In the first year of Human Geography we introduce the range of our research specialisms and research methods, including fieldwork. The majority of modules in the second and third year focus on human geographyâs sub-disciplines and social science methods. The second and third year elective modules progressively lead to material that is at the cutting-edge of research and include optional overseas fieldwork. In the second and third year, you may take integrated modules (with a mixture of human and physical geography) and one module from the Geography BSc list (subject to timetable compatibility).
Introduction to Geographical Research (BA)
Optional modules, choose two optional modules from:
Geographies of Crisis
Planet under Pressure
Understanding Earthâs Principles
Module(s) offered by another department, subject to approval.
In the second year, you will develop further practical and human geographical research skills and, through your choice of modules, may start to specialise in a number of themes or may choose a broader approach. These include our integrated modules that span the human/physical geography interface.
Social Research in Geography (includes compulsory residential fieldwork in the UK)
Theory and Concepts in Contemporary Human Geography.
These form the required foundation for your Dissertation in the third year.
In the third year, you will undertake your own Research Project (the Dissertation), supervised by a member of staff. You will also choose from a selection of modules that involve material at the cutting-edge of contemporary research.
Compulsory module (40 credits):
Dissertation (individual Research Project based on an approved human geography topic) â double module.
You will have the opportunity to study abroad for a year between the second and third years of the Geography BA (Hons) degree. We have a growing list of exchange programmes and this can be a rewarding experience and highly valued by employers. Places are allocated on a competitive basis. Past geography students have studied abroad at the following universities:
National University of Singapore
University of British Columbia
Queen's University, Canada
University of Otago, New Zealand.
University of Hong Kong
University of Melbourne.
A current list of approved universities can be found here.
You also have the opportunity to do a placement year with an organisation outside of the University between your second and third year. This additional year extends your degree making it four years in total. You may choose to do a placement which relates to a particular aspect of your studies or a role which aligns with broader career aspirations utilising skills developed during your degree. Students who are interested in doing a placement year should get in touch with the Department placement year convenor and the Faculty Placement Officer who will help guide them through the process. You donât need to commit to a placement year prior to starting at Durham, you will make that decision during your second year. The Department, Faculty Placement Officer and Careers and Enterprise Centre support students before, during and after their placement year and students retain their student status for the year on placement.
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