Hikers enjoying the view from Etna mountain, in Sicily, Italy. BSc (Hons) Geography.
UCAS Code
F800
Mode of Study
Full-time, Full-time sandwich with work placement
Duration
3 years Full-time, 4 years sandwich with work placement
Start Date
September 2022
Accredited
Yes

Overview

If you’re interested in the physical nature, characteristics and environment of the world, you can couple your interest with professional skills on this BSc (Hons) Geography degree course, accredited by the Royal Geographical Society (RGS).

You'll discover the ways in which our planet and its natural elements work, and graduate ready for a career in everything from environmental management to teaching and academic research.

Course highlights

  • Use high-powered tech in our laboratories, including laser survey technology, drones, GIS and photogrammetry equipment and our environmental simulation cabinet – a controlled lab area that simulates different environmental conditions
  • Tailor your final year to your own interests and career ambitions by choosing from a fully optional list of modules, including conservation biogeography, hazardscapes and weather science
  • Immerse yourself in some of the landscapes and societies you’re studying through fieldwork, including in places such as Berlin, Malta, Sicily and Uganda
  • Choose to study abroad at one of our partner universities in Canada, Poland, Spain or France, or build experience on a work placement at an organisation like the Environment Agency or Natural England
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Accredited by:

This course is accredited by the Royal Geographical Society. This shows the teaching on this course is of the highest quality and has been approved by an independent body of academics and industrialists.

What's the difference between BSc and BA Geography?

Our BSc (Hons) Geography focuses on the science of the natural physical world, while BA (Hons) Geography is more to do with human geography – the ways in which communities, cultures and societies interact with the environment.

Learn more

Studying BSc Geography

Dr Mark Hardiman discusses the Geography BSc course at the University of Portsmouth.

Hello, my name is Dr Mark Hardiman, and I'm a geographer at the University of Portsmouth. I'm interested in the world around us and understanding it, particularly the natural world.

And at Portsmouth, we look at things like glaciers, rivers, coasts, which, of course, we're surrounded by here in Portsmouth, and environmental change. Of course part of that is going out on field trips to understand these systems, the world around us is our natural laboratory. But also taking samples and bringing this back into the lab so we can do more detailed experiments. 

Entry requirements​

BSc (Hons) Geography degree entry requirements

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English language requirements
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

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We also accept other standard English tests and qualifications, as long as they meet the minimum requirements of your course.

If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

Facilities and specialist equipment

Our Environmental Technology Field Station (ETFS) is based in a fully-operational waterworks in Petersfield, 15 miles from our main campus

Environmental technology field station

Conduct tests and analyse samples currently in the ecosystem at our ETFS, complete with microbiology and environmental chemistry labs, and located in a fully-operational waterworks in nearby Petersfield.

Explore the station

The sediment flume in the Physical Geography and Meteorology Lab

Physical geography and meteorology lab

Use specialist analytical equipment and simulation facilities in this lab, including laser particle size analyser, rainfall simulator, sediment flume and 2 Campbell Scientific weather stations.

Learn more about the lab

An aerial shot of a glacier

GIS and remote sensing lab

Discover more about the planet's physical structures and scientific processes, such as glaciers and coastal flooding, using drone data, aerial and satellite remote sensing and geographic information systems.

Explore the lab

Geography facilities and equipment

Dr Linley Hastewell introduces some of the equipment you'll use in our labs and in the field.

This area of the lab is the more analytical side of the laboratory where students have access to a wide range of different pieces of equipment. What the flume allows us to do is to reproduce those natural conditions and alter them as well. 

We can then look at how sediment moves in our manufactured, altered river state compared to that in the field. We also have a range of laser scanners as well. Now, these are used to document changes in the environment. So we've used these on Kilimanjaro, also in Arctic Finland as well, looking at snowmelt. And we can tie that imagery that we get from the laser scanner in with drone footage as well to get a much more complete understanding of how the environment is changing.

We've also got a piece of equipment that the students tend to use when looking at plastic pollution. We have a number of students that go out into the field, take samples, carry out beach surveys. The students are able to analyse those plastic particles and get an idea of not only what the plastic is, but also potentially where it might have come from. 

Now, that's really important from a geographical and an environmental context, because it allows the student to not only get an understanding of what the particle is and what the issue is and the extent of that problem. But it also provides opportunities for them to think about the bigger picture and start thinking about how we can address that problem. 

And that is a really important quality to take into a competitive workforce.

Geography at the University of Portsmouth

Students and staff discuss studying geography at the University of Portsmouth.

Dr Caroline Day: The broad subjects you might cover are things like geographies of development, the creative economy, transport and sustainability and society and place.

Dr Mark Hardiman: Here at Portsmouth it’s not just about being in a lecture, it’s about going out there and experiencing sometimes quite extreme environments and that’s best exemplified by our field trips. You get to see where global warming is happening now, very rapidly.

Lydia: What I learnt from the field trip was how to work in a team with a group of people and how to manage my time.

Luke: Going on field trips, such as to Finland, has helped me see different cultures and different environments very different to the UK and I think that helps me build as a person.

Lydia: Portsmouth gives me the ability to develop professionally and personally. I’ve learnt a lot from being at the University.

Dr Caroline Day: Coming to Portsmouth will offer students a real sense of geography in action.

The lecturers are very enthusiastic and engaging, and made me want to learn the content even more. I also made many great friends who were just as interested in the topics as I was.

Roy Payne, BSc (Hons) Geography

Careers and opportunities

On this BSc (Hons) Geography, you'll study physical geography, how the natural environment was formed, what threatens it and how we can protect it. You’ll deepen your understanding of the world and develop professional skills in areas such as communication, problem solving, decision making and teamwork.

