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BA (Hons) Human Geography

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UCAS code: 
L700
Institution code: 
S82
Location: 
Ipswich

Duration: 

Three years full-time.

Six years part-time. 

Typical Offer: 

2020 entry: 112 UCAS tariff points (or above)
​​​​BBC (A-Level), DMM (BTEC)

Please see Entry Requirements below.

Next available intake is September 2020.

Introduction

The world faces big questions relating to overpopulation, poverty, climate, migration, biodiversity and energy. Our era has been described as the ‘great age of geography’. This is the time, and this is the place, to study human geography.

We draw on different disciplines to bring the subject to life, covering themes such as global movement, international development, political and social change, diversity and inequality, the shaping of nation states, and critical data collection and analysis.

We equip you with a unique set of generalist and specialist skills that are relevant to a broad range of careers and include GIS and mapping, as well as quantitative, qualitative and participatory research skills.

Our school has an excellent reputation for developing highly skilled graduates. Combined with the international importance placed on human, population and environmental issues, this makes our course a very smart choice of degree programme.

Graduates open the door to a range of potential career options, including: international aid and development; environmental, educational and care work; travel, tourism and property; the civil service; town planning and surveying; and economic development.

Human geography has become an increasingly important discipline within the wider field of geography. In growing demand by employers, there has never been a better time to study the complex relationships between human societies and environments.

The President for the Royal Geographical society recently declared this to be the ‘great age of geography’ as the world faces big questions of over-population, poverty, climate, migration, biodiversity and energy. The BA (Hons) Human Geography degree enables students to study the complex reciprocal relationships between human societies and environments.

Geographers study place, space and time and recognise the differences and dynamics in cultures, political systems, economies, landscapes and environments across the world.

A degree in human geography will equip you with critical awareness of relevant philosophies, data collection and analysis skills and the role of scale, space and time in shaping nation states and global movements. Students acquire both generic academic skills and specialist skills in social and geographical fieldwork as well as critical awareness of the role of space, place, scale and temporality in understanding everyday experiences and global environments.

Course modules

Full downloadable information regarding all University of Suffolk courses, including Key Facts, Course Aims, Course Structure and Assessment, is available in the Definitive Course Record.

The Geographical Imagination

This is the core introductory module to the HG degree and introduces students to the philosophies, theories and perspectives of human geography. The central aim is to develop student’s geographical imaginations and introduce a range of theoretical perspectives and concepts.

Social Science Research Skills

Provides students with an introduction to research methods and study skills necessary for a successful undergraduate journey.

Environment and Society

In this module students are encouraged to consider the complexity of environmental issues and the role of human populations in their generation and management.

Urban and Rural Geographies

The interaction between individuals and groups and their environments is the focus of this module. Students will explore the two dominant environments urban and rural that make up the nations and consider the ways in which these environments shape people and vice versa including night time economies, rural inequalities, suburbanisation and the idealisation of the British countryside.

Introduction to GIS

GIS is a key mapping tool and in this module students will be introduced to it’s used within a closely defined project moving students from historic printed maps and to the self-generation of geographical data using mobile technologies.

Migration and Ethnicity

This module provides students with the opportunity to study the complexity of human mobility in contemporary societies.  

Qualitative Research Design and Analysis

This module builds upon the first year SSRS module to provide students with the skills to carry out research of sufficient quality and rigour to complete their own independent study in their final year. It helps to develop and apply skills in managing, collecting, analysing and reporting qualitative data and the associated ethical issues.

Secondary Quantitative Data Analysis

This module builds upon the first year SSRS module to provide students with the skills to carry out research of sufficient quality and rigour to complete their own independent study in their final year. It helps to develop and apply skills in managing, collecting, analysing and reporting quantitative secondary data.

Heritage Landscapes

This module introduces students to the study of heritage. Students will make use of fieldwork in this highly practical module to consider the philosophies, histories and techniques for understanding heritage. This will focus on the practical application of learned skills in the local and regional areas.

Children’s Geographies

This module will allow students to consider the sub discipline of children’s geographies. Students will apply issues learned in L4 to the lives of children and young people as well as being introduced to work in the field of education and childhood studies to consider issues such as school and playground design, relationships with nature, power and adult/child relations in and through space.

Space, Place and Inequalities

Students will apply the knowledge they have learned to a range of complex national and international issues related to inequalities. Concepts such as intersectionality will be employed to consider how space is designed for (or not ) and used by (or not) groups within society including age, gender, race and ethnicity, religion, disability, social class, sexuality etc.

