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BA (Hons) Human Geography and Environment

Bringing together social science and environmental science to understand the complex linkages between people, places and the planet

Year of entry: 2019
Show year of entry: 2018

UCAS code

L7F8

Institution code

Y50

Length

3 years full-time (plus optional placement year)

Typical offer

AAB (full entry requirements)

Start date

September 2019 (term dates)

UK/EU fees

£9,250 per year (2018/19)

International fees

£21,330 per year (2019/20)

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Our BA Human Geography and Environment provides an understanding of contemporary human geography and environmental science. It explores real-world problems, such as transportation, urbanisation, food security, mega-cities and their impact on the natural environment.

Government and Industry

We have strong links with organisations across government and industry as well as links to policy makers, meaning your learning is informed by topical issues.

Course content

You will study contemporary human geography and current environmental issues. You'll learn to use geographical concepts and skills to deliver solutions to global problems.

Study abroad

The University has exchange agreements with a number of other universities across the world. Typically one or two environment students study abroad every year in places such as Australia, Canada, the USA, Singapore and Hong Kong.

Year 1

The first year modules give you an introduction to the basics of the course, providing you with a foundation for advanced material in the future.

All first year modules are core. 

Academic integrity module

In addition to the above you will also need to complete our online Academic Integrity module.

Year 2

You will take a range of core modules to develop your knowledge of human geography and environment. You can then begin to tailor your degree to your own interests with a choice of option modules.

Core modules:

Option modules:

You'll choose 40 credits from the following options:

Or you can replace some optional modules with electives from other Departments.

Year 3

You specialise further in Year 3 with your independent research project and a range of core and option modules. 

Core modules:

Option modules:

You'll choose two of the following modules:

Or you can replace some optional modules with electives from other Departments.

Please note, modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.

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Fees and funding

The fees and funding figures below are based on data from 2018 entry. If you take a year abroad or year in industry you'll pay a reduced rate of fees for that year.

Annual tuition fees

UK/EU International
£9,250 £21,330

Additional costs

Field work is integral to your course, so in Years 1 and 2, there are core residential field trips. The travel and accommodation costs of these are included in your student fees.*  Compulsory trips include both residential and day trips. Optional field trips are not paid for, and you will be asked to contribute to the cost of these.

* The Department will meet the full cost of flights in most cases. However, in certain circumstances, you may have to make a contribution.

UK/EU or international fees? The level of fee that you will be asked to pay depends on whether you're classed as a UK, EU or international student.

Fees for subsequent years

  • UK/EU: further increases within the government fee cap will apply in subsequent academic years. We will notify you of any increase as soon as we can.
  • International: fees for international students are subject to annual increases. Increases are currently capped at 2% per annum.

More information

For more information about tuition fees, any reduced fees for study abroad and work placement years, scholarships, tuition fee loans, maintenance loans and living costs see undergraduate fees and funding.

Funding

We offer a number of scholarships to help cover tuition fees and living costs.

Home/EU students

International students

Living costs

You can use our living costs guide to help plan your budget. It covers accommodation costs and estimated social costs.

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Teaching and assessment

You’ll work with world‐leading academics who’ll challenge you to think independently and excel in all that you do. Our approach to teaching will provide you with the knowledge, opportunities, and support you need to grow and succeed in a global workplace. Find out more about our approach to teaching and learning.

Teaching format

Teaching includes field-based learning, research-led teaching and a more traditional combination of lectures, tutorials, and seminars.

Practical work is a key feature, both in individual projects and in groups.

Field trips form an important part of your course, with excursions (residential and non-residential) each year.

  • You'll participate in residential field trips to the North York Moors (Year 1) and to Tenerife (Year 2)
  • In Year 3 there is an optional field trip to Prague.

Overall workload

As a guide, students on this course typically spend their time as follows:

Year 1Year 2Year 3
Lectures and seminars216 hours240 hours240 hours

The figures above are based on data from 2016/17.

The rest of your time on the course will be spent on independent study. This may include preparation for lectures and seminars, follow-up work, wider reading, practice completion of assessment tasks, or revision.

Everyone learns at a different rate, so the number of hours will vary from person to person. In UK higher education the expectation is that full-time students will spend 1200 hours a year learning.

Teaching location

You will be based in the Environment Department which is based on Campus West. Teaching takes place at a variety of locations across Campus West including in the state-of-the-art Environment building, and the Department of Biology.

About our campus

Our beautiful green campus offers a student-friendly setting in which to live and study, within easy reach of the action in the city centre. It's easy to get around campus - everything is within walking or pedalling distance, or you can always use the fast and frequent bus service.

Assessment and feedback

Each module will be assessed either by coursework, closed examination or a combination of both. Coursework can include:

  • open exercises
  • practical write-ups
  • oral presentations
  • data analysis exercises
  • essays

In your final year, you will complete an independent research project based on your interests and career aspirations.

Percentage of the course typically assessed by coursework and exams

Year 1Year 2Year 3
Written exams35%38%8%
Coursework53%50%85%
Practical exams12%12%7%

The figures above are based on data from 2016/17.

Careers and skills

This course will equip you for roles tackling environmental issues at a local, national or international level. You will also develop transferable skills that can be used outside the geography and environment sector.

Career opportunities

  • International aid and development
  • Public sector such as the Environment Agency, DEFRA
  • Private sector industries including energy companies, construction, retail, travel, transport
  • Environmental consultancies
  • Conservation bodies

Transferable skills

  • Project management 
  • Feasibility studies
  • Data analysis 
  • Research skills 
  • Time management

Entry requirements

Qualification Typical offer
A levels

AAB including Geography.

We do not accept General Studies.

GCSEs GCSE Mathematics at grade 4 (C) or above, or equivalent.
Access to Higher Education Diploma Obtain Access to HE Diploma with 36 credits at Distinction and 9 credits at Merit or higher.
BTEC National Extended Diploma or QCF BTEC National Extended Diploma with DDD in any of the following subjects: Environmental sustainability, Hospitality, Business or Travel and Tourism
Cambridge Pre-U D3, D3, M2 (including Geography)
European Baccalaureate Overall average of 80 per cent or higher (including Geography)
International Baccalaureate 35 points (including Higher Level Geography)
Irish leaving Certificate AAAABB (including Geography)
Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers AB (including Geography) Advanced Highers
AAAAB (including Geography) Highers

English language

  • IELTS: 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in each component
  • Pearson: 61, with a minimum of 55 in each component
  • CAE and CPE (taken from January 2015): 176, with a minimum of 169 each component
  • TOEFL: 87 overall, with a minimum of 21 in Listening, 21 in Reading, 21 in Speaking, 21 in Writing
  • Trinity ISE III: Merit in all components

Find out about our English Language requirements.

Applying

To apply to York, you will need to complete an online application via UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service).

All applications must be made through UCAS. Applicants who are offered a place are encouraged to attend one of the Departmental visit days during the Spring Term.

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