Once you complete the course, you'll be ready for a career in a wide range of important fields and sectors, with technical and professional skills many employers are looking for. Our previous students have gone onto work in areas such as environmental management, business management, public services, teaching and research.

As the Royal Geographical Society state, 74.8% of geography graduates enter professional-level jobs after graduation, compared to an average of 60.8% for the social sciences in general.

It also notes data from the Department for Education that puts geography among the top subjects for graduate earnings.

BSc Geography or BA Geography?

Our BSc (Hons) Geography focuses on the science of the natural physical world, while BA (Hons) Geography is more to do with human geography – the ways in which communities, cultures and societies interact with the environment.

Whichever you choose, you'll study both types of geography in your first year, before picking modules on either (or both) in years 2 and 3.

Your module choices will determine whether you graduate with a BSc or a BA Geography, so it helps to know which area interests you most and suits your career aspirations better before choosing which degree to study.

I enjoy my course due to the range of modules, both human and physical geography, and as a coastal city, Portsmouth's location is great to study geography.

Ashley Purchase, BSc (Hons) Geography

What jobs can you do with a geography degree?

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

  • geographical information scientist
  • environmental monitoring technician 
  • spatial analyst
  • coastal process scientist
  • urban planner
  • transport planner
  • geospatial consultant
  • GIS cartographer
  • quantity surveyor
  • geography teacher

Graduate destinations

Organisations our graduates have gone on to work for include:

  • Balfour Beatty
  • Arcadis
  • IBM
  • Ordnance Survey
  • Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA)
  • Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) 
  • The Environment Agency
  • The National Trust
  • MoD Civil Service

You could also go on to study at postgraduate level.

Ongoing careers support

After you graduate, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability Service as you advance in your career.

Placement year (optional)

Either before or following your third year, you can opt for a work placement year to gain valuable longer-term work experience in the industry. Placements give you the opportunity to apply what you've learnt so far in a real workplace, boosting your employability and making you attractive to employers after graduation.

You can work for a company or organisation here in the UK or overseas – some Geography students have chosen Australia, Spain or Malta for their placement year.

Whichever route you choose, you'll receive support and guidance. Our specialist team of Science and Health Careers advisors can help you with finding a work placement and improving your employability skills. They'll provide you with a database of placement vacancies, support with your job search – including help with applications and interviews – and support throughout your placement year.

You'll also hear guest speakers from potential employers and get support from students who have returned from their placements.

Potential roles

Previous students have taken placement roles such as:

  • environmental scientist
  • research scientist
  • environmental assessment officer
  • surveyor
  • flood risk assessor
  • teacher

Potential destinations

They've completed placements at organisations including:

  • Atkins Global
  • Pfizer Research and Development
  • Hampshire Ecological Services
  • The Environment Agency
  • Natural England

Study abroad

You’ll also have the chance to study abroad at one of our partner universities in Canada, Poland, Spain or France, which is a fantastic opportunity to explore a new destination and experience the world as an international student.

Many of our students describe their time spent studying overseas as truly life-changing, as well as an excellent way to stand out to future employers.

What you'll study on this BSc (Hons) Geography degree

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, four modules worth 20 credits and one module worth 40 credits.

Modules

Year 1

Core modules

What you'll do

Weekly tutorials will develop your skills in essay writing, referencing, presentations, searching literature, note taking, CV writing, as well as understanding plagiarism and academic practice.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Apply appropriate techniques to collect relevant academic source materials, making efficient use of library resources and online academic search engines for research purposes
  • Construct short essays that develop arguments with supporting evidence
  • Plan and deliver an individual presentation
  • Interpret the arguments, ideas and information in academic writing
  • Examine and implement core academic principles related to successful writing
  • Develop small group skills
Teaching activities

On this module you'll attend tutorials, lectures, practical classes and workshops.

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 173 hours studying independently. This is around 10.5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 1,000-word written assignment including essay (33% of final mark)
  • a 1,000-word written assignment including essay (34% of final mark)
  • a 10-minute oral assessment and presentation (33% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll explore the basic concepts of systems analysis as applied to physical environmental systems including concepts of equilibrium, thresholds and change. You’ll examine physical systems at a smaller scale to introduce you to core terminology and the concepts required to understand the operation of physical environmental systems at the scale of human intervention.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Describe the systems paradigm and its utility for understanding physical environmental systems
  • Apply the systems paradigm to the description and explanation of the structure and operation of physical environmental systems from the local to the global scale
  • Describe and understand the spatial and temporal variability of physical environmental systems and natural hazards
  • Describe and understand the nature of change in the physical environment and the basis of assessing evidence for such changes
  • Describe the basis for evaluating evidence in the physical environment
Teaching activities

On this module you'll attend lectures and tutorials. 

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 158 hours studying independently. This is around 9 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • 2 x 1-hour exams (50% of final mark, each)

What you'll do

You’ll explore the nature and extent of human impact on the environment. You'll develop an understanding of the complexities of managing environmental, population and resource change at the local and global levels.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Describe and summarise the main patterns and distribution of human populations, resources and environmental problems
  • Outline the contributions from natural and social sciences in providing an explanation of current environmental problems
  • Describe and begin to assess key elements of global environmental management
  • Critically evaluate literature relevant to the topic
  • Demonstrate an understanding of Global Environmental Challenges and communicate this effectively
Teaching activities

On this module you'll attend lectures.

