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Course details

Study options

Full-time: 4 years

UK/EU fee

£9,250 per year* (2020/21)

International fee

£14,045 per year (2020/21)

UCAS points

72 (September 2020 entry)

UCAS code

F801

Course level

Undergraduate

Qualification

BSc (Hons)

Start date

September

Location

Kedleston Road, Derby Campus

Course description

If you want a strong platform for success on our BSc (Hons) Geography, why not consider taking a foundation year first? It could be the start of a journey which opens up a whole world of career opportunities.

You can also take Geography as a Joint Honours subject.

*Accreditation from the Institution of Environmental Sciences applies to the four-year BSc (Hons) Geography with Foundation Year course only.

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Foundation Year - helping you to achieve more

Including a foundation year as part of your four-year study programme will give you a head start in your academic and professional life. The foundation year offers the chance to strengthen your skills, knowledge and confidence – with extensive support from our expert staff – before you advance to stage one of your honours degree. It could also be beneficial if you are planning a career change and want to get to grips with aspects of subjects which are new to you.

Our degrees with a foundation year are continuous, meaning that you won’t need to apply again once you have successfully completed the first year.

Why you should study Geography at the University of Derby

Map out your way to an inspiring career

Studying Geography with a foundation year broadens your horizons if you are contemplating a change of career or want to further your interests and improve your knowledge in this fascinating subject area before moving on to honours degree level studies. 

Your foundation year learning will feature geoscience, organisms and their environment, chemistry and sociology to give you a broad base of knowledge for your future studies. We also equip you with study skills in science, research methods and data handling to ensure you have the best chance of success.

Fieldwork to engage and inspire you

Our aim is to arouse your curiosity about the Earth and the human societies that inhabit it. And, because reality can differ from the text books, we give you every opportunity to apply theory to practice via fieldwork in the UK and overseas. You’ll gain vital hands-on experience which sheds new light on what you have covered in class.

Derby is superbly located for the aspiring geographer. You can explore a vast range of interesting locations in the vicinity, such as nature reserves, sites of special scientific interest, ancient woodlands, quarries and solar farms. Our students have undertaken practical sessions and field-based learning in settings as diverse as East Midlands Airport, Skegness, Nottingham and the Peak District National Park.

Residential field courses are offered as an integral part of your studies. You could find yourself conducting investigations in places ranging from the Lincolnshire coast to the Mediterranean or Morocco. Any fieldwork associated with compulsory modules is included in your course fee.

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A stimulating study environment

Our modern and sophisticated learning facilities are the perfect setting for you to gain practical and technical skills.

In our spatial data laboratory, you’ll discover one of the best map collections of any UK university, while our geotechnical, sedimentology and specialist computing laboratories give you the chance to experiment, analyse and explore. You can also make the most of our student research laboratory where you will have a dedicated space to conduct your independent investigations seven days a week.

We provide all the high-tech resources you need to test and analyse specimens like vegetation, soil, water and rock samples. Throughout you’ll get to grips with industry-standard equipment such as GNSS, total stations, soil augers and field spectrometers. We also subscribe to the Digimap Service so you have full access to the digital databases of the British Geological Survey and the Ordnance Survey.

Enrich your learning

There are exciting opportunities for overseas study and work placements. Such experiences will help you stand out as a forward-thinking, ambitious and resourceful geographer.

Through our optional vocational module, you could go on a work placement in a graduate level role or undertake a relevant voluntary project. This will help you gain additional skills, from communication to project management, to set you apart in the eyes of employers. You could also apply to spend time studying in the USA or Canada, broadening your knowledge of geography.

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Lauren Moore on Geography fieldwork

Geography: putting theory into practice

Even a short work placement can provide invaluable experience, as our Geography student Lauren Moore discovered when she spent a week with Envireau Water.

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Professional recognition to open doors for you

Our four year BSc (Hons) Geography with Foundation Year course is one of only a handful of Geography degrees in the country to be accredited by The Institution of Environmental Sciences (IES), lending real professional credibility to your qualification and giving you the edge in the global graduate job market.

