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School of Environment, Education and Development

Manchester's Museum of Science and Industry
BSc Geography with International Study
Study human and physical geography and valuable knowledge from a year overseas.

BSc Geography with International Study

Year of entry: 2018

Overview

Degree awarded
Bachelor of Science (Honours)
Duration
48 Months. [Full-Time]
Typical A-level offer

Grades AAA

Typical International Baccalaureate offer

37 points overall.  6,6,6 at Higher Level.

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants

190/1200 across all Geography programmes

How to apply
Apply through UCAS .

Course overview

  • 100% student satisfaction in the most recent National Student Survey (2017)
  • Study abroad for a year in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Hong Kong, Singapore, or the USA
  • Study in the world's first industrial city, a vibrant metropolis set between three National Parks

Open days

Discover Physical Geography and Environmental Sciences - Friday 30 June 2017

The University of Manchester's Discover Days are informative, interactive events for aspiring undergraduate students. The Discover Physical Geography and Environmental Sciences day will be a hands-on experience starting with brief introductory talks on physical geography and environmental sciences followed by practical tasks in the University's state-of-the-art laboratories. Find out more

Fees

Tuition fees for home/EU students commencing their studies in September 2018 will be announced once confirmed by the UK government. As a guide, the 2017 tuition fees were £9,250 per annum for home/EU students, and are expected to increase slightly for 2018 entry. Tuition fees for international students will be £18,000 per annum. For general information please see the undergraduate finance pages.

Contact details

Academic department
School of Environment, Education and Development
Contact name
Ms. Nicola Allard
Telephone
+44(0)161 275 2804
Email
Academic department overview
See: The School .

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Entry requirements

A-level

Grades AAA. General Studies is usually excluded from a standard offer.

We do not require a pass in the Science Practical Assessment.

Duration of A-level study

The University welcomes applications from applicants who have either sat their examinations early or have followed an accelerated curriculum and spent three years studying A-levels where the examinations have been taken over two years. For those studying an advanced curriculum where the examinations are spread over three years, consideration for an offer will be at the discretion of the admissions tutor for that subject.

AS-level

Two AS-Levels are not accepted in place of one A-Level

Unit grade information

The University of Manchester welcomes the provision of unit information where available.  Like all other information provided by applicants this may be taken into consideration when assessing your application.  Unit grades will not normally form part of an offer conditions.

GCSE

Minimum grade C in English Language and Mathematics (Grade 4 or above in the newly reformed GCSEs in England).

We do not accepted applied GCSE mathematics courses.

International Baccalaureate

37 points overall.  6,6,6 at Higher Level.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Grades H1, H1, H1, H1

Scottish requirements

Grades AAAAA - AAAAB

We normally require five Scottish Highers at grades AAAAC / AAABB or two Advanced Highers at grades AB plus two Highers at grades AA .

English Language and Mathematics not taken at Higher/Advanced Higher must have been achieved at SCQF level 5 (minimum National 5 grade C / Intermediate 2 grade C / Standard Grade Credit level grade 3).

If you require further clarification about the acceptability of this qualification please contact the Academic School(s) you plan to apply to.

Welsh Baccalaureate

The University welcomes and recognises the value of the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate and usually requires two A Levels or equivalent to be included within this.

We require minimum grade A from the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate.

European Baccalaureate

Acceptable on its own or in combination with other qualifications. Applications from students studying for this qualification are welcome and all such applicants will be considered on an individual basis. Contact the University for further information.

AQA Baccalaureate

AQA Bacc with Distinction

Pearson BTEC qualifications

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma

We consider the National Extended Diploma for entry provided it is in a subject relevant to the chosen course.  Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full National Extended Diploma with grades DDD

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma

We consider the National Diploma for entry provided it is in a subject relevant to the chosen course.  Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full National Diploma with grades DD plus an additional level 3 qualification such as an A Level at grade A.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma

We consider the National Foundation Diploma for entry provided it is in a subject relevant to the chosen course.  Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full National Foundation Diploma with grades DD plus additional level 3 qualifications such as A Levels at grade AA.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate

We consider the National Extended Certificate for entry provided it is in a subject relevant to the chosen course.  Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full National Extended Certificate with grade D plus additional Level 3 qualifications such as A Levels at grades AA. 

If you require further clarification about the acceptability of this qualification please contact the Academic School(s) you plan to apply to.