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 154 hours studying independently. This is around 9.5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • 2 x 1-hour exams (50% of final mark, each)

What you'll do

You’ll learn about the practical skills required for collecting geographic field data using both quantitative and qualitative techniques. Follow-up sessions will help you understand how these different kinds of data sets can be analysed.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Collect and record quantitative data in the field using a range of methods
  • Collect and record qualitative data in the field using a range of methods
  • Identify methodological limitations and be critical of the quantitative and qualitative data collected
  • Work both independently and as part of a team in the field, working effectively in groups, and evaluating one's own contribution and that of others to group outcomes
  • Communicate and reflect on your findings using scientific reports and poster presentations
Teaching activities

On this module you'll attend lectures, practical classes and workshops and take part in fieldwork study.

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 136 hours studying independently. This is around 8 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 1,500-word report (50% of final mark)
  • a group poster (50% of final mark)

What you'll do

You’ll explore various sub-disciplines, considering the different approaches, methodologies and techniques that these offer to the study of major developments that have led to integrated global economic, social and cultural systems.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Describe the relationships between economic, political, social and cultural formations, both in general and in particular places
  • Outline the significance of spatial and temporal scale
  • Describe the social construction, evolution and distinctiveness of place
  • Discuss the implications and problems of global processes for particular parts of the world
  • Describe the importance of geographical ways of thinking for understanding the contemporary world
  • Perform qualitative interviews as a geographical research method
Teaching activities

On this module you'll attend lectures, practical classes and workshops, and you'll take part in external visits and supervised time in a studio or workshop.

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 152 hours studying independently. This is around 9 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 10-minute oral assessment and presentation (50% of final mark)
  • a 1-hour written examination (50% of final mark)

What you'll do

You’ll develop skills in cartography, remote sensing, field surveying, experimental design, laboratory use, social science research methods, and statistics.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Select appropriate data sources for specific applications while appreciating their fundamental characteristics
  • Select methods and techniques for data acquisition, classification, analysis and display, being aware of the underlying assumptions/limitations
  • Identify the principles of research and experimental design
  • Evaluate the employment of key methods of quantitative and qualitative data collection and their appropriate applications
  • Identify the range of data sources available to geographers and the suitability of these for different application areas
  • Identify concepts of basic data description and presentation
Teaching activities

On this module you'll attend lectures, practical classes and workshops.

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 164 hours studying independently. This is around 10 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 500-word portfolio (33% of final mark)
  • a 1-hour computer test (34% of final mark)
  • a 500-word practical skills assessment (33% of final mark)

Year 2

Core modules

What you'll do

The second part will introduce you to the potential career pathways for Environmental Scientists and Geographers and give you the skills required to apply for jobs in the sector.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Observe, describe, record, survey, measure, investigate and relate environmental situations and problems in a prescribed, professional manner
  • Research and discuss environmental topics
  • Plan, undertake and write up a group research project
  • Competently complete Ethics and Health and Safety documentation for fieldwork activities
  • Critically evaluate the career options for Environmental Scientists and Geographers
  • Complete job applications, produce effective cover letters, CV, have experience of a mock graduate assessment day and subject specific careers fair
Teaching activities
  • 13 hours of lectures
  • 17 hours of practical classes and workshops
  • 30 hours of fieldwork
  • 4 hours of practical classes
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 136 hours studying independently. This is around 8 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 1,000-word coursework portfolio (20% of final mark)
  • a 500-word oral assessment and presentation (30% of final mark)
  • a 2,500-word portfolio (50% of final mark)

Optional modules

What you'll do

You’ll expand your knowledge of palaeoclimate and palaeoenvironmental reconstruction techniques (including sediment coring, microfossil analysis and geochronology).

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Understand the geological and climatological mechanisms and processes that lead to environmental change
  • Critically evaluate the range of geological archives and their proxies that can be used to reconstruct past climate and environmental change in order to enhance our predictive ability for future change
  • Examine the context, scope and limitations of various palaeoenvironmental reconstruction and dating techniques in sedimentary archives
  • Demonstrate the utility of sediment core extraction and examination techniques in the field and in the laboratory
  • Undertake multiproxy data analysis, including microscopic examinations for palaeoecological reconstructions
  • Demonstrate the ability to visualise and interpret palaeoenvironmental datasets
Teaching activities
  • 6 hours of field work
  • 17 hours of practical classes and workshops
  • 20 hours of lectures
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 157 hours studying independently. This is around 9.5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a written exam (25% of final mark)
  • a 2,500-word written assignment, including essay (75% of final mark)

What you'll do

This module introduces you to the contemporary geographies of the developing world, focusing on sub-Saharan Africa. You'll develop a critical awareness of the complex, multi-faceted and often contested strategies employed in development. You’ll become critically engaged with core theories, development processes, debates at a range of geographical scales. 

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Analyse the difficulties that surround the conceptualisation and measurement of development over time
  • Examine the multifaceted, complex and sometimes highly contradictory nature of the various strategies which have been employed in the name of development
  • Critically appraise key debates in a number of contemporary development issues such as globalisation, trade and NGOs and the impact on countries, individuals and communities
  • Explore the relationship between development and the key social, cultural and contemporary issues affecting the global South at various geographical scales
  • Describe and analyse the impact of development processes at global, national, community, household and individual levels
  • Effectively use key skills including critical thinking, reflection and self-awareness, and group work
Teaching activities

On this module you'll attend lectures, seminars, practical classes and workshops.

