Geography BSc (Hons)

UCAS code F820
UHI information line 0845 272 3600

What is special about this course?

If you are inspired by understanding the world around you then geography is for you. At both local and global levels many of the main challenges facing the world in the 21st century are related to geography. Studying an exciting mix of physical and human geography, this course will equip you with the wide range of knowledge and skills needed for the modern workplace.

The BSc (Hons) Geography is an accelerated degree that can be completed in three years rather than the traditional four. Graduating early allows you to get out there and start earning, travelling or signing up to postgraduate study a year ahead of your peers.

Fieldtrips are a valuable and memorable part of studying geography and this course includes visits in your local area, plus the opportunity to take part in residential fieldtrips to the Highlands of Scotland and to the Swiss Alps.

Special features

  • An accelerated study programme – graduate with an honours degree one year sooner
  • Mix of online learning and face-to-face teaching, with small group study on campus
  • Online learning materials available 24/7 via laptops, tablets or mobiles
  • Focus on employability within the curriculum. Geography graduates have high levels of employability
  • Fieldtrips to the Cairngorms and Swiss Alps

(You may also be interested in our BSc (Hons) Sustainable Development course)

Entry requirements

  • 4 Scottish Highers at grades BBBC including Geography or science and humanities related subjects, OR
  • 3 A levels at grade C or above; Geography preferred, OR
  • BTEC Nationals at MMM or DD and above in a related subject, OR
  • Relevant Access to HE diploma, PLUS
  • Minimum National 5 or Standard Grade Credit or Intermediate 2; or GCSE grade C in English and Maths
  • Applicants with other qualifications or experience will be considered on an individual basis

Year 1 - CertHE

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Two semesters (Sept-Jan and Feb-June). Modules may include:

  • Climate, land and people
  • Environment and heritage interpretation
  • Introduction to sustainable development
  • Economics and the state
  • The environment of mountain regions
  • Overview of energy use
  • Options in biology, chemistry, maths and physics

Year 2 - DipHE/BSc

Three trimesters (Sept-Nov; Jan-Mar; May-July). Modules may include:

  • Global environmental change     
  • Atmosphere, weather and climate
  • Employability skills for geographers
  • Earth surface processes
  • Urban and rural geography
  • Collecting and interpreting data for geographers
  • Climate change: impacts and adaptation
  • The geography of tourism and sustainability
  • Research and design skills for geographers

Year 3 - BSc/BSc (Hons)

Three trimesters (Sept-Nov; Jan-Mar; May-July). Modules may include:

  • Field skills for geographers
  • Workplace experience: developing transferable skills
  • GIS and remote sensing
  • Sustainable agriculture systems
  • Glaciation
  • Natural hazards and mitigation
  • Globalisation, sustainability and uneven development

You must also complete a dissertation.

How will I study my course?

Full-time

  • With support from university staff, you will learn through a combination of face-to-face tutorials and online study including live-chats; discussion boards and group tasks. Collaborative learning tools such as wikis will enable you to work with others to build online content.
  • Online materials can be viewed on laptops, tablets, smartphones and consoles
  • This will be supplemented by field trips, practical sessions and work experience as well as individual online study through the university's virtual learning environment (VLE)
  • You will also have support from your lecturers via email and phone

Externally Hosted Technology

  • Part of this course will be conducted on sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Wikispaces. All three sites are externally hosted technologies run by service providers that are not connected with the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI). If you don't use these services you will need to register with the service providers. Registration involves providing personal data and acceptance of the terms, conditions, data use policy and cookie use policy for each service provider. Please read the information on Facebook, Twitter and Wikispaces on the university website carefully. Application to this course indicates that you have read, understood and agreed to the registration conditions for Facebook, Twitter and Wikispaces. Should you require more information please contact Admissions at the University of the Highlands and Islands.

 

How long will my course last?

Full-time: 3 years

You will spend about two hours a week reading the online lecture material, two hours a week in online group work and two hours a week in face-to-face tutorials. You will be studying three modules at a time, so a typical week would consist of 18 hours of structured study time and the remaining hours would be spent in self-directed study. In some weeks there may also be fieldtrips.

 

 

Where can I study my course?

Start date

September

 

How much will my course cost?

For students normally domiciled in Scotland or the European Union/EEA (outside of the UK) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

  2016-17
Full-time (120 credit modules) per year £1,820
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year £645
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module) £215

Rest of UK students

For students living in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland) studying this course full time, the following fees apply:

  Level 2016-17
Year 1 CertHE (120 credits) £9,000
Year 2 DipHE/Degree (180 credits) £9,000
Year 3 Degree/Honours (180 credits) £9,000

Part-time (per 20 credit module) - £1,500 (2016-17).

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

There are a number of funding options available to UK and EU students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living whilst studying.

International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK or European Union and with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

  Level 2016-17
Year 1 CertHE (120 credits) £11,000
Year 2 DipHE/Degree (180 credits) £16,500
Year 3 Degree/Honours (180 credits) £16,500

Further information on international course fees.

A no fee increase guarantee is available for self-funding full-time and structured part-time RUK and International undergraduate students for continuous and contiguous study for the same award, up to the permitted standard time limit for the relevant award.

 

What funding can I apply for?

External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact the relevant university partner college for more information. 

What can I do on completion of my course?

Once you have completed your BSc (Hons) Geography course, you could progress to a career in:

  • Government departments and agencies e.g. Scottish Environment Protection Agency, Environment Agency, Scottish Natural Heritage, English Natural Heritage
  • Planning departments of local authorities
  • Natural resource industries, such as oil, gas, coal, aggregates
  • Water industry and flood management
  • Environmental consultancy
  • Waste and recycling
  • Travel and tourism
  • Public policy
  • Urban regeneration
  • Retail and business
  • Teaching

Is there more information available online?

You can use the above QR code to connect directly to the course details.

What our students, graduates and staff say:

The technologies I have been introduced to and the skills developed in my first year have already enhanced my CV, making me a better proposition for prospective employers when I graduate.

Murray MacBean, first year BSc (Hons) Geography student based at our Inverness College UHI campus

Apply for Geography BSc (Hons)

I want to start in Aug/Sep 2017

International applicants should apply using the UHI International application form. Please download and print the form, complete and return using the address indicated. More information is available for international applicants at our international student page

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI). UHI operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of gender, age, disability, ethnicity and socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.

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