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BA (Hons) Human Geography with Sociology

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Three years full-time.

Six years part-time.

Next available intake will be September 2022

Typical Offer: 

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

Please see Entry Requirements below.


Human geography has become an increasingly important discipline within the wider field of geography. Studying the complex relationships between human societies and their environments is even more illuminating in the context of sociology.

Whilst focusing on this field, we draw on different disciplines to bring human geography to life, covering themes such as global movement, international development, political and social change, diversity and inequality, and the shaping of nation states.

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. Coupled with the international importance placed on human, population and environmental issues, this joint programme is an extremely relevant and rewarding choice of degree course.

Being a graduate will 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.

As the world faces big questions relating to overpopulation, poverty, climate, migration, biodiversity and energy, this has been declared as the ‘great age of geography’. This is indeed the time and the place to combine human geography and sociology.

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 with Sociology 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.

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.

Introduction to Sociology

Sociology is a subject that provides an analysis of the modern social world. This module aims to give students an understanding of both the key features of the sociological perspective and in particular the sociological imagination. It is concerned with making the everyday strange and the far away near to gain a better grasp on key aspects of social life.

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.

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


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.

Social Theory

The development of social theory is one of the key contributions of sociology to the social sciences. This module provides an overview of the origins of social theory and a range of important theorists from the late 20th and early 21st centuries to allow engagement with insightful, challenging and sometimes subversive perspectives.


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 (Optional)

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 (Optional)

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 (Optional)

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.  

Gender and Sexuality (Optional)

This module will consider theoretical aspects of gender and sexuality, considering the political and individual dimensions and experiences.

Human Rights (Optional)

This module examines the concept of human rights from legal and philosophical perspectives; exploring the national international and comparative dimensions of human rights discourses and legal protection. Students will develop a comprehensive understanding of the key strands in philosophy of human rights, the principal legal human rights regimes and appreciate that human rights is a contested field.

Career opportunities

Both Geography and Sociology graduates are highly employable, in fact a 2010 poll of over 200,000 graduates from UK universities found those with geography degrees had the lowest rate of unemployment six months after graduate from amongst all the disciplines polled (Higher Education Career Services Unit).

Sociology and Geography graduates are well placed to seek employment in graduate schemes, management schemes, social services, welfare services, the civil service, charities and the voluntary sector as well as travel and tourism, international NGOs, regeneration and environmental and economic development.

Skills in the generation and interpretation of data and information locally and globally are also highly marketable, which means sociology and geography graduates are able to work in both the public and private sectors and provides an excellent grounding for a career in business, marketing or demography. Geography is also an excellent subject area with which to pursue a career in teaching either in primary or secondary settings.

Fees and finance


  • Full-time Tuition fee: £9,250 p.a.
  • Part-time Tuition fee: £1,454 per 20 credit module (Please contact the Infozone for further information).
  • International Tuition fee: £12,150 p.a. 


  • Full-time tuition fee: £9,250 p.a
  • Part-time tuition fee: £1,454 per 20 credits (please contact the Infozone for further information)
  • Full-time International tuition fee:  £13,000 p.a

Further Information

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 you course that you will need to budget for. 

* 2022-23 tuition fees are subject to change in line with inflation, or a government change in the fee cap.

Entry requirements

Next available intake is September 2021.


Associate Professor in Sociology

Senior Lecturer in Sociology

Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Youth Studies

Facilities and Resources

Fieldwork is a key part of any degree in Human Geography and works very well to enhance and practice skills learned within the social sciences more broadly. Fieldwork on this programme is undertaken within taught modules and will mostly 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).

There is an optional international trip in the second year of the 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.