IES approval underlines how our course is mapped against the skills that employers are seeking. It also gives you an assurance that you will be studying high-quality modules focusing on the international challenges that face our society in the 21st century. In addition, you will have preferential access to internship and placement opportunities with the Institution.

As part of the accreditation process, the IES praised us for providing students with a powerful mix of laboratory and field skills, plus excellent career development opportunities.

The endorsement means that you can join the IES with Student Member status for free. Upon graduation, you will then have the opportunity to become an Associate Member, giving extra impetus to your career plans.

Teaching inspired by important research

By studying Geography at Derby, you’ll become part of a lively scientific community. Our geography lecturers are active researchers, authors and/or consultants undertaking important projects worldwide.

We will also introduce you to practitioners from a wide range of geography-related fields who deliver guest lectures and share inspirational insights from their own careers. We play a leading role in the Derbyshire Branch of the Geographical Association too.

One of the advantages of our degree is that it is informed by influential research so you can keep abreast of what’s new and next in the world of geography. Our current research projects span subjects such as the impacts of climate change, paleo climatic reconstruction in Greece, argan tree conservation and restoration in Morocco, use of biogas in less economically developed countries, rising sea levels in Ghana, and the implications of food allergies. 

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What you will study

Foundation YearFoundation YearYear 1Year 1Year 2Year 2Optional Placement YearOptional Placement YearYear 3Year 3

Code: 3BY500

Organisms and their Environments

This module is an introduction to organisms and their environments. This module develops a basic understanding of ecology, biodiversity and environmental sustainability, through the study of interactions between organisms in natural environments and those modified by man. This module outlines the biological, chemical and physical aspects of the biosphere; the cycling of biologically important chemical elements at different scales; the flow of energy through food chains; introduces the concepts of food webs, ecosystems, communities, and biomes. Examples will be used from both natural and human-modified terrestrial and aquatic systems.
20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 3EV500

Research Methods and Data Handling

This module aims to develop an understanding of why and how research is conducted within science disciplines. Students will develop a working knowledge of both quantitative and qualitative data handling skills through the use of Excel and other appropriate software. Introductions to formulating and operationalising research questions and hypotheses will be included along with an exploration of the rationale behind applying different research methods for different purposes and the ethical considerations linked to these.
20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 3EV501

Study Skills in Science

This module aims to develop the study skills essential for study at university and facilitate the transition into Higher Education. The module will help student understand university systems and processes, the study skills they require to succeed and the role they have in their own learning.
20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 3GL500

Foundations in Geoscience

This module offers a place-based introduction to the field of Geoscience. Students will gain a multidisciplinary understanding of geography and geology and how these subjects can be applied to understand real-world issues at the local scale. Students will use Derby, its waterways and its environs as a focus to learn about how geology and geography contribute to our appreciation, understanding and management of local environments.
20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 2MO500

English

This is a level 2 module. The module is oriented towards providing students with sufficient English skills to enable them to engage confidently with level 4 modules.
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 2MO501

Mathematics

The course is equivalent to GCSE Maths and covers statistics and probability, number work, geometry, and algebra and graphs.
20 Credits
optional
Exam
Coursework

Code: 3FO503

Principles of Chemistry

This module aims to gives students an overview of some of the basic chemical principles that form the foundations of chemistry. Students will learn about the fundamental building blocks of chemistry, exploring the states of matter, its structure and organisation. Student will gain an understanding of the chemical principles of interactions and reactions at the atomic level. Students will then explore fundamental chemistry which underpins applied fields such as forensic science and biology.
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 3PS500

Fundamentals of Human Behaviour

This module will introduce students to psychology as an integrated and multi-faceted discipline. Students will explore both classic and contemporary aspects of psychology from a position of little or no knowledge. They will gain an understanding of the breadth of psychology and the ways in which the topic areas included can be approached from a number of different theoretical perspectives using a variety of methodological approaches.
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 3SL501

Sociology

This module provides you with an introduction to the study of sociology. It is intended to encourage an understanding of core sociological theories, and to foster an awareness of sociological issues and phenomena. It is designed to develop your appreciation of how we evaluate the social world.
20 Credits
optional
Practical
Coursework