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 164 hours studying independently. This is around 10 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 2,500-word written assignment including essay (60% of final mark)
  • a 1-hour written examination (40% of final mark)

What you'll do

Underpinned by a theoretical framework, you’ll be exposed to the capture, interpretation and analysis of geographical and environmental data from a variety of sources to explore current problems and challenges.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Recognise the key theories and principles that underpin GIS and RS
  • Collect a range of spatially referenced GIS and RS datasets from various sources
  • Critically evaluate a range of GIS and RS techniques
  • Analyse spatially referenced data using industry standard GIS and RS software packages to understand current problems and challenges
  • Compose a professionally-presented portfolio showcasing the GIS and RS skillsets mastered on the module
Teaching activities

On this module you'll attend lectures, practical classes and workshops.

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 163 hours studying independently. This is around 10 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 3,000-word portfolio (100% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll develop knowledge of glacial theory and current research in relation to climate change. Practical sessions will enable you to explore this information through an applied and interactive approach, underpinned by the latest research and debates on glaciers and ice sheets.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Identify different types of glacier landsystems based on their geomorphological signature
  • Genetically interpret glacial landforms and sediments based on knowledge of sediment transport pathways and depositional processes
  • Apply a glacial landsystem approach to make interpretations about glacier and ice sheet dynamics
  • Apply geographical information systems to investigate various aspects of glaciology and glacial geomorphology
  • Contextualise past and present changes in glacier extent in relation to past environmental change and current/future climate warming
  • Critically evaluate and reflect upon the glaciological and glacial geomorphological literature
Teaching activities

On this module you'll attend lectures, seminars, practical classes and workshops.

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 164 hours studying independently. This is around 10 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 3,000-word coursework report (100% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll develop fundamental skills needed to be a teacher, and the capability to structure and deliver a short lesson.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Analyse the expectations of a professional teacher in terms of skills, knowledge and conduct
  • Discuss the importance of safeguarding students
  • Apply fundamental concepts of teaching and learning theory to plan an effective, peer-assessed lesson
  • Deliver lesson plans with clear objectives, student-centred learning and assessment of learning
  • Reflect on the use of active learning methods within subject specialism
Teaching activities
  • 10 x 2-hour seminars
  • 2 x 1-hour tutorials
  • 10 x 1-hour lectures
  • 4 x 1-hour practical classes and workshops
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 164 hours studying independently. This is around 10 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 20-minute practical skills assessment (50% of final mark)
  • a 1,500-word written assignment (50% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll learn how to access systematic statistical data on inequality in income, wealth and well-being, and how to calculate measures of inequality such as the Gini Coefficient. You'll also analyse the extent and causes of inequality in Great Britain since World War II, and the policies adopted by different British governments and local initiatives that have promoted and increased inequality.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Evaluate alternative definitions of a just economy, the ethical case for it and practical obstacles to achieving it
  • Identify and access alternative data sources on geographical inequalities globally and for Britain
  • Calculate and present alternative measures of inequality in incomes, wealth and well-being
  • Define the main dimensions of inequality in modern Britain at regional and local levels
  • Present a chronology of the development of UK regional and urban policies since 1945
Teaching activities

On this module you'll attend lectures, project supervision meetings, practical classes and workshops.

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 164 hours studying independently. This is around 10 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 2,500-word report (75% of final mark)
  • a 1-hour practical set exercise (25% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll learn about open channel flow, sediment transport processes and the form and dynamics of different river types. You'll also study different freshwater ecosystems and the potential effects of natural (floods and drought) and human influence (pollutants, climate change, wind farms, land management and habitat restoration) on them.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Interpret and appraise the fluvial processes and forms occurring in different environments and types of river, differentiate between their spatial and temporal variations and evaluate the effects of scale, location and external controls on fluvial characteristics
  • Examine and argue the applicability of theories, demonstrating an understanding of empirical and practical developments in fluvial geomorphology
  • Critically appraise a broad range of freshwater ecosystems and sampling techniques
  • Evaluate the potential effects of natural and anthropogenic inferences on freshwater ecosystems
Teaching activities
  • 12 x 1-hour lectures
  • 2 hours of practical classes and workshops
  • 18 x 1-hour lectures
  • 5 hours of fieldwork
  • 5 hours of external visits
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 158 hours studying independently. This is around 10 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 10-minute oral assessment and presentation (50% of final mark)
  • a 60-minute exam (50% of final mark)

What you'll do

Sustainability is a complex concept and on this module you’ll explore its origins as well as the conflicting viewpoints that surround it. You’ll examine contemporary issues in sustainable environmental management using a range of empirical case studies from different geographical regions.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Evaluate various theoretical perspectives on sustainable development
  • Examine and evaluate the contested nature of sustainable development in environmental management
  • Examine and evaluate the challenges of measuring sustainable development
  • Evaluate the complexity of the application of sustainable development to environmental management in different contexts
  • Synthesise the academic literature in order to identify and justify your position on the spectrum of sustainability views
Teaching activities

On this module you'll attend lectures, seminars, surgery (drop-in sessions), practical classes and workshops, and take part in fieldwork study.

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 164 hours studying independently. This is around 10 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 1,500-word written assignment including essay (40% of final mark)
  • a 2,000-word written assignment including essay (60% of final mark)

What you'll do

With a focus on people, communities and their social identities, you'll consider aspects of the city such as urban design, neighbourhoods, housing, town centres, community facilities, parks, access to greenspace, leisure and retail facilities and their role in human wellbeing.

You'll explore how these 'urban goods' are unevenly distributed across social class, race, gender, age, disability and sexuality, and how the spaces and places of the city play a large role in the production and reproduction of these social identities.

