research alongside our highly respected research staff.

Highlights of this degree

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Course Details

Modules for 2019 entry

Please note

The module and/or programme information below is for 2019 entry. Our teaching is informed by research and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, student feedback, or insufficient numbers of students interested (in an optional module). To find out more read our terms and conditions.

Module/programme information for 2020 entry will be published here as soon as it is available (end of May 2020).

Our degrees are divided into Stages. Each Stage lasts for an academic year and you need to complete modules totalling 120 credits by the end of each Stage. Further information, including the credit value of the module, is available in each of the module descriptions below.

Stage 1

Compulsory modules

You will take at least 20 credits from the following modules:

Optional modules

You choose 20 credits of optional modules from the list below:

Stage 2

Compulsory modules

If you are following a primarily human geography pathway, you take:

If you are following a primarily physical geography pathway, you take:

It is possible to take all four of the modules above (one on a not-for-credit basis) if you have not yet finalised your preference for human or physical geography. 

You also take one of the following fieldtrip modules:

Optional modules

You choose three modules from the following list:

Instead of optional modules, you may take the following module with permission from the Degree Programme Director:

*In this case you would still take GEO2111, or GEO2137 and GEO2127 in semester 2 via blended learning and be assessed in your dissertation preparation modules.

Other optional modules may also be available (maximum 20 credits outside Geography), including those recommended below:

*CEG1702 may be studied at Stage 2 as long as it wasn’t studied at Stage 1.

Work Placement (optional)

You can apply to spend 9 to 12 months on an optional work placement between Stages 2 and 3. You can apply to spend your placement year with any organisation and will receive University support to do so. It will extend your degree by a year and is subject to availability. It isn't available if you're spending a year studying abroad. Find out more about Work Placements.

Year 3 (Placement Year)

On completion of Stage 2 and before entering Stage 3, you may as part of your studies for the degree spend a year in a placement with an approved organisation. Permissions to undertake a placement is subject to the approval of the Degree Programme Director. Students who are required to re-sit their Stage 2 assessment must delay the start of their placement until they have done so. Students who fail Stage 2 may not complete a placement year.

Stage 3

Compulsory modules

Except those taking GEO3115, you take the following:

If you are taking GEO3115, you take the following:

Optional modules

You choose 80 credits of modules, normally from the following list:

You may take the following module with permission from the Degree Programme Director:

Other optional modules may also be available, including those recommended below:

    Entry Requirements

    All candidates are considered on an individual basis.

    If your qualifications are not listed here, please see our additional entry requirements web pages to find out which other qualifications are considered. 

    The entrance requirements below apply to 2020 entry.

    Undergraduate Admissions Policy

    See our Admissions Policy (PDF: 71 KB).

    See further policies related to admission.


    Geography careers

    Our graduates’ excellent employment record is a sign of the flexibility and professionalism that our geography degrees develop.

    The range of skills that geographers acquire is much sought after by employers, and our graduates therefore have access to a wide variety of careers.

    Our degrees provide experience of a host of general skills including written and oral presentation, teamwork, project management, problem solving, numeracy, computing, mapping and graphics and research skills. 

    Geographers are adaptable, and their broad understanding and range of approaches to the world and its problems are relevant to many different jobs.

    Many of our graduates enter careers in recruitment, marketing, PR, insurance, research, and business management, as well as in the not-for-profit sector. Others continue their studies in areas including real estate, town planning and education.

    Find out more about the career options for Geography from Prospects: The UK's Official Careers Website.

    What our graduates go on to do: employment and further study choices

    See what our recent graduates went on to do and view graduate destinations statistics. These statistics are based on what graduates were doing on a specific date, approximately six months after graduation. Take a look at the most recent data available for our graduates.

    The destination data is available in varying levels, beginning with the University and moving through Faculty and School down to individual course reports. This final level may give you some useful ideas about possible options after your course or a course you are considering.

    Careers and employability at Newcastle

    Newcastle University consistently has one of the best records for graduate employment in the UK.

    96% of our 2017 UK-domiciled UG/PG graduates progressed to employment or further study within six months of graduating.

    85.5% of our graduates are in graduate level employment or further study within six months of graduating.

    We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through an initiative called ncl+. This enables you to develop personal, employability and enterprise skills and to give you the edge in the employment market after you graduate.

    Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers.

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    • institution code - N21

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