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COURSE OVERVIEW

  • Learn how the natural world interacts with today’s changing society and how we can plan for the future
  • Explore the world with us on fieldwork in the South Downs National Park and further afield
  • Choose the Teaching Geography module in Year 2, if you see this as a potential future career path
  • Experience a wide range of teaching and learning methods, including lectures, seminars, workshops, group work, laboratory and practical sessions and independent research

From glaciers in New Zealand to megacities in South America, geography is the study of the earth’s processes, both natural and human. As a subject it has the capacity to take you anywhere. When you embark on this journey, our wide-ranging and stimulating Geography degree helps you to see the world in a whole new light. Using an integrated human and physical geography perspective, you explore some of the most pressing issues facing the planet in the 21st-century.

These include globalisation, population growth, resource shortages, geopolitical instability and climate change. But there’s room to examine local challenges, too. Set on the edge of the South Downs National Park, our department is perfectly placed to make the most of the diverse and beautiful landscapes that surround it, providing you with a variety of fieldwork and recreational opportunities.

Each year of study has a distinctive emphasis. Year 1 is about ‘becoming a geographer’ and you receive a broad introduction to geography and geographical issues today.

In Year 2, you are encouraged to develop your geographical practice through specialised modules including fieldwork, laboratory and technology-based elements.

By the final year, you are ready to apply your expertise to understand complex geographical problems through original research and to promote the external impacts of your work. A third-year project enables you to work alongside our highly respected research staff and showcase your skills to employers.

The programme recognises the value of geography to society and emphasises the importance of communicating this effectively to diverse audiences. This combination of solid subject knowledge and awareness of impact produces well rounded, confident geographers ready to enter a variety of growing areas of employment in government, science and industry.

Throughout your studies, your future employability is a key priority for us and careers guidance is on hand. Our Geography graduates have the analytical and research skills to secure roles within the Government, the public, private and voluntary sectors, teaching, cartography and surveying, planning, environmental consultancy, nature conservation and sustainability

Careers

Geography graduates secure roles within the Government; the public, private and voluntary sectors; teaching; cartography and surveying; planning; and sustainability.

94.4% of our 2015/16 graduates (first degree and other undergraduate courses) were in employment and/or further study six months after completing their course (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey).

Pre-approved for a Masters

If you study a Bachelor Honours degrees with us, you will be pre-approved to start a Masters degree at Winchester. To be eligible, you will need to apply by the end of March in the final year of your degree and meet the entry requirements of your chosen Masters degree.

ABOUT THIS COURSE

Suitable for applicants from:

UK, EU, World

Field trips

Many modules within the course offer half-day and one-day field trips. A residential field trip is offered at Year 2. There are a number of regional and international options.

Study abroad

Our BSc (Hons) Geography course provides an opportunity for you to study abroad in the United States of America.

For more information see our Study Abroad section.

Learning and teaching

Our aim is to shape 'confident learners' by enabling you to develop the skills needed to excel in your studies here and as well as onto further studies or the employment market. 

You are taught primarily through a combination of lectures and seminars, allowing opportunities to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups.

In addition to the formally scheduled contact time such as lectures and seminars etc.), you are encouraged to access academic support from staff within the course team, your personal tutor and the wide range of services available to you within the University.

Independent learning

Over the duration of your course, you will be expected to develop independent and critical learning, progressively building confidence and expertise through independent and collaborative research, problem-solving and analysis with the support of staff. You take responsibility for your own learning and are encouraged to make use of the wide range of available learning resources available.

Overall workload

Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, independent learning and assessment activity.

While your actual contact hours may depend on the optional modules you select, the following information gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities at each level of the course.

Year 1 (Level 4): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*
  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 288 hours
  • Independent learning: 912 hours
Year 2 (Level 5): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*
  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 288 hours
  • Independent learning: 888 hours
  • Placement: 24 hours
Year 3 (Level 6): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*
  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 216 hours
  • Independent learning: 972 hours
  • Placement: 12 hours

*Please note these are indicative hours for the course. 

The Geography programme includes a range of teaching and learning methods including lectures, seminars, workshops, group work, laboratory and practical sessions, fieldwork and independent research. There is an emphasis on the application of geographical theory, knowledge and skills to real world situations. This includes vocationally orientated work and that which has a social or environmental impact. Students engage with a host of geographical opportunities and experiences throughout the region and beyond.

Each year of study has a distinctive emphasis. Year one (becoming a geographer) is concerned with the provision of fundamental geographical concepts, approaches and knowledge. Year two (practising geography) allows students to extend and deepen their knowledge of the subject and hone specific skills of research, fieldwork and communication. Year three (applying geography) allows students to explore the ways in which geography is relevant to the real world and to develop and apply their specific interests.