What you’ll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Explain the role of the uneven city in the social and economic wellbeing of people and communities
  • Show how urban spaces (such as housing, neighbourhoods, town centres, community centres, parks, city centres and retail) are constructed through cultural and political practices
  • Explain the roles of space, place and power in social and economic wellbeing
  • Demonstrate how gender, race, class, sexuality and disability are constructed and operate in society
  • Explain the significance of key social processes in uneven experiences of contemporary urban living
  • Critically evaluate the role of urban policy and politics in our lives
Teaching activities
  • 25 hours of lectures
  • 10 hours of seminars
  • 5 hours of fieldwork
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 160 hours studying independently. This is around 10 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 1,000-word written assignment including essay (40% of final mark)
  • a 2,000-word project (60% of final mark)

Year 3

Core modules

What you'll do

This independent research module encourages you to approach your own chosen area of geographical or environmental research.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Comprehensively develop and execute an effective and realistic research design for your chosen field of study
  • Select and manage information, and competently do research tasks with minimum guidance
  • Comprehensively assess health and safety and ethical considerations in pursuing independent research
  • Critically evaluate your findings in the context of available academic literature relevant to your selected theme of study
  • Discuss and communicate key findings from your programme of research
  • Compose a small thesis in accordance with academic conventions
Teaching activities
  • 24 hours of lectures
  • 8 hours of project supervision
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 368 hours studying independently. This is around 11 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • 1x 1,000-word project (20% of final mark)
  • 1x 9,000-word dissertation (80% of final mark)

Optional modules

What you'll do

You'll look into the basic science of the climate, the evolution of the climate, the signature of recent human influence, and the methods used to model the climate, in the context of global and regional climates. You'll also conduct a supervised regional vulnerability study to understand and fix deficiencies in climate protection.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Identify the major physical processes that determine the Earth's climate and its evolution through history
  • Evaluate and compare the methodologies that can be used to determine the climates of the past
  • Critically assess the degree to which human activities have contributed to climate change, as well as possible ways to reverse human-caused climate change, including geo-engineering proposals
  • Systematically evaluate the characteristics and limitations of various types of climate models, through the development of global and regional climate change scenarios using software packages such as MAGICC and SENGEN
  • Combine information from a variety of sources, including outputs from climate models, to develop a vulnerability-under-climate-change assessment for a given region
  • Critically appraise global initiatives to limit climate change
Teaching activities
  • 19 x 1-hour lectures
  • 24 x 1-hour practical classes and workshops
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 157 hours studying independently. This is around 9.5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 2,000-word report (50% of final mark)
  • a 90-minute written exam (50% of final mark)

What you'll do

A combination of field experience and lectures provide the support you need for the analysis and evaluation of these environments. Compulsory fieldwork (costs apply) takes place in either an arctic or alpine (mountainous) cold environment.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Explain how physical processes at work in cold environments produce a range of atmospheric and environmental phenomena
  • Deconstruct the complexity of arctic and/or alpine environments through evaluation and analysis of marked temporal and spatial variability in environmental characteristics
  • Critically evaluate the complexity of physical environmental issues in mountain and/or arctic environments
  • Critically evaluate research methods and approaches taken to investigate atmospheric and environmental phenomena in a high altitude and/or latitude context
  • Design an appropriate research project to investigate environmental phenomena and their spatial and temporal consequences
  • Demonstrate critical appreciation of how to make accurate field observations appropriate to a microclimate investigation, and analyse/interpret these observations with reference to physical processes
Teaching activities

On this module you'll attend lectures and take part in fieldwork, practical classes, workshops and field trip preparation.

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 133 hours studying independently. This is around 8 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 2000-word project output (60% of final mark)
  • a 1-hour written examination (40% of final mark)

What you'll do

You’ll explore the ecological concepts that impact species distributions and habitats. A field trip will develop your skills and understanding of human factors that impact species, and you'll translate biogeographical data to determine practical solutions to conservation.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Outline the basic principles of biogeography, including anthropogenic factors
  • Critically evaluate the biogeography and conservation literature
  • Analyse and creatively interpret biogeographical data
  • Communicate biogeography principles effectively, in a style suitable for multiple audiences
Teaching activities

On this module you'll attend lectures, practical classes and workshops.

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 172 hours studying independently. This is around 10.5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 2,000-word coursework report (60% of final mark)
  • a coursework project (40% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll explore how the notion of creativity is now considered a key component to success in all fields of urban planning. Many city governments are encouraging urban change and gentrification through creative enterprise, in line with thought that cultural and creative industries are the answer for de-industrialised cities looking for a new economic role. You'll also consider the darker side of such growth.

What you’ll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Critically evaluate arguments, debates and works of contemporary economic geographers
  • Interpret and critique urban policy centring around ‘culture and creativity’
  • Critically discuss the relationship between economic practice and place in an industry/sector of your choice
  • Develop a detailed argument and a policy intervention to present in a report
Teaching activities
  • 11 hours of seminars
  • 22 hours of lectures
  • 6 hours of fieldwork
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 161 hours studying independently. This is around 10 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 2,500-word coursework report (100% of final mark)

What you'll do

Explore theoretical approaches and perspectives on environmental thinking. You'll examine the evolution of environmental thought, consider ways of valuing the environment and look into revolving perspectives on environmental knowledge and the democratisation of environmental knowledge and expertise.

