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BSc (Hons) Geography (with Foundation Year option)

Our course examines the natural, social, economic, and political factors that influence our ever-changing world and will help you understand ways of managing our environment sustainably and deal with social and environmental conflicts affecting our world.

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With foundation year: F801

Why study BSc (Hons) Geography?

  • Taught by an expert-led team of lecturers, academics and guest speakers covering units such as Marine Geography, Earth & Society, Climate & Environmental Change
  • Fieldwork is carried out in a variety of stimulating environments, including the World Heritage Site Jurassic Coast, the Isle of Wight and the New Forest 
  • Opportunities for you to learn through fieldwork by joining staff-led research projects overseas
  • An opportunity to complete field experience abroad. Past themes have included conservation practice in China, and preparation for climate change in farming communities in Nepal
  • As the course covers both human and physical geography, you can tailor the course to your interests by choosing appropriate units from year two
  • 90% of our final year students agree our staff are good at explaining things and this course received an overall 90% satisfaction rating from our final year students.

Find out more about the content of this course.

Foundation year: We have a foundation year option for UK students who do not meet the entry requirements for the degree course. This additional year of study will give you a grounding in the scientific skills required for this course, building your confidence, knowledge and skills for further study. After successful completion of the foundation year, you will progress to the full degree.

For September 2021 entry: in order to take advantage of new approaches to learning and teaching, as well as developments in industry to benefit our students we regularly review all of our courses. This course is currently going through this process and we will update this page in March 2021 to give you full information about what we will be offering once the review process has concluded.

Course accreditation

Our course has been accredited by the Royal Geographical Society (with Institute of British Geographers), as a recognition of its quality.  Accredited degrees contain a solid academic foundation in geographical knowledge and skills, and prepare graduates to address the needs of the world beyond higher education. 

Key information

Next start date:

September 2021, September 2022


Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus


3 years full-time with two 5-week placements, or 4 years full-time with one 5-week placement and a minimum 30-week placement. Foundation year: 4 years full-time with a 5-week placement or 5 years with a 30-week minimum placement.


Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers)

Required subjects:

All subjects considered

Entry requirements:

For September 2021 and September 2022 entry: 104 - 120 UCAS tariff points including a minimum of 2 A levels or equivalent. BTEC Extended Diploma: DMM. Foundation year: 48-72 UCAS tariff points. For more information check out our full entry requirements.

International entry requirements:

For September 2021 and September 2022 entry: If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with minimum 5.5 in each of the 4 components or equivalent. For more information check out our international entry requirements.

Course details

On this course you will be taught by a range of staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This will include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners, demonstrators, technicians and research students. You will also benefit from regular guest lectures from industry.

How you will be assessed

You will be assessed by coursework culminating in your final year research project, and you will also undertake group work and written exams. The assessment methods for each unit can be found in the programme specification for your course. 

Download the programme specification (pdf 1.3mb)Download the foundation year programme specification (pdf 338kb)


At BU, we recognise that placements are extremely valuable and can give you a head start when it comes to your future career. That’s why we offer every new student the opportunity to undertake an industrial placement as part of their course.

What’s more, you can also choose to take your placement abroad, giving you the opportunity to develop yourself personally, academically, and professionally and gain skills to help you stand out in the job market. 

Find out about BU students’ experiences on placementsAll you need to know about placements

Your application

The course will suit applicants who the following qualities:

  • Previous experience and enjoyment of fieldwork
  • A willingness to engage with the public
  • An ability to think abstractly, and especially spatially
  • Feeling comfortable working with information technology
  • Previous study of geography.

Geography encompasses an incredibly broad curriculum and suits those with varied learning abilities (Logical, Visual, Kinaesthetic and other thinkers). It certainly suits those who enjoy fieldwork and there are also many and varied placements.

How to apply

Entry requirements


This course very much focuses on the practical elements of geography, preparing you for work in a diverse range of jobs and in varied industries when you graduate. As a university, we have a strong graduate employment record and on this degree programme you will have the opportunity to gain practical experience through work placements, as well as what you learn in your lectures.

Our staff have a wealth of research, educational and consultancy experience and will prepare you for the world of work once you graduate.

Costs and fees

All fees are quoted in pounds sterling and are per year. Your tuition fees will be the same for each year of your course. You can find full information about funding your studies and paying your fees in our undergraduate fees and funding section. That’s also where you’ll find information about the scholarships and bursaries on offer – including unlimited Academic Excellence Scholarships for UK, EU and International students.

Fees quoted are for tuition only unless stated otherwise, and we’re committed to ensuring there are no hidden extra costs while you’re at university – that’s why we’re clear about what you can expect us to cover, and what your cost of living will be. You’ll also find you could benefit from a range of discounts as a student.

Our staff

On this course you will be taught by staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This could include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners and research students, many of whom are actively engaged in research and/or professional practice which is integrated into the teaching of this course. Please note that staff can change.

Course changes

What our staff say

Julie Gill

Our students have gone on to a wide range of careers including teaching, surveying, risk managment and even sand sculpting.

What our staff say

Dr Phillipa Gillingham

This is a friendly course where all the lecturers will know your name by the time you graduate. We have a strong emphasis on practical work and we make the most of our location near the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site.

What our graduates think

Scott Pilkington-Bennett

I can't stress enough how the GIS element of this course has been vital for my career! I will be supporting projects such as HS2 and Crossrail as a GIS Analyst.

Statistics shown throughout this page are taken from Unistats and BU institutional data unless otherwise stated.