Choosing a uni for geography

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I'm in year 12 and need to start thinking about uni applications. I'm pretty sure the degree I want to do is geography. I'd definitely be looking for Russell Group and maybe Oxbridge (predicted A*A*A), but all of the courses I've seen so far make you decide between human or physical geography.
My problem is that I really enjoy the interdisciplinary aspect of geography and don't particularly want to specialise in human or physical, as I believe having a more rounded knowledge would prove useful in today's society. I know they make you do it for either the BA or BSci, but I don't really care which one I end up with, as long as I get to still do both aspects of geography.
So I was wondering for anyone that's done a geography degree (or similar), are there any loopholes around specialising, or if there are any unis that don't even force you to.
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(Original post by rycbar.123)
I'm in year 12 and need to start thinking about uni applications. I'm pretty sure the degree I want to do is geography. I'd definitely be looking for Russell Group and maybe Oxbridge (predicted A*A*A), but all of the courses I've seen so far make you decide between human or physical geography.
My problem is that I really enjoy the interdisciplinary aspect of geography and don't particularly want to specialise in human or physical, as I believe having a more rounded knowledge would prove useful in today's society. I know they make you do it for either the BA or BSci, but I don't really care which one I end up with, as long as I get to still do both aspects of geography.
So I was wondering for anyone that's done a geography degree (or similar), are there any loopholes around specialising, or if there are any unis that don't even force you to.
Hey! One university jumps to mind after reading this is one that I applied to this year, as it seems to pride itself on the flexibility of the degree itself and that would be University of Birmingham. Birmingham at the moment allows you to do a degree in Geography as either BSc or BA without locking you into set units that are only human sided or only physical sided. The course they have would allow two people who completed identical modules for the whole duration of the course to graduate as a Geography BA and the other as a Geography BSc.

They are a Russell Group university and are very willing to tailor the degree to what you want to do rather than adding additional restrictions to the extent you can take elective modules from other departments after discussing it with them. They will also allow you to swap to an integrated Masters if you want to take that route as well part-way through your degree subject to meeting some requirements. Current requirements for a Geography degree with them are AAB from their website which can't come from General Studies or Critical Thinking, whereas, Geography MSci (Integrated Masters) asks for AAA also excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking.

I'm unsure about other universities from the top of my head, but it definitely exists!
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(Original post by rycbar.123)
I'm in year 12 and need to start thinking about uni applications. I'm pretty sure the degree I want to do is geography. I'd definitely be looking for Russell Group and maybe Oxbridge (predicted A*A*A), but all of the courses I've seen so far make you decide between human or physical geography.
My problem is that I really enjoy the interdisciplinary aspect of geography and don't particularly want to specialise in human or physical, as I believe having a more rounded knowledge would prove useful in today's society. I know they make you do it for either the BA or BSci, but I don't really care which one I end up with, as long as I get to still do both aspects of geography.
So I was wondering for anyone that's done a geography degree (or similar), are there any loopholes around specialising, or if there are any unis that don't even force you to.
uni of leeds has pretty flexible modules with either course
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As has been mentioned above the University of Birmingham has flexible BSc and BA Geography programmes available.

How you experience the BA and BSc programmes is entirely up to you – the modules available are the same for both programmes. Furthermore you can switch between programmes once here if you decide that you prefer to leave the University with a BA or BSc.

BSc modules focus more on the natural sciences, requiring quantitative science skills (such as maths and physics) whereas BA modules focus on the social sciences, requiring more qualitative skills such as interpretation. Applicants usually decide whether they feel they are currently more of a Physical Geographer (BSc) or Human Geographer (BA) and opt for that one in the first instance.

But make your decision safe in the knowledge that the same modules are available to you and you can switch programmes once you are here (for instance as you get a better feel for what the different modules entail and start thinking more about what would look better on your CV for your chosen career path).
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