BA Human Geography / History

In choosing to study the Degree in History and Human Geography at Aberystwyth University you will benefit from the expertise and reputation of two departments. The Department of Geography and Earth Sciences is one of the oldest, largest and most dynamic departments of its kind in Britain and by studying Human Geography you will explore the nature and impact of cultural, social, economic and political processes from the local to the global scale. As a student of History, you will immerse yourself in a broad range of historical periods, and gain an understanding of how and why the world has evolved the way it has. Graduates in this degree can expect to pick up a range of valuable skills that are sought by employers.

Top 10 in the UK for student satisfaction in the subject area of Human Geography (NSS 2016)
95% student satisfaction in the subject area of Human Geography (NSS 2016)
Top 10 in the UK for student satisfaction in the subject area of History (NSS 2016)

Department of Geography and Earth Sciences: 95% student satisfaction (NSS 2016)

95% of undergraduates from the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences who graduated in 2015 were in employment or further education six months after graduating (DLHE 2015)

Department of History and Welsh: 95% student satisfaction (NSS 2016)

92% of undergraduates from the Department of History and Welsh History who graduated in 2015 were in employment or further education six months after graduating (DLHE 2015)

Overview

To enable you to take the combination of subjects that best suits your interests and requirements, the University offers a wide range of degrees that enable you to study two subjects so that you gain a sound knowledge of both. Each degree scheme is made up of core and option modules, which lets you develop your degree programme to match your interests and objectives.

This Human Geography and Business Management programme is designed to help you study Human Geography and its related issues in depth, whilst giving you the opportunity to engage with a range of business and management disciplines that include; Human Resources, Finance, Marketing, Accounting, and Entrepreneurship amongst others.

In choosing to study Human Geography and Business Management, you will engage with two dynamic subjects. As part of the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences you will explore contemporary Human Geography, completing modules which provide you with a firm foundation of skills for examining relations between people, place 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; Geographies of Memory Urban Risk and Environmental Resilience; World Regional Islam or Geographies of the Global Countryside.

In Business Management you will engage with topics which are fundamental to understanding more than just the operations of business and commerce; focusing on the world of enterprise and the impact of changes in the business environments. In your first year you will gain an Introduction to Management, and the Business Environment. In Years 2 and 3 you will advance your understanding through more specialised modules such as Human Resource Management, Business Strategy and Business Leadership.

The programme is hosted by the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences in conjunction with the School of Management and Business. You will be a part of two dynamic departments. Many of the modules you will study relate to staff research interests and you will benefit from being taught by staff who are experts in their respective fields and who are active members of national and international research communities. The university has a proud tradition of research excellence, as demonstrated in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (2014) assessment. It placed the university in the top 50 institutions for research power and intensity. It submitted 77% of eligible staff and 95% of the university's research was of an internationally recognised standard.

Our Staff

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

Department of History and Welsh History lecturers are all qualified to PhD level, and most also have a PGCHE.

Course Content

Welsh medium modules available

Please note: The modules listed below are those currently intended for delivery during the next academic year and may be subject to change. They are included here to give an indication of how the course is structured.

Year 1 Core (10 Credits) The following modules are core.

Semester 2

Power, Place And Development GG14210

Year 1 Options Year One students - ALL History and Welsh History joint honours students MUST take the Department's Part One core module (through medium of English or Welsh):

Semester 1

Cyflwyno Hanes HA12120

Introduction To History HY12120

Year 1 Options Core (30 credits). Welsh medium (DA) and English medium (GG) modules. Welsh speaking students are encouraged to take DA11900/10 instead of GG11900/10, DA10110 instead of GG14410, and DA10210 instead of GG10210.

Semester 1

Cefn Gwlad A'r Ddinas DA10210

Tiwtorial Daearyddiaeth Lefel 1 DA11900

The City And Country: Processes Of Conflict And Change GG10210

Level 1 Geography Tutorial GG11900

Place, Culture And Society GG14410

Semester 2

Pobl A Lle DA10110

Tiwtorial Daearyddiaeth Lefel 1 DA11910

Level 1 Geography Tutorial GG11910

Year 1 Options Year One students - History and Welsh History joint honours students must take a further 40 credits worth of modules in the History & Welsh History department:

Semester 1

Concwest, Uno A Hunaniaeth Yng Nghymru 1250-1800 HC11120

Cymru A'r Byd: Cysylltiadau A Dylanwadau 1860 - 2000 HC11520

Stuart England: War, Political Crisis And Social Change 1629-1714 HY11920

Russia Since 1900 HY12020

Nationalism, Totalitarianism And Democratization: Czechoslov HY12220

Soldiers, Saints & Serfs: England, 1042-1154 HY14320

Conquest, Union And Identity In Wales 1250-1800 WH11120

Semester 2

Y Dirwasgiad Mawr: Hanes Cymharol America A Phrydain HA10620

Argyfwng, Gwrthryfel A Ffydd Yn Ewrop C.1000-1540 HA10820

Oes Y Fictoriaid HA13820

Age Of Magna Carta-england And Its Neighbours C1180-c1280 HY12520

Three Queens And Their Subjects HY12720

Britain And The First World War HY13220

Modernity And The Making Of Asia HY15220

From Revolution To World War: Wales 1789-1914 WH11620

Year 1 Options (20 credits). Students must choose up to 20 credits from the list below, or from appropriate modules offered elsewhere in IGES or in the university.

