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BSc (Hons) Geography

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Geography covers a variety of topics that examine the natural, social, economical and political factors that influence our rapidly changing world.

Our accredited BSc will help you understand ways of managing our environment sustainably and deal with social and environmental conflicts that affect the world we live in. As the course covers both human and physical geography, you can tailor the course to your interests by choosing appropriate units from year two.

In addition to gaining a sophisticated education, you’ll also graduate with the practical skills needed to work in a range of industries, through multiple field trips including opportunities along the nearby Jurassic Coast, the Isle of Wight and the New Forest. What’s more, in year two there’s an opportunity to complete field experience abroad. In the past themes have included conservation practice in China, and preparation for climate change in farming communities in Nepal, but you’ll receive more information on this at the end of year one.

Our course has been accredited by the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), as a recognition of its quality. Accredited degree programmes contain a solid academic foundation in geographical knowledge and skills, and prepare graduates to address the needs of the world beyond higher education. Taught by an expert-led team of lecturers, academics and guest speakers, highlights of this diverse course include core and optional units such as Marine Geography, Earth & Society, Climate & Environmental Change, Wildlife & Ecotourism, Globalisation & Sustainable Development and Environmental Remote Sensing. 

The course also develops transferable skills such as team working, research and analysis. All students complete work placements to gain valuable employment skills, contacts and real-world experience with a wide range of local and international opportunities, making contacts for the future - you must undertake two five-week placements or one of these short placements and an optional long placement of at least 30 weeks. We have dedicated Placement Coordinators to help you make the most of these opportunities and support you while on placement.

Our students in the Life and Environmental Sciences Department work in partnership with our staff to co-create featured projects, collaborating with professional practitioners and also assisting with individual placement opportunities. Take a look at our Co-creating Science web page to find out about the exciting projects and placements our students get involved in, including visits to New Zealand, Yellowstone and also Plankton Diversity in Southampton Water to name just a few. You can even have a look at students’ class projects and dissertations.

100% of our final year students agree our staff are good at explaining things and this course received an overall 91% satisfaction rating from our final year students. Join us on live chat now to find out more, or register to meet us at an Open Day.

Interested in studying this course part-time? Enquire now.

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.

All statistics shown throughout this page are taken from Unistats, Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE), BU institutional data and Ipsos MORI (National Student Survey) unless otherwise stated.

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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


Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers)

Required subjects:

All subjects considered

Entry requirements:

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

International entry requirements:

For September 2021 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.

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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)


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.

All statistics shown throughout this page are taken from Unistats, Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE), BU institutional data and Ipsos MORI (National Student Survey) unless otherwise stated.