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Human Geography
Undergraduate course
BA (Hons)

Human Geography

International Scholarships available

Overview

Explore the rapidly changing world around you on this contemporary and dynamic course. You will study important topics such as migration, identity, sustainability, social injustice, cities and globalisation.

Alongside lectures, seminars and group work, you will undertake local and international fieldwork, go on a human geography-related work placement and conduct a major piece of research for your final-year dissertation.

This course will challenge your existing views and will provide you with sought-after skills and new ways of thinking.

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Research Excellence Framework 2014
Research Excellence Framework 2014: our University's results for the Architecture, Built Environment and Planning unit, which it entered for the first time, were impressive with 37% of its research being rated world leading or internationally excellent.
Opportunities frequently arise for you to get involved in live research projects and community consultations as part of your coursework. Each year there are field trips abroad visiting places such as France and Lithuania - giving you the chance to experience different urban and cultural environments. You will work alongside students from other universities on joint fieldwork projects.

We also encourage you to take advantage of the study abroad and international volunteering opportunities that our university offers. You will have the chance to study abroad usually for one semester in your second year and you can choose from a wide selection of universities. Popular choices include Macquaire University in Sydney, Australia and the University of San Diego in America.

Course Features

  • Placements
  • Part-time study available
  • Study abroad option
  • Expert careers service
  • 24/7 Library
  • University accommodation
  • TEF Silver Award
  • 94.4% of students felt they had the right opportunities to work with other students (National Student Survey 2017).
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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 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 are accepted in place of GCSE.
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 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 are accepted in place of GCSE.
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.


More questions?
No matter what your questions, we are here to answer them, visit our International website to get more information and find out about our online open days.

Careers

Maria Dychala

Careers

Maria Dychala
Graduate Planner Peacock & Smith

BA (Hons) Human Geography & Planning, MA Town & Regional Planning

“After successfully completing my undergraduate degree at Leeds Beckett, staying on to study a masters seemed a natural choice. The modules looked amazing and the course offered a clear pathway to my ultimate goal of becoming a chartered town planning consultant. I'm now confidently moving forward in my career and plan on becoming a licentiate member of the Royal Town Planning Institute after I graduate.

Teaching and learning

Take part in a wide variety of teaching and learning activities, including lectures, seminars, debates, tutorials and applied projects. Field trips, both day trips and longer trips abroad, are a key part of the course and a placement in your second year will give you the opportunity to learn in the workplace, enhancing your employability and interpersonal skills. The tabs below detail what and how you will study in each year of your course. The balance of assessments and overall workload will be informed by your core modules and the option modules you choose to study – the information provided is an indication of what you can expect and may be subject to change. The option modules listed are also an indication of what will be available to you. Their availability is subject to demand and you will be advised which option modules you can choose at the beginning of each year of study.
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An introduction to the breadth of subject matter covered by the discipline of human geography, in your first year you will take your first steps in broadening your understanding of the world. Each module will explore one of the various ways in which the concept of place is regarded by geographers. The six core modules include a European field trip which will help you gain valuable geographical skills.
Overall workload
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283 hours Teaching and learning Typically, this will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, supervised studio time or laboratory time and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor.
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917 hours Independent study This is the time outside your timetabled hours when you will be expected to continue learning independently. Typically, this will involve reading, research, completing assignments, preparing presentations and exam revision.
Assessment proportions
Examination This could include a timed examination, take-away paper, formal presentation or viva-voce examination or a set exercise, quiz or multiple choice test.
8%
Practical This is an invigilated assessment of your practical skills and competencies, such as delivering a coaching session, or a school experience if you are training to be a teacher.
8%
Coursework This could include essays, reports or other written assignments, a dissertation or project, or a portfolio of your work. Assessed work will normally be returned with feedback within four weeks of your submission. When you begin your course, you will be provided with a module handbook for your chosen modules which will provide specific guidelines on how and when you will receive that feedback.
84%
Core Modules

Through case studies of a series of contemporary events and media prominent in the public domain, you will learn the importance of the geographical discipline in understanding the world we live in.

Gain an understanding of how to apply the principles of sustainable development to the cities and towns we live in. You will take a field trip to a European city to see aspects of sustainability in practice.

Discover geography and how geographers make sense of the world at different geographical scales. You will consider the uneven effects of globalisation and the importance of having a geographical understanding of the world.

Examine the impact of global, national and local urban policies on the development of cities and how they are shaped both physically and environmentally.

