Geography BA

This degree is perfect for you if you wish to experience the full breadth of Geography, but would like specialise primarily in Human Geography. After a common first year with BSc students, in Years 2 and 3, we offer a diversity of optional Human Geography modules, covering topics like migration, environmental governance and justice, climate change, gentrification, energy and food security and geopolitics.

Course details

Geography is a discipline founded on understanding the complex links between Earth, its inhabitants, and the places they live. As a Human Geographer, you will learn to think critically and creatively about the world we live in and key challenges society faces for the coming century.
  • Mode of study: 3-4 days  a week
  • Intake: Intakes: September
  • Course length: 3-4 years
  • Course fee: 9250 per year
  • Location: Leicester campus

University of Leicester

Course overview

Throughout your degree, there will be an emphasis on critical thinking and the development of a suite of quantitative and qualitative research skills. We encourage and train our students to be both critical and creative in their research approaches and methods. We use innovative teaching and assessment methods and encourage our students to reflect upon the role Human Geographers play in the modern world.

If you decide at the end of Year 1 that you want to specialise in Physical Geography, you can transfer to the Geography BSc degree.


Entry requirements

A/AS-levels: ABB. Two AS-levels considered in place of one A-level. Geography not essential.

EPQ with A-levels: BBB + EPQ at grade B.

GCSE: Grade C/4 in English Language and Maths.

Access to HE Diploma: Pass relevant diploma with a minimum of 45 credits at level 3, 30 of which must be at Distinction.

BTEC Nationals: Pass Diploma with DDM.

International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 30 points. Minimum of 3 in HL Maths, or 4 in SL Maths if grade C/4 not held at GCSE. Minimum of 4 in English Language required if grade C/4 not held at GCSE.

T Levels: Distinction in Science (with an Occupational Specialism in Laboratory technician)


Our degrees are designed to broaden your horizon and to help you acquire the skills sought by employers. Leicester geographers are highly competitive in the job market because of our research-based approach to teaching and learning, which fosters your analytical capabilities, creativity and confidence.

We have dedicated careers support in the School to help you realise your career goals. During term time you will also receive information about careers fairs, job opportunities and career development courses, and other practical information to help you on your way.

A second year module ‘Geography in Education’ provides placements in local secondary schools. Working closely with teachers you can develop skills and experience beneficial to a career in teaching.

We also organise dedicated Geography Careers Events. Recent speakers represented the Civil Service, Selfridges & Co, Hatch Regeneris, the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust, the Environment Agency, Ordnance Survey and the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.


At the very beginning of your course you’ll take the short, non-credit bearing Academic and Study Skills.

  • Human Geography for a Globalized World
  • Skills for Professional Geographies
  • The Digital World
  • Evolution of the Earth System
  • Environment/Nature/Society
  • Human Geography Fieldcourse: The dynamics of people and place
  • Working with Geographic Information
  • The Contemporary Earth System

Core modules

  • Histories and Philosophies of Human Geography
  • Climate Change: Impacts, Vulnerability and Adaptation
  • Research Design and Methods (with Dissertation Planning)*
  • Geographical Research in the Field (Human Geography Overseas Field Course)
  • Geographical Information Science

Option modules

Choose two option modules from:

  • Critical Geographies of Environment and Development
  • Economy, Society and Space
  • Social and Cultural Geography
  • The Dynamic Biosphere

Then choose one option module from:

  • Political Geography: Space, Territory and Power
  • Geography in Education

Choose two option modules from:

  • Contemporary Environmental Challenges
  • Geographies of the Market Place
  • Geographies of Health and Wellbeing
  • Critical Digital Geographies
  • Neotropical Rainforests
  • Sustainability Enterprise Project

Then choose four option modules from:

  • Cities of the Global South
  • Migration, Place and Diversity
  • Critical, Symbolic and Emotional Rural Geographies
  • Berlin Fieldcourse: Tracing Geopolitics in Urban Space
  • Information Visualisation
  • Research Communication
  • Remote Sensing of the Environment
  • Ecology, Climate and Land-use processes of the Amazon Tropical Forests
  • Plus your Dissertation (core module)