Location

King Alfred or West Downs, University of Winchester

Assessment

Our validated courses may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances.

We ensure all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used on the course you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day or Open Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.

Percentage of the course assessed by coursework

The assessment balance between examination and coursework depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose. The approximate percentage of the course assessed by different assessment modes is as follows:

Year 1 (Level 4)*:
  • 85% coursework
  • 11% written exams
  • 4% practical exams
Year 2 (Level 5)*:
  • 91% coursework
  • 0% written exams
  • 9% practical exams
Year 3 (Level 6)*:
  • 100% coursework
  • 0% written exams
  • 0% practical exams

*Please note these are indicative percentages and modes for the programme.

Feedback

We are committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to you on your academic progress and achievement in order to enable you to reflect on your progress and plan your academic and skills development effectively. You are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from your course tutors.

Further information

For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

2018 Entry: L700

A GCSE A*-C or 9-4 pass in English Language is required.

International Baccalaureate: 26 points

If English is not your first language: 

Year 1/Level 4: IELTS 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in writing

Course enquiries and applications

Telephone: +44 (0) 1962 827234

Send us a message

International students

If you are living outside of the UK or Europe, you can find out more about how to join this course by emailing our International Recruitment Team at International@winchester.ac.uk or calling +44 (0)1962 827023

Visit us

Explore our campus and find out more about studying at Winchester by coming to one of our Open Days.

Year 1 (Level 4)

Semester 1 Credits

Local Environmental Change 15

Students are introduced to landscape and environmental change at the local scale and over millennial and lesser time scales. The module looks at terrestrial, fluvial and coastal features and associated processes of environmental change and their roles in shaping the landscape and biosphere at the river basin level and below. It will examine a range of specific landforms and habitats and consider their present forms in the contexts of their evolution during the Pleistocene and Holocene, and associated environmental change. The focus is on the UK and North-western Europe.

Introduction to Geographical Research and Fieldwork 15

Students are introduced to various methods of geographical fieldwork and research and the collection of primary data. The module will take students through the process of designing and implementing a small research project. The module will be based around a series of one day field trips within the South East region where students will collect and analyze both social and environmental data. It also introduces students to associated issues such as health and safety and research ethics.

People and Place 15

The module introduces human geography through the lenses of the local and the everyday and primarily explores the contributions of social and cultural geography. It focuses on the relationships that people have with place in the contemporary world. It covers issues such as the meanings of place, the enduring nature and importance of place in a globalised world, the ways in which people experience and know places, the deployment of exclusive notions of place and the representation of place.

Global Risks 30

Students explore the centrality of global risk and uncertainty in the contemporary world. They explore issues including geopolitical change, resource and energy futures, climate change, population growth and food security. Students consider the ways in which understanding these risks requires an integrated human and physical geography perspective. The module considers the ways in which these global risks are measured and understood, their impacts and the ways in which international organisations and institutions and national governments attempt to manage them.

Semester 2 Credits

Geography and Society 15

The module explores the impact of geography, geographical thought and practice on society. It begins by considering the historical roles of geography within exploration, empire and military conflict. It then examines the emergence of applied geography in the mid-twentieth century.  The module continues by exploring the place of geography within contemporary society looking at geographical education, the application of GIS technologies to professional contexts and in everyday mobile technologies, geographical careers and geography in the media and popular culture.

Managing Geographical Issues 15

The module will engage with topical regional geographical issues and analyse the range of organisations involved in planning, managing and responding to these issues. It considers the ways in which geographical issues are managed at a variety of scales, the roles of the various organisations involved and the relations between them. The module will introduce students to concepts such as planning, policy, management, and emergency response, the relationships between human and physical aspects of these issues and the ways in which the organisations involved work across these dimensions.

Exploring Geographical Data 15

This module introduces students to various types of secondary, quantitative and qualitative human and environmental geographical data and its uses in academic research and data-driven journalism. Students explore sources of open-source secondary data, the politics of data storage and access, open-access requirements, the management of data and data policy. Students then explore various ways of manipulating, analysing, visualising and presenting data which includes an introduction to Geographical Information Systems (GIS). Students will be required to address a research question through the analysis of two contrasting types of open-source secondary data.

