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Geography BSc (Hons)

UCAS CodeF800
QualificationBSc (Hons)
Duration3 years
Study modeFull-time
Typical offer120 UCAS Tariff points

About this Course

This degree is accredited by the Royal Geographical Society, and the Institution of Environmental Sciences.

Royal Geographical Society

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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.

Click here for more information about the School's activities and expertise in the field of Geography.

Placement Year  

Placement

This course is available as a 4-year ‘with Placement Year’ option. Please apply for Geography (with placement) BSc F806. Find out more about 'with Placement Year' courses here

The placement year provides you with a fantastic opportunity to broaden your horizons and develop valuable skills and contacts through working with an organization relevant to your degree subject. Previous and current students have worked with a wide variety of placement providers, ranging from private companies to educational organizations, charities, government authorities and non-governmental organizations. Our students who have undertaken a placement year have highlighted how the experience has helped them to develop invaluable networks, confidence and life experience as well as subject knowledge and skills that have boosted their employability.

The Placement Year is undertaken at the end of the second year and students are away for the whole of the academic year. The minimum period in placement (at one or more locations) is seven calendar months; more usually you would spend 10-12 months with a placement provider. You would normally start sometime in the period June to September of their second year and finish between June and September the following year. Placements can be UK-based or overseas and you will work with staff to plan and finalise the placement arrangements.

You will be expected to find and arrange a suitable placement to complement your degree, and will be fully supported throughout by a dedicated member of staff at your academic School and the University’s Skills and Employability Services. 

Why choose Bangor University for this course?

  • The National Student Survey (NSS) results place Bangor amongst the UK’s top 10 universities for student satisfaction (excluding specialist institutions).
  • 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).

Key Facts from UniStats

Course Content

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.

I’ve completed both my BSc and MRes in Bangor. Both courses helped me gain a better understanding of the natural environment and how to manage it efficiently in this changing climate.

Kirthana Pillay
Molecular Ecology PhD

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.

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.

Advanced field skills and training is available through our optional Year 3 field courses to Tenerife or southern Spain (Barcelona).

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 Modules page.

Course content is for guidance purposes only and may be subject to change.

Careers and Employability

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. Developing your personal skills and enhancing your employability while at university is becoming increasingly important in today’s job market.

The Bangor Employability Award (BEA) and Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR)

The Bangor Employability Award enables students to build on their transferable skills through the recognition of activities they become involved in during their university life. Students can gain points towards the award through extra-curricular activities such as volunteering, attending workshops or actively participating in the Students’ Union’s clubs and societies.

The HEAR is a final graduation report that all undergraduates receive. The report itemises all academic achievements and additional extra and co-curricular achievements. Academic achievements appear on the report automatically and students are able to note their eligible activities by using the online platform ‘My Employability Hub’. This ensures that future employers are made aware of the additional skills the student has gained outside of the curriculum.

The Award is open to everyone and taking part in the scheme can make a major difference to your performance in the graduate job market.

Internships

Bangor University runs undergraduate and postgraduate internship schemes twice a year, which allow students to work in a professional environment while learning relevant skills and earning money.

Internships offer valuable experience in a professional workplace and there are a range of internships you can get involved in.

Student Volunteering

Not only is volunteering worthwhile – it also improves your employability and widens your experience.

The Students’ Union has a dedicated Student Volunteering Office (SVB) which currently contributes a total of 600 hours each week, promoting a close relationship between the university and the local community. Find out more on the Student Volunteering pages of the Bangor Student’s Union website.

TARGETconnect - Working while you Study

The Skills and Employability Service offers support to students searching for employment during and after their studies.

    TARGETconnect advertises the following opportunities:

  • Graduate jobs – Local, National and International
  • Full-time, part time, permanent and temporary jobs
  • Work experience / internships
  • Voluntary opportunities

Entry Requirements

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
  • City & Guilds Advanced Technical Extended Diploma is not 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.

For 2020 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
  • City & Guilds Advanced Technical Extended Diploma is not 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 entry requirements

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.

To study a degree, diploma or certificate course 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 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 help and advice about being a mature student at Bangor, please visit the Study at Bangor site.

Specific entry requirements can be seen on the individual course pages.

EU and International students' entry requirements

For information and further detailed guidance on 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.

