Undergraduate study

Undergraduate

Geography

Geography

Award Course length Course code Typical offer Start date End date
MSci (Hons) DPS/DIntS 5 years full-time sandwich F84F AAB 1 October 2018 21 June 2023
MSci (Hons) 4 years full-time F840 AAB 1 October 2018 22 June 2022
BA (Hons) DIntS / DPS 4 years full-time sandwich L701 AAB 1 October 2018 22 June 2022
BA (Hons) 3 years full-time L700 AAB 1 October 2018 16 June 2021
BSc (Hons) DPS/DIntS 4 years full-time sandwich F801 AAB 1 October 2018 22 June 2022
BSc (Hons) 3 years full-time F800 AAB 1 October 2018 16 June 2021

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£24,500

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by the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)

Geography course overview

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.


Physical geographers at Loughborough are renowned internationally for pioneering new ways of thinking and working in hydrological and ecosystem science, and polar and alpine research. In human geography, our staff have led intellectual agendas in children, youth and families’ research and developed distinctive contributions to knowledge on migration, identity and the state.

When it comes to designing your degree, undergraduates benefit directly from staff research expertise through the modular choices available. Our BA and BSc programmes provide a broad foundation in Year 1 and allow you to increasingly specialise in human geography (BA) or physical geography (BSc), or maintain a balance of both, in subsequent years. Our MSci programme specialises in physical and environmental geography from Year 1.

BA, BSc or MSci in Geography

BA and BSc

Both courses provide a sound understanding of how social and physical processes affect our rapidly changing planet, before allowing you to specialise in human geography (BA) or physical geography (BSc). It is still possible to maintain a balance of human and physical geography, and both the BA and BSc allow you to do this.

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. Through our single BSc degree programme students may choose to specialise in human or physical geography if they wish, or continue to maintain a balance of both in years two and three.

These degree courses are accredited by the Royal Geographical Society (with Institute of British Geographers).

MSci

This specialist integrated master’s course is designed for students with a passion for physical and environmental geography. It has a strong skills base and places a big emphasis on fieldwork and practical/ laboratory work.

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 year three.  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.

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.

This degree course is accredited by the Royal Geographical Society (with Institute of British Geographers) and the Committee of Heads of Environmental Sciences (CHES).

Facilities

Modules

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 Ghana, New York, Paris, Switzerland, Tenerife and Wales.


Year 1

BA/BSc

Compulsory modules for Single Honours:

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

  • Cartography, Digital Mapping and GIS
  • 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

MSci

Compulsory modules:

  • Cartography, Digital Mapping and GIS
  • Earth System Science
  • Environmental Hazards: from mitigation to management
  • Environmental Hazards: measuring & monitoring
  • Global Environmental Change at Local Scale
  • Practising Physical Geography Fieldcourse (residential)
  • Quantitative Methods in Physical Geography
  • Tutorials

Year 2 

BA/BSc

Compulsory modules for Single Honours:

  • Geographical Research: Design and Practice

Optional modules:

  • Earth Surface Processes and Landforms
  • Environmental Systems and Resource Management
  • Exploring the Ice Ages
  • Forest Ecology
  • Geographies of Culture, Media and Representation
  • Geographies of Social Difference
  • Globalization
  • Global Migration
  • Human Geography Fieldcourse (residential)
  • Lake System Dynamics
  • Physical Geography Fieldcourse (residential)
  • Remote Sensing and Geographical Information Systems
  • River Ecology
  • Sustainable Urban Geographies

MSci

Compulsory modules:

  • Geographical Research: Design and Practice
  • Remote Sensing and Geographical Information Systems
  • Earth Surface Processes and Landforms
  • Environmental Systems and Resource Management
  • Physical Geography Fieldcourse (residential)

Optional modules:

  • Exploring the Ice Ages
  • Forest Ecology
  • Lake System Dynamics
  • River Ecology

Optional placement / study year

Optional salaried professional placement and/or overseas study.


