Undergraduate study2017

MSci / BSc (Hons)

Geography

Department of Geography

Year of entry: 2017

The Geography degree course is popular and accounts for over half of the Department's undergraduate students. The degree develops four main themes: globalization, geographies of identity, earth surface processes and environmental systems.

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MSci / BSc (Hons)

Geography

Department of Geography

Year of entry: 2017

The Geography degree course is popular and accounts for over half of the Department's undergraduate students. The degree develops four main themes: globalization, geographies of identity, earth surface processes and environmental systems.

Course details

Why Choose Us?

  • 94%  for overall student satisfaction for Geography (NSS 2015)
  • 96%  of graduates I work or further study (2014 graduates)

We have two variants of this course available. The BSc gives a sound understanding of how both social and physical processes affect our rapidly changing planet, before allowing you to specialise in human or physical geography, or continue to maintain a balance between the two. In contrast, the integrated masters (MSci) course focuses solely on physical geography.

Study options
QualificationLengthUCAS code
MSci (Hons) DPS / DIntS 5 years full-time sandwich F84F
MSci (Hons) 4 years full-time F840
BSc (Hons) DPS / DIntS 4 years full-time sandwich F801
BSc (Hons) 3 years full-time F800
MSci course information

Physical geography is the study of the processes that shape the surface of the Earth and the resulting landforms and natural resources.  It has a strong science base and encompasses subjects such as geomorphology, climate and ecology.  Students explore landscapes characterised by features such as rivers, lakes, glaciers, dunes and forests and also consider the interactions between humans and natural resources and hazards.

Students on the MSci Integrated Masters programme in Geography must undertake residential fieldwork in first and second year and there are optional field courses in years three and four.  Research projects in years three and four give students the opportunity to shape their degree towards a particular physical geography specialism.

For careers in physical and environmental geography it is vital that students have a strong grounding in cartography, quantitative techniques, using geographical information systems and remote sensing to manage spatial data, and field skills.  These are all embedded throughout the curriculum.

Course specialisation

What makes the MSci Geography at Loughborough distinctive is our world-renowned expertise in hydrological and ecological systems, polar and alpine research, and coastal and continental dune systems.  You will be taught by academics working on the cutting edge of understanding questions such as the role of lake systems in carbon capture, the impact of glacier retreat on the distribution of hydrological resources and the role of forests in mitigating the impact of climate change.  Answers to these questions contribute towards our understanding of Earth’s response to future environmental change.

Course overview

In the first year we introduce you to the major current debates and research areas in physical geography. Undergraduates will have a firm grounding in contemporary geography and have had the opportunity to meet almost all of the physical geography staff.

In the second year there is a core of physical geography modules and modules focusing on research design and geographical information systems.  All MSci students go on a residential fieldtrip to better develop their skills of data collection and analysis.  In addition to these, there are optional modules in specialist topics to choose from.

In the third year and fourth years all students must write a dissertation (see below), there is a choice of overseas residential fieldtrips and a wide range of other modules through which to develop yours interests.

Dissertation

MSci Geography students must write two dissertations, one in their third year, and one in the Master’s (fourth) year. The dissertations are major pieces of independent research on physical geography subjects of your choice. You will learn about research design and planning in your second year and develop your ideas on a one-to-one basis with a member of the teaching staff during third year.  During the Masters year, you will be introduced to more sophisticated aspects of research design and conduct a second, longer dissertation. For many students the dissertations are an enjoyable and rewarding experience and work conducted as part of these can help with decisions on a future career.

BSc course information

We specialise in four areas of geography, each of which is directly reflected in the structure and content of our courses.

In human geography we focus on globalization and geographies of social and political differences across the Global North and South. In physical geography the emphasis is on geomorphological processes and on environmental systems and their management.

Undergraduates benefit directly from staff research expertise through the modular choices available. All of our undergraduate programmes lead to a BSc award but students may specialise in human or physical geography if they wish.

Course specialisation

What makes Geography at Loughborough distinctive is our world-renowned expertise in four areas of geography, each of which is directly reflected in the structure and content of our courses.

In human geography we focus on Globalization and on Geographies of Social and Political Differences. In physical geography the emphasis is on Earth Surface Processes and Landforms and on Environmental Systems and Resource Management.

When it comes to designing your degree, undergraduates benefit directly from staff research expertise through the modular choices available. While all of our undergraduate degree courses lead to the BSc award, you may specialise in human or physical geography, although many students combine both.

Course overview

In the first year we introduce you to the major current debates and research areas in both human and physical geography. In this way everyone has a firm grounding in contemporary geography and has the opportunity to meet almost all academic staff in the Department.

