Undergraduate BA (Hons)

Geography

School of Science, Engineering and Environment

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Next enrolment

September 2020

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Introduction

In a nutshell

Accredited by the Royal Geographical Society, our BA (Hons) Geography course will enable you to explore the relationship between people and their environment.

There is no better place to study human geography. Situated at the heart of Greater Manchester, you'll see firsthand the effects of post-industrial decline and regeneration in the world’s first industrial city. During your studies, you'll examine relationships between the global economy, society and environment in the developed and developing world, exploring themes of development and sustainability of cities into the 21st century.

Fieldwork is at the core of this course.  We've aligned trips with the specialist modules so you can develop applied skills and gain practical experience. Typical destinations could include the Peak District, the Yorkshire Dales, Sheffield and Liverpool. You'll also participate in residential field courses across the UK and other international locations, such as our recent visit to Scandinavia.

As you explore the physical and urban world, you'll experience small group teaching and support from our friendly and accessible staff. In the 2019 NSS survey, the course received 100% overall satisfaction, making it the highest-ranked University for Geography in the North West, and joint top nationally [based on University of Salford analysis of unpublished NSS 2019 data].

If you are interested in specialising in physical geography, or a mixture of human and physical, then take a look at our BSc (Hons) Geography degree course.

You will:
  • Explore the relationship between people and their environment
  • Study the effects of post-industrial decline and regeneration here in Manchester, the world's first industrial city
  • Participate in a number of day trips and residential field trips including international locations
Placement

options available

International

students accepted

Course accreditations
Royal Geographical Society accreditation logo

This is for you if...

1.

You're passionate about the world around you and want a degree with fieldwork and hands-on learning

2.

You're swayed towards human geography and are fascinated about the role, behaviour and impact of people

3.

You're concerned with how the needs of society are balanced with ensuring a sustainable environment

Course details

All about the course

During the first year, you'll follow a structured suite of modules, carefully designed to increase your subject knowledge, develop your confidence and prepare you for the next level. Themes covered include the effects of climate change, food security, mobility, sustainability, demography, economic geography, planning and environmental impact assessment, urban living and quality of life. In years two and three, you can choose to specialise in areas of human geography, or pick modules from across the whole geography spectrum.

Small group teaching is a key benefit of this course, and there are strong links between module content and staff research interests. The contemporary geographer needs a good understanding of research and enabling technology, so study and IT skills are embedded in the programme, including the use of computing facilities for data handling and Geographical Information Systems and Science (GIS) for environmental mapping and modelling.

Year one

Sustainability and Environment

You will examine sustainability at local, national and global scales and explore a range of case studies. Sustainability is a concept that cuts across disciplines and provides a framework for managing environmental issues. Project work will allow you apply your knowledge of the principles of sustainable development to assess and classify real-world problems and suggest solutions.

Earth Surface Processes

This module provides a broad introduction to the physical processes that take place within the geosphere and biosphere, focusing on those linked to the nature of landforms, global ecosystems and environmental change. You will develop a sound understanding of the inter-relationships between physical environmental processes and human activity, including natural hazards, climate change and biodiversity.

People, Place and Space

This module examines the role of people in shaping the human environment and focuses on key concepts such as place, power, scale and networks. You will learn about how the shape and form of cities is influenced by social and political issues, and how new technologies are changing the nature of human interactions in cities, states and across the world.

Environmental Resources

Environmental resources include food, energy and water, and spatial and temporal variation in the availability of these resources is arguably the most important issue for society in the twenty first century. This module introduces energy and water resources as fundamental concepts and examines current problems related to climate change, food security and pollution.

Applied Skills and Field Course

The first part of this module provides you with the applied skills to manage and analyse data using descriptive statistics, inference, graphs, hypothesis testing, and correlation and regression. It also introduces information searching and retrieving skills, data presentation and report writing. The second part of the module involves a residential field course in the UK where you will collect, analyse and present data to put into practice what you have learned.

Academic Tutorial

You take a weekly one hour tutorial with a member of academic staff in a group of 6-8 students. The module develops your academic skills and helps you develop your personal and professional skills for study and for work. You will work on a range of geographical/environmental management problems linked to the core first year modules The tutorials involve discussion, debate, and problem-solving, and provide you with a regular forum for monitoring your progress.

Year two

Contemporary Issues in Human Geography

This module examines the key concepts and theories in human geography and how they help explain contemporary relationships between people and place. This is done by considering current affairs and social practices and how they interact with governance systems in the 21st Century and impact on environmental and social issues in the UK. This module will also examine how demography is use to characterise and classify the urban landscape. Formal and informal ways of using green spaces in cities will also be examined.