More information

Home/EU students and International UCAS applicants

E-mail for General Admissions: admissions@bangor.ac.uk or write to:

Admissions Office
Bangor University
Gwynedd
LL57 2TF

Telephone: +44 (0)1248 383717 

International students (non-UCAS applicants)

Email to International Admissions: internationaladmissions@bangor.ac.uk or write to

Admissions Office
Bangor University
Gwynedd
LL57 2TF

Telephone: +44 (0) 1248 382028

Course Costs

Home/EU Student Tuition Fees (starting in 2019–20 & 2020–21)
  • Full time: £9,000 per year
  • Part time: £750 per 10 credits

International Student Tuition Fees

When coming to University, you will have two main costs, Tuition Fees and Living Costs.

There are also some common additional costs that are likely to arise for students on all courses, for example:

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Mandatory Costs:

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. 

Optional Costs:

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.

Notes:

Copies of all required reading materials are provided via the University Library.

Where required, laboratory coats are provided.

How to Apply

How to apply through UCAS

Apply online via UCAS

UCAS stands for Universities and Colleges Admissions Service. All university applications are processed through UCAS and then passed on to the universities listed.

Students may apply for a maximum of five courses. For Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary courses students are only allowed to apply for four courses.

The application form is found on the UCAS website, under ‘Apply’.

When to apply?

We advise you to apply as early as you can as we will start considering applications and making offers straight away. The initial UCAS deadline for UK and EU students is 15 January, however we welcome applications after this date. Those received between 15 January and 30 June will continue to be forwarded to universities by UCAS and will receive consideration where places are still available.

Your Personal Statement

Writing your Personal Statement is the part of the application form that requires most work. You are only allowed 47 lines or 500–550 words to explain why you wish to study the course and the skills you have that are essential for university study.

To write a successful personal statement for your UCAS application you must have a good understanding about the course and its content. Remember that you write only one personal statement for your five choices. Make sure that the courses are similar, if not the same, and make sure that you do not mention a specific course or university.

Read our advice on how to draft a winning personal statement or watch our video guide.

After you’ve applied

You should keep an eye on your application on UCAS ‘Track’. Offers from universities will appear on track and you will be able to accept or decline offers.

You can only reply when you have received all your decisions. The types of reply you can make are firm acceptance and insurance acceptance. Usually students reply in early May.

International Student?

If you are an international student, our International Student pages offer further information on applying.

As an international student applying to study one of our undergraduate programmes you can:

Erasmus student?

We receive around 350 exchange students every year from all over the world. 45% of these students come from Europe and the remainder from as far as Singapore, South Korea and Australia.

The University’s International Exchanges Office is responsible for welcoming these students.

Confused about your next steps?

Take a look at our Going to University website for information and advice on getting ready for university.

Further Information

Contact us

Admissions Administrator
geography@bangor.ac.uk
+44 1248 382281

Why study a Natural Sciences degree?

We provide a wide range of undergraduate degrees in both traditional and interdisciplinary subjects, with staff expertise in geography, forestry, agriculture, environmental science and conservation. We have a well-deserved national and international reputation for teaching, research and wider engagement with industry, government and the public. You will be taught by lecturers with a passion for their subject, many of whom are working on world-leading research.  

We have been rated:

Unrivalled location and fieldwork opportunities

North Wales has been named fourth best regions in the world to visit by the travel guide Lonely Planet (2017) due to its stunning location. Our university is uniquely located between the stunning North Wales coastline and the spectacular mountains of Snowdonia. It is the natural environment for learning, and we are ideally placed to study the outstanding surrounding landscape. The Snowdonia National Park is less than 20 minutes away and provides a living laboratory on our doorstep for much of our teaching and research.

As well as upland and lowland areas, internationally recognised for their landscape and geomorphology, north Wales contains 10 National Nature Reserves and 83 Sites of Special Scientific Interest, including several of the highest significance at a European level, 4 Heritage Coasts and 2 designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.  You will find plenty of places to visit in Snowdonia and on the Isle of Anglesey, a World Heritage Site due to its geology. We are also within easy reach of Liverpool or Manchester, and only a short ferry trip from Dublin for days out or shopping trips.