You'll also examine how water can be used as a societal lens by discovering how societies (past and present) are organised around water, and the impact of power relations on access to water. You'll evaluate water management best practice in the twenty-first century and the impact of neo-liberalism on policy development. Case studies from South Africa and Uganda will give you practical examples of attempts to implement new water laws and policies.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Critically appraise the theoretical perspectives around environmental thinking and management
  • Evaluate the complexity of the application of environmental management concepts in different contexts
  • Examine and evaluate the interactions between institutions and the environment at different scales
  • Empathise with different agents within the environmental management process and be critically aware of their differing perspectives
  • Critically evaluate the applicability of perceived best water management practice in a range of contexts and scales
Teaching activities
  • 22 hours of lectures
  • 2 hours of practical classes/workshops
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 176 hours studying independently. This is around 11 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 3,000-word written assignment including essay (100% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll learn data analysis skills that will be valuable when working in this field.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Perform an environmental audit to comprehensively evaluate the impacts of human activities on the environment
  • Carry out calculations to analyse CO2 emissions from a variety of sources
  • Evaluate environmental data from a variety of sources and apply simple methods of risk evaluation
  • Apply statistics to systematically analyse environmental data
  • Carry out an impact assessment to critically analyse the environmental impact of new developments/processes
Teaching activities
  • 4 hours of practical classes and workshops
  • 24 hours of lectures
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 172 hours studying independently. This is around 10 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 1,500-word essay (40% of final mark)
  • a 2,000-word essay (60% of final mark)

 

What you'll do

You’ll examine how they interact with biota to constitute an environmental risk. You’ll explore the waste management hierarchy and the scientific/technical processes involved with waste management operations.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Examine the main environmental pollutants
  • Critically evaluate how pollutants are transferred within and between various media
  • Review routes through which pollutants interact with biota to constitute an environmental risk
  • Analyse the waste hierarchy concept and synthesise strategies that evolve from it
Teaching activities

On this module you'll attend lectures and take part in external visits. 

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 152 hours studying independently. This is around 9 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 2,000-word written assessment including essay (50% of final mark)
  • a 500-word oral assessment and presentation (50% of final mark)

What you’ll do

You'll look at theoretical approaches to gender and development thought (especially feminist thought). Looking at the Global South, you'll examine axes of diversity in relation to women's and men's lives and explore theoretical and conceptual approaches to understanding and analysing gender issues. There will be an emphasis on obstacles to achieving equality between men and women.

What you’ll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Analyse how gender and social relations influence different access to, and control over, development resources and processes
  • Compare and critically analyse the benefits and costs of development and global change for men and women of different nations, classes, races and ethnicities
  • Examine how gender ideologies are formed by wider religious, cultural, political and social contexts and how they impact on women's wellbeing
  • Evaluate the intersections of gender and development theory, policy and practice
  • Evaluate attempts made by governments and development organisations to implement gender sensitive interventions
  • Critically reflect on the gendered agency and resistance of everyday lives
Teaching activities
  • 22 hours of lectures
  • 11 hours of seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 167 hours studying independently. This is around 10 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 2,500-word written assignment including essay (60% of final mark)
  • a 1,500-word written assignment including essay (40% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll look at how these hazards are expressed onto landscapes and the effect they've had on past a present human populations and civilisations. You'll also explore the nature of natural hazards through a range of spatial and temporal scales.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Examine the nature of hazardscapes over a range of spatial and temporal scales
  • Critique the driving mechanisms of hazards over a range of temporal and spatial scales, including the role of feedback mechanisms
  • Conceptualise and propose a specific hazardscape by drawing upon existing knowledge from diverse research disciplines
  • Illustrate a bespoke hazardscape via a graphic depiction
Teaching activities

On this module you'll attend lectures, seminars, practical classes and workshops.

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 165 hours studying independently. This is around 10 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 1,000-word coursework exercise (20% of final mark)
  • a 2,500-word coursework project (80% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll develop fundamental skills needed to be a teacher, and the capability to structure and deliver a short lesson.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Analyse the expectations of a professional teacher in terms of skills, knowledge and conduct
  • Discuss the importance of safeguarding students
  • Apply fundamental concepts of teaching and learning theory to plan an effective, peer-assessed lesson
  • Deliver lesson plans with clear objectives, student-centred learning and assessment of learning
  • Reflect on the use of active learning methods within subject specialism
Teaching activities
  • 10 x 2-hour seminars
  • 2 x 1-hour tutorials
  • 10 x 1-hour lectures
  • 4 x 1-hour practical classes and workshops
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 164 hours studying independently. This is around 10 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a practical skills assessment (50% of final mark)
  • a written assignment including essay (50% of final mark)

What you’ll do

You'll take a Royal Yachting Association (RYA) Powerboat Level 2 course and complete an RYA Marine Radio Short Range Course.

There is an additional fee for this module and you must take the Powerboat Level 2 and RYA Marine Radio Short Range Course through an RYA accredited provider. You'll take the Day Skipper Theory course with Chichester Marine Training. You can't take this module alongside Scientific and Technical Diving Techniques A or B.

What you’ll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Recognise common nautical terminology and essential regulations, and read and understand the information contained within Admiralty Charts
  • Determine and apply tidal information, determine a position and plot a safe navigational course
  • Safely launch and recover a boat from a trailer and safely handle a powerboat in the right conditions, being aware of your limitations and those of the craft
  • Be able to secure to a buoy or anchor, safely leave and come alongside it and conduct a man overboard recovery
  • Understand the correct procedures for operating Very High Frequency (VHF) and VHF Digital Selective Calling (DSC) equipment
Teaching activities
  • 16 hours of lectures
  • 26 hours of practical classes and workshops
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 158 hours studying independently. This is around 5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • 2x practical skills assessments (pass/fail, pass mark of 40 each)
  • 1x 90-minute practical skills assessment (100% of final mark)

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Critically evaluate the significance of the Quaternary period to engineering geology
  • Categorise Quaternary ground models
  • Categorise landslide types and landslide trigger mechanisms
  • Predict areas of potential landslide hazard
  • Assess and evaluate a terrain for slope instability and discriminate between different landslide types
  • Categorise and describe problematic ground
Teaching activities
  • 16 x 2-hour lectures
  • 16 hours of fieldwork
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 152 hours studying independently. This is around 9 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 120-minute written exam (100% of final mark)

What you’ll do

If you have no previous diving qualifications, this module is designed for you. You'll learn the theory and practice of working diving and learn underwater surveying techniques so you can appreciate issues faced during underwater scientific operations.

