Full-time: 3 years, Part-time: Up to 6 years
£9,250 per year* (2020/21)
£14,045 per year (2020/21)
120* (September 2020 entry)
Kedleston Road, Derby Campus
What is Joint Honours?
A Joint Honours degree gives you the opportunity to study two subjects as one degree. This type of degree will broaden your skill set and enhance your career prospects.
You can combine any two subjects as long as they’re in different zones, find out what you can combine this subject with.
Open up a world of career opportunities by combining your study of Geography with another subject.
- Tailor your degree to match your interests and ambitions: our broad choice of geography modules gives you the freedom to focus on physical or human geography – or both
- Gain vital practical experience through field-based studies in the UK and overseas: past trips include Crete and Morocco
- Study in our high-specification facilities such as the map library, sedimentology laboratory,geotechnical laboratory and student research laboratory
- Make the most of our location next to the Derwent Valley Mills UNESCO World Heritage Site and the outstanding landscapes of the Peak District National Park
- Learn from our expert, enthusiastic and supportive teaching team which includes active researchers
You can also take Geography as a single honours subject.
Studying Geography Joint Honours helps you to keep your career options open and marks you out as a versatile graduate with a broad portfolio of skills.
Flexibility and choice
We offer Geography as a major, joint or minor subject, giving you maximum flexibility. You’ll start by gaining a firm grounding in both physical and human geography and will then build on this knowledge to consider geography as a discipline and geographical research methods.
You’ll discover a wide choice of optional modules encompassing the physical, human, development and environmental aspects of geography as well as techniques like GIS. We are constantly updating our curriculum to reflect the sustainable development challenges we face such as food security and water scarcity.
The flexibility of our modules means you can specialise in the aspects of geography which you enjoy most and which help you chart your future career direction.
Real-world learning in action
With its strong emphasis on applying theory to practice, this course gives you every opportunity to gain hands-on experience through practical sessions and field based learning.
Fieldwork is central to this undergraduate geography course, helping you see and understand what you have covered in class, and how reality can differ from text books - setting you apart as a ‘can do’ graduate.
We take full advantage of the many interesting locations on our doorstep, such as nature reserves, East Midlands Airport, solar farms, sites of special scientific interest, ancient woodlands, quarries, Skegness, Nottingham and the Peak District National Park. There is also the opportunity to undertake field based study further afield. Previous locations have included Crete and Morocco.
If you choose to major in Geography, we offer an optional vocational module where you could go on a work placement in a graduate level role or undertake relevant voluntary projects. This will enhance your career prospects further still.
Explore our fieldwork
We have invested in up-to-date to help you build the practical skills which are highly valued in the profession.
They include a spatial data laboratory – which houses one of the best map collections of any UK university – as well as purpose-built sedimentology, geotechnical and specialist computing laboratories. Our student research laboratory also gives you a dedicated space to conduct your independent investigations seven days a week.
You’ll harness industry-standard specialist equipment – such as GNSS, total stations, soil augers and field spectrometers – and all the resources you need to test and analyse specimens like vegetation, soil, water and rock samples. We subscribe to the Digimap Service so you will have full access to the British Geological Survey’s & Ordnance Survey’s digital databases.
Learn from the experts
Cutting-edge research underpins every aspect of our course. Our geography lecturers are active researchers, authors and/or consultants undertaking important projects worldwide. It means you’ll be kept in touch with the very latest theories and what’s new and next in the world of geography.
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.
A vibrant scientific community
You’ll meet practitioners from a wide range of geography-related fields who deliver guest lectures across many of our modules. They will offer insights into current developments within the profession and share their career experiences with you. We also play a lead role in the Derbyshire Branch of the Geographical Association.
What you will study
Module availability and the number of modules you are required to take will depend on whether you choose this subject as a major, joint or minor.
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.
An experienced teaching team
Our lecturers are active researchers and consultants in the UK and overseas, so you'll be learning the very latest theories and will be kept up to date with what's new in geography. Some of our current research projects include carbon fluxes and cryoconite holes in Greenland’s ice sheets, the impacts of climate change, paleo climatic reconstruction in Greece, argan tree conservation and restoration in Morocco, use of biogas in LEDCs and food allergies and their implications. So you can be sure that your lecturers are at the cutting edge of research and will pass that knowledge on to you.
