This is an integrated geography programme which combines physical and human geography as well as offering opportunities for specialisation. Those choosing the BA will usually have studied social science or humanities subjects at A level or equivalent, but it is possible to transfer to the BSc if your interests develop differently.
- Degree Programme
- Geography BA
- UCAS code
- 3 years
- Application deadline
- 15 January 2016
- Geography grade A required. For the Geography with Quantitative Methods stream, grade A in Mathematics is also required.
- AS Levels
- For UK-based students a pass in a further subject at AS level or equivalent is 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. For the Geography with Quantitative Methods stream, grade 6 in Mathematics at higher level is also required.
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 Diploma, plus 2 GCE A levels at grades A*A-AA, 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
UCL offers intensive one-year foundation courses to prepare international students for a variety of degree programmes at UCL.
The Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities.
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.
- You will gain a broad range of practical skills enabling you to work successfully in the public and private sectors in the UK and around the world.
- We offer a wide range of optional courses and have a particularly low staff-to-student ratio, encouraging individual choice and personal supervision.
- We are proud of our research record which has been very highly rated in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (2014).
- Resources include specialist facilities for geographical information and satellite image analysis; science laboratories; a reference map collection; a dedicated reading room and first-class library facilities.
In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual courses, normally valued at 0.5 or 1.0 credits, adding up to a total of 4.0 credits for the year. Courses are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional courses 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).
The Geography BA and BSc share core elements and it is your personal interests, and the options you wish to pursue, that should shape your choice. In your first year you take three core courses and five options. There is also opportunity to select a specialist pathway upon entry, and graduate with a Geography with Quantitative Methods (QM) BA.
In year two, compulsory courses are supplemented by your choice of six options. It is possible to focus your selection around systematic themes such as development, environmental management, social geography and climate change.
Your dissertation is the main focus of year three. In addition you take further options, which may include participation in exchange programmes with universities in Australia, Canada, Europe or Singapore.
Fieldwork in the first and second years is normally UK-based, but some third-year options include field trips outside the UK, and it is possible to base your dissertation on an overseas project. Recent destinations include Australia, Belize, India, Montserrat and Papua New Guinea. Some financial support may be available through expedition funds.
Data Acquisition and Interpretation
Ideas in Geography
Writing and Analysis in Geography
Students entering the QM pathway will take Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods (1.0 credit), instead of Data Acquisition and Interpretation.
Core foundational courses
You will select 2.5 credits from a range of year one Geography courses and other undergraduate courses, with the exception of QM students who will select 2.0 credits:
Environmental Systems and Processes
Human Ecology: Geographical Perspectives
London: A Geographical Introduction
Methods in Human Geography
The Practice of Geography
Students on the QM pathway will take Data Analysis (1.0 credit) instead of Methods in Human Geography, and two approved human geography courses with QM content to the combined value of 1.0 credit.
Core intermediary courses
Students then select 3.0 credits of intermediary courses from the specialised areas below:
Human Geography: Cultural and Historical Geography; Development Geography; Environment and Society; GIS and Geodemographics; Political Geography and Geopolitics; Urban Geography
Physical Geography: Ecological Patterns and Processes; Environmental Remote Sensing; Geomorphology; Hydroclimatology; Reconstructing Past Environments.
Students may also take Statistics for Environmental Geographers or 0.5 credits from outside Geography.
QM students select 1.5 credits, either all from human geography or including 0.5 credits from outside Geography.
QM students will also take Quantitative Analysis (1.0 credit) and two approved advanced human geography courses with QM content, to the value of 1.0 credit.
Core advanced courses
Students select up to 2.5 credits of advanced courses from the specialised areas below. Students may also attend a field class (0.5 units), undertake a study abroad term (1.5 units), or enrol for independent study (0.5 units).
Human Geography: Cultural and Historical Geography II; Development Geography II; Environment and Society II; Geodemographics and Population Geography; Political Geography and Geopolitics II; Urban Geography II
Physical Geography: Coastal and Estuarine Environments; Global Environmental Change; Principles and Practices of Remote Sensing; Restoration and Management of Freshwater Ecosystems; Wetland Environments.
QM students choose either one advanced course from human geography or an approved course from outside Geography.
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 independent coursework completed throughout the year, with end-of-year written examinations. In years two and three, assessment may vary, some courses combine 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: Geography BA.
Having been trained in both sciences and humanities, UCL geographers are skilled in taking different perspectives on an issue, working independently to complete a project and adapting to changing circumstances.
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 (2010-2013) of this programme include:
- Geographical Information Systems Analyst, Esri UK (2013)
- Policy Officer, Darlington Hall Trust (2013)
- Social Researcher, Department for Communities and Local Government (2013)
- Finance Trainee, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (2012)
- Full-time student, MA in Urban Studies at UCL (2010)
*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 2010-2013 graduating cohorts six months after graduation and, where necessary, department records.
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Fees and funding
- UK & EU fee
- £9,000 (2015/16)
- Overseas fee
- £20,700 (2015/16)
Details about financial support are available at: Fees and funding
The Scholarships and Funding website has a comprehensive list of scholarships and funding schemes available for UCL students. These can be available for specific nationalities, regions, departments or open to all students.