There is an additional fee for this module and you must submit a medical declaration and a swimming test (and take a medical exam if necessary). You'll take the PADI Open Water course at Triton Scuba (or another University and HSE approved diving contractor). The Scientific Diving component can only be taken at Triton Scuba. You can't take this module alongside Scientific and Technical Diving Techniques B or Practical Boating Skills.

What you’ll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Demonstrate the operation and use of SCUBA diving equipment and carry out diving in a safe and proficient manner
  • Understand and apply the physical and physiological principles of diving
  • Show your proficiency in basic diving safety and rescue procedures to plan, organise and conduct safe diving activities appropriate to the circumstances
  • Use decompression tables and procedures for no-decompression diving correctly and attain proficiency in First Aid and Oxygen Administration
  • Demonstrate understanding of Health and Safety Executive (HSE) legislation, risk assessment, project reports and the conduct of a diving project (within relevant approved codes of practice)
  • Use and explain scientific and technical diving techniques (in particular search, survey, recovery and underwater communication) to plan a scientific dive and produce a written project plan
Teaching activities
  • 32 hours of lectures
  • 28 hours of practical classes and workshops
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 140 hours studying independently. This is around 9 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 60-minute practical skills assessment (pass/fail, pass mark of 40)
  • a 3,000-word coursework report (100% of final mark)

What you’ll do

If you have a basic diving qualification (such as a PADI Open Water diving certificate or equivalent) and you're competent in using a diving kit and performing basic diving skills, you can improve your skills further with this module. You'll learn the theory and practice of working diving and underwater surveying techniques so you can appreciate issues faced during underwater scientific operations.

There is an additional fee for this module and you must submit a medical declaration and a swimming test (and take a medical exam if necessary). You'll take the PADI Advanced Open Water course at Triton Scuba (or another University and HSE approved diving contractor). The Scientific Diving component can only be taken at Triton Scuba. You can't take this module alongside Scientific and Technical Diving Techniques A or Practical Boating Skills.

What you’ll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Apply the physical and physiological principles of diving, and plan and execute a dive to a depth of 30m
  • Define, interpret and apply the physical and physiological principles of diving
  • Display proficiency in basic diving safety and rescue procedures to plan, organise and conduct safe diving activities appropriate to the circumstances
  • Use decompression tables and procedures for no-decompression diving correctly and attain proficiency in First Aid and Oxygen Administration
  • Demonstrate understanding of Health and Safety Executive (HSE) legislation, risk assessment, project reports and the conduct of a diving project (within relevant approved codes of practice)
  • Use and explain scientific and technical diving techniques (in particular search, survey, recovery and underwater communication) to plan a scientific dive and produce a written project plan
Teaching activities
  • 32 hours of lectures
  • 28 hours of practical classes and workshops
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 140 hours studying independently. This is around 9 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 60-minute practical skills assessment (pass/fail, pass mark of 40)
  • a 3,000-word coursework report (100% of final mark)

What you'll do

Transport is central to transformations towards sustainable futures and reconciling environmental, economic and social policy goals. You'll explore how transport is key to understanding globalisation and trade, and the changing spatial organisation of cities, towns and regions.

To take this module, you should have basic knowledge of urban and regional patterns of development, human behaviour, societal structure and agency, and public policy frameworks.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Understand the role of transport in supporting economic and social life at a variety of spatial scales
  • Understand issues and debates around the environmental, economic and social sustainability of transport systems
  • Appreciate the advantages and disadvantages of privatisation and deregulation in transport provision, using examples from specific transport modes
  • Evaluate different transport policies and methods for judging the costs and benefits of proposed transport investments
  • Analyse and interpret transport data in relation economic, environmental and social outcomes
Teaching activities
  • 18 hours of lectures
  • 6 hours of seminars
  • 4 hours of practical classes and workshops
  • 2 hours of project supervision
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 164 hours studying independently. This is around 10 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 2,500-word coursework report (60% of final mark)
  • a 1-hour written exam (40% of final mark

What you'll do

An understanding of the fundamentals of weather and climate is critical to downscaling the future impacts of climate change at a local level. You'll be introduced to atmospheric physics (radiation, hydrological cycle, pressure patterns) and how this creates weather patterns. You'll look at extreme weather events, storm patterns, jet streams, atmospheric teleconnections and circulation from a geographical perspective.