In the second year there are core areas of human and physical geography which you follow, but there is also a degree of choice that allows you to lean towards either side of the subject if you wish.

In the final year there is a wide choice of modules. You can specialise in human or physical geography or you can maintain a balance between the two.

Dissertation

The dissertation module is compulsory for Single Honours and optional for most Joint Honours students and you will begin to prepare for this in Year 2. The dissertation is a major piece of independent study for which you undertake your own research in your chosen area. For many students it is a most enjoyable experience and a rewarding piece of work, which can help with decisions on a future career.

MSci and BSc courses
How you will be taught

All students are placed in small tutorial groups that meet regularly during the first academic year. Modules are taught through a balanced combination of lectures, seminars (discussion groups), practical classes and fieldwork. Field classes are available in a range of UK and overseas locations and in recent years these have included Crete, New York, Paris, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland and Wales.

Assessment

Modules are assessed either by examination, a combination of coursework and examination or entirely by coursework. Fieldwork, report writing and group presentations play an important part in some modules in each year.

Selection

Conditional offers are made following UCAS applications. Those offered a place are invited to attend one of our Departmental Open Days. We welcome applications from mature students. Students with qualifications other than A-Levels seeking admission will be considered on an individual basis, and may be invited for interview.

Graduate destinations

Our graduates have been appointed to posts in administration, finance, management, the armed forces, computing, industry, international aid, development and environmental agencies, and education. Almost all of our graduates are in employment within a few months of graduating, or progress to postgraduate study.

Course structure

Year 1

Compulsory modules for Single Honours (some modules may be optional for Joint and Combined Honours):

  • Cartography and Digital Mapping
  • Earth System Science
  • Environmental Hazards: from mitigation to management
  • Geographies of Identity
  • Geographies of Global Economic Change
  • Global Environmental Change at Local Scale
  • Practising Geography Residential Fieldcourse
  • Quantitative Methods in Geography
  • Tutorials
Year 2

Compulsory modules:

  • Geographical Research: Design and Practice
  • Remote Sensing and Geographical Information Systems
  • Earth Surface Processes and Landforms
  • Environmental Systems and Resource Management
  • Geographies of Social Difference
  • Globalization
  • Physical Geography Fieldcourse (MSci)

Optional modules:

  • Exploring the Ice Ages
  • Forest Ecology
  • Geographies of Culture, Media and Representation
  • Global Migration
  • Human Geography Fieldcourse – Paris (overseas residential)
  • Lake System Dynamics
  • Physical Geography Fieldcourse - Wales (UK residential)
  • River Ecology
  • Sustainable Urban Geographies
Optional placement / study year

Optional salaried professional placement and/or overseas study.

Final year (BSc) or year 3 (MSci)
  • Dissertation

Optional modules:

  • Aeolian Processes and Landforms
  • Alpine Studies Fieldcourse (overseas residential)
  • Central America: Dependency and Development
  • Climate and Society
  • Conservation: Principles and Practice
  • Environmental Change and Ecological Response
  • GIS, Modelling and Flood Risk Management
  • Geographies of Children and Youth
  • Feminist Geographies of Home
  • Global Cities Fieldcourse – New York  (overseas residential)
  • Independent Geographical Essay (Joint and Combined Honours only) Mediterranean Rural Spaces Fieldcourse - Crete (overseas residential)
  • Quaternary Environments
  • Regional Geography of the UK
  • River Dynamics and the Environment
  • Snow, Ice and Environment
  • Globalised Urbanisation
  • Geographies of Transnational Mobility and Diaspora
Final year (MSci)

Compulsory modules:

  •  Professional Practice in Environmental Management
  • Research Design
  • Dissertation

Please note that optional modules are subject to availability and timetable permitting.

Entry requirements

Choose a study option below for details of the entry requirements.

UCAS code: F84F MSci (Hons) DPS / DIntS 5 years full-time sandwich

A-Level
AAB including Geography
Science A Levels – Practical skills element required? No
SQA AH
AB including Geography, plus Highers at majority B grades
IB
35 points with 6 6 5 at HL including 5 at HL in Geography
Other
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: only accepted in combination with GCE A-Levels including Geography at grade B
Additional
Strong interest in Physical Geography required.

UCAS code: F840 MSci (Hons) 4 years full-time

A-Level
AAB including Geography
Science A Levels – Practical skills element required? No
SQA AH
AB including Geography, plus Highers at majority B grades
IB
35 points with 6 6 5 at HL including 5 at HL in Geography
Other
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: only accepted in combination with GCE A-Levels including Geography at grade B
Additional
Strong interest in Physical Geography required.