Global Risks 30

Students explore the centrality of global risk and uncertainty in the contemporary world. They explore issues including geopolitical change, resource and energy futures, climate change, population growth and food security. Students consider the ways in which understanding these risks requires an integrated human and physical geography perspective. The module considers the ways in which these global risks are measured and understood, their impacts and the ways in which international organisations and institutions and national governments attempt to manage them.

Year 2 (Level 5)

Semester 1 Credits

Geographical Information Systems 15

Geographic Information Systems (sometimes known as Geographic Information Science), or GIS has been used as both a tool and as an approach in archaeology since the mid-1980s and in geography since the late 1970s. From the late 1990s onwards it has been a mainstay of both disciplines and is used for recording and interpreting excavation and survey data, managing various types of archival data and for analysing landscape and population. In this module we discuss what GIS is, the usefulness or otherwise of different types of GIS, types of data that can be used in a GIS and how GIS data can be queried, analysed, output and interpreted. Students are also taught how to use the basic procedures of one standard GIS package. The module is divided into lecture sessions and practicals. Although there are no pre- or co-requisites, it is assumed that students will be well versed in use of standard Office packages such as Excel and Access, that they will have knowledge of raster editing software (e.g. PhotoShop, Paint etc), that they have access to the University’s Learning Network and sufficient available network space to be able to access the downloads used in the practical sessions.

Communicating Geography 15

Through this module students become effective communicators using geographical data. Students are introduced to the importance of communicating appropriately for multiple professional and lay audiences. The module is run as a series of workshops in which students explore a major contemporary geographical issue and devise strategies for its effective communication to an appropriate audience. Students explore a range of textual, oral and visual communication strategies.

Semester 2 Credits

Archaeology Fieldtrip 15

This module will focus on key national archaeological sites and monuments in the context of a series of guided fieldtrips. Students will be introduced to the surviving physical and environmental aspects of the past, and will consider such elements as form and fabric, artistic representation, space, landscape setting, heritage management and aesthetic value.

American Studies Field Trip 15

This module will provide a study period in the United States. Students (led by staff) will visit the US for approximately 12 days in the Easter vacation, travelling to locations such as Las Vegas or the American South. In the course of this experiential learning opportunity, an intensive study will be made on a daily basis of the physical, historical and cultural environment.

Geographical Fieldwork 15

The module explores a range of geographical issues in the context of a varied and dynamic international environment and through this develops students’ research skills. The module explores both human and physical research methods and the ways in which geographical research questions might be shaped within specific environments. The module is delivered primarily in situ within an appropriate international, fieldwork setting. This is supported by a series of classroom sessions prior to departure where background research and briefings take place alongside project planning.

Archaeology / Geography Science Project 15

The Archaeological/Geographical Science Project module is an opportunity for students to work on a coherent collection of samples and/or undertake a small-scale field project using archaeological/geographical science approaches/techniques. As such the module is essential preparation for the Level 6 final year project in that it enables students to get a taste of working semi-independently of instruction from teaching staff and communicating a piece of original research. The module is also an opportunity to become familiar with standard laboratory practice and consider how scientific data are conventionally reported. Hence the module commences with a series of seminars in which project design is discussed; the necessity of developing clear and achievable aims and objectives, and testable hypotheses is elaborated; laboratory/field practice is examined and the reporting of scientific data following standard conventions is reviewed. Students then collectively develop a project for a landscape setting/site/series of samples provided by teaching staff and spend the rest of the module time undertaking the necessary laboratory/field work and producing the report. Students meet with staff on at weekly basis to discuss their progress and to talk through any problems they might have encountered, while at the end of the project they each produce a technical report structured as an academic paper in a scientific journal. Alongside and in parallel with the group project, each student develops a dissertation topic that they will pursue at Level 6.

Geographical Enquiry 15

Students are encouraged to ask geographical questions and shape the exploration of these questions through appropriate research design and specific research methods. Students’ training in research methods is developed through their application to specialised settings and they are made aware of the importance of embedding the research process within wider geographical concerns and approaches. The module is a foundation for non-laboratory based final year projects.

Geography Independent Study 15

Independent Studies offer students the possibility of developing their study beyond the taught curriculum into congruent new areas of interest. Independent Studies can be undertaken on any topic related to the aims and objectives of the Geography, and allow deeper or wider exploration of particular themes at a high level.

