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Human Geography and History
Undergraduate course
BA (Hons)

Human Geography and History

Overview

History and human geography have never been more closely linked. Geographers have started to consider the long-term trends that have shaped the world around us and, at the same time, environmental and urban history have recently emerged as vibrant areas.

Your course will give you the opportunity to explore the connections and conflicts between these fields. You will study cultural, social, political and environmental developments locally, nationally and globally, and you will discover how these changes have formed the environments, landscapes and societies we live in today.

Guided by our expert teaching staff, you will examine the history of relocation and migration, explore the ideas of place, power and identity, and consider the ethical concerns of diverse societies and vibrant cities. You will be able to select option modules that cover both subjects, and your dissertation will allow you to embrace an area of particular interest to you.

Studying a joint honours course will challenge your ways of thinking and doing, as you develop skills and expertise in two different but closely related disciplines. You will study alongside students from our BA (Hons) History and BA (Hons) Human Geography courses, giving you the opportunity to meet new people and share ideas.

Our staff work across the boundaries of these subjects, so they will guide you as you explore the points of difference between the two and help you discover how human geography and history feed into each other. Their wide-ranging research work will inform your learning - you will be taught by specialists in environmental history, Victorian street life, travel writing and the development of modern cities, to name a few.

You will have the chance to undertake a placement in your second year, giving you first-hand experience of the workplace and plenty of skills to add to your CV.

Course Features

  • Study abroad option
  • Expert careers service
  • 24/7 Library
  • TEF Silver Award
  • University accommodation

Entry Requirements

112
POINTS REQUIRED
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.
UCAS Tariff Points: 112 points required. (Minimum 72 from two A Levels or equivalent, excluding General Studies).
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.
Additional Requirements:
GCSEs:
GCSE English Language and Maths at Grade C or above (Grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards) or equivalent. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy/Numeracy are accepted in place of GCSEs.
Access to HE Diploma:
Pass overall with a minimum of 112 UCAS tariff points.
Scottish Awards:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade B at Higher Level.
Irish Leaving Certificate:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade C1 or above at Higher Level of which at least 3 must be at B2.
Selection Criteria:
We may use selection criteria based on your personal attributes; experience and/or commitment to the area of study. This information will be derived from your personal statement and reference and will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements.
International Baccalaureate: 25 Points
IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Mature Applicants
Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website.

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

UCAS Tariff Points:112 points required. (Minimum 72 from two A Levels or equivalent, excluding General Studies).
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.
Additional Requirements:
GCSEs:
GCSE English Language and Maths at Grade C or above (Grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards) or equivalent. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy/Numeracy are accepted in place of GCSEs.
Access to HE Diploma:
Pass overall with a minimum of 112 UCAS tariff points.
Scottish Awards:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade B at Higher Level.
Irish Leaving Certificate:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade C1 or above at Higher Level of which at least 3 must be at B2.
Selection Criteria:
We may use selection criteria based on your personal attributes; experience and/or commitment to the area of study. This information will be derived from your personal statement and reference and will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements.
International Baccalaureate: 25 Points
IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Verify your qualifications
If you are an international student, we can help you to compare and verify your qualifications. Please contact our International Office on +44 (0)113 812 1111 09.00 to 17.00 Mon-Thurs / 09.00 to 16.30 Fri GMT or email internationaloffice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.
Need to improve your English Language skills?
Don't worry if you don't have the level of English required for your chosen course. We offer a wide range of courses which have been designed to help you to improve your qualifications and English language ability, most of which are accredited by the British Council. Check your English and find out more about our English courses.


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Careers

Holly Gilpin

Careers

Holly Gilpin
Visitor Assistant Leeds Art Gallery

BA (Hons) History

“History was always my favourite subject at school and my course focused on social and cultural history which is my passion. By studying major events in world history, from the French Revolution to the Cold War, I'm now able to bring my interpretations of exhibitions and artworks to life and keep my visitors thoroughly engaged.

