This joint degree combines the study of human geography and economics by focusing on the spatial implications of economic processes and the economic implications of social processes, and includes a year of professional experience to put your skills and knowledge into practice.
Economic and geographic issues dominate the news and shape the world we live in. This area covers everything from globalisation and consumerism to sustainability and responses to epidemics.
We are in the top 100 in the world for geography (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2017), and offer award-winning teaching and innovative, problem-solving assessment methods, practical skills development, and a year of professional experience. Research opportunities and training are central to your experience with us and you will be able to collect and analyse your own data on one of our overseas field trips as well as in our teaching laboratories.
Our staff are active researchers who are experts in a wide range of fields in economics, with many involved in research that informs policy decisions by governments, major multinational organisations and international agencies like the UN. As such, The University is ranked 10th in the UK for our research impact for Business and Management Studies (Times Higher Education Institutions Ranked by Subject, 2014, based on its analysis of REF 2014), which feeds directly into your learning.
You will gain analytical skills and specialist knowledge of economics as you develop through this course, giving you a valuable edge over other applicants when it comes to getting a job. In addition to traditional lectures, you will take part in small group tutorials in which you can discuss and analyse theory and practice through case studies, exercises, group presentations and open debate.
Research techniques include a range of methods of quantitative analysis as well as interviewing and ethnographic approaches enabling you to develop a wide range of skills.
You can also choose to take a full year of study abroad or professional experience as part of your degree, usually between your second and third year of study. Recent destinations for study abroad year include Melbourne, Australia and Ottawa, Canada.
This course provides opportunities for you to work with partner organisations on research projects. Recent examples include Thames Water, the Environment Agency, Reading Borough Council, the Earth Trust, Reading Buses and West Berkshire Wildlife Group.
You will benefit from the links that members of staff have with industry and with external organisations such as NGOs, local authorities, and government departments. Recently, a final-year student undertook field work for her dissertation at the Environmental Studies Centre in Cyprus, benefiting from the expertise and facilities available in a challenging and exciting environment overseas.
The department also runs both Erasmus+ study abroad schemes in the UK and enjoys active links with approved partner universities in Europe. In the autumn term of your final year, you will have the chance to study abroad for a term. All classes are conducted in English and bursaries are available to help with travel and accommodation costs.
You will gain the skills for careers in renewable energy, wildlife conservation, development studies, urban and transport planning, biodiversity and climatology.
Graduates have followed careers in retail management, transport consultancy, regeneration management and the Whitehall civil service. Others work in environmental consultancies, hazards and insurance, real estate and property, and international development as flood risk analysts, commercial managers, GIS analysts, portfolio managers, campaign executives, social researchers, nature conservation officers, web designers, human resources officers and quantity surveyors.
Others have secured roles as economists with the Government Economic Service or consultancies such as PwC and KPMG.
Sample modules may include:
*Foundation in human geography
*Human geography: principles and practice
*Introductory mathematics for economics 1
Check our website for more details of the course structure.
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