Optional Credits

Year 2 Optional Modules
  • Global Environmental Change 15 Credits
  • Political and Religious Themes in the Modern Near and Middle East 15 Credits
  • Global Governance 15 Credits
  • Religion, Nature and Sustainability 15 Credits
  • Faith and Globalisation 15 Credits
  • Teaching Geography 15 Credits 
  • Geomorphological Science 15 Credits
  • Geoarchaeology 15 Credits
  • Palaeoecology 15 Credits
  • Volunteering in Geography 15 Credits
  • Security Studies : Theory and Practice 15 Credits
  • Southern Cultures  15 Credits
  • Geomatics and Remote Sensing 15 Credits
  • Understanding Urban and Rural Societies

Year 3 (Level 6)

Semester 1 Credits

Geography Project 30

This is an extended piece of independent research undertaken with supervision. Students can develop one of three types of project: a public geography project, a professional geography project or an academic geography project. The project can explore any aspect of human or physical geography or can be an integrated project that explores the interactions between human and physical geography around a specific issue. It builds on one of two Level 5 research training modules. Students are required to consider the impact of their project beyond the discipline of geography and to build this into the research process or to develop it in the Level 6 module #geographywithimpact: Project Impact Case Study.

Semester 2 Credits

#geographywithimpact: Project Impact Case Study 15

Through this module students develop a case study which demonstrates the external impact of their final year geography project beyond the University. This is developed during the project through supervision by a member of academic staff. Students will explore the impact of their project on either a specific community, an environment, an external private, public or third sector organisation or upon public understanding.  Students will demonstrate the relevance of their work and through it engage with external groups, organisations and contexts.

Geography Project 30

This is an extended piece of independent research undertaken with supervision. Students can develop one of three types of project: a public geography project, a professional geography project or an academic geography project. The project can explore any aspect of human or physical geography or can be an integrated project that explores the interactions between human and physical geography around a specific issue. It builds on one of two Level 5 research training modules. Students are required to consider the impact of their project beyond the discipline of geography and to build this into the research process or to develop it in the Level 6 module #geographywithimpact: Project Impact Case Study.

Optional Credits

Year 3 Optional Modules
  • Managing Environmental Hazards 15
  • Global Development 15
  • Geographies of Inequality 15
  • Climate Change and People 15
  • Mediterranean Landscapes         15
  • Globalised Crime: Organised Crime and Cybercrime 15
  • Debates in Globalisation 15
  • Diplomatic Studies 15
  • The Nature of Geography 15
  • Representing the Environment  15
  • Depth Study: The Archaeology of Winchester 15
  • Depth Study: Archaeology of Space & Place 15
  • Caribbean Peoples and Cultures 15
  • Politics, Energy and the Environment 15
  • China 21st Century Challenges 15
  • Global South : Politics, Inequality and (In)Security 15
  • Ideology, Conflict and Terrorism 15

Please note the modules listed are correct at the time of publishing, for full-time students entering the programme in Year 1. Optional modules are listed where applicable. Please note the University cannot guarantee the availability of all modules listed and modules may be subject to change. For further information please refer to the terms and conditions at www.winchester.ac.uk/termsandconditions.
The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed above.

Course Tuition Fees 

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man

If you are a UK or EU student starting your degree in September 2018, the first year will cost you £9,250. Based on this fee level, the indicative fees for a three-year degree would be £27,750 for UK and EU students. Remember, you don't have to pay any of this upfront if you are able to get a tuition fee loan from the UK Government to cover the full cost of your fees each year. If finance is a worry for you, we are here to help. Take a look at the range of support we have on offer. This is a great investment you are making in your future, so make sure you know what is on offer to support you.

Full-time £9,250 p/a

Total Cost: £27,750 (3 years) | £28,450 (sandwich option)

UK/EU Part-Time fees are calculated on a pro rata basis of the full-time fee for a 120 credit course. The fee for a single credit is £77.08 and a 15 credit module is £1,156. Part-time students can take up to a maximum 90 credits per year, so the maximum fee in a given year will be the government permitted maximum fee of £6,938

International Students

Full-time £12,950** p/a
Total Cost: £38,850** (3 years) | £39,550** (sandwich option)

International part-time fees are calculated on a pro rata basis of the full-time fee for a 120 credit course. The fee for a single credit is £107.92 and a 15 credit module is £1,620. Fees for students from Vestfold University College in Norway (who receive a 10% reduction) and NLA are £11,655.

 

ADDITIONAL COSTS

As one of our students all of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including, lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars, laboratory sessions and specialist teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of student support and IT services.

SCHOLARSHIPS, BURSARIES AND AWARDS

We have a variety of scholarship and bursaries available to support you financially with the cost of your course. To see if you’re eligible, please see our Scholarships and Awards.

Key course details

UCAS code
L700
Duration
3 years full-time; 6 years part-time
Typical offer
104-120 points
Location
King Alfred Campus or at West Downs, Winchester