Code: 4EV502

Physical Geography of the Anthropocene

The aim of this module is to provide you with an understanding of the structure, function, and characteristics of the Earth’s physical environment and its links with the human realm (or Biosphere). This is achieved by introducing you to a number of fundamental areas of physical geography vis-à-vis: atmosphere and climate, climate change, hydrology, process geomorphology, soils and ecosystems. The module will demonstrate how these key areas within physical geography may contribute to an understanding of pattern and process at a range of temporal and spatial scales. The impacts of physical processes upon the human realm are addressed and, where appropriate, draw upon relevant case studies to illustrate key concepts and ideas. This module comprises 12 lectures and provides a solid foundation for students who wish to study specialist physical geography modules in the second year. The module is assessed by 50% coursework and 50% exam.
20 Credits
core
Exam
Coursework

Code: 4GG500

Cartography and Mapping

This module considers fundamental ideas about maps and map making which are intended to equip you with the skills required to both interpret and create maps. This is achieved via a consideration of important cartographic issues (such as map projections, map symbols and the purpose of maps); the examination and extraction of information from published maps and by introducing the basic theory and practice of drawing different types of statistical data maps (such as choropleth, proportional symbol & isoline maps) both by hand and using computer software. The module is delivered mainly via lectures with associated hands on practical sessions, though some sessions are delivered via practical workshops. The module is assessed by 100% coursework.
20 Credits
core
Practical

Code: 4GG501

Geographical Methods

The module aims to introduce students to, and develop their understanding of, geographical data and field techniques. The module presents the role of primary and secondary data in geographical investigations. The module defines the nature of qualitative and quantitative data as well as their characteristics (i.e. nominal, categorical, and continuous) and their use for both human and physical geographers. The module aims to develop techniques of fieldwork. Students are also introduced to a range of techniques and principles that form the basis of successful investigations in these subject areas. The module is supported by UK residential fieldwork. The module is assessed by 100% coursework.
20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 4GG502

Introduction to Human Geography

The aim of this module is to introduce the basic human geography concepts including topics such as (but not limited to) the spatial variations in the structure of economic and social attributes and the changes which have occurred in global and local manufacturing activity. The module examines the experiences of urbanisation and offers an insight into the conflicts which lie behind decisions affecting land use and the allocation of resources in urban and rural settings. The module introduces the concept of scale as a feature of geographical studies by examining the inter-relatedness of the topics at the global, regional and local levels. Other topics will include the geopolitics, world population, health geography, society and natural hazards, tourism, etc. The module combines theoretical and case study material in the study of Human Geography and some local field work may be required. The teaching will include both lectures and seminars. The module is assessed by 100% coursework.
20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 4GG505

Global Environmental Issues

This module will introduce the current environmental issues that provide the greatest challenges to today’s global society. Environmental Geography deals explicitly with the relationships between people and the Natural Environment. The module will cover several key themes including the impact of population growth on the environment, the conflicts between population growth/land use/conservation programmes, the competition for food and water, the environmental impact of climate change, the potential loss of biodiversity, and the impact of pollution on the human population. The module will also include field visits that will illustrate some of these issues.
20 Credits
core
Exam
Coursework

Code: 4GG507

Geography and Geographers

The module aims to provide an appreciation of a range of theories and approaches in the discipline of Geography. This will involve discussing the nature and context of contrasting theoretical approaches to the discipline as well as discussing and evaluating their strengths and limitations. The module aims to familiarise students with the literature and debates in Geography and to empower students in their critical and evaluative reading of texts and sources. The module is assessed by 100% coursework.
20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 4GG508

Intellectual and Applied Skills for Geographers

This module is a zero credit through year module done alongside your credit bearing modules in Stage 1. Its purpose is to support you in transitioning from an FE teaching environment to a HE learning environment and developing the intellectual, personal and interpersonal skills crucial for your academic studies at University and beyond. The module also introduces the concept of Personal Development Planning (PDP) and the importance of regularly assessing and action planning your own skill development needs in relation to your degree and career aspirations. The module is done in conjunction with your personal tutor and much of the work is self-directed (with personal tutor support), but there will also be regular 1-2-1 and small group tutorials, as well as some workshops.Students transferring from a Foundation Stage programme that have already undertaken an academic skills module will not be required to undertake this module.
0 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 5EV503

