l701 - Geography BA

Geography BA Honours

UCAS Code: L701 (full time: 3 Years)

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Course Overview

Our Geography BA Honours degree offers an extremely flexible study programme, and is suitable for students who have not taken a science A level (or equivalent).

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At a Glance


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Degree Awarded
BA 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:

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

You will enjoy fieldwork in both the UK and abroad, with field visits in locations such as Barcelona, Berlin, Copenhagen and Cyprus.

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

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 DPD:

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

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

Optional modules

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

You may take the following module with permission from the DPD:

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 2019 entry.

    Undergraduate Admissions Policy

    See our 2018 Admissions Policy (PDF: 185 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.

    95% of our 2016 UK-domiciled graduates progressed to employment or further study within six months of graduating.

    Of our graduates who entered employment more than three quarters (78%) achieved a professional or managerial position.

    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.

    Fees & Funding



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    UCAS codes for Newcastle University

    • institution name - NEWC
    • institution code - N21

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