We organise many UK and overseas field courses, including our introductory first year course where you will spend a week enhancing your field skills and knowledge through our Making Snowdonia module. All compulsory fieldwork is provided free of charge, with optional overseas third year trips to Tenerife, Spain or Ghana. By participating in a variety of local and international field courses you will gain a wealth of experience and develop key skills.

Teaching and Learning

Our lecturers are teaching-innovators and we take pride that many of our staff are award-winning lecturers, nominated by our own students. Many of our staff are world-leading researchers, so you will be learning at the forefront of research into key global issues. You will be taught by experts through a variety of lectures, seminars, laboratory practicals and fieldwork, all to develop your knowledge, understanding and expertise in your chosen subject.

Depending upon your degree you will receive training in important professional tools such as Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and MATLAB. You will also gain skills in data handling, retrieval and presentation, statistical analysis and social data methods. You will learn how to explore spatial relationships between environmental, climatic, biological and social datasets. We have computing suites located within the School, and have access to high-level GIS software and extensive spatial data and maps.

World-leading research and facilities

Research submitted by the School has been recognised as being in the top 20 in the UK in the Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014). As well as securing a high national ranking, more than 80% of the research material submitted was rated as internationally excellent, including 25% as world-leading.

The Environment Centre for Wales (ECW) is a partnership between the UK Government’s flagship Centre for Ecology and Hydrology and the University, bringing together 60 leading environmental scientists with a wide range of knowledge and experience. You will have access to our laboratory in ECW for student project (dissertation) work with a wide range of plant, soil and other environmental analytical facilities available. These include climate-controlled growth rooms, radioisotope and environmental microbiology laboratories, and equipment to monitor environmental samples for pollution, contamination, greenhouse gas emissions, and DNA.

The School has its own field station, Henfaes Research Centre, located just outside the city, with land rising from salt marsh and agriculturally improved lowland on the coast to open mountain grazing at 1000 metres above sea level. Henfaes has extensive field, glasshouse and laboratory research facilities, and hosts a number of important international and national network research experiments such as Bangor DIVERSE and COSMOS-UK. It is also a commercial upland sheep farm, which includes agri-environment schemes agreed with the Welsh Government, with a proportion of the land comprising the Coedydd Aber National Nature Reserve.

We also work closely with Treborth Botanic Garden, a spectacular site on the shores of the Menai Strait that has been owned by Bangor University since 1960. The garden has 15 ha of native woodland, 2 ha of species-rich unimproved grassland, a 1 ha managed orchard and many mature trees and shrubs. There are also six glasshouses of varying temperatures, with special collections including orchids, cacti, succulents and carnivorous plants. Our students have the opportunity to establish their own research projects (dissertations) at the garden, and to develop their botanical and ecological skills through garden workshops, specialist courses and internships.

*excluding specialist institutions.

Studying at Bangor

Rated Gold for teaching

We have been awarded a Gold rating, the highest rating possible, for the standarad of our teaching in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) assessment. The TEF assessment took into account teaching quality, learning environment and student outcomes and learning gain. We were judged to deliver consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for our students and our teaching is of the highest quality found in the UK.

A top 10 university

The National Student Survey (NSS) results place Bangor amongst the UK’s top 10 universities (excluding specialist institutions) for student satisfaction. This reflects the University’s focus on overall student experience.

Enjoy a university experience that’s amongst the best in the UK

The guaranteed accommodation, student support, low cost of living and stunning location all contribute towards this.

Take advantage of the Bangor Student Experience with free membership of student clubs and societies, a new international experience programme and employability award scheme.

Award-winning clubs and societies!

Our clubs and societies have been named the best in the UK at the WhatUni Student Choice Awards 2019.

Unrivalled location

Choose to study in one of the best places in the UK to be a student. Bangor’s location – close to the mountains and the sea - has been described as ‘the best university setting in the UK’.

Bangor is the most affordable place in the UK to be a student (TotalMoney 2019).

Investment in facilities

Benefit from continued investment in facilities and services – with Pontio Arts and Innovation Centre, Halls of Residence, and improved sports facilities amongst recent developments.

Guaranteed accommodation in award-winning halls of residence

We guarantee accommodation for first year students who apply within the deadline and hold Bangor as their Firm Choice. Our accommodation has been named the best in the UK at the 2018 WhatUni Student Choice Awards.

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