Mediterranean Environments

This module examines how contemporary geographical processes are expressed within specific spaces, places and landscapes of a specific Mediterranean location. A residential field course examines the physical geography of dryland landscapes, and how the economic, social and cultural aspects of tourism impacts upon the rural geographies of an environment that remains relatively untouched by mass tourism. The module involves residential Mediterranean fieldwork. The module is assessed by 100% coursework.
20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 5EV504

Water: Resource and Hazard

This module aims to develop a holistic, interdisciplinary understanding of water through a rigorous examination of both geographical as well as a geological analysis. The module focuses on two fundamental aspects of water: 1) resource and 2) hazard. Students are made aware of differing disciplinary perspectives and how these can be brought together in developing interdisciplinary case studies. The module will be delivered through classroom based lectures and a half day visit to the river Trent. The module is assessed by 50% coursework and 50% seen exam.
20 Credits
core
Exam
Coursework

Code: 5EV999

Preparing for Independent Study in Geoscience

This module aims to prepare students for their Independent study. Independent study often includes fieldwork which normally starts at the end of the second year. Therefore, the module aims to get students to identify a research topic, which they discuss with a member of staff, design and write a research proposal, apply to the Ethics Committee and complete a risk assessment for their chosen topic. Students are tutored in aspects of research design: defining research questions, research aims and objectives and appropriate methodologies. Students will also learn practical aspects of research design such as logistical considerations of time and budget limitations as well as data archiving (including digital and mobile technology) and location-based analysis.
0 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 5GG503

Research Methods in Geography

This module evaluates data types and sources in human and physical geography. The module focuses on both quantitative and qualitative data analysis and builds on the descriptive statistical approaches introduced at Level 4. Students are introduced to inferential tests and the interpretation of statistics. The module also introduces students to the analysis of verbal and non-verbal data. Students will then be able to develop and apply these skills in other modules (eg Mediterranean Environments, Cultural and Social Landscape, and Independent Study). The module is assessed by 100% coursework.
20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 5GG512

Career Preparation for Geographers

In a competitive graduate job market, understanding how the professional work place functions, along with having well-developed employability skills, are key to securing graduate employment. The purpose of this module is to help you enhance your graduate employability through reflecting on and assessing your own skills (subject & transferable) in relation to those sought by graduate employers; reviewing your career aspirations and undertaking personal development planning (PDP) alongside work on CV development, digital identity and job application; undertaking a period of appropriate work place experience; and engaging in the geoscience graduate employability conference. In essence, the module intends to help you prepare for a professional career as a geography graduate.
20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 5EV501

Gees Block Credit Study Abroad Module

This is a block credit module primarily for Geography and Geology single honours students who undertake 1 semester of overseas study as part of their degree programme. On receipt of a formal transcript from the partner overseas academic institution, those who have successfully achieved the equivalent of 60 credits of learning at level 5 will have this module credited to their University of Derby academic transcripts (profile). This is a pass/fail module and only the credits, not the grades are transferred to Derby.
60 Credits
optional

Code: 5GG508

Sustainable Energy Resources

This module will review the current sources of conventional and renewable fuels used for energy production in the UK and globally. The direct and indirect environmental impacts of these fuels will be considered. The current Energy Policy for the UK will be reviewed and how the issue of fuel poverty is being addressed. The module will then explore the role of renewable energies, and energy efficiency schemes, in providing and meeting the energy requirements of the UK, and in developing countries. Consideration will be given to both large and small scale renewable energy projects and a range of case studies will be considered. The module will review the concept of carbon footprints and carbon neutrality, and what is meant by environmental sustainability. The module will include a field site visit to view and assess how renewable energy can be successfully used to meet our energy needs.
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 5GG511