You'll also explore spatial variation in climate and controls of micro, local and regional climates, including urbanisation, vegetation, topographical and coastal influences.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Critically examine and explain atmospheric factors which create a variety of weather types at the Earth's surface
  • Explain how physical processes work in the climate system (such as condensation, radiative transfer, evapotranspiration) and account for resultant phenomena (such as fog formation, storm formation)
  • Demonstrate how a synoptic climatological approach can explain climates across the Earth
  • Correctly interpret weather maps (both surface and upper level synoptic charts) in an informed manner
  • Take meteorological measurements in the field and interpret the variation of meteorological variables across the landscape
  • Critically discuss the roles of various forcing factors (human activity, natural factors) which control climate at the micro, local and regional levels, and how this may change in the future
Teaching activities
  • 16 hours of lectures/group discussions
  • 12 hours of practical classes and workshops
  • 8 hours of fieldwork
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 164 hours studying independently. This is around 10 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 2,000-word coursework exercise (60% of final mark)
  • a 30-minute oral assessment and presentation (40% of final mark)

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed through:

  • coursework
  • examinations
  • contributions to electronic discussion forums
  • web page design
  • posters
  • projects
  • presentations
  • portfolios

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

Teaching

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • workshops
  • seminars
  • one-on-one tutorials

You can access all teaching resources on Moodle, our virtual learning environment, from anywhere with a Web connection.

For more about the teaching activities for specific modules, see the module list above.

Teaching staff profiles

These are some of the expert staff who’ll teach you on this degree course.

Clare Boston, Senior Lecturer

Clare specialises in glacial processes, landforms and sediments. Her research includes work on past glaciation in Britain and recent glacier change in Norway and Greenland, and encompasses fieldwork, remote sensing and GIS.

Clare teaches on the following modules: L4: Practical Fieldwork Skills, Tools for Geographical Enquiry, Environmental Processes and Hazards, L5: Glaciers and Glaciation, L6: Independent Study (dissertation).

How you'll spend your time

One of the main differences between school or college and university is how much control you have over your learning.

We're planning for most of your learning to be supported by timetabled face-to-face teaching with some elements of online provision. Please be aware, the balance between face-to-face teaching and online provision may change depending on Government restrictions. You'll also do lots of independent study with support from staff and our virtual learning environment, Moodle. Find out more about how our teaching has transformed to best support your learning.

A typical week

We recommend you spend at least 35 hours a week studying for your Geography degree. In your first year, you’ll be in timetabled teaching activities such as tutorials, lectures, practical classes and workshops and external visits for about 11 hours a week. The rest of the time you’ll do independent study such as research, reading, coursework and project work, alone or in a group with others from your course. You'll probably do more independent study and have less scheduled teaching in years 2 and 3, but this depends on which modules you choose.

Most timetabled teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends.

Term dates

The academic year runs from September to June. There are breaks at Christmas and Easter.

See term dates

Supporting your learning

The amount of timetabled teaching you'll get on your degree might be less than what you're used to at school or college, but you'll also get support via video, phone and face-to-face from teaching and support staff when you need it. These include the following people and services:

Types of support

Your personal tutor helps you make the transition to independent study and gives you academic and personal support throughout your time at university.

As well as regular scheduled meetings with your personal tutor, they're also available at set times during the week if you want to chat with them about anything that can't wait until your next meeting.

You'll have help from a team of faculty learning support tutors. They can help you improve and develop your academic skills and support you in any area of your study.

They can help with:

  • improving your academic writing (for example, essays, reports, dissertations)
  • understanding and using assignment feedback
  • managing your time and workload
  • revision and exam techniques

As well as support from faculty staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK) for one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • academic writing
  • note taking
  • time management
  • critical thinking
  • presentation skills
  • referencing
  • working in groups
  • revision, memory and exam techniques

If you require extra support because of a disability or additional learning need our specialist team can help you.

They'll help you to:

  • discuss and agree on reasonable adjustments
  • liaise with other University services and facilities, such as the library
  • access specialist study skills and strategies tutors, and assistive technology tutors, on a 1-to-1 basis or in groups
  • liaise with external services

Library staff are available in person or by email, phone or online chat to help you make the most of the University’s library resources. You can also request one-to-one appointments and get support from the faculty librarian for science.

The library is open 24 hours a day, every day, in term time.

If English isn't your first language, you can do one of our English language courses to improve your written and spoken English language skills before starting your degree. Once you're here, you can take part in our free In-Sessional English (ISE) programme to improve your English further.

​Course costs and funding

Tuition fees (2022 start)

  • UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • EU students – £9,250 a year (including Transition Scholarship – may be subject to annual increase)
  • International students – £18,300 per year (subject to annual increase)

Funding your studies

Find out how to fund your studies, including the scholarships and bursaries you could get. You can also find more about tuition fees and living costs, including what your tuition fees cover.

Applying from outside the UK? Find out about funding options for international students.

Additional course costs

These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.

Additional costs

Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.

You’ll study up to 6 modules a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each module.

You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.

We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.

Compulsory fieldwork

Your course fees cover the cost of travel and accommodation for compulsory fieldwork, but you’ll need to budget for meals and subsistence costs.

Optional fieldwork

On some of the optional units in the final year of the course, you’ll need to contribute to the cost of field trips. These costs are often £300–£2000. You can take optional units in your final year that have no field trips.

If you take a placement year, you’ll need to budget for the travel, accommodation and subsistence costs associated with the placement. These are generally £50–£1000, depending on destination and duration.

Apply

How to apply

To start this course in 2022, apply through UCAS. You'll need:

  • the UCAS course code – F800
  • our institution code – P80

If you'd prefer to apply directly, use our online application form.

You can also sign up to an Open Day to:

  • Tour our campus, facilities and halls of residence
  • Speak with lecturers and chat with our students 
  • Get information about where to live, how to fund your studies and which clubs and societies to join

If you're new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.

How to apply from outside the UK

See the 'How to apply' section above for details of how to apply. You can also get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region.

To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section. 

If you don't meet the English language requirements for this course yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to abide by our Student Contract (which includes the University's relevant policies, rules and regulations). You should read and consider these before you apply.

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