From understanding how landscapes are shaped, to how populations move and interact, to the impact climate change has on us, the study of geography has never been more relevant.
If your interest lies especially in human geography, this scheme is an excellent choice; if you have a more general interest in geography, you may prefer our BA or BSc in Geography schemes. All will equip you with highly desirable practical, numerical and computational skills for a wide range of careers. These include regional planning, environmental management, local authority work, financial planning, computing or business and retail management.
Our strong relationships with industry enable us to provide great work experience opportunities to enhance your employability.
Swansea University is Welsh University of the Year and runner up for University of the Year (Times & Sunday Times University Guide 2019). Our students rank us consistently highly in the National Student Survey (95% in 2018) and we are ideally placed to offer exceptional fieldwork opportunities. Just a short drive from the UK's first designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Gower Peninsula, you will have easy access to the Brecon Beacons, rural west Wales and the urban and industrial landscapes of South Wales. You'll also have an opportunity to carry out fieldwork overseas in Berlin, New York or Vancouver.
Through this degree, you will explore topical issues including the processes that shape the global economy, mobility and migration, creative geographies and political geography.
This degree is also offered as a four-year course, with a year in industry (L987).
"I loved my degree. I was always fascinated in the wonders of the World and what made it tick. Geography helps you look at the World with an analytical eye. It forces you to weigh up evidence and come to conclusions and question the origin of things. Journalism is exactly the same."
- Melanie Bromley, BA (Hons) Geography, West Coast bureau chief of American Celebrity Magazine US Weekly
In Year 1 you'll study several compulsory modules covering topics such as global environmental change, people place and nation, global shifts, colonial and postcolonial geographies, mobilities and migration and urban geography. You will then choose from optional modules covering geographical skills and methods, writing skills and personal development planning, and topics such as sustainability, Earth's changing face and geology.
In Year 2, you'll choose from a range of optional modules covering data analysis, approaches to human geography and conducting social research, and topics such as geographic information systems, creative geographies, boundaries and connections, political geographies and urban modelling. You'll also have an opportunity to take part in an overseas field trip.
In Year 3, you'll undertake your dissertation and choose from a range of optional modules covering topics such as migration, security and humanism, contemporary rural Britain, geographies of national identity, capital and labour in the 21st century, World cities and environmental modelling. You'll also have the opportunity to undertake an interdisciplinary field trip to the Indian Himalayas (Sikkim).
On the BA Human Geography course you will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, practical classes and field classes. You will be assessed through a variety of methods, including examinations, coursework, practical work, fieldwork and continuous assessment from tutorials. You will also complete a dissertation in Year Three.
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