About This Course
Geography is the subject of our time, dynamic and constantly evolving as the world around us changes. It bridges the gap across social and natural sciences, and at Bangor we take an interdisciplinary approach. Our degrees allow you to explore the physical processes that shape the Earth, the social, cultural and economic processes that influence people and places, and the human-environment relationships. Our students develop their knowledge and a broad understanding of geography, alongside professional and transferrable skills that allow them to compete successfully for jobs in a range of careers and sectors.
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Why choose Bangor University for this course?
- Our BA/BSc and MGeog programmes offer you flexibility, you can pick and chose modules that allow you to focus on the physical side, the human side, or the interactions between them.
- You will be taught by research-active staff and award-winning teachers, who will support and guide you throughout your studies in a welcoming environment.
- Our multidisciplinary team of staff have expertise that span glacial and riverine environments to food geographies and rewilding.
- Many of our modules also offer half and full-day field excursions, taking advantage of Bangor’s unique location, which is set against the backdrop of the dramatic north Wales coastline, Menai Strait, and the mountains of Snowdonia National Park.
- Fieldwork allows you the opportunity to go outside the lecture theatre. We run field courses in Snowdonia and SW England in Years 1 and 2, with the option to go to southern Spain or Tenerife in Year 3.
- Boost your employability with an optional work placement, either through our Professional Placement module or through a year-long Placement.
- Gain international experience by studying at one of our partner institutions abroad as part of your degree.
- Our degrees are accredited by the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG).
Your learning will take place in a range of different settings from lectures and laboratory classes and field classes to seminars and small-group tutorials. Seminars provide the opportunity for you to discuss and analyse new material, ideas and concepts with other students and the tutor. Small-group tutorials may be structured around study skills development or problem solving, but also give you the opportunity to ask questions, raise issues or explore material taught in lectures. Field work is an integral part of our Geography programmes, and there will be lots of opportunity to get into the field and learn valuable skills. You will have access to the University’s ‘Blackboard’ virtual learning environment, which hosts learning resources, course documents and lecture capture recordings (where available) for your modules.
You will be assessed in a variety of ways: essays, oral or poster presentations, reports, exams, practical tasks, etc. Some assessments may involve group work. Modules generally have an average assessment split of 60% coursework and 40% examination.
What will you study on this course?
You will study 120 credits in each year. Our programmes are modular, with some compulsory and some optional. Our BA, BSc and MGeog programmes begin with a broad foundation, spanning human and physical geography topics. Years 2 and 3 have increasing choice so you can specialise in the topics that interest you most. Our programmes focus on key global challenges, such as Climate Change, Natural Hazards, Sustainability and Governance. Our programmes introduce you to a range of research methods and IT, GIS, and statistical skills. You will develop professional and transferrable skills that employers value. During your final year you will conduct your own research under staff guidance, allowing you to showcase your abilities developed throughout your studies.
Year 1 and Year 2
The first year focuses on key knowledge and skills. Students are able to switch between BA and BSc courses at the end of the first year if they wish.
The second year will provide you with deeper subject knowledge, introduce you to specialist techniques and fieldwork skills, and developing your own research. Students may convert onto the MGeog at the end of Year 2.
This course is 'With Placement Year'. You would undertake the placement during Year 3.
In your final year you can select from a range of modules that allow you to specialise in areas that most interest you. you will conduct your own research (Honours Project) under staff guidance, allowing you to showcase the abilities you developed throughout your studies.
Modules for the current academic year
Module listings are for guide purposes only and are subject to change. Find out what our students are currently studying on the Geography (with placement year) Modules page.
Course content is for guidance purposes only and may be subject to change.
Suitable clothing and equipment for fieldwork will be required e.g. walking boots and waterproofs, rucksack. The cost for these will vary. Approximate cost: £50-£80.
Appropriate stationary for note-taking during classes, e.g. notepad, pens and pencils. The cost for these will vary. Approximate cost: £5-£15.
Necessarily Incurred Costs:
Students are required to provide their own lunch and evening meals on the Year 2 residential fieldcourse. The cost for these will vary. Approximate total cost: £50-£70.
Materials for the preparation of academic poster for assessment. The cost and number of these will vary. Approximate cost: £10-£15.
Travel costs to undertake any fieldwork as part of Year 3 Honours Project research. The cost will vary by project (and may not even be incurred). Approximate cost for a UK-based project in a student’s home area: £15-£20.
Cost for optional residential Year 3 fieldcourse. The cost will vary by trip. Approximate cost £550-£600.
