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Year of Entry 2020/21
BSc (Honours)


Learn about the environmental, social and physical aspects of 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? F810
When do I start? September 2020
Placement year available? Yes

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Course summary

  • Develop your practical skills through fieldwork in the outdoors.
  • Gain knowledge in all key areas of geography or specialise in your areas of interest.
  • Apply your knowledge to real-world problems and issues using geographical ideas, skills and techniques.
  • Have the opportunity to work abroadErasmus funding is available for European placements.

Develop an advanced understanding of human, physical and environmental geography on a practically focused course. You will combine both the academic and vocational aspects of geography, preparing you for a career in the environment.

Student view

Watch student Lawrence Penn talk about what it’s like to study this course.

How you learn

Watch course leader Andrew Jones talk about this course.

Learning from first-hand experience is a key part of our approach to study on this course. You will be encouraged to use skills taught in the classroom on real-life projects.

You learn through:

  • fieldwork
  • work placements
  • laboratory classes
  • IT sessions
  • lectures and seminars
  • tutorials and workshops
  • field trips

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

Andrew Jones
Andrew Jones
Senior Lecturer in Geography and Undergraduate Course Leader

Andrew is Senior Lecturer in GIS and Geography and is the course leader for MSc Geographical information Systems.

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. Recently our students have gained placements at local authorities, wildlife trusts, the Environment Agency, Transport for London, Global Vision International and Peak District National Park Authority.

You could choose a placement abroad; our students have recently gone to Tampere in Finland and Sognaogfjordane in Norway to study. We also have links in countries including France, Germany, Czech Republic, Austria and Spain. We also have similar links with international universities outside Europe, including the University of Queensland in Australia and Ryerson University in Canada.

Many of our European partner institutions teach in English, but to support your international placement, or future international aspirations, you can study a foreign language.

Field trips

As well as our onsite facilities, we also use the outside world as a resource for our teaching, including urban and rural areas in the UK, the Czech Republic, Germany, Spain, Tenerife and Iceland. Fieldwork is important for putting your learning into context and these are some of the richest learning experiences on the course.

Networking opportunities

We have an active student Geography Society that organises social and academic events including a programme of invited speakers.

Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in

  • GIS planning
  • Transport
  • Housing
  • Logistics
  • IT
  • Surveying
  • Teaching
  • the travel industry
  • the media
  • research
  • water management
  • waste and recycling governmental and non-governmental agencies


This geography degree is accredited by the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management.

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

  • the latest geographical information systems (GIS)

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 Environmental Science. For example:

  • BBC at A Level including a relevant subject(s).
  • A combination of qualifications, which must include a relevant subject(s) and 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 Geography Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Introduction To Environmental Science Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Introduction To Physical Geography 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: Research Methods In Environmental, Geographical And Social Sciences Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Elective modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Conservation Ecology Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Critical Geographies Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Development, Power And Imperialism Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Economic Geography Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Energy, Waste And Resources Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Fluvial Geomorphology And Hydrology Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Foreign Language Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Geographical Information Systems Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Geographies Of Everyday Life Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Glaciers And Glaciation 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: Natural Hazards Credits: 20
Elective modules
Module Credits
Module: Advanced Field Research Credits: 20
Module: Advanced Gis Credits: 20
Module: Atmospheric And Water Quality Credits: 20
Module: Conservation And Habitat Management Credits: 20
Module: Contaminated Land And Remediation Credits: 20
Module: Development In Latin America Credits: 20
Module: Environmental Impact Assessment & Management Systems Credits: 20
Module: Foreign Language Credits: 20
Module: Globalisation, Democracy And Change Credits: 20
Module: People And The Natural Environment Credits: 20
Module: Place, Memory And Meaning Credits: 20
Module: Quaternary Environmental Change Credits: 20
Module: Sustainable Regeneration Practice 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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How tuition fees work, student loans and other financial support available.

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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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