A typical module has at least three hours of class contact time per week, including lectures, seminars, practicals and half-day fieldwork. On top of this there are also one-to-one tutorials, day and residential field courses. Outside of classes, students are required to undertake directed reading, exercises, and spend time doing assignments.
Field based learning
Fieldwork is an important part of geography - it’s where you can observe processes in action, see how reality differs from text books, and apply your knowledge and understanding to real world issues. Extensive fieldwork experience is important in producing 'can do' graduates. We operate a range of half/full day and residential field courses. All of our fieldwork is associated with specific modules. We make full use of an excellent range of local sites (such as nature reserves, SSSIs, ancient woodlands, quarries, and the Peak District National Park) as well as visiting sites further afield.
Currently, we have a stage two field course based in Crete (Mediterranean Environments) and a stage three field course based in Morocco (Environment, Landscape, and Place). Where residential fieldwork is associated with optional modules, then students are required to pay a 70% contribution to the residential fieldwork if they elect to do any of these modules.
Joint honours students who choose to major in Geography can elect to undertake an optional geography vocational work placement module in stage three. Such placements allow students to get graduate-level work experience prior to graduating and develop the transferable and specialist skills sets required by graduate employers.
We are constantly investing in our specialist resources and facilities. We have a bespoke GIS lab, map library, and geotechnical laboratory, as well as a whole suite of multipurpose labs. We recently created a dedicated student study laboratory and revamped our map library. We also have an extensive range of field equipment, such as soil augers, GNSS, and EDMs, that students can book out when they need to. We subscribe to the Digimap service, so have full access to the Ordnance Survey’s digital database of UK mapping.
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, viva’s, and written exams (seen and unseen). You may be assessed individually or as part of a group. We’ve mapped our assessments against the key graduate skillset that employers require.
Who will teach you
September 2020 typical entry requirements
|Requirement||What we're looking for|
|UCAS points||120* (up to 16 from AS-levels)|
|Specific requirements at A-level|
At least a C in Biology, Chemistry, Geography, Geology, Physics, Psychology or Sociology at A-level (or equivalent qualification)
|Specific requirements at GCSE||GCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification|
|Interview / Audition||N/A|
Alternative entry qualifications:
- BTEC - DDM
- Access to HE Diploma 60 credits: 45 at level 3 with a minimum of Dist: 15 Merit: 24 Pass: 6
For joint honours degree entry you will need to choose two subjects. The entry criteria here is for this subject only. Your offer will be based on the higher entry criteria from the two subjects you choose to do. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria/offer conditions.
*The UCAS Points required for entry will depend on the subjects you choose to combine. The subject with the higher entry requirements will determine your offer.
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.
£9,250 per year*
£1,155 per module*
£14,045 per year
* 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.
Further information about our fees and support you may be entitled to.
Additional costs and optional extras
Thanks to our extensive range of optional geography modules, you can tailor your studies to the careers in which you’re most interested. As a Joint Honours graduate you will also have the versatility and resourcefulness to impress a potential employer.
Our graduates are now enjoying success in diverse roles such as agronomy, environmental consulting, data analysis, rail planning, water quality analysis, teaching, GIS and conservation.
The knowledge and skills you gain at Derby are also sought after by employers in commerce, public services, research and industry. Some of our graduates have progressed to employment as surveyors, land managers, business analysts, transport officers and civil servants.
If you need any more information from us, eg on courses, accommodation, applying, car parking, fees or funding, please contact us and we will do everything we can to help you.Contact us
Additional information about your studies
You will typically study your two subjects equally at stage one, before choosing whether you want to major in one subject at stages two and three.
Download programme specification
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
- Access to maps within our extensive map library
- If a DBS check is needed for the purposes of a module or programme related work placement, this is included in your fee if done via the University
- All-day trips and residential fieldwork in prescribed and core modules
- Full access to Digimap online and a downloadable mapping service
Mandatory costs not included in your fees
- You will need to purchase appropriate clothing and footwear for field trips - approximate cost is £100
Optional costs not included in your fees
- You may wish to purchase textbooks or e-books to support your studies. Text books typically cost £30-£50 each but actual costs are dependent on your choices
- An 80% contribution toward residential fieldwork where associated with an optional module you choose to do - cost is dependent on your module choice
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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