Geography, BSc Hons Undergraduate prospectus

  • Study the natural world and learn about the impact humans have on the environment
  • Explore geographic issues from the perspectives of natural, physical and social science
  • Fieldwork in the UK and abroad



BSc Hons Geography degree students study the natural world and learn about the impact humans have on the environment. The range of skills geography graduates acquire makes them attractive to a wide range of employers. 

Degree structure

In first year, students follow courses that explore geographic issues from the perspectives of natural, physical and social science. In Years 2 and 3 they specialise in physical geography courses. The dissertation provides a unique opportunity to study a topic of particular interest in considerable depth. 

Fieldwork in the UK and abroad

Fieldwork is an essential part of the programme with trips funded by the Department. Trips have included visits to the New Forest, Lake District and Spain. Successful completion of at least 36 weeks of the optional work placement will result in the award of a Diploma of Industrial Study. We also have collaborative arrangements with universities in the Netherlands, Italy, and France, permitting students to study abroad for a period of time under the Erasmus European Exchange scheme.


Our geography and environmental science degrees are ranked:

  • First among London universities for student satisfaction by the Complete University Guide 2017
  • Within the UK's top 10 for student satisfaction by the Complete University Guide 2017.


The aims of this programme are:

  • To provide you with an understanding of the natural and physical environment including the Earth's landforms, rivers, oceans, atmosphere, flora and fauna
  • To provide an understanding of sustainability and the impact of human activity on the natural environment
  • To train you in the principal techniques of investigation and data analysis employed in physical geography.

What you'll study

Entry requirements

Applicants from a UK educational background:

112 UCAS points from at least one A level, in geography or a science, and one other subject appropriate to the degree. The points could come from AS-levels. You will also need GCSEs at grade C or above in English language, mathematics and a science. 

We will also accept:

  • Alternative qualifications including BTEC and National Diploma
  • Appropriate qualifications such as an HNC, HND or foundation degree can be considered for entry into this degree in Year 2 or later.

General studies and Level 3 Key Skills are not accepted for this degree.

For more information, contact or 020 8331 9000.

Applicants from a non-UK educational background:

Further to showing equivalent qualifications to UK applicants, international applicants must have successfully completed 11 or 12 years of full time education, and demonstrated competence in mathematics (usually equivalent to GCSE grade C). 

If you were educated in a language other than English and/or in a country where English speakers are in a minority, you should have a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each skill) or equivalent. If you require a Tier 4 (General) student visa to study in the UK, your score must be from a UK Visas and Immigration approved IELTS test.

For more information, contact or +44 (0)20 8331 8136.

In addition:

We welcome applications from mature students.

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Students are assessed through exams, coursework and fieldwork.


The range of skills acquired by geography graduates makes them attractive to a wide range of employers. Career opportunities include roles in regeneration, conservation, environmental consultancies, natural resource/environmental management, non-governmental organisations, the civil service, information services, teaching and other educationrelated areas.

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

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