OCR Cambridge Technical qualifications

Cambridge Level 3 Technical Extended Diploma (CTEC)

We consider the Technical Extended Diploma for entry provided it is in a subject relevant to the chosen course. Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full Technical Extended Diploma with grades DDD

Cambridge Level 3 Technical Diploma (CTEC)

We consider the Technical Diploma for entry provided it is in a subject relevant to the chosen course.  Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full Technical Diploma with grades DD plus an additional level 3 qualification such as an A Level at grade A.

Cambridge Level 3 Technical Foundation Diploma (CTEC)

We consider the Technical Foundation Diploma for entry provided it is in a subject relevant to the chosen course.  Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full Technical Foundation Diploma with grades DD plus additional level 3 qualifications such as A Level at grade AA. 

Cambridge Level 3 Technical Extended Certificate (CTEC)

We consider the Technical Extended Certificate for entry provided it is in a subject relevant to the chosen course.  Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full Technical Extended Certificate with grade D plus additional Level 3 qualifications such as A Levels at grades AA. 

Access to HE Diploma

Overall 60 credits are required with 45 at Level 3 awarded at distinction level. Applicants must have GCSE in English and Maths at grade C or 4.

Advanced Placement tests

The University welcomes applicants with the AP qualification. Such applications will be considered on an individual basis.

Cambridge Pre-U

We consider applicants offering Pre-U Principal Subjects, or a mix of Pre-U and A Level subjects, provided a minimum of three distinct subjects overall is taken.

Candidates taking Pre-U principal subjects in conjunction with A levels are expected to achieve a combination of D3, D3, D3 in the Pre-U and AAA at A level in three distinct subjects

Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

The University recognises the benefits of the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) and the opportunities it provides for applicants to develop independent study and research skills.  We strongly encourage you to provide information about the EPQ in your personal statement and at interview.

For this programme, as well as the regular conditions of offer, we will be able to make an alternative offer to applicants, in the event that they are taking an EPQ along with their A-levels.  

Usual offer AAB, alternative offer ABB & A in EPQ

Home-schooled applicants

If you have followed a non-standard educational route and have been, for example, educated at home, your application will be considered against the standard entry criteria of the course to which you applied. You will be required to demonstrate that you meet the academic entry requirements as specified for the course. We will also require a reference which should be written by somebody who knows you well enough, in an official capacity, to write about you and your suitability for higher education. Please refer to UCAS for further information: UCAS reference guidelines

English language

Students whose first language or language of instruction is not English may be asked to provide evidence of fluency in English by achieving scores in English language tests as follows: IELTS 6.5 overall, 6.5 in writing, no sub-section below 6.0, TOEFL iBT overall score of 90 with a minimum score of 22 in writing and 20 in the other subsections, Pearson PTE overall score of 62 with a minimum score of 62 in writing and 55 in the other subsections or Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) or Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) overall score of 176 or above, with 176 in writing and no sub-section below 169 -OR- Grade C if taken before January 2015.

English language test validity

Some English language test results are only valid for two years. Your English language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Application and selection

How to apply

Apply through UCAS .

Policy for applicants who resit their qualifications

  The University will consider applicants who have re-sat individual modules. If you have re-sat your final examinations we will consider your application but may require further information in order to make an informed academic judgement on your application.

Re-applications

If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry.  In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved.  We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.If you are applying for a place for the same year of entry through UCAS Extra, you should provide additional evidence of your suitability for the course. If you are applying through clearing you are required to meet the clearing requirements. In both UCAS Extra and clearing the places will be subject to availability.

Course details

Course description

Manchester is a great place to study Geography. It was the world's first industrial city and is now a vibrant twenty-first century metropolis. Set between three National Parks the city and its environment are an important resource for field teaching in all years. In addition, all students benefit from a heavily subsidised overseas fieldcourse in their second year, and spend the third year of their studies abroad.

The Geography programme at Manchester gives you maximum choice, with the opportunity to take options from across Physical and Human Geography. This allows you to tailor the course choosing from more than fifteen options in your fourth year. Unlike other Geography programmes, every course at Manchester has small group teaching so that you will enjoy high quality contact time with all our staff, including our world leading Professors.

By choosing your course units based on your interests and your preferred assessment methods, you are able to assemble the course structure that best suits you and allows you to showcase your skills and abilities.

Teaching and learning

Our teaching and learning strategy is designed to provide you with a stimulating and challenging set of experiences that will help you to develop a wide range of intellectual, subject specific and transferable skills whilst studying a dynamic and broad-ranging subject. We develop your ability to think critically, analytically and creatively. You learn about contemporary issues and problems, to which much of our research relates, in ways that help you discuss and develop your own views on current societal and environmental debates. In developing an understanding of these issues and problems, you acquire a set of subject-specific skills, associated with, for example, geographical representation (Geographical Information Systems, Remote Sensing, Visualisation) and field and laboratory analyses.