Year 3

BA/BSc

Compulsory modules for Single Honours:

  • Dissertation

Optional modules:

  • Aeolian Processes and Landforms
  • Arctic Glaciers Fieldcourse (residential)
  • Climate and Society
  • Conservation: Principles and Practice
  • Environmental Change and Ecological Response
  • Feminist Geographies of Home
  • GIS, Modelling and Flood Risk Management
  • Geographies of Children and Youth
  • Geographies of Transnational Mobility and Diaspora
  • Geographies of Work and Life
  • Glacial Environments and Landscapes
  • Global Cities Fieldcourse (residential)
  • Globalised Urbanisation
  • Island Biogeography Fieldcourse (residential)
  • Livelihoods in the Global South Fieldcourse (residential)
  • Regional Worlds
  • River Dynamics and the Environment
  • Snow, Ice and Society

MSci

Compulsory modules:

  • Dissertation

Optional modules:

  • Aeolian Processes and Landforms
  • Arctic Glaciers Fieldcourse (residential)
  • Climate and Society
  • Conservation: Principles and Practice
  • Environmental Change and Ecological Response
  • GIS, Modelling and Flood Risk Management
  • Glacial Environments and Landscapes
  • Island Biogeography Fieldcourse (residential)
  • River Dynamics and the Environment
  • Snow, Ice and Society

Final year

MSci

Compulsory modules:

  • Independent Research Project
  • Professional Practice in Environmental Management
  • Research Design

Optional modules:

  • Applied Environmental GIS
  • Evidence-based Environmental Management
  • Hydroclimatological Monitoring & Management
  • Lake Monitoring & Management
  • Natural Hazard and Catastrophe Modelling
  • Tools for River Management
  • Wind Erosion Measurement and Management

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.


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

For indicative information on modular weight, content and assessment type please see module specifications.

 


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.

For an indicative overview of the aims, learning outcomes and structure of this course please see the programme specification.


The information above reflects the currently intended course structure and module details. Updates may be made on an annual basis and revised details will be published through Programme Specifications ahead of each academic year. Please see Terms and Conditions of Study for more information

F84F Geography - MSci (Hons) DPS/DIntS

A-Level
AAB including Geography
IB
35 (6,6,5 HL) including HL Geography
BTEC
BTEC Level 3 National Diploma: DD, plus A level Geography Grade B

F840 Geography - MSci (Hons)

A-Level
AAB including Geography
IB
35 (6,6,5 HL) including HL Geography
BTEC
BTEC Level 3 National Diploma: DD, plus A level Geography Grade B

L701 Geography - BA (Hons) DIntS / DPS

A-Level
AAB including Geography
IB
35 (6,6,5 HL) including HL Geography
BTEC
BTEC Level 3 National Diploma: DD, plus A level Geography Grade B

L700 Geography - BA (Hons)

A-Level
AAB including Geography
IB
35 (6,6,5 HL) including HL Geography
BTEC
BTEC Level 3 National Diploma: DD, plus A level Geography Grade B

F801 Geography - BSc (Hons) DPS/DIntS

A-Level
AAB including Geography
IB
35 (6,6,5 HL) including HL Geography
BTEC
BTEC Level 3 National Diploma: DD, plus A level Geography Grade B

F800 Geography - BSc (Hons)

A-Level
AAB including Geography
IB
35 (6,6,5 HL) including HL Geography
BTEC
BTEC Level 3 National Diploma: DD plus A level Geography Grade B

Selection

Applicants are usually selected solely on the basis of their UCAS application.  If applicants are made an offer of a place, they will be invited to visit the department giving them the opportunity to meet staff and students, see facilities and get an insight into what it is like to be a student at Loughborough.

Course fees 2017/18

UK/EU fee: £9,250   |   International fee: £19,900

Placement year fees for 2020/21 are still to be confirmed. As an indication, for 2017/18 the current placement fees are set at 20% of the yearly full-time fee for UK/EU students and £3,000 for international students.

Additional costs for course

Some optional modules within Geography incur additional costs, such as the cost of field trips.  These costs vary considerably by module and will be communicated and explained to students at the point of module selection.  All costs associated with compulsory modules will be met by the academic School and optional modules with no additional costs are always available for students to select.

There may also be additional costs related to completion of your research project (dissertation). Depending on the topic you choose to research and the nature of the project there may be travel costs, field expenses and postage costs that you will need to meet. 

Graduate destinations

Graduates are appointed to posts across a full range of industries and sectors, including 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.

Placement year

Students on the 4-year BA/BSc or 5-year MSci 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 their BA/BSc/MSci degree.

Study abroad

There are opportunities for students to spend a year abroad between their second and third 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. Successful completion leads to the additional award of the Diploma in International Studies (DIntS). This is in addition to their BA/BSc/MSci degree.

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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

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

UCAS code: L701

BA (Hons) 3 years full-time

UCAS code: L700

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

UCAS code: F801

BSc (Hons) 3 years full-time

UCAS code: F800