Focus on a variety of groups within society, considering the reality of their lived experiences. You will explore what it means to have increasingly diverse cities, from the vibrancy and excitement of city living to the social, cultural and ethical concerns of a diverse society.

Study the dynamics which underpin contested spaces and explore the importance of place, territory, power and identity.

Developing the foundation of knowledge you have built during your first year, you will acquire in-depth knowledge of key geographical concepts, theories and debates and learn to assess their application in the real world. The six core modules focus upon issues of global inequality, environment and society and the third sector, and include an international field trip.
Overall workload
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274 hours Teaching and learning Typically, this will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, supervised studio time or laboratory time and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor.
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856 hours Independent study This is the time outside your timetabled hours when you will be expected to continue learning independently. Typically, this will involve reading, research, completing assignments, preparing presentations and exam revision.
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70 hours Placements Some modules will give you the opportunity to undertake a work placement. These hours will be spent working in industry, gaining practical knowledge and professional skills that can be valuable to employers.
Assessment proportions
Practical This is an invigilated assessment of your practical skills and competencies, such as delivering a coaching session, or a school experience if you are training to be a teacher.
5%
Coursework This could include essays, reports or other written assignments, a dissertation or project, or a portfolio of your work. Assessed work will normally be returned with feedback within four weeks of your submission. When you begin your course, you will be provided with a module handbook for your chosen modules which will provide specific guidelines on how and when you will receive that feedback.
95%
Core Modules

Explore the concepts of justice and equality, both locally and globally, by examining the structures, processes and policies that generate and sustain patterns of spatial segregation and social exclusion at various scales, including city, neighbourhood and community.

Examine the evolution of thought in human geography, making connections between the development of geography over time, developments in academic thought and practice, and the ways in which we produce geographical knowledge.

Enhance your professional skills on a ten-week work placement. Working with a local employer, you will develop your graduate attributes and reflect on the transferable skills you will need for your chosen career.

Develop an understanding of the theoretical background to the carrying out of research and foster the practical skills to be able to carry out research in the social sciences using a number of different research methods.

Explore the relationship between human societies and the natural environment, addressing the issue of environmental governance and in particular the role played by civil society, science, citizens and communities.

Building on the knowledge you have gained during the Sustainable Places and City & Society modules, you will explore how changing complex urban problems are addressed in the UK and internationally through policy and practical responses.

The diverse range of modules offered in your final year critically examine how consumption shapes our society, the role of conservation and heritage, conceptualising development as a discourse and the contested ways of representing social space and place. The dissertation will give you the opportunity to demonstrate the specialist skills you have gained throughout the course.
Overall workload
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178 hours Teaching and learning Typically, this will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, supervised studio time or laboratory time and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor.
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1022 hours Independent study This is the time outside your timetabled hours when you will be expected to continue learning independently. Typically, this will involve reading, research, completing assignments, preparing presentations and exam revision.
Assessment proportions
Examination This could include a timed examination, take-away paper, formal presentation or viva-voce examination or a set exercise, quiz or multiple choice test.
18%
Coursework This could include essays, reports or other written assignments, a dissertation or project, or a portfolio of your work. Assessed work will normally be returned with feedback within four weeks of your submission. When you begin your course, you will be provided with a module handbook for your chosen modules which will provide specific guidelines on how and when you will receive that feedback.
82%
Core Modules

Use the research methods, techniques and skills you have gained during your degree to carry out a sustained piece of research that examines current issues or problems in the field of human geography.

Building on the knowledge you have developed during Contested Geographies in year one and Social Justice in year two, you will examine some of the key global challenges that governments face in an increasingly borderless world.

Discover the multiple and frequently contested ways of understanding, representing and communicating social space and place. You will examine a number of key issues through the concept of the geographical imagination.

Option modules may include:

Study key issues in housing delivery, delving behind public and private market interventions to examine the way housing problems are constructed and addressed.

Take an in-depth look at the emerging policy debates about the ways cities are and should be evolving. You will focus on key dynamics, including the urban form of cities and the pressures of population growth, sustainability, governance and the search for global competitiveness.

Develop your critical understanding and knowledge of heritage conservation theory and practice and its relation to urban regeneration and renaissance in the UK.

Examine the relationship between women and the built environment, thinking about women as designers, planners and builders. You will also look at the spaces inhabited by women, those designed for them, and those adopted by them.

Explore the different spaces and geographies of consumption, in terms of place identity, networks of retail and consumption, and commodity chains on a local, national and international level.

Examine the main trends and challenges facing cities, as well as the range of alternative practices which are being discussed within academic literature and experimented with directly by urban inhabitants.

