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BSc (Hons) Geography

Durham University
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Course UCAS code: F800
Qualification type:
  • BSc (Hons), Full-time , Duration: 3 Years
Course Summary:
In the first year of Physical Geography, we introduce the range of our research specialisms and research methods, including residential fieldwork overseas (e.g. Portugal). Elective modules in the second and third years progressively lead to material at the cutting edge of research and include optional overseas fieldwork. The majority of modules in the second and third year focus on physical geography and environmental topics. 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 BA (Hons) list (subject to timetable compatibility). **Year 1** Compulsory modules: Physical Geography Introduction to Geographical Research (BSc) – double module including overseas residential fieldwork Human Geography. Optional modules, choose two optional modules from: Understanding Earth’s Principles Planet under Pressure Geographies of Crisis Level One Module(s) offered by another department, subject to approval. **Year 2** In the second year, you will develop further practical and scientific 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. Compulsory modules: Scientific Research in Geography (includes compulsory residential fieldwork in the UK) – double module, and a pre-requisite for the dissertation in the third year Handling Geographic Information. Optional modules, choose three modules (the modules may vary from year to year but typical options include): Climate Change: Geographical Perspectives Contested Environments Fluvial Systems Geochemistry of the Environment Glaciers and Glaciation Reconstructing Environmental Change Mountain Landscapes One Level Two module from the BA list or from another department (with permission). **Year 3** 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 physical geography topic) – double module. Optional modules (80 credits in total - please see our website for full list). **Study Abroad** You will have the opportunity to study abroad for a year between the second and third years of the Geography BSc (Hons). 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. **Placement Year** 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 don’t 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. For more information on this course, please see our website.
For more information on the content of this course, including module details, please see our website.
Application deadline details:

15 January

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Surrounded by pit villages and beautiful countryside, Durham feels like it is enclosed in a bubble. With students from all over the UK and the world descending on the United Kingdom's 27th smallest city, familiar faces are everywhere. From the far reaches of Gilesgate and Neville's Cross, to houses closer to the city centre, you'll always feel at home.

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Provisional for Year 1 for Wales at £9,250
Provisional for Year 1 for International at £19,250
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  • 4Winter's avatar by 4Winter on 24th January 2019
    It's a great uni with a really welcoming and active student community. The courses are well-taught, there are so many opportunities to get involved and find things you like whatever your preferences are.
  • by Anonymous on 7th September 2015
    Really good, however I feel that the insular nature of the city/ the 'Durham bubble' is not for everyone.
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