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Looking to study BA Geography. Which university is better.?
Original post by Anonymous #1
Looking to study BA Geography. Which university is better.?


I know you are probably looking for a students point of view, but I saw your post and thought I could share some information about Brighton Uni's Geography BA course 🙂

The course is accredited by the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG). This is independent recognition that the knowledge, skills and other attributes expected of high-quality geography graduates are delivered by our course.

You will gain valuable, hands-on experience in the specialist labs and using field equipment, including:

Environment and Public Health Lab

Soil and Water Analysis Labs

Soil and Sediment Analysis Lab

Hydraulics Lab

Environmental Simulation Lab

Scanning Electron Microscopy facility

Air quality lab

Computer suites running GIS and other professional software

Equipment for field-based geophysical surveying

Field collection equipment

Learning with a course team of active researchers you’ll build on the knowledge and skills learned in the classroom and the lab through field work. Recent field trip locations include Pembrokeshire and Morocco.

Our Geography degree course graduates have gone on to careers in organisations including the Environment Agency, Southern Water, Low Carbon Europe, GIS consultancies. They are working in roles such as GIS officer, environmental consultant, energy consultant, sustainability manager, performance analyst, archaeologist, heritage manager, and planning and development surveyor.

You can read one of our Geography graduate Ruth's stories here where she tells you about her time studying at the University of Brighton and how her career is progressing.

More student stories can be found on the geography blog!

I hope this has given you a bit more insight to the course. If you have any questions just drop us a message!

Wishing you all the best with your choices 😀

Danielle - Brighton Uni Rep
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Original post by Anonymous #1
Looking to study BA Geography. Which university is better.?

Hiya! 😀

I'm a current second year student here at Plymouth and, although I don't study Geography, I'd be more than happy to help give you a bit more information about the university and course!

Teaching is student-centred and the course is taught through lectures, seminars, practicals, national and/or international residential fieldwork, tutorials and one-to-one dissertation support. I have found studying at Plymouth there is a really good mix of teaching styles and methods to ensure you gain a wide breadth of skills, whilst keeping the course interesting and engaging.

The course offers a chance to study abroad with a partner organisation or spend an additional year in industry between your second and third years to gain valuable experience in a field of interest to you.

The university's location is also great in Plymouth, close to Dartmoor National Park as well as the Tamar Valley and South Hams Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Devon and Cornwall have some amazing beaches, coasts, rivers and estuaries. With many courses there are lots of field trips to local areas to gain practical experience and utilise local surroundings, and further afield. I really love the city here in Plymouth. From being originally from near Brighton I definitely wanted a university by the ocean, and being next to the National Marine Park delivers just that, especially being in a really student-friendly and affordable city. Everything is also very close by and I rarely have to walk more than around 20 minutes to get somewhere I need to go!

Modules within the first year of the course include: Culture, Society and Space, Environment and Climate, Sustainable Futures, Water, Landscape and Environmental Management, People and Place, and Our Digital Planet. More information on these, and other year's modules can be found on our website (linked below!) There are many optional modules to take in second and third year to enable students to choose their areas of interest and develop knowledge about topics that interest them, allowing you to shape your degree.

The Geography degree pathway is flexible, as you can choose physical geography modules, even if you have entered to study BA (hons) (human geography). A BA (Hons) Geography degree would comprise more human geography (GGH) option modules than physical geography option modules.

Course entry requirements are 104-112 UCAS points from a minimum of two A levels. Excluding general studies.

More course details can be found here for BA (Hons) Geography on our website.The link to our programme specification can also be found here!

We also have a Geography student (Nutaya) available to chat to on our Unibuddy platform who can give you a bit more insight and provide some more detailed information 🙂

Hope this helps and best of luck! Let me know if you have any more questions about Plymouth or feel free to send a message to the course rep Nutaya on Unibuddy!

-Alfie, University of Plymouth Undergraduate Student Ambassador

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