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Human Geography
Undergraduate course
BA (Hons)

Human Geography

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.



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. Take a look at our latest field trip photos.

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).

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.

Modules & learning

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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.

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.

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.

Explore the urban and social contexts of East Asia (with a particular focus on Japan and China), ranging in scale from the role the region's metropolitan economies play in the global economy to community planning at the level of the local neighbourhood.

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.

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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BA (Hons) Human Geography - Dr David Haigh

Fees & funding

Fees for this course are not yet confirmed.

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.
Fees for this course are not yet confirmed.

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.

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.

Map

Northern Terrace, City Campus

Home to our first-rate sporting facilities – Headingley Campus has a rich and diverse history having played to visitors such as Winston Churchill and Oscar Wilde. Set in 100 acres of parkland, with easy access to Leeds city centre, many of our buildings look out onto our grassy acre – a perfect place for hanging out, playing games and catching up with friends on long summer days. Headingley Campus has modern sport science laboratories, animation and music studios and the latest computing labs, as well as one of our libraries, open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. 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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