BSc

Economics with Human Geography

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Key Facts

Code L1L7
  • Typical A-level offer

    BBB with B in Geography

  • Course Length

    3 Years

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In choosing to study a degree in Economics with Human Geography at Aberystwyth University, you will be part of the Aberystwyth Business School, which makes world-leading contributions to research and practice, and has excellent partnerships with companies in business, industry and commerce. You will also be part of the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences, one of the largest and most dynamic departments of its kind in Britain. Economics and Human Geography (L1L7) is an exciting and rewarding subject to study. You will explore the nature and impact of cultural, social, economic and political processes from the local to the global scale. By studying Economics and Human Geography, you will acquire a wide range of the skills and knowledge that employers are increasingly seeking.

[NSS/DLHE Awards]

Aberystwyth Business School: 91% overall student satisfaction (NSS 2018)

97% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months, 3% more than Business and Administrative Studies graduates nationally (HESA 2018*)

Best in Wales and one of the top 20 in the UK for the subject area of Geography and Environment Science (The Good University Guide 2018, The Times & Sunday Times). 

Department of Geography and Earth Sciences: 92% student satisfaction (NSS 2018)

97% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months, 4% more than Physical Science graduates nationally, (HESA 2018*)

Overview

This BA Economics and Human Geography scheme allows you to study two topics that mutually inform one another. As part of the Aberystwyth Business School you will investigate a wide range of economic issues that impact on every-day life (including the creation of employment such as inflationary pressures, international trade issues, the process of business competition, innovation and growth, the protection of natural resources and government policy-making). Alongside this, you will study Human Geography, investigating the ways in which human societies define, make and shape place, exploring the spatiality of economies, cultures, and politics.

In choosing to study Economics and Human Geography, you will engage with two dynamic subjects. In Economics you will engage with topics which are fundamental to understanding not just the operations of business and commerce, but the organisation and functioning of societies. Your course will cover a variety of grounding principles and key study skills in the first year such as: Economic Principles And Skills, Mathematics for Economics and Finance, and Statistics for economists. In Year 2 and 3 you will advance your understandings of economics through courses in Macro- and Micro-economics and Econometrics.

Alongside this study of Economics, you will also engage with contemporary Human Geography, completing modules which provide you with a firm foundation of skills for examining relations between people, space and space. In your first year, you will be introduced to the basics of Human Geography. You will then go on to study issues such as Cultural Geography or Political Geography. In your final year, you will also be able to choose from a range of other modules that map well onto the study of Economics including: Governing Uncertain Futures; and Urban Risk and Environmental Resilience; World Regional Islam or Geographies of the Global Countryside.

Teaching in the Aberystwyth Business School is underpinned by research. Academic staff contribute to research excellence within the university. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework assessment (REF 2014) 95% of research submitted by the university was rated as being internationally recognised, You also will benefit greatly from studying in DGES because it has always been at the cutting edge of innovations in teaching and research. In the most recent REF (2014), the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences was ranked in the top 15 departments in Britain for Geography, coming top in Wales.

Our Staff

Students at the Aberystwyth Business School are taught by lecturers and other teaching staff who are active researchers and expert practitioners in their chosen subject area.

Over 75% of full time members of teaching staff are qualified to PhD level. Most are currently research active, meaning that students benefit from being taught ‘new’ knowledge in their chosen field of study as well as recognized literature. The School also employs part-time and full time staff devoted purely to teaching. Many part-time staff combine teaching duties with consultancy and business activities, ensuring that students have access not only to up to date research but the latest applied knowledge.

Department of Geography and Earth Science: lecturers are all qualified to PhD level or working towards a PhD.

Modules

Employability

Career Prospects

Your BA in Economics and Human Geography will prepare you for a broad range of employment and further training options. Your major/minor honours degree will be make you a strong candidate for opportunities in cartography, environmental consulting, town planning and development, project-management, financing and teaching. You will also be suited to jobs including chartered accountant, economist, financial risk analyst, investment analyst and statistician.

