This is an integrated geography programme which combines physical and human geography as well as offering opportunities for specialisation, including a BA Geography with Social Data Science pathway. Those choosing the BSc will usually have studied some science at A level or equivalent, but it is possible to transfer to the BA if your interests develop differently.
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- UCAS code
Full-time: 3 years
- Application deadline
- 29 January 2021
- London, Bloomsbury
- No specific subjects. At least two A level subjects should be taken from UCL's list of preferred A level subjects.
- English Language and Mathematics at grade C or 5.
- A total of 18 points in three higher level subjects, with no score below 5.
- 34 (more about contextual offers)
- A total of 16 points in three higher level subjects, 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 23 credits awarded with Distinction in the Level 3 units, the remainder of the Level 3 units awarded with Merit.
D3,D3,D3 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects.
AAA at Advanced Highers (or AA at Advanced Higher and AAA at Higher).
Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate plus 2 GCE A-Levels at grades AAA.
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 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 12-year school system which does not meet the standard required for direct entry to UCL.
For more information see: www.ucl.ac.uk/upc.
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 and project management skills, making you attractive to both the public and private sectors in the UK and around the world.
We offer an exceptionally wide range of optional modules and have a particularly low staff-student ratio (Guardian University Guide 2020), encouraging individual choice and personal supervision.
We are proud of our research record. You will therefore be working with thinkers at the cutting edge of developments in their fields.
Our physical geography resources include specialist computing facilities for geographical information and satellite image analysis and world-class science laboratories enabling soil, water and microscopic analysis.
In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual modules, normally valued at 15 or 30 credits, adding up to a total of 120 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 30-credit module 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 compulsory modules and four optional modules, one of which can be outside the department.
In year two, compulsory modules are supplemented by six or seven optional modules, including field research based courses, selected from a substantial pool. At this point it is possible to begin focusing on topics such as environmental and conservation management, remote sensing, geomorphology and climate change.
Your dissertation is the main focus of year three. You will work with an academic supervisor to develop an original piece of research on a topic of your choice. In addition you take further optional modules, including one from outside Geography if you like. Students may participate in a term-long exchange programme with universities in Australia, Canada, Europe, Singapore or elsewhere.
Fieldwork throughout the programme can take place both in the UK and abroad, and it is possible to base your dissertation on an overseas project. Recent destinations include Australia, Belize, India, Montserrat and Papua New Guinea.
Upon successful completion of 360 credits, you will be awarded a BSc (Hons) in Geography.
Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.
Thinking Geographically I & II
Geography in the Field I & II
Understanding our Planet
Core foundational modules
You will select modules equivalent to 45 credits from a range including:
Space and Society
Or you may take one 15 credit module taught outside of Geography instead of one of these modules if you wish.
The Practice of Geography
Core intermediary modules
Students who take Methods in Human Geography will then select 90 credits of intermediary modules from the specialised areas below, which can include one outside the department.
Students who do not wish to take Methods in Human Geography must take 45 credits of Physical Geography and 60 credits of optional modules, which can include one outside the department.
Human Geography: Cultural and Historical Geography; Development Geography; Environment and Society; Economic Geography; GIS and Geodemographics; Political Geography and Geopolitics; Urban Geography; Economic Geography I; Human Geography Fieldclass.
Physical Geography: Ecological Patterns and Processes; Environmental Remote Sensing; Geomorphology; Hydroclimatology; Reconstructing Past Environments; Statistics for Environmental Geographers; Physical Geography Fieldclass.
Core advanced modules
You take 75 credits of advanced modules from the below. You may also attend a field class (15 credits), study abroad for a term (45 credits), or enrol on the independent study module involving close collaboration with one academic (15 credits).
Human Geography: Urban Political Ecology; Economic Geography II; Global Urbanism; Geopolitical Events; Geography, Culture and Materiality; Postcolonial Geographies of African Development; Mining Social and Geographical Datasets; Gendered Geographies; Advanced Environment and Society.
Physical Geography: Coastal Geohazards; Global Environmental Change; Principles and Practices of Remote Sensing; Managing Freshwaters in the 21st Century; Palaeoclimatology.
Water and Development is an option that spans human and physical geography. You can also take Professional Geography or take a module outside the department.
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.
In the first year students will attend a week-long fieldclass (currently to Catalonia) with the whole cohort, and will also undertake fieldwork in London, as part of one of the compulsory modules. There are two second-year and three third-year fieldclasses, which are counted as optional modules. The destinations of these field classes are subject to change but have been in Europe in recent years.
First-year assessment combines independent coursework completed throughout the year with end-of-year written examinations. In years two and three, assessment varies - some modules combine written examinations with independent projects, while others are assessed entirely by independent projects or by written examination. Your dissertation carries significant weight in your final year.
Detailed module descriptions are available on the department website: Geography BSc.
Having developed skills associated with both the sciences and the humanities, UCL geographers are particularly adept at taking different perspectives on an issue or problem. These skills make our graduates attractive to employers.
UCL geographers have a particularly good track record of securing employment after graduation (Guardian University Guide 2020). This may be partly because of the significant project management skills they develop by undertaking their supported dissertation research.
Our geographers embark on many careers: from teaching and research to commerce, planning and administration. Their expertise is valuable for environmental and physical planning, surveying, government, industry and the financial sector.
UCL is committed to helping you get the best start after graduation. Read more about how UCL Careers and UCL Innovation and Enterprise can help you find employment or learn about entrepreneurship.
“At UCL I co-founded UCLU Green Economy Society, with the aim of providing a forum for student debate and practical ideas on matters pertaining to low-carbon markets, technology and society. This experience taught me a range of soft skills that I use in my job today. I am a member of the UCL BME Alumni group and have attended several Geography career talks to give guidance to UCL undergraduates.”Jasbir Singh Basi - Geography BSc 2012
“The opportunity to study at a leading global university in the heart of such a vibrant and energetic city cannot be underestimated. Whilst studying I was a committee member of both UCL Boat Club and the Raise and Give (RAG) society. Both of these positions gave me experience and confidence entering my professional career. I undertook an APMP project management module in my final year which has been of great use.”Thomas Curtress - Geography BSc 2012
“At UCL I went on two field trips abroad: to Mallorca in my second year and Greece in my third year. These were real opportunities to engage with lecturers and researchers on a different level, and contextualise what you were learning in a lecture theatre. These field trips have assisted in my career, providing the experience of working on a team project from start to finish, and the presentation, communication and teamwork skills I developed have proved invaluable in the work place.”Hugo Watkins - Geography BSc 2014
Fees and funding
The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2021/22 academic year. The UK fees shown are for the first year of the programme at UCL only. Fees for future years may be subject to an inflationary increase. The Overseas fees shown are the fees that will be charged to 2021/22 entrants for each year of study on the programme, unless otherwise indicated below.
- UK students
- £9,250 (2021/22)
- Overseas students
- £28,500 (2021/22)
Full details of UCL's tuition fees, tuition fee policy and potential increases to fees can be found on the UCL Students website.
We believe all of our students should be able to learn in the field. UCL Geography covers all accommodation and travel costs for the 1st year fieldtrip to Catalonia, and currently makes a significant contribution to the costs of second and third year fieldtrips. The exact cost of each fieldtrip will vary. Bursaries will also be available. Further details are available on our website.
A guide including rough estimates for these and other living expenses is included on the UCL Fees and funding pages. If you are concerned by potential additional costs for books, equipment, etc., please get in touch with the relevant departmental contact (details given on this page).
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.
Funding opportunities relevant to the department may appear in this section when they are available. Please check carefully or confirm with the programme contact to ensure they apply to this degree programme.
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.
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