Semester 1

Key Concepts And Skills For Geographers GG13000

Semester 2

Newid Hinsawdd DA10810

Methodoleg Maes Amgylcheddol DA10910

Byw Gyda Risg DA12810

Climate Change: Impacts, Perceptions, Adaptations GG10810

Key Concepts And Skills For Geographers GG13020

Year 2 Core (10 Credits) The following modules are core.

Semester 1

Researching People And Place GG20510

Year 2 Options Year Two students MUST TAKE the History and Welsh History Year2 CORE module in semester one (in either English or Welsh):

Semester 1

Llunio Hanes HA30120

Making History HY30120

Year 2 Options Core (10 credits). Welsh medium (DA) and English medium (GG) modules. Welsh speaking students are encouraged to take DA22100/10 instead of GG22100/10.

Semester 1

Tiwtorial Daearyddiaeth Lefel 2 DA22100

Level 2 Geography Tutorial GG22100

Semester 2

Tiwtorial Daearyddiaeth Lefel 2 DA22110

Level 2 Geography Tutorial GG22110

Year 2 Options Year Two students MUST TAKE one 20-credit SURVEY module in Dept. History & Welsh History in Semester One:

Semester 1

Concro'r Byd: Tŵf A Chwymp Ymerodraethau Prydain A Ffrainc HA31820

The Challenge To Christendom HY31020

Early Modernity In Europe HY31120

War & Society In History HY31620

Year 2 Options (40 credits) Students must take 40 credits from the modules below. DA28700/20 and GG28700/20 cannot be taken together, DA22420 and GG22420 cannot be taken together.

Semester 1

Cyfathrebu Cymdeithas A Gwyddor DA28610

Lleoli Gwleidyddiaeth DA28700

Placing Culture GG28500

Placing Politics GG28700

Sustainability And Resilience GG28910

Semester 2

Gwaith Maes Daearyddiaeth DA22420

Hanes Amgylcheddol DA22710

Lleoli Gwleidyddiaeth DA28720

Geography Fieldwork GG22420

Placing Culture GG28520

Placing Politics GG28720

The Welsh Environment GG29110

Year 2 Options Year Two students should choose one 20-credit SKILLS module in Dept. History & Welsh History in semester two:

Semester 2

Gwrando Ar Hanes: Y Mudiad Hawliau Sifil Yn America HA34720

Investigating Georgian And Victorian Landscapes HY32720

History As Myth-making: The 'myth Of The Blitz' HY33420

Germans And Nazism Since 1933: Reading Public Opinion Surveys, Diaries And Memoirs HY33520

Image Wars In Southeast Asia: Studying 20th Century Propaganda HY33720

Journalism And The Writing Of History HY33920

Medieval Chronicles: Historical Writing In The British Isles 540-1300 HY34020

History In Cartoons: Studying Georgian Satirical Prints HY34320

Seals In Their Context In Medieval England And Wales HY34420

Exploring Nineteenth-century Exhibitions HY34620

Year 2 Options OR Year Two students should choose one 20-credit OPTION module in Dept. History & Welsh History in either semester one or semester two:

Semester 1

Gwrthdaro A Chydfodolaeth: Cymru O’r Normaniaid Hyd Glyndŵr HC32220

Oes Yr Ymerodraeth: Prydain Ac Iwerddon, 1850-1914 HC34320

East & West In The Age Of Crusades, C. 1070 - C. 1290 HY35120

Politics And Society In Twentieth-century Britain HY37620

Science, Religion And Magic HY38620

Germany Since 1945 HY39620

The Atlantic World, 1492-1825 HY39720

Rhyfel Algeria 1952-1964 IE20420

An Age Of Empire: Britain And Ireland, 1850-1914 WH34320

Semester 2

Trosedd, Terfysg A Moesoldeb Yng Nghymru 1750-1850 HC33420

The British Isles And The ‘english Revolution’ HY35720

From Black Death To Great Fire: The British Town 1349-1700 HY36120

War, Famine And Plague: England In The Fourteenth Century HY36720

Expansion, Intervention And Influence: The United States As A Continental Power HY39120

Culture, Society And The Victorians HY39320

The Soviet Union And The World, 1917-1991 HY39520

Crime, Riot And Morality In Wales 1750-1850 WH33420

Civil War And Revolution In Stuart Wales, 1603-1714 WH36220

Final Year Options (20 credits) The following modules are core. Welsh speaking students are encouraged to take DA34200/20 instead of GG34200/20.