Sustainable Cities

This module will introduce current discussions of sustainable cities highlighting the challenges and opportunities of the rapidly urbanisation taking place all across the world. The module will provide understandings of the complex systems of people, resources and environment within urban areas. It will look at several themes pertaining to water, housing, energy, infrastructure, food, and economic, municipal and social planning systems. Learning and critically evaluating contemporary debates about sustainable urban spaces, with a specific focus on the human and physical processes shaping urban ecologies and environments. To help understand the concepts of smart cities, going beyond technology to learn about governance, resource and waste management, transport and communities working together with local governments.
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 5GG513

Introduction to Remote Sensing and GIS

This module provides a basic understanding of the theories and principles underpinning both satellite remote sensing and GIS and their application. In terms of remote sensing, it seeks to equip you with an understanding of the physical principles underpinning remote sensing, basic satellite image interpretation and processing techniques and the application of these techniques to helping us better understand the Earth’s terrestrial environment. In terms of GIS, it explores the history and origins of GIS, what constitutes a GIS, the value of geographic data, the issues associated with representing the real world in a computer using the raster and vector data models, selected applications of GIS and how to use GIS in practice to solve simple spatial problems. This module is quite technical in nature and content and makes extensive use of specialist computer software. It is delivered mainly via lectures and associated computer based practical’s (done with tutor support).

The module is assessed by 100% coursework.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 5GG514

Social and Cultural Landscapes

The module aims to introduce students to, and develop their understanding of, the core concerns of contemporary social and cultural geography: its substantive concerns, theoretical perspectives, and methodological innovations. The module evaluates the role of space and place in the construction of social relations and cultural identities and how these are differentiated according to the social constructions of class, gender, race and ethnicity, age, sexuality and disability. It aims to develop skills of critical social and cultural interpretation through your engagement with how geography is central to the construction of social and cultural difference. The module also aims to evaluate the role of space in the construction of social relations and cultural identities at a variety of scales and to analyse forms of symbolism and power which lead to social and spatial inequality.
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 5GL509

Glacial Environments

This module examines the nature of surface processes operating in cold environments and their role in landform development. Specific attention is given to the role of glaciers in relation to their role as geomorphological agents. The module is supported by a field-day and is assessed by 50% coursework and 50% exam.
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 5SO528

Applied Professional Practice

This module provides a framework for the development of “lifelong learning” skills appropriate to all areas of professional practice; including objective setting, planning, negotiating, implementing, demonstrating and reflecting. The emphasis in this module is on the analysis and evaluation of the work completed within the organisation. This module also gives students an opportunity to relate their academic knowledge to the work environment.
40 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 5SO529

Contemporary Issues in Professional Practice

Students need to be aware of the commercial realities and external factors that influence the success of an organisation. This module provides opportunities for students to acquire an understanding of contemporary issues that may impact on industrial and professional practices relevant to a career within their chosen discipline.

During this period of work experience, students can gain a deeper appreciation of the responsibilities arising from both corporate and individual responses to such issues, thus enabling them to relate to the wider world when exploring a personal direction for potential career development.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 6EV501

Environment, Landscape and Place

This module explores the interaction between society and environment in the context of issues of environmental management. It reviews contested notions of landscape and place, and the nature, evolution and perception of physical, economic, political, cultural, rural and urban landscapes. The module involves residential overseas fieldwork. The module is assessed by 100% coursework.
20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 6EV999

Independent Studies for Geoscience

This module represents an opportunity for students to exercise initiative, creative thinking, time management and organisational skills in the pursuit of an independent (but tutor supported) piece of research work of their own choosing (subject to approval on academic, safety and ethical grounds). It is a continuation of the process of Personal Development Planning (PDP) initiated in level 4 and 5, to develop an advanced skill-set which will enhance the ‘graduateness’ and employability of students. Central to the research study will be a degree of problem solving, the formulation and testing of hypotheses and the critical evaluation of relevant theory. The research can, if required, be undertaken in a work based / placement context. The module is assessed by 100% coursework.
40 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 6EV500

