Human Geography / Politics

Key Facts

Code LLT2
  • Typical A-level offer

    BBB with B in Geography, ABB without Geography

  • Course Length

    3 Years

Further details on entry requirements

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In choosing to study a degree in Human Geography and Politics at Aberystwyth University you will be part of the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences and the Department of International Politics, one of the most dynamic combinations of its kind in Britain. Human Geography and Politics (LLT2) 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 Human Geography and Politics you will acquire a wide range of the skills and knowledge that employers are increasingly seeking.

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)

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 International Politics: 95% student satisfaction (NSS 2016)

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

  • Overview
  • Modules
  • Employability
  • Teaching & Learning
  • Student Views


This joint honours BA in Human Geography and Politics is your chance to study two distinct but highly complementary disciplines. As you examine the ways in which human societies define, make and shape place, you will also consider the political process which produces change.

Your field of study will take in diverse geographical environments, including contemporary urban metropolises, rural communities, children's playgrounds and motorway hard shoulders. It will also enable you to analyse political environments of the UK, Europe, the USA and the Middle East, among many other states and regions.

You will be able to tailor your course by selecting option modules from a diverse list, including Sustainability and Resilience; Placing Culture; Landscapes of British Modernity, Territory, Knowledge and Power; and Governing Uncertain Futures.

This course is hosted jointly by the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences, one of the largest and most dynamic Geography communities in the UK, and the prestigious Department of International Politics, which was founded in 1919 to help humanity understand the reasons for war, conflict and suffering, and which is now a major authority on global politics. Many of the staff members of both departments are published in their respective fields and are actively engaged in research. In the recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) assessment, both departments came top in Wales for research quality.

The stunning geography around Aberystwyth is perfect for you to conduct regular fieldwork studying the intersection between earth systems and human activity. 

This joint honours BA in Human Geography and Politics will be valuable in any almost any graduate workplace. Upon obtaining your degree, you will be a confident and fluent communicator able to connect ideas, arrange source material and formulate cogent arguments. These skills – along with a high standard of academic practice – are just some of the many assets that you will be able to bring to any graduate workplace.

Our Staff

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

Lecturers in the Department of International Politics are all research active and qualified to PhD level, and most also have a PGCHE.


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.

Researching People And Place
Political Theory
Level 2 Geography Tutorial
Placing Culture
Placing Politics
Sustainability And Resilience
Geography Fieldwork
The Welsh Environment
Amlddiwylliannedd Mewn Polisi Ac Ymarfer
Capitalism And International Politics
Contemporary Latin America
European Politics
Intelligence And International Security
Multiculturalism In Policy And Practice
Nato: The Making And Breaking Of Alliances
Rhyfel Diarbed, Heddwch Diarbed
The Ethics Of War In Theory And Practice
The League Of Nations
The Past And Present Of Us Intelligence
The Vietnam War
Total War, Total Peace
Wales And Devolution
Warfare After Waterloo: Military History 1815 - 1918
Warfare In The 20th Century:technology And Strategy
Aesthetics, Image And Narrative In Global Politics
America At War: A Military History Of The United States
Britain And Ireland In War And Peace Since 1800
Espionage Studies
Eu Simulation
Gender And Sexuality In Latin America
Global Economic Governance
Global Health And International Politics
Ideas And Practice In American Politics
International Politics And Non-western Worlds
Political Theory
Special Forces: Theory And Practice
The Cold War
The Cuban Missile Crisis
The Diplomacy Of Decline: Britain & World Politics 1851-2001
Theorizing International Relations
War, Politics And Strategy

Modules delivered partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh

Damcaniaethau Gwleidyddiaeth
Tiwtorial Daearyddiaeth Lefel 2
Cyfathrebu Cymdeithas A Gwyddor
Lleoli Gwleidyddiaeth
Gwaith Maes Daearyddiaeth
Hanes Amgylcheddol
Cudd-wybodaeth A Diogelwch Rhyngwladol
Cymru A Datganoli
Y Meddwl Cymreig Mewn Syniadaeth Ryngwladol
Damcaniaethau Gwleidyddiaeth
Gwleidyddiaeth Ryngwladol A Bydoedd Anorllewinol


Career Prospects

Your joint honours BA in Human Geography and Politics will prepare you for a broad range of employment and further training options. Your political training will suit you for work as a civil service fast streamer, a government social research officer, a politician's staff worker, public affairs consultant or social researcher. Thanks to your geographical expertise, you will be a strong candidate for opportunities in cartography, environmental consulting, town planning and development or teaching.

Recent statistics from HESA (Higher Education Statistics Agency) show that over 82% of Politics graduates and over 91% of Geography graduates find either paid employment or continue with further study upon graduation.

You will develop a wealth of subject-specific skills and other generic professional skills that can be easily transferred into almost any graduate or professional employment situation.

Transferable Skills

Studying for a degree in Human Geography and Politics 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.

GO Wales

GO Wales is administered by the University’s Career Service, working with local businesses to create paid work placements of a few weeks’ duration for students. It gives you the opportunity to gain valuable work experience which will enhance your CV and make you more attractive to potential employers.

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

This course will be delivered through a programme of lectures and seminars designed to stimulate your academic interest and nurture your personal and intellectual development. This joint honours course, centring on political theory and geography, will hone your critical faculties, arm you with a number of methodological approaches to your subjects and encourage original thought.

As you study, you will be both challenged and inspired by our staff, who have created a vibrant culture of creativity and intellectual curiosity perfect for the study of geography and politics. You will also have access to a personal tutor throughout your degree scheme who will meet with you regularly and handle your queries.

You will be assessed through essays, oral presentations and exams. You will also be required to complete additional assignments and work with others on particular tasks.

As you study, you will develop a range of skills which will benefit you in further study or any graduate workplace. You will learn to: employ multiple critical techniques when approaching historical sources; develop a reflective practice in reading and writing; select the most relevant contextual details; and articulate a detailed critical analysis of your subject.

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

My Human Geography course allows me to look at the world from a different perspective, appreciating the idea of place and the way sense of place shapes everyday life. I now can sit on a park bench and 'people watch'; analysing how people act in public spaces, but under the title of ethnography. Human geography takes into account the spatial relations of areas that have not been considered before, or have been taken for granted. It is like looking through a pair of epistemological glasses. Florence Genis

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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