The Environmental Geography BSc is aimed at students with a strong commitment to physical geography. The degree aims to develop this interest through modules examining the dynamics of environmental processes and their measurement, modelling and management.
- UCAS code
- 3 years
- Application deadline
- 15 January 2017
- Applications per place
- 4 (2015 entry)*
- Total intake
- 130 (2017 entry)*
- Geography grade A required.
- English Language and Mathematics at grade C. For UK-based students, a grade C or equivalent in a foreign language (other than Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew or Latin) is required. UCL provides opportunities to meet the foreign language requirement following enrolment, further details at: www.ucl.ac.uk/ug-reqs
- A total of 17-18 points in three higher level subjects including grade 6 in Geography, with no score below 5.
UK applicants qualifications
For entry requirements with other UK qualifications accepted by UCL, choose your qualification from the list below:
Not acceptable for entrance to this programme
Pass in Access to HE Diploma, with a minimum of 18-23 credits awarded with Distinction in the Level 3 units, the remainder of the Level 3 units awarded with Merit.
D3,D3,D3 - D3,D3,M1 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects, including Geography grade D3
AAA-AAB at Advanced Highers (or AA at Advanced Higher and AAA at Higher - AA at Advanced Higher and BBB at Higher), including Geography grade A at Advanced Higher.
Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate plus 2 GCE A-Levels at grades AAA-AAB, including Geography.
In addition to A level and International Baccalaureate, UCL considers a wide range of international qualifications for entry to its undergraduate degree programmes.
Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates
The Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are intensive one-year foundation courses for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities.
Typical UPC students will be high achievers in a twelve-year school system which does not meet the standard required for direct entry to UCL.
For more information see our website: UCL Undergraduate Preparatory Certificate.
English language requirements
If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency. Information about the evidence required, acceptable qualifications and test providers can be found on our English language requirements page.
The English language level for this programme is: Good
A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.
- Environmental Geography students have the opportunity to choose from a wide range of modules including some offered in other disciplines such as anthropology, archaeology, biology, Earth sciences or geomatic engineering.
- We maintain a good staff-student ratio with a focus on small-group tutorials and an office hours system in which all staff are available weekly to see students individually.
- We are proud of our research record which has been very highly rated in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (2014).
- Our resources include: computer clusters, together with specialist facilities for geographical information and satellite image analysis; science laboratories; a reference map collection; a dedicated reading room and first-class library facilities.
Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014
The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.
The following REF score was awarded to the department: Geography.
- 81% rated 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent)
Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.
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In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual modules, normally valued at 0.5 or 1.0 credits, adding up to a total of 4.0 credits for the year. Modules are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional modules varies from programme to programme and year to year. A 1.0 credit is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).
Students take the same core elements of training in research methods as for the Geography degrees, but with an emphasis on physical geography. First-year modules introduce the operation of environmental systems and the interaction between people and their environment.
Year two builds upon these foundations by detailed examination of the geomorphological, hydrological and ecological processes operating in the physical environment. Instruction in the field, laboratory and analytical techniques employed in the monitoring and modelling of environmental processes is also provided.
The final year includes a physical geography dissertation. Whilst at least 1.5 module credits in the second year and at least 1.0 module credit in the third year must concentrate on Environmental Geography, the remainder may be chosen from a wide range of Geography courses, and from modules in related disciplines. Final-year modules are more specialised, reflecting the research interests of academic staff within the department.
An indicative guide to the structure of this programme, year by year.
Data Acquisition and Interpretation
Environmental Systems and Processes
Ideas in Geography
Writing and Analysis in Geography
You will select 1.5 credits from a wide range of first-year Geography optional modules and other undergraduate optional module which may include up to two 0.5 credit units outside of Geography.
Methods in Physical Geography
The Practice of Geography
You will select 3.0 credits from a wide range of physical geography optional modules and other undergraduate optional modules, which may include one 0.5 credit unit outside of Geography. Physical geography options may include:
Ecological Patterns and Processes
Environmental Remote Sensing
GIS and Geodemographics
Reconstructing Past Environments
Statistics for Environmental Geographers
You will select 2.5 credits from a wide range of third-year Geography optional modules and other undergraduate optional modules, which may include one 0.5 creidt unit outside of Geography. Physical geography options may include:
Coastal and Estuarine Environments
Environmental Management: Critical Perspectives
Global Environmental Change
Overseas Fieldclass: Greece
Past Global Environmental Change
Principles and Practice of Remote Sensing
Restoration and Management of Freshwater Ecosystems
Water and Development in Africa
Your timetable will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical classes and fieldwork. As you progress, the focus shifts to independent and critical learning, with student-led discussions and presentations becoming more important.
First-year assessment combines coursework completed throughout the year with end-of-year written examinations. In the second and final years, assessment may vary, some modules combining written examinations with independent projects, some assessed solely by written examination. Your dissertation carries significant weight in your final year.
Detailed course descriptions are available on the department website: Environmental Geography BSc.
UCL geographers are skilled in taking different perspectives on an issue, working independently to complete a project and adapting to changing circumstances.
Environmental geographers embark on many diverse careers: from teaching and research to commerce, planning and administration. Their expertise is valuable for environmental and physical planning, surveying and employment in government, industry and the financial sector.
First career destinations of recent graduates (2011-2014) of this programme include:
- Software Engineer Technician, CDS Distribution
- Head of Geography, St Gabriel's College
- Researcher, Sherov Institute of Oceanology
- Full-time student, MSc in Environmental Mapping at UCL
*Data taken from the 'Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education' survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2012-2014 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.
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“I chose to study geography at UCL because I wanted to experience quality teaching and learning in a diverse, dynamic city with a rich geographical story. Geography at UCL provided great flexibility in terms of the study choices I could make. I was attracted by the fact that I could shape my own degree around my own interests. I felt that a degree programme at UCL would allow me to take control of my own learning so that I could follow my interests. I definitely made the right choice!”Craig Adams - Environmental Geography BSc (2012)
Fees and funding
The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2016/17 academic year.
- UK/EU students
- £9,000 (2016/17)
- Overseas students
- £21,320 (2016/17)
Fees for students entering UCL in September 2017 (i.e. for the 2017/2018 academic year) will be set in the summer of 2016 and published on the UCL Current Students website. Fees advertised by UCL are for the first year of the programme. UK/EU undergraduate fees are capped, but fees for other students may be subject to increase in future years of study by between 3-5%.
Various funding options are available, including student loans, scholarships and bursaries. UK students whose household income falls below a certain level may also be eligible for a non-repayable bursary or for certain scholarships. Please see the Fees and funding pages for more details.
The Scholarships and Funding website lists scholarships and funding schemes available to UCL students. These may be open to all students, or restricted to specific nationalities, regions or academic department.
Application and next steps
In the selection process we aim for there to be two-way communication so both you and the department can make the right choices. In addition to looking at your qualifications we will also be examining your personal statement for evidence of your interest in and enthusiasm for geography and for proficiency in key skills.
How to apply
Application for admission should be made through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). Applicants currently at school or college will be provided with advice on the process; however, applicants who have left school or who are based outside the United Kingdom may obtain information directly from UCAS.
Application deadline: 15 January 2017
Most students are invited to attend an open day once they have been made an offer based on their predicted or actual A level (or equivalent) performance and their potential and aspirations. Our open days include student-led seminars, a tour of UCL and a tutorial with a member of staff.
We are happy to consider applications for deferred entry, especially where interesting and productive plans are being made for the 'gap' year.
For further information on UCL's selection process see: Selection of students