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Geography BA Honours

  • UCAS code: L701
  • Full time
  • 3 years
  • Next start date: September 2023

This flexible Geography degree is accredited by the Royal Geographical Society. It equips you with the specialist skills needed to address real global challenges.

Fees (per year)

  • Home: £9250
  • International: £22200

Entry requirements and offers

  • A-Level: ABB
  • IB: 32 points

UCAS Institution name and code:

  • NEWC / N21

Course overview

Our BA Geography explores key societal, economic and environmental challenges. It encourages you to engage with, explore and understand the world. 

Our degree is informed by the research of our world-leading academics and spans the breadth of the discipline. As a flexible degree, you can tailor it to your interests and evolve into the geographer you want to be. This includes:

  • becoming a specialist in your chosen field
  • remaining active across the Geographic terrain

You can select from dozens of Geography modules. These range from:

  • geopolitics to glacial environments
  • river catchment dynamics to geographies of sustainable production and consumption

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?

During your degree you will have the opportunity to study both Human and Physical Geography modules.

You'll study at least one physical geography module in first year. Then in Stages 2 and 3 you will have the opportunity to:

  • specialise in human geography
  • maintain a mixture of human and physical geography
  • pursue physical geography

Optional modules during Stages 2 and 3 are the same whether you are studying BA Geography or BSc Geography.

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Your course and study experience - disclaimers and terms and conditions  
Please rest assured we make all reasonable efforts to provide you with the programmes, services and facilities described. However, it may be necessary to make changes due to significant disruption, for example in response to Covid-19.

View our Academic experience page, which gives information about your Newcastle University study experience for the academic year 2022-23.

See our terms and conditions and student complaints information, which gives details of circumstances that may lead to changes to programmes, modules or University services.

Quality and ranking

Professional accreditation and recognition

All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body.

Modules and learning

Modules

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.

During Stage 1 we will help you to build knowledge, understanding and skills required to succeed in Stages 2 and 3 of your degree. You'll be introduced to key geographical research and the global challenges of the 21st century.

Modules

Compulsory Modules Credits
Interconnected World 20
Geographical Analysis 20
Introduction to Physical Geography 20
Geographical Skills 20
Optional Modules Credits
Introduction to Archaeological Science 20
Geographic Information Systems 10
Principles of Remote Sensing 10
Environmental Issues 20
Human Geographies of the UK 20
Physical Geography Field Course 20
Key Concepts in International Politics 20
Comparing Cultures 20
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Level B (HE Intermediate) Spanish 20

Stage 2 lets you start to tailor your degree to your interests. You'll study modules in advanced research techniques and key methods. Your remaining topics will be optional, giving you the chance to engage with our cutting-edge research in areas that interest you the most.

You will also have a choice of destinations for your Stage 2 residential field course.

Modules

Compulsory modules

If you're following a primarily Human Geography pathway you take the following compulsory modules (shown in the optional list below):

Key Methods for Human Geographers (20 credits)

Doing Human Geography Research: Theory and Practice (20 credits)

If you're following a primarily Physical Geography pathway you take the following compulsory modules (shown in the optional list below):

Doing Physical Geography Research: Theory and Practice (20 credits)

Key Methods for Physical Geographers (20 credits)

Modules

Optional Modules Credits
Animals, Plants and People: an Introduction to Environmental Archaeology 20
Geographic Information Systems 10
Geological Resources 10
Key Methods for Human Geographers 20
Political Geography 20
Economic Geography 20
Development & Globalisation 20
Social Geographies 20
Doing Human Geography Research: Theory and Practice 20
Student Exchange Semester 2 50
Doing Physical Geography Research: Theory and Practice 20
Global Environmental Change 20
Key Methods for Physical Geographers 20
Community Volunteering: A Geography Perspective 20
Glacial Environments 20
Biogeography 20
River Catchment Dynamics 20
Career Development for second year students 20
Government and Politics of the USA 20
Political Violence and the Modern State 20

You'll have a wide choice of optional modules that are directly linked to the research work of our staff.

You'll also undertake a dissertation research project. This is a major piece of independent research. It is based on your interests and led by you with support from a dedicated academic mentor.