Advanced GIS

This module develops the GIS skills developed in the Introductory GIS module and helps students to explore how they can collect, use and represent data as fundamental transferable skills.

Globalisation

This module aims to equip students to get behind much of the popular discussions on globalisation by examining definitions and dimensions of globalisation and the extent to which it is now a key element in important aspects of social life.

Dissertation

Students will undertake an independent and extended project theoretical, secondary or primary research in a relevant field of their own interest, with an assigned supervisor.

Political Geography

This module aims to critically explore the different ways of theorizing politics and the political geographically, encompassing analysis of the political dimensions of space and the role of space and place in politics.

Technology and Material Civilisation

This module takes a broad definition of technology to imclude the important mundane material world (tables, pavements, chairs etc) alongside contemporary communications technologies such as the mobile phone. The module explores definitions and theories of technology and society involving micro and macro level analysis and considerable breadth of theoretical ideas.

Planning and Communities (Requisite)

This module will introduce students to the concepts, procedures and mechanisms by which planning is managed in the UK including debates on national housing issues, HMOs, processes of development in local areas, urban planning and other related issues. Students will evaluate complex processes and debate contemporary issues.

International Development (Requisite)

This module will critically evaluate global human relationships and geographical issues of difference and inequality through the lens of development. It focuses on global geographical interconnections and the differences and disparities between human experiences, perceptions and histories of social life, development and the environment.  

Landscapes of Popular Culture

This module explores the cultural turn with geography and geographers of popular culture are largely concerned with how popular cultures constitute spaces and identities.

Career opportunities

Geography graduates are highly employable due to the increasing priority placed internationally on human, population and environmental issues and because of the high level of analytical and research skills developed while studying the subject.

In fact, a 2010 poll of over 200,000 graduates from UK universities found that those with geography degrees had the lowest rate of unemployment six months after graduation of any discipline polled, bar none (Higher Education Career Services Unit). Skills in the generation and interpretation of data and information locally and globally are also highly marketable.

Geography graduates can work in the fields of town planning, surveying, travel and tourism and the property industry as well as within the civil service, international organisations and education and care sectors.

In addition to logistics and distribution and international aid and development, local government agencies such as Defra, and services such as sustainability, regeneration and economic development and transport and environmental services, are also strong possibilities. Geography is also an excellent subject area with which to pursue a career in teaching either in primary or secondary environments.

Fees and finance

2020-21

  • Full-time tuition fee: £9,250 p.a.
  • Part-time tuition fee: £1,454 per 20 credits (Please contact the Infozone for further information)
  • International tuition fee: £11,790 p.a.

Further Information                                                       

  • Detailed information about Tuition Fees
  • Find out more about Financial Support eligibility.
  • Also see Loans and Grants.
  • At University of Suffolk, your tuition fees provide access to all the usual teaching and learning facilities that you would expect. However, there may be additional costs associated with your course that you will need to budget for.

Entry requirements

Next available intake is September 2020.

Academic Requirements

112 UCAS tariff points (or above), BBC (A-Level), DMM (BTEC).

All applicants are required to hold GCSE English and Maths at Grade C/4 or above. Applicants who do not hold these qualifications may be considered on an individual basis based upon their overall application and the course applied for.

If you do not hold these qualifications please contact Admissions directly on 01473 338348 to discuss.

Also see How to Apply.

International Requirements

IELTS 6.0 overall (minimum 5.5 in all components) where English is not the students' first language.

Also see International and EU.

Transferring Credit

If you have previously studied at higher education level before you may be able to transfer credits to a related course at the University of Suffolk and reduce the period of study time necessary to achieve your degree.

Staff

Associate Professor in Sociology

Senior Lecturer in Sociology

Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Youth Studies

Facilities and Resources

Fieldwork is a fundamental part of any degree in Human Geography. The majority of fieldwork undertaken within taught modules will take place locally within Ipswich at no cost to students. Minimal costs which might be incurred for fieldwork surrounding the Ipswich area might include ensuring you have a packed lunch or a small local bus or train fare (usually not exceeding £5 or £10).

Where appropriate students will undertake fieldtrips elsewhere including a trip to a city as part of the rural and urban geographies level 4 module. There are costs associated with a trip to a city (such as parts of East London) and students will be expected to pay for their own train travel, not expected to exceed £50).

There is an optional international trip in the second year of the Human Geography degree. The costs of this are heavily subsidised by the Department of Law and Social Sciences but students will be expected to contribute towards the cost of this fieldtrip. This will usually be around £200. The trip is optional and students who do not wish to attend are provided with local opportunities for learning.