Modules & learning

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Society & Culture in Modern Britain 1780-1914

Geography in the Contemporary World

Sustainable Places & European Field Trip

Migration & Cultural Encounters

20th-Century Europe

Contested Geographies

Landscapes of History

Development of Geographical Thought

Placement & Professional Skills

Research Methods

Slavery & Unfree Labour in the British Empire

International Field Trip

Dissertation

East Asia: Urban & Social Contexts

Women & the Built Environment

Geographical Imaginations

Heritage & Conservation

Apartheid & After: 20th-Century South Africa

Britons Abroad: Histories of Overseas Travel & Holidaying 1750-1970

Streetlife: Urban Culture & Society Since 1850

Britishness: Nation & Identity Since 1707

Communist Eastern Europe 1945-1990: Peeking Behind the Iron Curtain

Environmentalism in World History

The Four Seasons of Modern Italy: Nationalism, Liberalism, Fascism, Democracy

Restaurants, Roundabouts & Revolutions: Paris in the 19th Century

Senior Lecturer Stephen Mosley
Dr Stephen Mosley
Senior Lecturer

Stephen is an expert in environmental history and is particularly interested in pollution problems and their impacts on people and the planet. He has published several books, including The Environment in World History which examines the processes that have transformed the earth and put growing pressure on natural resources. He serves on the advisory boards of the journal Environment and History and the online guide Oxford Bibliographies in Environmental Science.

Many modules on the new Human Geography and History curriculum are enriched by research informed teaching, including my own on ‘Landscapes of History’. Exploring how ideas as well as actions have shaped landscapes over time allows us to see the human ‘footprint’ on the earth more clearly.
Dr Max Hope
Dr Max Hope
Course Director

Max joined Leeds Beckett from Ulster University early in 2016, bringing with him a wealth of knowledge about the social challenges and implications of environmental change. His research explores a variety of issues, including vulnerability to natural hazards such as earthquakes and flooding, sustainable development, and motivations for environmentally friendly behaviour. Max is part of a Natural Environment Research Council project to develop a tool that can forecast the aftershocks that follow major earthquakes in order to help coordinate emergency response activities.

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Fees & funding

The Undergraduate fee rates for 2018/19 are still subject to government approval at the current time. Early indications from the Government suggest that the rate will be set at approximately £9,250 per year for full time students. Part time students will pay a pro-rata of this based on the number of modules studied and the credit load of those modules.
Fees for this course are not yet confirmed.

Facilities

  • Broadcasting Place
    Broadcasting Place

    Officially one of the world’s best tall buildings and a big talking point in Leeds, Broadcasting Place is home to our cultural studies and humanities courses. It offers a space for students to join an academic community that plays an active role in shaping contemporary debates about the future direction of those disciplines.

  • Northern Terrace
    Northern Terrace

    Based at our City Campus, only a short walk from Leeds city centre, Northern Terrace is home to our School of Built Environment & Engineering.

  • Library
    Library

    Our Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year, providing you with access to specialist books and journals, learning spaces, computers, multimedia facilities and media equipment hire. Tens of thousands of our Library's digital resources, including ebooks, ejournals and databases, can be accessed online at a time and place to suit you.

  • Gym and Sports Facilities
    Gym and Sports Facilities

    Keeping fit is easy at Leeds Beckett - our fitness suites are easy to get to, kitted out with all the latest technology and available to all sports members.

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City Campus

It is not every university that can offer you the chance to study in the best tall building in the world. But we can. Our City Campus is home to such award-winning learning environments as Broadcasting Place, voted best tall building in the world in 2010. Other buildings include the Rose Bowl, home to our Business School, which was awarded Best Commercial Property Development in the 2009 Yorkshire Property awards. Just over the road from the Rose Bowl is the Leslie Silver building which houses one of our impressive libraries across five floors. The library is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week throughout the year.

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