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Year of Entry 2020/21
BA (Honours)

Human Geography

Study and understand the world around you.

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What is the fee? Home/EU: £9,250 per year
International: £13,650 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
How long will I study? 3 / 4 Years
Where will I study? City Campus
What are the entry requirements? 112 UCAS Points
What is the UCAS code? L720
When do I start? September 2020
Placement year available? Yes

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Course summary

  • Gain flexible skills for a successful career across sectors and industries.
  • Learn by doing, with hands-on study and real-world experiences.
  • Study abroad in one of 25 countries — understanding and experiencing new cultures.
  • Have the opportunity to work abroadErasmus funding is available for European placements.

Human geography is a dynamic, exciting subject that focuses on the ways human activities affect the planet. On this course, you'll explore complex political, economic, social and cultural geographies — understanding and responding to the ever-changing world around us.

Student View

Watch student Lara Flannery talk about what it’s like to study on this course.

How you learn

Watch course leader Dr Camila Bassi talk about this course.

A variety of teaching methods are used, creating a stimulating learning environment. You're exposed to a variety of viewpoints from module tutors and their peers to become aware of the current debates within human geography. Learning from first-hand experience is a key part of the teaching approach on this degree.

You learn through

  • lectures
  • field work
  • seminars
  • tutorials
  • case study analyses
  • group debates and discussion
  • poster presentations
  • projects based on real-life challenges, locations and organisations
  • assessment tasks
  • practical classes in IT suites

There are opportunities to study abroad at one of our partner universities with the possibility of funding through the Erasmus programme.

Course leaders and tutors

Camila Bassi
Camila Bassi
Senior Lecturer in Human Geography

Camila is a Senior Lecturer in Human Geography and the Course Leader for BA (Hons) Human Geography. She teaches on the undergraduate Geography and Human Geography de … Read more

Applied learning

Work placements

You will have the opportunity to arrange a year-long work placement in between your second and third years. This gives you a real-world experience to prepare you for your future career. This may involve working with private companies or government and voluntary organisations in the UK or Europe.

You may be able to study abroad as part of the Erasmus programme. It's a great opportunity to focus on a career path and gain the skills, knowledge and experience to find a job after you graduate. Sheffield Hallam University has Erasmus and international study exchange agreements with over 100 institutions in 25 different countries. Current exchange locations include Prague, Paris, Neuchatel (Switzerland), Georgia (USA), Ontario and Victoria (Australia).

Field trips

There is a strong emphasis on the importance of developing your skills in the field, and gaining valuable first-hand experiences. You take part in a substantial amount of UK-based fieldwork, which includes local activities as well as a week-long residential trip outside Sheffield. Overseas residential field courses also form an integral part of the course, such as a week in New York, Amsterdam or Spain.

Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in

  • teaching
  • logistics and GIS
  • local government
  • environmental agencies
  • non-governmental organisations
  • finance and accountancy
  • market research
  • travel and retail

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus

City Campus

City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.

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Equipment and facilities

On this course you work with

  • geographical information systems

Entry requirements

All students

UCAS points

  • 112

This must include at least two A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications, including at least 32 points in Geography or a related social science subject (such as Business Studies, Economics, History, Law, Politics, Sociology). For example:

  • BBC at A Level including a relevant subject(s).
  • DMM in BTEC Extended Diploma in a relevant subject(s).
  • A combination of qualifications, which may include AS Levels, EPQ and general studies.

You can find information on making sense of UCAS tariff points here and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.


  • English Language or English Literature at grade C or 4
  • Mathematics at grade C or 4

• Access course in a relevant subject from an Open College Network accredited course with 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2

If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or equivalent.

We consider other qualifications from the UCAS tariff. Applicants with alternative qualifications or a combination of qualifications and work experience are also considered. We welcome applications from people of any age. Please contact us for further advice.

Meeting the qualifications on the entry criteria does not guarantee you a place. You should ensure that you submit a personal statement and reference as these are considered as part of the selection process. Guidelines on personal statements and references can be found on the UCAS website.

Please note the University will only admit students who are aged 18 at the point of enrolment.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

You can take an optional placement in year three.

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Approaches To Human Geography Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Explorations In Urban Geography Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Fieldwork And Professional Skills In Human Geography Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Introduction To Regeneration And Planning Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Key Concepts In Social Science Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Elective modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Development And Sustainability Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Foreign Language Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Year 2

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Critical Geographies Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Geographies Of Everyday Life Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Research Methods In Environmental, Geographical And Social Sciences Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Elective modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Development, Power And Imperialism Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Economic Geography Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Foreign Language Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Geographical Information Systems Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Outdoor Learning For The Environment And Geography Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Sustainable Settlements Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Year 3

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: Placement Credits: -

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: Dissertation (Geography, Environment And Planning) Credits: 40
Module: Globalisation, Democracy And Change Credits: 20
Elective modules
Module Credits
Module: Advanced Field Research Credits: 20
Module: Advanced Gis Credits: 20
Module: Development In Latin America Credits: 20
Module: Foreign Language Credits: 20
Module: People And The Natural Environment Credits: 20
Module: Place, Memory And Meaning Credits: 20
Module: Sustainable Regeneration Practice Credits: 20
Module: Sustainable Urban Design Credits: 20
Module: Transport Geography And Planning Credits: 20

Fees and funding

Home/EU students

Our tuition fee for UK/EU students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2020/21 is £9,250 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for international students starting full-time study in 2020/21 is £13,650 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.


Non-repayable grant of £3,000 per year for three years

Offering four scholarships for undergraduate students joining the department in September 2019 on an eligible course.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

Additional costs for Geography and environment courses (PDF)

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