David Haigh
Dr David Haigh
Head of Subject
David became one of our lecturers in 2003 after eight years working in local government in areas such as planning, local economics, regeneration, community planning and housing. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Housing and Institute of Economic Development and also sits on the Professional Housing Education Group, consisting of housing course leaders from UK Universities.
Successful students on this course don't just learn about the world, they ultimately end up understanding how they can shape it for the better.
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Fees & funding

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2018/19 is £9250. The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.
See further information on financing your studies or information about whether you may qualify for one of our Bursaries and Scholarships.

Educational visits - The cost for these trips covers travel, accommodation and subsistence. The price varies year by year and attendance is optional.

Study materials - We provide core materials during your studies and you may choose to purchase additional materials. This is not compulsory and will depend upon the projects you undertake.

Tuition fees
Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.
The following are also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies

Course specific

  • Optional overseas field trips are subsidised – the University will cover approximately 60% of the cost of the trip. Previous field trips have included Lille, Hamburg and Lithuania.

Additional costs
In many cases, costs associated with your course will be included in your course fee. However, in some cases there are ‘essential’ additional costs (those that you will be required to meet in addition to your course fee), and/or ‘optional’ additional costs (costs that are not required, but that you might choose to pay). We have included those essential or optional additional costs that relate to your course, below.

Course-specific essentials

  • Year 2 International field trip
    (Year 2 trips form part of the International Field Trip module and are a compulsory requirement of passing the module. You will need to pay around 35% of the total cost of the trip. The remaining 65% of the cost is met by the University)

Course-specific optional costs

  • Year 1 field trip to Lille
    (This trip is an optional part of the Sustainable Places module in year 1. You do not have to take part in this trip to pass the module, but it is strongly recommended. You will need to pay around 40% of the cost of the trip (not including subsistence. The remaining 60% of the cost is funded through the School))

Other study-related expenses to consider: books (the library stocks books from your module reading list but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs); student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery; field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations); PC/laptop (provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library. However, you may prefer to have your own); mobile phone/tablet (to access University online services); academic conferences (travel costs); professional-body membership (where applicable); and graduation (gown hire and guest tickets).

This list is not exhaustive and costs will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental or living costs are also in addition to your course fees.

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2018/19 is £12000. The amount you will pay is fixed at this level for each year of your course.
See further information on fees and finance on our Financing Your Studies webpage.

Educational visits - The cost for these trips covers travel, accommodation and subsistence. The price varies year by year and attendance is optional.

Study materials - We provide core materials during your studies and you may choose to purchase additional materials. This is not compulsory and will depend upon the projects you undertake.

Tuition fees
Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.
The following are also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies

Course specific

  • Optional overseas field trips are subsidised – the University will cover approximately 60% of the cost of the trip. Previous field trips have included Lille, Hamburg and Lithuania.

Additional costs
In many cases, costs associated with your course will be included in your course fee. However, in some cases there are ‘essential’ additional costs (those that you will be required to meet in addition to your course fee), and/or ‘optional’ additional costs (costs that are not required, but that you might choose to pay). We have included those essential or optional additional costs that relate to your course, below.

Course-specific essentials

  • Year 2 International field trip
    (Year 2 trips form part of the International Field Trip module and are a compulsory requirement of passing the module. You will need to pay around 35% of the total cost of the trip. The remaining 65% of the cost is met by the University)

Course-specific optional costs

  • Year 1 field trip to Lille
    (This trip is an optional part of the Sustainable Places module in year 1. You do not have to take part in this trip to pass the module, but it is strongly recommended. You will need to pay around 40% of the cost of the trip (not including subsistence. The remaining 60% of the cost is funded through the School))

Other study-related expenses to consider: books (the library stocks books from your module reading list but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs); student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery; field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations); PC/laptop (provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library. However, you may prefer to have your own); mobile phone/tablet (to access University online services); academic conferences (travel costs); professional-body membership (where applicable); and graduation (gown hire and guest tickets).

This list is not exhaustive and costs will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental or living costs are also in addition to your course fees.

Facilities

  • Library and online resources
    Library and online resources

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Location

Northern Terrace, City Campus

Northern Terrace, City Campus

Our grade 2 listed buildings are located opposite the new Leeds Arena and overlooking Queen Square. Located close to Millennium Square this is a quiet leafy location, just a ten minute walk from the main train station. The square is also home to the Wellness Centre; our Osteopathy teaching clinic.

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