Applied GIS

This module provides an appropriate portfolio of subject knowledge and applied skills typically required for an introductory position in the field of GIS or for going on to specialist postgraduate study in GIS. It also aims to produce students capable of independently solving problems using GIS. Important themes in GIS are explored from both a theoretical and practical perspective, including data capture / input, data accuracy / error, databases, surface modelling, derived mapping, the use of new technologies and different approaches to problem solving. It is delivered mainly via lectures and associated computer based practical’s (done with tutor support) and fieldwork. The module is assessed by 100% coursework.
20 Credits
optional
Practical
Coursework

Code: 6EV502

Vocational Module

Work experience and volunteering are important ways to develop a further understanding of issues and problems pertinent to employment, and of gaining much needed experience. This module provides an opportunity for students to obtain and undertake a placement with a company, voluntary body, the University of Derby or a public establishment. By placing the module at level 6, the student will be able to undertake a range of tasks which will apply their knowledge, level of understanding and skills which will be beneficial to the host organisation. Similarly, the student should be able to compile a report incorporating deep reflection on their personal experiences whilst undertaking the placement and an evaluation of their skill set development. The placement work must relate to the student’s degree programme but must not overlap with the topic of their Independent Studies. The module is assessed by 100% coursework.
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6GG501

Climate Change: Adaptation and Mitigation Perspectives

This module aims to develop a sound understanding of the nature and causes of climate change. By way of introduction, attention is focused upon the nature and causes of climate change over the past 11,000 years with consideration given to the mid-Holocene climatic optimum, the Little Ice Age, Medieval warm period, and post-Industrial revolution period. Attention then focuses upon the climate of the late twentieth/early twenty-first century. The role of various internal and external forcing mechanisms is then considered. A critical analysis is provided of the range of adaptation strategies that society might adopt.

To develop an understanding of relationships between climate change, impacts and selection of appropriate adaptation strategies extensive use will be made of recent case-studies from developed counties, Economies in Transition (EIT) countries and developing countries. Four key climate mitigation questions that are relevant to policymaking are also examined: What can be done to reduce the threats of climate change? What are the costs of such actions (or inaction)? How can reductions in greenhouse gases be achieved? Are climate change mitigation policies sustainable overtime? This module comprises 12 lectures. The module is assessed by 50% coursework and 50% exam.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6GG502

Global Food Security and Food Futures

The overall aim of this module is to explore theoretical arguments and analysis of food security within the context of (a) historical inequalities and power relations between richer and poorer nations; (b) global agri-food systems that shape world food production, consumption and distribution; (c) entitlement to food at an individual and at a household level; and (d) global food futures and sustainability within emerging knowledge of water shortages, environmental degradation, climate change. Whilst students will gain insights into global behaviour regarding food relations, the module will specifically draw on case studies from global south countries to illustrate any of the above. This module comprises 12 classroom sessions including lectures and problem-solving exercises. The module is assessed by 100% coursework.
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6GG506

Environmental Management: Critical Perspectives

This module will consider the role that environmental management plays in the reduction of waste and in the effective management of natural resources. The methods of waste recycling both in the UK and globally will be reviewed. This will include a site visit to a recycling facility. The role of policy setting as a tool to prevent and control environmental impacts will be reviewed. In addition, the environmental impact assessment methodology will be considered through the use of case studies. The application of environmental management systems to businesses and organisations is reviewed through the use of case studies. Finally, the module will critically review the implementation of environmental management schemes in developing countries and how these methods are impacting on their population.
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6GG507

Migration and Displacement

This module aims to define the theories and concepts of migration worldwide and explore contemporary geographical approaches to understanding migration and integration processes and their history, interaction, challenges, and prospects. Among other things, the module aims to critically assess the role of historical processes such as colonialism, (post) World War II, (post) Cold-War era, and recent globalisation for contemporary patterns and trends of migration and integration as well as the relation to development studies. The module will be delivered by lectures and will be supported with field based studies. Students will visit organisations that focus on migration issues, for examples the International Office for Migration (IOM) in London and benefit from keynotes speakers from relevant NGOs or other academic centres. The assessment for this module will be 100% coursework.
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6GL500