Semester 1

Prosiect Daearyddiaeth Anrhydedd Cyfun/prif Bwnc DA34200

Geography Joint Honours/major Project GG34200

Semester 2

Prosiect Daearyddiaeth Anrhydedd Cyfun/prif Bwnc DA34220

Geography Joint Honours/major Project GG34220

Final Year Options (40 credits) Students must take 40 credits from the modules listed below.

Semester 1

Landscapes Of British Modernity GG36220

Geographies Of Memory GG37920

Regional Geographies GG39920

Semester 2

Geographies Of The Global Countryside GG36820

Urban Risk And Environmental Resilience GG37520

World Regional Islam GG38420

Final Year Options Final Year students MUST TAKE one 20-credit SURVEY module in Dept. History & Welsh History in Semester One:

Semester 1

Concro'r Byd: Tŵf A Chwymp Ymerodraethau Prydain A Ffrainc HA31820

The Challenge To Christendom HY31020

Early Modernity In Europe HY31120

War & Society In History HY31620

Final Year Options Final Year students should choose 20-40 credits worth of OPTIONAL modules in the Department of History and Welsh History in either semester one or semester two:

Semester 1

Gwrthdaro A Chydfodolaeth: Cymru O’r Normaniaid Hyd Glyndŵr HC32220

Oes Yr Ymerodraeth: Prydain Ac Iwerddon, 1850-1914 HC34320

East & West In The Age Of Crusades, C. 1070 - C. 1290 HY35120

Politics And Society In Twentieth-century Britain HY37620

Science, Religion And Magic HY38620

Germany Since 1945 HY39620

The Atlantic World, 1492-1825 HY39720

Rhyfel Algeria 1952-1964 IE20420

An Age Of Empire: Britain And Ireland, 1850-1914 WH34320

Semester 2

Trosedd, Terfysg A Moesoldeb Yng Nghymru 1750-1850 HC33420

The British Isles And The ‘english Revolution’ HY35720

From Black Death To Great Fire: The British Town 1349-1700 HY36120

War, Famine And Plague: England In The Fourteenth Century HY36720

Expansion, Intervention And Influence: The United States As A Continental Power HY39120

Culture, Society And The Victorians HY39320

The Soviet Union And The World, 1917-1991 HY39520

Crime, Riot And Morality In Wales 1750-1850 WH33420

Civil War And Revolution In Stuart Wales, 1603-1714 WH36220

Employability

Career Prospects

Your BA in Human Geography and Business Management will prepare you for a broad range of employment and further training options. Your degree will 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 accountancy, investment banking, insurance, underwriting, and risk management, and in such professions as retail management, marketing management, distribution and logistics management, sales executive, and health service management.

The Department of Geography and Earth Sciences 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. Recent statistics from HESA (Higher Education Statistics Agency) show that over 82% of Geography graduates find either paid employment or continue with further study upon graduation. Moreover, the School of Management and Business helps prepare you for a career in business, which may stretch across any sector or industry. 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.

Transferable Skills

Studying for a degree in Human Geography and Business Management 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 and Assessment

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. 

In Business Management, staff 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.

Moreover, teaching in the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences has always been at the cutting edge of innovations in student learning and research. In the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (2008), the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences was ranked in the top 12 departments in Britain for Geography, with 45% of our research classed as either "world-leading” or "internationally excellent". Likewise in the School of Management and Business, teaching is underpinned by research. Academic staff publish their work in leading academic journals and regularly act as consultants to a range of organisations. In the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (2008) 60% of research submitted by the Department was rated as being internationally recognised, with 25% being rated internationally excellent.

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

Studying Business and Management at Aberystwyth University has enabled me to develop my understanding, and better appreciate the world in which we all live and work. With a limited understanding of Business and Management prior to studying, I have benefited greatly from this course, and the ability to select and choose which route I best want to follow. Through a range of in-class and interactive learning sessions my passion for the subject has flourished. The degree has fuelled my desire to pursue education to the next level in order to ascertain a more thorough understanding of the business environment. Peter Hamilton-Gray

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Entry Requirements

A Levels BBB with B in Geography, ABB without Geography

GCSE requirements (grade C min):
English or Welsh

BTEC National Diploma:
DMM-DDM with specified subject

International Students

International Baccalaureate:
28-30 points overall with 4-5 points in Geography at Higher Level

European Baccalaureate:
65-75% overall with 70% in specified subject

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