The School of Management and Business has an excellent reputation for the quality of its courses and for the success of its graduates across a wide variety of careers and contexts. The most recent figures for the National Student Survey show a very high satisfaction rate with the course, so you can be sure that you will receive a quality learning experience at Aberystwyth. Recent statistics from HESA (Higher Education Statistics Agency) also show that over 82% of Geography graduates find either paid employment or continue with further study upon graduation from BA courses comparable to this one.

Transferable Skills

Studying for a degree in Economics and Human Geography will equip you with a range of transferable skills which are highly valued by employers. These include:

• enhanced numerical and computational skills
• the ability to research, interpret and analyse business and financial data
• the ability to express ideas and communicate information in a clear and structured manner, in both written and oral form
• effective problem-solving
• analytical and creative thinking skills
• decision-making
• the ability to work independently
• time-management and organisational skills, including the ability to meet deadlines
• self-motivation and self-reliance
• team-working, with the ability to discuss concepts in groups, accommodating different ideas and reaching agreement

Year in Employment scheme (YES)

The University operates a Year in Employment Scheme (YES), which offers you a fantastic opportunity to take a year out between your second and third year to work in an organisation in the UK or overseas. YES provides a very rewarding and worthwhile experience, both personally and professionally, and can help you to stand out from the crowd in a very competitive job market. The University’s Career Service will help you to explore your options and secure a suitable work placement.

Personal Development Plan

You will also have the opportunity to complete a Personal Development Plan (PDP) at Aberystwyth. This is a structured process of self-appraisal, reflection, and planning, which will enable you to chart your personal, academic and professional development throughout your time at university. By recording your academic performance, and highlighting the skills you already have and those you will need for future employability, the PDP portfolio will equip you with the necessary tools to plan effectively, develop successful approaches to study, and consider your future career options and aspirations.

Teaching & Learning

In Economics, lecturers in the Aberystwyth Business School are actively engaged in academic and policy-oriented research and consulting. Many have a business, as well as an academic, background allowing us to inform you of the latest developments in your subject area and pass on a practical awareness of the contemporary business environment. Our programmes are supported by visiting speakers who also bring their professional experience to the classroom.

In Geography, your course will be delivered through a programme of lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops and field trips. This combination will balance the theoretical with the practical and the group work with individual assignments. You will be able to debate the topics with your peers and stretch your fieldwork abilities in the open air. The ethos of the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences (DGES) is student-centred, meaning that you will be supported through your studies but given the freedom to forge your own study path through module selection. 

Your personal tutor

You will be assigned a personal tutor throughout your degree course, who will help you with any problems or queries, whether these are academic-related or personal issues. You should feel free to contact them at any time for help and advice.

Student Views

I love it! I have been exposed to a variety of different subject areas and it has allowed me to choose modules to fit with my own interests. The tutors are great, approachable and friendly. Would recommend to anyone considering doing human geography. Ashley Wilding

I love my Human Geography course because it has made me look at the world around me in a different and more interesting way. I can understand why it is like it is, and what it might look like in the future. It has really opened up my eyes to the different processes which shape our modern society. Rebecca Priest

What I love about my course is its scope, broadness and the fact that there is probably no topic area which is not intertwined with it. Patryk Szostak

I enjoy learning about how the economy works. How money isn't just printed out at any time, but is controlled by the government. Economics allows me to understand the fundamental problems that all societies face. Moreover, it focuses on the interaction of the market and people, how economic agents behave or interact, and how the economy works.Fon Yih Young

Typical Entry Requirements

A Levels BBB with B in Geography

GCSE requirements (grade C min):
English or Welsh, Mathematics

BTEC National Diploma:
DMM with specified subject

International Baccalaureate:
28 points overall with 5 points in Geography at Higher Level

European Baccalaureate:
75% overall with 70% in specified subject

The University operates an inclusive admissions policy and our offers can vary. Please refer to our country-specific pages for details of the international qualifications we accept. For further information, contact ug-admissions@aber.ac.uk

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