Geography BA (Hons)
This degree is accredited by the Royal Geographical Society.
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The environment is a major focus of teaching within the School and Geography is central to this. Students develop knowledge and transferable skills across traditional subject boundaries and address the major environmental challenges facing mankind today. We offer BA and BSc Honours degrees in Geography and a 4 year integrated Masters degree (MGeog).
The Geography programmes explore the physical, social, cultural and economic process that shape the world around us. Our courses place an emphasis on field visits and fieldwork as well as opportunities to enhance employability through professional placements and skills development.
Why choose Bangor University for this course?
- We are ranked in the top 10 UK universities for student satisfaction and are rated top in Wales for academic support. (National Student Satisfaction Survey 2018)
- The dramatic coastline and rugged mountains of north Wales, combined with the facilities of a modern University department, make Bangor an excellent place to study Geography.
- These courses take full advantage of our superb location including, the coast and mountains of north Wales, designated landscapes, rich cultural and industrial heritage of the area, and our proximity to the Snowdonia National Park. With all this on the doorstep, you won’t have to travel far for fieldwork!
- We are committed to delivering excellent performance in teaching and learning.
- We have a wide range of expertise in human and physical geography, environmental sciences, planning, forestry, conservation and land management.
- We have excellent links with relevant organisations, such as the Forestry Commission, Natural England, the Snowdonia National Park Authority, Natural Resources Wales, as well as the regional offices of the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Welsh Water and the Environment Agency. Some of these organisations contribute toteaching; whilst others provide placements opportunities.
- Our Geographical Information Systems Suite allows students to study spatial relationships between environmental, climatic, biological and social data.
Key Facts from UniStats
We use a wide variety of teaching methods ranging from lectures, laboratory practicals and fieldwork to seminars and tutorials. Seminars and tutorials concentrate on problem solving, study skills development and reinforcing material taught in lectures. Courses are assessed using a variety of methods with an average split of 60% coursework and 40% examination. The University’s ‘Blackboard’ virtual learning environment, provides direct access to learning resources, course documents and lecture notes.
The lecturers are highly knowledgeable in their field of study and are always enthusiastic to share their knowledge with us.Kirthana Pillay
Molecular Ecology PhD
What will you study on this course?
Our Geography degrees are modular and you will study 120 credits worth of modules in each year. Although some modules are, by necessity, compulsory, others can be chosen from a suite of optional modules allowing students to expand their studies into new areas or to develop specialisms that are of particular interest to them. Fieldwork is an integral part of the course with dedicated field study modules in each year in addition to field visits associated with subject modules. Students may also participate in the Geography Outdoors and Professional Placement modules.
Year 1 and Year 2
The 1st year focusus on key basic knowledge and skills. Students are able to switch between BA and BSc courses at the end of the first year if they wish.
The aim of the second year is to deepen your subject knowledge and widen your skills base. Modules cover key areas in physical and human geography and investigate major geographical debates. Students may convert onto the MGeog at the end of Year 2.
In the final year, BA and BSc students complete their Honours Project; a piece of independent research designed and carried out by students (supervised by a member of staff). This is an opportunity to study in detail, a topic that particularly interests you. The optional year 3 study tour to Europe is seen by many students as a highlight of their course.
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.
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.
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.
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 StudyThe Skills and Employability Service offers support to students searching for employment during and after their studies.
- Graduate jobs – Local, National and International
- Full-time, part time, permanent and temporary jobs
- Work experience / internships
- Voluntary opportunities
TARGETconnect advertises the following opportunities:
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
For 2019 entry:
- A minimum of 120 UCAS tariff points from at least 3 A2 subjects (including a C grade or above in A2 Geography). Mathematics and English Language or Welsh at GCSE grade C or above are essential.
- A minimum of 120 UCAS tariff points on the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (including grade H5 or above in Geography at the Higher Level).
- A minimum of 120 UCAS tariff points in a Science or Environmental/Land-based or Humanities Access Course (merit grade required in Geography for the Humanities course).
- Distinction in the City and Guilds Extended Diploma in a relevant subject (acceptable subject: Countryside Management)
- A minimum of grades DDM in the BTEC National BTEC National/Extended Diploma in a relevant subject (acceptable BTEC subjects: Countryside Management, Applied Science, Land-based Technology).
- A minimum of 120 UCAS tariff points from Scottish Highers (including a C grade or above in advanced higher Geography).
- A minimum of 120 UCAS tariff points from the Irish Leaving Certificate (including an H2 grade or above in higher level Geography).
- Welsh Baccalaureate (Advanced Diploma) accepted.
- Extended Project Qualification accepted.
- General Studies accepted.
- Mature and overseas students are students are considered on individual merit.
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.
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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:
- 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 guest tickets (£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.
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.
How to apply through UCASApply 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’.
The early closing date is October 15 for all Oxbridge, Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary students. The main closing date for all applications is January 15.
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.
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;
- apply via UCAS,
- or apply direct to Bangor through our online direct application system
- or apply with the help of one of our recruitment agents
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.
Confused about your next steps?
Take a look at our Going to University website for information and advice on getting ready for university.
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:
- 4th in the UK for Agriculture Forestry and Food in the Guardian League Tables 2020.
- Top 10 for Agriculture and Forestry in the Complete University Guide League Table 2020.
- 6th in the UK for Agriculture and Forestry in The Times & The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018.
- 6th in the UK for teaching quality in Geography and Environmental Sciences in The Times & The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018.
- 6th in the UK for graduate prospects for Agriculture and Forestry in The Times & The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018.
- 7th in the UK for research quality in Agriculture and Forestry in The Times & The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018.
- 7th in the UK for Student experience in Geography and Environmental Sciences in The Times & The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018.
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
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.
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’.
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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