Terrain Evaluation

This module investigates the theory and practice of terrain evaluation with particular reference to engineering construction. In addition, the application of knowledge of geological and geomorphological processes in the management of the environment is examined. The management of coastal erosion and the assessment of flood risk are given examples of areas studied. The module is assessed by 100% coursework.
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

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How you will learn

Each single module is worth 200 hours of student study. Compulsory class based contact time (lectures, seminars and practicals) is typically three hours per week for each module. On top of this, many modules have compulsory fieldwork elements (e.g. half day, day and/or residential field courses) that all students are expected to engage with. There are optional tutorial classes for modules and any 1-2-1s arranged with lecturers or your personal tutor regarding your studies. The remainder of the time is spent undertaking directed reading, making notes and undertaking assignments.

Field based learning

Fieldwork is an important part of our programme - all fieldwork is associated with particular modules and most of it involves half or full day trips to locations around the region (including Derby, Nottingham and the Peak District).

We currently have three residential field courses. In stage one there is a weekend residential field course to the Lincolnshire coast. In stage two there is a week-long field course to the Mediterranean, and in stage three there is a week-long field course to Morocco.

Work placements

An optional vocational work placement module is available by negotiation in stage 3.

Facilities 

Our course is very practical and gives you the hands-on experience that you need to prepare you for your career. We have invested in our facilities to ensure that you learn in realistic environments. You will also use industry-standard equipment and software so you can be confident that you will gain valuable experience. Take a look at our facilities.

How you're assessed

We use a diverse range of assessment methods, including essays, reports, field and laboratory notebooks, portfolios, posters, infographics oral presentations, vivas, and written exams (seen and unseen). You may be assessed individually or as part of a group. We’ve mapped our assessments against key graduate skillsets that employers require.

Personal academic tutoring

Your personal academic tutor will work with you to help you get the most out of your time at university. Having someone to talk to about your academic progress, your university experience and your professional aspirations is hugely valuable. We want you to feel challenged in your studies, stretched but confident to achieve your academic and professional goals.

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Who will teach you

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Oliver Tomlinson
Programme leader

Oliver is a Senior Lecturer in Geography.

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Entry requirements

September 2020 typical entry requirements

RequirementWhat we're looking for
UCAS points72 (up to 16 from AS-levels)
Specific requirements at A-levelN/A
Specific requirements at GCSE

GCSE Maths and English are preferred, however if you don't have these qualifications you will be able to undertake Maths and English at L2 as part of your course of study.

IELTS6.0 (with 5.5 in each skills area)
Interview / AuditionN/A
PortfolioN/A

Alternative entry qualifications:

We usually consider an A-level in General Studies as a supplementary qualification. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria/offer conditions.

Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.

Fees and funding

2020/21 Fees

 Full-timePart-time
UK/EU

£9,250 per year*

N/A

International

£14,045 per year

N/A

* The fees stated above are for the 2019/20 academic year; fees for 2020/21 have not yet been confirmed by the UK government. We will update this information as soon as it is available.

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Additional costs and optional extras

How to apply

UK/EU students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

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International students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

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Guidance for international applicants applying for an undergraduate degree

Careers

Among the major benefits of this degree is the chance to select from an extensive range of optional modules. It means you can tailor your studies to your strengths and chosen career path – whether your interest lies in sustainable energy or population geography, climate change or food security, environmental management or GIS.

Our graduates have progressed to a wide variety of roles in agronomy, environmental consulting, data analysis, rail planning, water quality analysis, teaching, GIS and conservation.

Because the BSc (Hons) Geography equips you with highly transferable skills and knowledge, you could also consider a career in commerce, public services, research and industry. Some of our graduates are now enjoying success as surveyors, land managers, business analysts, transport officers and civil servants.

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Additional information about your studies

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Teaching hours

Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.

Additional costs and optional extras

We’re committed to providing you with an outstanding learning experience. Our expert teaching, excellent facilities and great employability prepare you for your future career. As part of our commitment to you we aim to keep any additional study costs to a minimum. However, there are occasions where students may incur some additional costs.

Included in your fees

Mandatory costs not included in your fees

Optional costs not included in your fees

Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.

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