You will encounter a number of different learning situations. Some, like the lecture sessions, are quite different from school or college in that the classes are much larger. As you proceed through the degree courses, and there are more options from which to select, lecture sizes decrease. Lecture sessions do not just consist of someone standing at the front speaking while you take notes. Right from your first year, they are interactive. Students particularly enjoy the structure of third-year options where a second hour is used for discussions, debates and various forms of student presentations and activities. These interactions allow you to think through the ideas of the lecture and develop your own thoughts and views.

Coursework and assessment

The School's assessment strategy is devised to present you with the opportunity to demonstrate the full range of your abilities and skills. There is, therefore, a mix of assessment types in all three years that reflect the variety of abilities and skills that you develop and acquire as you proceed through the degree programmes.  The mix includes a dissertation, essays of varying lengths, individual and team projects, course work assignments, posters, presentations, practicals, field notebooks and unseen written examination papers (essay answers and multiple choice). Second-year work currently contributes 25% of your degree, with your dissertation, lecture course options (exams/coursework) and a general paper/team project contributing from the final year (75% of the degree).

The mix of assessment types is to help you in a number of ways. Some of them are to allow fuller coverage of, and feedback on, knowledge and understanding, which is so important. Some are devised to allow rapid feedback, e.g. objective tests. Others are to promote the development of argument e.g. tutorial and course work essays or the skills of teamwork. Some test the extent to which you can carry out work independently, such as course work essays and the dissertation.  All our assessment methods have been devised to promote in-depth learning and understanding.

Course content for year 1

The course units in the first year provide a basic introduction to the three strands of the degree courses.

In Human Geography, changing political, economic, social and cultural geographies are explored at a range of spatial scales. People and Environment is introduced through the issues arising from natural resource development and disease. Climate and earth surface systems are explored in the Physical Geography units. These compulsory units establish basic principles and concepts upon which the second and third years build. In addition to lectures, you will have tutorials, undertake skills-based activities in Studying Place and Approaches to Geographical Research, complete a team project in each semester, and carry out both Human and Physical Geography fieldwork in the Manchester area.

Course units for year 1

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Key Ideas in Geography GEOG10191 10 Mandatory
Introducing Human Geographies 1 GEOG10251 10 Mandatory
Researching Manchester GEOG10292 10 Mandatory
Environmental Processes and Change: The Global System GEOG10401 10 Mandatory
Dynamic Earth GEOG10422 10 Mandatory
Introducing Human Geographies 2 GEOG10432 10 Mandatory
Tutorials and Book Review GEOG12011 10 Mandatory
Tutorials and Profile of a Research Geographer GEOG12012 10 Mandatory
Geographies of Globalisation GEOG10101 10 Optional
Environmental Pollution GEOG10161 10 Optional
Environment, Society and Space GEOG10172 10 Optional
River Catchment Science & Management GEOG10712 10 Optional
Displaying 10 of 12 course units for year 1

Course content for year 2

In the second year, lectures develop the themes established in the first year but introduce you to wider aspects of the subject. Doing Geographical Research is an additional course unit that introduces some of the major philosophical, theoretical and practical ways in which geography is `done'. This course unit also helps you to learn about particular research techniques for your dissertation. Communication Skills will give you practice in team work, report writing, researching, oral presentations, role playing and negotiation whilst helping you to prepare a curriculum vitae and a dissertation proposal. Tutorials in the second year give advice on dissertations and develop your writing skills. During the second year, you will take part in an overseas field course that will help you to develop your research skills further.