UCAS code: F801 BSc (Hons) DPS / DIntS 4 years full-time sandwich

A-Level
AAB including Geography
Science A Levels – Practical skills element required? No
SQA AH
AB including Geography, plus Highers at majority B grades
IB
35 points with 6 6 5 at HL including 5 at HL in Geography
Other
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: only accepted in combination with GCE A-Levels including Geography at grade B
Additional

UCAS code: F800 BSc (Hons) 3 years full-time

A-Level
AAB including Geography
Science A Levels – Practical skills element required? No
SQA AH
AB including Geography, plus Highers at majority B grades
IB
35 points with 6 6 5 at HL including 5 at HL in Geography
Other
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: only accepted in combination with GCE A-Levels including Geography at grade B
Additional

The entry requirements for each course should be read alongside the University’s general entrance requirements, which give further details on acceptable subjects, alternative qualifications and minimum English language requirements.

SQA AHScottish Qualifications Authority Advanced Highers IBInternational Baccalaureate Diploma DPSDiploma in Professional Studies DISDiploma in Industrial Studies DIntSDiploma in International Studies

Fees and Finance

Course fees 2016-17

Student category

Yearly full-time fee

UK/EU Students £9,000
International Students (Band B course) £18,950

Course fees for 2017-18 will be published here as soon as they are available.

Placement year fees for 2019/20 are still to be confirmed. As an indication, for 2018/19 the current placement fees are set at 20% of the yearly full-time fee for UK/EU students and £3,000 for international students.

 

Loughborough University financial support 2016-17

Financial support for 2017-18 will be published here as soon as it is available. The current support we offer is listed below to give an indication of what may be available. 

SupportWhat is it?How much?More information
Loughborough Scholarship Programme* Cash bursaries. Additional support is available for those taking a foundation year or extended undergraduate Masters degree, as well as for mature students. Up to £6,000 over three years See below for more information or visit our website
Development Trust Scholarships Cash bursaries funded through donations from alumni and friends of the University for students from areas of low HE participation within the UK. £9,000 over three years Website
Sports Scholarships To help talented student athletes succeed in both sporting and academic development. The level of support varies by sport and performance level. Applicants need to be competing to at least junior international level. Between £500 and £3,500 per year Website 
Email
01509 226108
 Music Tuition and Scholarship Subsidised music lessons for students who show musical ability. Scholarship offered to exceptional musicians. £55 for 20 lessons £500 scholarship Website
Care Leaver’s Bursary Additional cash bursary (£1,500) and tuition fee waiver (£3,000) for those students who are care leavers. £4,500 support per year Website

* Not available to students from Wales, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man

Placements

Placement year

Students on the 4-year sandwich course will be able to gain a year’s work experience in the UK or overseas, which leads to the award of a Diploma in Professional Studies (DPS) on completion of their course. This is in addition to the BSc Honours degree.

Study abroad

There are opportunities for students on all courses to spend a year abroad between their second and final year studies.

Opportunities include studying at a European University through the Erasmus programme or studying further afield such as in Australia, Singapore or the USA.

Department / School Key Information Sets

MSci (Hons) DPS / DIntS 5 years full-time sandwich

UCAS code: F84F

MSci (Hons) 4 years full-time

UCAS code: F840

BSc (Hons) DPS / DIntS 4 years full-time sandwich

UCAS code: F801

BSc (Hons) 3 years full-time

UCAS code: F800

Our students

Catharina Lundby

“My course was the ideal choice for me as it gave me the chance to gain a broad understanding in both human and physical geography, before gradually specialising over the years.”

Phil Bamber

“I was lucky enough to do an internship with Abercrombie & Kent, a luxury destination management company, where I spent a few incredible months working on a small island off of the Pacific coast of Panama.”

Chris Lane

“The teaching is excellent. It is reassuring to know that the people teaching you are often in the top of their research fields.”

Duke Heise

“My course is very sociable with a lot of group work and exciting field trips to choose from. I really enjoyed the field trip I went on to North Wales”

Catharina Lundby

“My course was the ideal choice for me as it gave me the chance to gain a broad understanding in both human and physical geography, before gradually specialising over the years.”

Phil Bamber

“I was lucky enough to do an internship with Abercrombie & Kent, a luxury destination management company, where I spent a few incredible months working on a small island off of the Pacific coast of Panama.”

Chris Lane

“The teaching is excellent. It is reassuring to know that the people teaching you are often in the top of their research fields.”

Duke Heise

“My course is very sociable with a lot of group work and exciting field trips to choose from. I really enjoyed the field trip I went on to North Wales”