Research Methods

This module equips with you with the range of research skills relevant for further study and the workplace, and prepares you for your Dissertation in final year. You will learn about the research process, the nature of scientific writing, research design, risk assessment and ethical considerations, and how to write a research proposal. The work is supported by fortnightly, small-group tutorials with a member of academic staff.

Consultancy Project

This innovative module supports the development of personal and professional skills. You will carry out a group-based project for an external client and learn about team work, project planning and time management. You will work with an academic advisor to write a project plan, allocate tasks to the team, carry out an investigation, and report the results to a client.

Urban Environments International Field Course

This module uses a combination of initial lectures to set the scene before an international residential field course or a series of off-site visits. Currently the residential field course visits Scandinavia, where you will have the opportunity to examine a range of social and environmental issues in the cities of Copenhagen (Denmark) and Malmo (Sweden).

Geographical Information Systems and Science

This module introduces the theory and practice of using remote sensing and Geographical Information Systems (GIS) for investigation our environment. You will learn how to acquiring environmental data using satellite remote sensing. This module develops practical skills in the use of GIS for geographical problem solving. This module places an emphasis on hand-on learning using state-of-the-art mapping software and mapping technologies. There are also opportunities to work on real world GIS projects with commercial organisations.   

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Economic Geography

In this module you will examine the connections between the global economy, and society and environment, in the developed and developing worlds. The scale of study is from local to global and the work involves coursework based on a 'dragon's den' activity where you will work on a project in a group, and the pitch and report your findings to a panel of experts.

Environmental Protection

This module is designed to introduce the state's role as a protector of the environment, and to identify those factors influencing environmental policy and law in the UK. You will explore the relationships between regulatory frameworks and environmental standards, and critically assess case studies relating to the nuclear sector, contaminated land, and air quality management.

University Wide Language

Courses are available in: Arabic, German, French, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish.

Year three

Development and Global Challenges

In the first part of the module, we will critically engage with the evolution of development theories and approaches and their relationship with wider global phenomena such as colonialism and globalisation. In the second part, we will understand the concept of sustainable development and investigate a range of global challenges such as food security, poverty, inequality, migration, water supply, energy security and climate change. The module will draw upon a range of diverse case studies from the global south and the global north and will allow you to focus more in depth in the study of one of the indicated global challenges.  

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Dissertation (Human Geography)

The Dissertation is a key feature of the course providing you with an opportunity to undertake a challenging independent research project with guidance from a member of academic staff. Your research topic is defined in your second year and in the third year you focus on data analysis, data interpretation and report writing. The module fine-tunes your research skills and provides you with a wide range of skills that may deployed in further study or the workplace.

Human Geography Research Project with Fieldwork

This module provides an alternative option to the traditional dissertation. The module is based around a residential fieldtrip on which a piece of research will be carried out. In the first semester of your final year you will design, in consultation with the module staff, a research project to carry out in the location for the fieldtrip. This initial piece of work will be assessed by an assignment. You will then go on the fieldtrip and carryout your research project. In the second semester, again in consultation with staff, you will produce a second assignment outlining the results of your research. The previous fieldwork location has been Barcelona in Spain but this may be subject to change.

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Environmental Remote Sensing

This module will develop your understanding of the principles of remote sensing and the issues associated with applying remote sensing data to solve real-world problems. It will expose you to a range of remotely sensed data and help you to develop a clear understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of methodologies that employ such data.

Housing and Sustainability

This module aims to provide an awareness of the impact of environmental design and construction methods on human comfort and wellbeing and how these may inform and influence design decisions. Issues covered include looking at the relationship between environmental design and construction methods in the context of sustainability. You will also consider how to investigate the causes and impacts of deterioration in the fabric of a building

Issues relating to remedial actions and conservation techniques in relation to building fabric will also be investigated.

Britain and the Modern World

The module will explore the landscape archaeology of industrialisation in Britain during the period 1600-1900. This period covers the transition from a rural, agriculturally-based society to an urban, manufacturing-based society and the consequent landscape changes as reflected in the archaeological record. The module is structured around a series of major research questions with which archaeologists of the Industrial period are currently engaged.

University Wide Language

Courses are available in: Arabic, German, French, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish.

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Environmental Decision Making Systems

This module examines the role of decision-making in the management of natural resources and ecosystem services. You will investigate the role of environmental modelling in supporting environmental decision-making and assess the effectiveness of decision-making tools including Environmental Impact Assessment, hazard and risk analysis, and life-cycle analysis.