Modules

Compulsory modules

You take the following compulsory module (except if you're taking Dissertation for Study Abroad Students) (shown in the optional list below):
Dissertation (40 credits)

If you're taking Student Exchange Semester 1, you take the compulsory module (shown in the optional list below):
Dissertation for Study Abroad Students (40 credits)

Modules

Optional Modules Credits
Physical Geography Field course 2: Iceland 20
Social experiments, diverse economies: Copenhagen Field Course 20
The creative and knowledge-based economy: Berlin field course 20
Fieldwork at Home 20
Exploring Everyday Political Geographies in a Divided City: Nicosia Field Course 20
Geography Fieldtrip for Module Pre-Registration 20
City of Crisis, City of Hope: Amsterdam Field course 20
Humans vs Nature in the Netherlands (Netherlands Field course) 20
Bosnia and Herzegovina Field Course 20
Class, Race & Nation in Comparative Context: Ireland Human Geography Field Course 20
Dissertation for Study Abroad Students 40
Dissertation 40
Geopolitics 20
Geographies of Money 20
Local and Regional Development 20
Student Exchange Semester 1 40
Polar Environments 20
Mapping the City 20
Community Volunteering: A Geography Perspective 20
Landslides and coasts 20
Applied Fluvial Geomorphology 20
Geographies of Race and Nation 20
Geographies of Sustainable Production and Consumption 20
Humanitarianism and Health Inequalities 20
Career Development for final year students 20
Field course module information

You must take one of the field course modules listed above.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching methods

Our geography courses involve a high level of staff-student interaction, including:

  • small group teaching
  • 1-to-1 tutorials
  • lectures
  • laboratory work
  • seminars
  • fieldwork

Your modules also require a considerable amount of independent study.

Assessment methods

You'll be assessed through a combination of:

  • Coursework

  • Dissertation or research project

  • Essays

  • Examinations – practical or online

  • Group work

  • Presentations

  • Projects

  • Reflective report/journal

  • Reports

  • Seminar tasks/exercises

Skills and experience

Field trips

Field trips in and around our region bring to life topics like:

  • industrial change
  • the conservation of rivers, wetlands and coastal areas under climate change

You'll get to explore further afield in Stages 2 and 3, depending on your interests, you'll study elements of:

  • economic
  • political
  • social and/or physical geography

In recent years, Human Geography field trips have included destinations such as:

  • Barcelona
  • Berlin
  • Copenhagen
  • Cyprus
  • Vienna

You'll have the opportunity to apply for expedition funding to enable you to conduct ambitious dissertation research anywhere in the world.

Find out more about geography fieldwork at Newcastle

Research skills

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.

Chat to a Geography student

At Newcastle, I have the opportunity to study the interplay between human and physical geography. I can explore contemporary issues like climate change, whilst learning the economic and political aspects of the world.

Kieran Marsh, Geography student

Opportunities

Work placement

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. Your degree title will show you have achieved the placement year.  Placements are subject to availability.

Find out more about work placements.

Study abroad

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.

Find out more about study abroad

Facilities and environment

Facilities

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

Field equipment includes a range of technologies for:

  • topographic survey
  • soil and sediment sampling
  • biological and chemical analysis
  • hydrological analysis

Our laboratories

  • biology laboratory
  • chemistry laboratory
  • cosmogenic isotope laboratory
  • geomorphology and sediment laboratories
Students walking through the Newcastle campus

Support

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

Your future

Join a network of successful graduates

97% of our Geography BA Honours graduates were employed or in further study within 6 months of graduating, with an average salary of £20,715*.

Recent graduates have secured roles such as:

  • graduate planner
  • graduate surveyor
  • account executive

*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

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Careers support

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.

Visit our Careers Service website

Recognition of professional qualifications outside of the UK

From 1 January 2021 there is an update to the way professional qualifications are recognised by countries outside of the UK

Entry requirements and offers

All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements and offers below apply to 2023 entry.

A-Level
International Baccalaureate

Other UK and the Republic of Ireland qualifications

Contextual Offers

Through one of our contextual routes, you could receive an offer of up to three grades lower than the typical requirements.

What is a contextual offer? Find out more and if you’re eligible for this or our PARTNERS Programme supported entry route.

Qualifications from outside the UK

English Language requirements

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. 

Find out more about International Pathway Courses

Admissions policy

This policy applies to all undergraduate and postgraduate admissions at Newcastle University. 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.

Credit transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) can allow you to convert existing relevant university-level knowledge, skills and experience into credits towards a qualification. Find out more about the RPL policy which may apply to this course.

Tuition fees and scholarships

Tuition fees for 2023 entry (per year)

Home Fee Students

£9250

International Fee Students

£22200

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.

Read more about fees and funding

Depending on your residency history, if you’re a student from the EU, other EEA or a Swiss national, with settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, you’ll normally pay the ‘Home’ tuition fee rate and may be eligible for Student Finance England support.

EU students without settled or pre-settled status will normally be charged fees at the ‘International’ rate and will not be eligible for Student Finance England support.

If you are unsure of your fee status, check out the latest guidance here.

Read more about fees and funding

Scholarships

We support our EU and international students by providing a generous range of Vice-Chancellor's automatic and merit-based scholarships. See our undergraduate scholarship page for more information.

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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Scholarships

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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.

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