Course units for year 2

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Research Design and Overseas Fieldcourses GEOG20072 20 Mandatory
Skills for Geographers GEOG20621 20 Mandatory
Economic Geography: Understanding the economy. creating economic spaces GEOG20101 20 Optional
Economic Geography: Understanding the economy. creating economic spaces GEOG20102 20 Optional
Development and Inequality GEOG20121 20 Optional
Development and Inequality GEOG20122 20 Optional
Green Planet: Plant Ecology and Global Change GEOG20291 20 Optional
Environmental Change and the Human Past GEOG20302 20 Optional
Glaciers GEOG20351 20 Optional
Glaciers GEOG20352 20 Optional
Remote Sensing in Action: Mapping and monitoring land cover changes GEOG20381 20 Optional
Remote Sensing in Action: Mapping and monitoring land cover changes GEOG20382 20 Optional
Rivers GEOG20401 20 Optional
Rivers GEOG20402 20 Optional
Spatial Thinking with GIS: Constructing and exploring virtual worlds GEOG20501 20 Optional
Spatial Thinking with GIS: Constructing and exploring virtual worlds GEOG20502 20 Optional
Transport Geographies GEOG20541 20 Optional
Transport Geographies GEOG20542 20 Optional
North American Cities - Change and Continuity in the Metropolis GEOG20551 20 Optional
North American Cities - Change and Continuity in the Metropolis GEOG20552 20 Optional
Creative Geographies GEOG21311 20 Optional
Moral Geographies GEOG21331 20 Optional
Sustainable Consumption and Production in the Global South GEOG21402 20 Optional
Everyday Geographies: Social and Cultural Concepts and Methods GEOG21421 20 Optional
Everyday Geographies: Social and Cultural Concepts and Methods GEOG21422 20 Optional
Quaternary Climates and Landscapes GEOG21431 20 Optional
Moral Geographies GEOG21432 20 Optional
City Planet: Challenges in theory and practice GEOG21891 20 Optional
Displaying 10 of 28 course units for year 2

Course content for year 3

The third year is spent abroad at a Partner University in various European countries, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Hong Kong, Singapore, or the USA. Dissertation work is usually related to this period of study. For more information about the worldwide exchange possibilities please visit the Study Abroad website; www.manchester.ac.uk/undergraduate/studyabroad

Course content for year 4

In the fourth year, you will choose three course units from approximately 10-12 options available in any one year. The range of optional course units is common to both the BA and BSc degree courses and allows you to get experience of geography at the research face, as members of staff lead courses dealing with their areas of particular expertise and interest. The lecture courses encourage student participation and often include a practical element. In addition, you will continue to explore the ways in which we gain geographical knowledge through the General Paper Support sessions, and you will undertake a team project evaluating a classic geographical text.

Course units for year 4

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Dissertation GEOG30000 40 Mandatory
Borders and Security GEOG30031 20 Optional
Borders and Security in a Mobile World GEOG30032 20 Optional
Mediterranean Quaternary Landscapes GEOG30131 20 Optional
Geographies of Food and Farming GEOG30161 20 Optional
Climate Change and carbon Cycling GEOG30181 20 Optional
Climate Change and carbon Cycling GEOG30182 20 Optional
Energy, Society and Space GEOG30201 20 Optional
Peatlands Under Pressure GEOG30231 20 Optional
Peatlands Under Pressure GEOG30232 20 Optional
Geography of Life GEOG30352 20 Optional
Social Constructions of Health and Disease GEOG30451 20 Optional
Islands: Playful Human Geographies? GEOG30502 20 Optional
Dryland Environments: Past, Present and Future GEOG30531 20 Optional
Understanding GIS GEOG30552 20 Optional
European Cities GEOG30652 20 Optional
Governing Urban Transformation GEOG30802 20 Optional
Asian Workers and the Labour of Globalisation GEOG31071 20 Optional
Space, Nature and Social Power GEOG31211 20 Optional
Space, Nature and Social Power GEOG31212 20 Optional
Coastal Processes: Sea Level Change and Marine Hazards GEOG31952 20 Optional
Understanding the Himalayan Landscape GEOG36661 20 Optional
Principles, Perspectives and Practice MGDI31101 20 Optional
Environment and development MGDI31212 20 Optional
Displaying 10 of 24 course units for year 4

Scholarships and bursaries

No specific academic scholarships available for this course.

What our students say

I think the Geography department at Manchester is fantastic as it has many lecturers who specialise in a broad number of fields.  This allows you a greater choice of subjects and to tailor your degree to how you would like and what really interests you!  The lecturers are approachable and friendly and this creates a good, relaxed working environment 

(Second Year Student, BA Geography)

Facilities

In Summer 2007, the School of Environment and Development moved to new purpose built facilities. The Arthur Lewis Building provides excellent resources including analytical laboratories, studio facilities, workshops, seminar rooms, an on-site cafe and dedicated computer clusters including GIS facilities.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: dass@manchester.ac.uk

Careers

Career opportunities

Geography has one of the best graduate employment records in the country, and Manchester geographers have an excellent record of gaining employment. A degree programme in geography gives you the opportunity to develop a range of different skills including initiative, flexibility, teamwork, communication skills, information retrieval and research skills, independence and the ability to solve problems and prioritise and manage your own time. Our graduates are employed in a wide variety of occupations including finance, education, marketing, sales, the media, advertising, land management, environmental work, the diplomatic service, health service, law and social work. Many others choose to undertake further study either on Masters or PhD courses, often staying at Manchester to do so.