Daily travel costs for optional Professional Placement module. The cost will vary by placement. Approximate daily cost: £5.
Purchase of Wellington Boots for fieldwork. The cost for these will vary. Approximate cost: £10-£20.
Costs of any visas and vaccinations required if the student opts to undertake a professional placement or project work overseas. The cost for these will vary.
Copies of all required reading materials are provided via the University Library.
Where required, laboratory coats are provided.
General University Costs
Home (UK) students
- The cost of a full-time undergraduate course is £9,000 per year (2021/22 entry and 2022/23 entry).
- The fee for all placement, international and sandwich years is £1,350 (2021/22 and 2022/23).
- More information on fees and finance for Home (UK) students.
International (including EU) students
There are also some common additional costs that are likely to arise for students on all courses, for example:
- If you choose to study abroad or take the International Experience Year as part of your course.
- If you attend your Graduation Ceremony, there will be a cost for gown hire (£25-£75) and cost for additional guest tickets (c.£12 each).
Course-specific additional costs
Depending on the course you are studying, there may be additional course-specific costs that you will be required to meet. These fall into three categories:
- Mandatory Costs: these are related to a particular core or compulsory module that you’ll be required to complete to achieve your qualification e.g. compulsory field trips, uniforms for students on placement, DBS Check.
- Necessarily Incurred Costs: these may not be experienced by all students, and will vary depending on the course e.g. professional body membership, travel to placements, specialist software, personal safety equipment.
- Optional Costs: these depend on your choice of modules or activity and they are shown to give you an indication of the optional costs that may arise to make sure your choice is as informed as possible. These can include graduation events for your course, optional field trips, Welcome Week trips.
For 2021 entry:
GCSE: Grade C/4 in Mathematics and English Language or Welsh. Typical offer is based on a minimum 120 tariff points from a Level 3 qualification* e.g.:
- A Levels: (including a C grade or above in A2 Geography).
- International Baccalaureate Diploma (including grade H5 or above in Geography at the Higher Level).
- Access: Science or Environmental/Landbased or Humanities course (Merit grade required in the Geography element).
- BTEC National/Extended Diploma in Countryside Management or Applied Science: DDM
- City & Guilds Extended Diploma in Countryside Management: Distinction
- Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma in Laboratory Skills: DDM
- Welsh Baccalaureate is accepted.
International Candidates: school leaving qualifications and college diplomas are accepted from countries worldwide (subject to minimum English Language requirements). More information here.
We also welcome applications from mature applicants.
*For a full list of accepted Level 3 qualifications, go to www.ucas.com
General University Requirements
To study for a degree, you’ll be asked for a minimum of UCAS Tariff points. For a fuller explanation of the UCAS Tariff Points, please see www.ucas.com.
We accept students with a wide range of qualifications and backgrounds and consider each application individually.
All students need to have good basic skills and the University also values IT and communication skills.
As part of the University’s policy we consider applications from prospective disabled students on the same grounds as all other students.
We also consider applications from mature students who can demonstrate the motivation and commitment to study a university programme. Each year we enrol a significant number of mature students. For more information about studying as a mature student, see our Studying at Bangor section of the website.
EU and International Students' Entry Requirements
For detailed guidance on the entry requirements for EU and International Students, including the minimum English Language entry requirement, please visit the Entry Requirements by Country pages. International applicants can also visit the International Education Centre section of our website for further details.
Bangor University offers International Incorporated Bachelor Degrees for International students whose High School qualification is not equivalent to the UK school leaving qualification. The first year (or Year 0) is studied at Bangor University International College, an embedded College on our University campus and delivered by Oxford International Education Group.
Geography graduates are highly employable and are in demand due to the transferable skills and subject knowledge they develop during their studies. You will graduate with a widely-respected degree that opens up career possibilities in both the private and public sectors. Bangor graduates have gone on to careers in environmental consultancy, management, teaching and many more. Geography degrees also provide the foundation for further postgraduate study and research. Geography students can enhance their employability by registering for the Bangor Employability Award.
Opportunities at Bangor
The University’s Skills and Employability Service provides a wide range of resources to help you achieve your graduate ambitions.
The Bangor Employability Award (BEA)
With the BEA, you can gain recognition for your extra-curricular activities (e.g. volunteering, clubs and societies, part-time work, etc.)
Bangor University runs a paid internship scheme within the university’s academic and service departments.
Volunteering widens your experience and improves your employability. Find out more about the volunteering on the Students’ Union’s website.