Sustainable Cities

Overall, Sustainable Cities is a broad module covering a wide variety of topics, allowing you to focus on elements relevant to your specific field of study. This module will engage with a host of ideas and concepts, from urban agriculture, which involves farming in cities, to methods for greening cities and the role of key actors in managing these spaces. Semester two focuses on the rise of megacities, with a specific focus on the social and environmental issues present in such complex environments; it builds on the themes from semester one and enables you to focus on a topic which is of interest to you.

Environment and Wellbeing

This module explores the relationships between human health and environment and the epidemiology and geographical distribution of disease. You will assess the availability and accessibility of health services and their influence on ‘well-being’ in communities and explore the principles and techniques for health promotion   

University Wide Language

Courses are available in: Arabic, German, French, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish.

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

What will I be doing?

TEACHING

Teaching is through a combination of methods. These include:

  • Lectures
  • Fieldwork
  • Tutorials
  • Practical classes
  • Computer based learning
  • Assignments
  • Project work

ASSESSMENT

Assessments will be based on a combination of examinations and continuous assessment. This will include:

  • Field reports
  • Reflective diaries
  • Essays
  • Problem-solving exercises
  • Data analysis
  • Seminars
  • Research projects

Assessments will involve a mixture of group and individual work.

School of Science, Engineering and Environment

From cyber security to biomedicine to architecture, our expanding suite of multidisciplinary courses shapes the next generation of scientists, engineers, consultants and conservationists. Through advanced research, we’re pioneering robotics and AI, smart environments and the appliance of data. With a team of over 200 dedicated academic, technical and administrative staff, you’ll experience a supportive, professional environment where you can realise your potential.

Our facilites

We have recently invested in the development of a new, state-of-the-art, integrated teaching laboratory known as the Bodmer Lab.

The Bodmer Lab is a specialist, purpose built facility and ensures our students benefit from the latest technologies to support their learning and remain on the cutting edge of innovation and discovery.

Employment and stats

What about after uni?

Salford Geography graduates have gone on to careers in environmental consultancies, utility companies, transport logistics and housing organisations, and have pursued careers in primary and secondary teaching. Others have gone on to take Masters or PhD degrees in a geographical discipline.

A taste of what you could become

A cartographer

A commercial/residential surveyor

A environmental consultant

A geographical information systems officer

A planning and development surveyor

And more...

Career Links

This course includes modules that allow you to work with external agencies including companies, research organisations and voluntary groups. Specific modules where you will work directly with external organisation are the Consultancy Project in the second year, where you work exclusively with real organisations to solve real world problems, and the GIS modules in the second and third year, where you will work with an international company involved in providing digital mapping.

INDUSTRY PLACEMENTS

We encourage all students to undertake a placement year between years two and three of study. Placement years are arranged by the student with our support.

Requirements

What you need to know

APPLICANT PROFILE

We welcome those coming from school or college, with, or without an A level in Geography, but with interests in geography and a passion for fieldwork. We also welcome those returning to education, either via Access qualifications or by taking the foundation year route.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0, with no element below 5.5, is proof of this. If you need to improve your written and spoken English, you might be interested in our English language courses.

Standard entry requirements

GCSE

Grade C or 4 or above in mathematics and English required.

UCAS tariff points

104 - 112 UCAS points, Geography preferred but not essential. General Studies is accepted in combination with other A level subjects.

A level

104 - 112 UCAS points, Geography preferred but not essential. General Studies is accepted in combination with other A level subjects.

BTEC National Diploma

DMM

BTEC Higher National Diploma

Possible entry to year 3

Foundation Degree

Possible entry to year 3

Access to HE

104 - 112 UCAS points from QAA approved Access to HE Diploma

Scottish Highers

104 - 112 UCAS points from Higher Level

Irish Leaving Certificate

104 - 112 UCAS points from Higher Level

European Baccalaureate

Pass in Diploma of at least 60% including at least 1 Science subject

International Baccalaureate

30 points

Alternative entry requirements

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.

There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.

How much?

Type of study Year Fees
Full-time home/EU 2019/20 £9,250per year
Full-time international 2019/20 £12,660per year
Part-time 2019/20 Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying.
Full-time home/EU 2020/21 £9,250per year
Full-time international 2020/21 £12960per year
Part-time 2020/21 Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying.
Additional costs

All field trips are funded by the school but you may need to consider additional costs such as food and spending money. 

International field trips that are part of core modules are also funded by the school but you will need to pay towards international field trips that are part of optional modules (although these are subsidised by the school) and you will be made aware of these costs before selecting the module. 

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

 Scholarships for international students 2020/21

If you are a high-achieving international student, you may be eligible for one of our international scholarships worth up to £5,000. Our international scholarships include the Salford International Excellence Scholarship.

To find out more information, visit our International Scholarships page.

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Enrolment dates

September 2020

UCAS information

Course ID F804

Institution S03