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BA (Honours) Human Geography

Study the world around you, and learn how to change it.

Course length 3-4 Year(s)
Location City Campus
UCAS L720 Course code

Course description

What you study

Human geography is a dynamic and exciting component of geography focusing on the ways human activities and processes influence and are influenced by space and place, both locally and globally. This course explores complex, uneven, and sometimes unjust political, economic, social and cultural geographies in order to better understand and respond to the flux of the world around us.

This knowledge and understanding you gain is both theoretical and practical, and addresses many of the most urgent issues of our contemporary society. You gain a range of highly desirable core and transferable skills which are relevant to UK and overseas employers.

Key areas include • political and economic geography • social and cultural geography • the geographies of urbanisation and the anthropocene • geographical information systems (GIS) • theoretical approaches to space and place • the geographies of power, imperialism and resistance • development challenges in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East and Asia • globalisation and alter-globalisation movements.

In your first year, you gain a foundaton to studying university-level human geography, including • approaches to studying human geography • key concepts in the social sciences • geographies of the city • sustainability and development debates.

To reflect your individual interests, you tailor your studies by choosing from a range of optional modules. These include various academic aspects of human geography and also more applied and vocational modules in the areas of planning, regeneration, the environment, and GIS.

Learn using case studies

You work on case studies and respond to questions that are relevant to academic and policy-making communities, and we encourage you to draw on your own personal experiences. You also use specialist examples, such as residential and transportation issues within the context of urban and rural regeneration and sustainability.

Fieldwork in the UK and overseas

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 Berlin.

Work placements and overseas study

You have the option to complete a work placement or study abroad for up to one year. 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, Czech Republic • Linköping, Sweden • Paris, France • Neuchatel, Switzerland • Georgia, USA • Ontario, Canada • Victoria, Australia.

Study a foreign language

You can choose to study a foreign language throughout your degree which, combined with the international fieldwork and the opportunities for overseas study and placements, enhances your employability.

Support

Lectures and seminars are supplemented by tutorials held in small groups. These sessions enable you to develop study skills and time management skills, and to discuss your career plans in a supportive environment. You can also book one-to-one meetings with academic staff and the course leader.

Gain transferable skills
You also develop other skills invaluable for your future career, including IT, presentation and communication skills, critical thinking and group-work. You can also increase your experience and skills in a professional setting on the work-based placement.

Teaching informed by research
You benefit from the cutting-edge research of our core human geography staff base, as well as from our wider team of academic staff who have strong vocational links with organisations involved in regeneration, housing, architecture, planning, the environment, and international development.

Entry requirements

2017 entry requirements

Five GCSEs at grade C or Grade 4 or above including English language and mathematics. We do not accept GCSE equivalents. Plus one of the following

• 120 UCAS points from 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.) We accept AS levels. We accept general studies.

Or

• 104 UCAS points from three 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.) We accept general studies.

New UCAS tariff points system for courses starting from September 2017. This is significantly different to the current points system and uses an alternative method of calculation. You can find information about these changes on the UCAS website and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.

• 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 need an IELTS average score of at least 6.0 with a minimum score of 5.5 in all skills.

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.

2018 entry requirements

Five GCSEs at grade C or Grade 4 or above including English language and mathematics. We do not accept GCSE equivalents. Plus one of the following

• 120 UCAS points from 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.) We accept AS levels. We accept general studies.

Or

• 104 UCAS points from three 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.) We accept general studies.

New UCAS tariff points system for courses starting from September 2017. This is significantly different to the current points system and uses an alternative method of calculation. You can find information about these changes on the UCAS website and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.

• 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 need an IELTS average score of at least 6.0 with a minimum score of 5.5 in all skills.

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.

International and European entry qualifications

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.

Course structure

Three years full-time or four years full-time (including one year work placement or year of study abroad)

Typical modules may include

Year one core modules

• approaches to human geography • key concepts in the social sciences • explorations in urban geography • sustainability and development • introduction to planning and regeneration • practicing human geography (including residential fieldwork)

Year two core modules

• real world research • overseas fieldwork • geographies of everyday life • critical geographies

Year two options

Two from • development, power and imperialism • spaces of production and consumption • GIS • strategic planning • environmental education and communication • foreign language

Year three

• optional placement year

Final year core modules

• dissertation • globalisation, democracy and change

Final year options

Two from • international fieldwork • development in Latin America • transport geography and planning • people and the natural environment • local regeneration practice • advanced GIS • place, culture and design • foreign language

Assessment
  • overseas and local fieldwork
  • individual and group project work
  • written reports
  • essays
  • presentations
  • seen and unseen examinations
  • posters

Employability

By studying on the course you develop strong analytical skills, and you will demonstrate how to interpret conceptual and data-based information, and to predict future socio-economic trends. You will have advanced your self-management skills, as well as important transferable attributes such as communication, presentation, and team-working. In a world that is rapidly changing, your knowledge and understanding of how human environments work both globally and locally is highly marketable.

You can find applied careers in the field of urban development here and abroad, or go on to postgraduate research or specialised postgraduate studies in areas such as • planning • transport • housing • urban regeneration • geographical information systems (GIS) • surveying.

Human geography graduates have found careers in • retail and travel • finance and accountancy • teaching • logistics and GIS • local government, including planning, transportation, environmental services and recycling, regeneration and economic development, and housing departments • environmental agencies • non-governmental organisations • market research.

Fees

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Please note tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation. More information can be found in the ‘Tuition Fee Increases’ section of our Fees Regulations (PDF, 2.10 MB)

For the course fee and further information on scholarships and bursaries please visit our fees and funding pages.

International student

2016/17 academic year

Typically £12,250 a year

2017/18 academic year

Typically £12,750 a year

Additional course costs

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How to apply

You apply for this course through UCAS.

Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and student Regulations.

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