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Human Geography & Planning
Undergraduate course
BA (Hons)

Human Geography & Planning

Overview

Study a range of contemporary themes within human geography, including globalisation, sustainability and the diversity of human living, and challenge your views of the world today. You will learn how planning helps to shape our cities and towns and makes them better places for us to live.

You will also engage with live projects through a wide range of field trips, from half-day site visits in Leeds to week-long international field trips, giving you the opportunity to apply your classroom learning in the real world. You will also be entitled to free student membership of the Royal Town Planning Institute.



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.
Many of our academics are active in or have previous experience of working in planning practice, and guest lecturers provide further professional links. This also leads to opportunities for hands-on experience via participation in real-world projects and consultations.

A special and unique feature of our course are the international field trips visiting places such as Lille in France during your first year and Kaunas in Lithuania in year two. This gives you the chance to experience different urban and cultural environments, as well as working 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 for one semester - usually 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.

As our course is relatively small you will benefit from a greater proportion of individual contact time and feedback from tutors. The friendly, informal nature of the department is a distinctive feature of our course.

Course Features

  • Professional accreditations
  • Placements
  • Part-time study available
  • 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.


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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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.

Work together in a group to develop a masterplan for the sustainable development and regeneration of an existing settlement in the Leeds district.

This module provide you with an introduction to the institutional and legal framework for spatial planning and a review of key challenges. You will benefit from lectures and seminars led by external professionals.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Reflect on the arguments for and against spatial planning and discuss a range of theoretical approaches to the role of planning in different contexts.

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.

Evaluate strategies for housing delivery and gain an understanding of the complex relationship between housing markets, economic policy and human wellbeing.

Carry out an in-depth analysis of a neighbourhood with emphasis on creating a rationale for future design actions. Your analysis will be informed by physical, social and cultural contexts, and will guide design proposals for the neighbourhood.

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 fields of human geography and/or planning.

Build an understanding of the role planners play within a complex planning policy making system. You will look at the wider political context within which planning operates and reflect on the impact this has on the role of the planner.

Work with peers from other professional disciplines across the subject of built environment, including project management, architecture and landscape architecture, to generate proposals for the redevelopment of a prominent site within Leeds.

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.

Examine 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.

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

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.
Learning how and what we plan for in the built environment shapes everyone's lives. It is this that makes this course unique as you balance geographical theory and policy-led applied responses to global and local problems.
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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
    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.

  • 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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