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Studying geography at UCL is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The goal of study here is to merge understandings of geography with practical skills. UCL appointed the UK's first Professor of Geography in 1833. Today, our department is one of the largest in the UK, known for both its cutting-edge research and its excellent teaching.

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Why study Geography at UCL?

UCL Geography is a centre of research and teaching on the environment, economic/social restructuring, GIS and remote sensing, as well as historical, cultural, and urban geography. Our world-class facilities include computer clusters supporting GIS and satellite image analysis, the UCL Urban Laboratory and a reference map collection. All academic staff teach, providing low staff/student ratios and plenty of choices.

What you will gain from study at UCL

Skills gained and enhanced in the study of geography are very marketable, combining a vast breadth of understanding with analytical skills and the written expression of ideas and concepts. Teamwork that accompanies work in the field is attractive to employers, as is the confidence gained through independent research and study.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching in the department takes the form of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical learning, and fieldwork. Assessment is usually by examination, but often also includes coursework. Alternative assessment is available for Fall Term-only students.

Modules in Geography

Please note that this guide lists a range of popular modules offered in 2018/19 as a representative sample. It is not exhaustive, and since the guide is published ahead of time, module options may have changed, been deleted or replaced. If you have very specific study needs or require confirmation of module availability for 2019/20, you are strongly advised to get in touch with the relevant Affiliate contact, listed on this subject page, before making an application.

Level 1 (FHEQ 4) modules

Module code Title US credits ECTS credits CU credits
GEOG0005 Earth: An Integrated System 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
GEOG0007 Human Ecology: Geographical Perspectives 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
GEOG0015 Global Events 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)

Level 2 (FHEQ 5) modules

Module code Title US credits ECTS credits CU credits
GEOG0019 Geomorphology 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
GEOG0020 Ecological Patterns and Processes 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
GEOG0021 Reconstructing Past Environments 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
GEOG0022 Environment and Society 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
GEOG0023 Economic Geography 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
GEOG0024 Development Geography 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
GEOG0025 Political Geography and Geopolitics 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
GEOG0026 Surface and Groundwater Hydrology 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
GEOG0027 Environmental Remote Sensing 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
GEOG0028 Urban Geography 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
GEOG0029 Cultural and Historical Geography 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
GEOG0030 Geocomputation 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
GEOG0031 Statistics for Environmental Geographers 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)

Level 3 (FHEQ 6) modules

Module code Title US credits ECTS credits CU credits
GEOG0036 Water and Development in Africa 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
GEOG0038 Managing Fresh Waters in the 21st Century 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
GEOG0039 Migration and Transnationalism 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
GEOG0040 Principles and Practice of Remote Sensing 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
GEOG0044 Global Environmental Change 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
GEOG0047 Economic Geography II 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
GEOG0052 Palaeoclimatology 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
GEOG0054 Postcolonial Geographies of African Development 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
GEOG0055 Environment and Society II 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
GEOG0056 Geopolitical Events 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
GEOG0059 Geography, Culture and Materiality 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
GEOG0062 Urban Political Ecology 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
GEOG0064 Global Urbanism 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)

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