BA

Human Geography with Economics

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Key Facts

Code L7L1
  • 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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This BA in Human Geography with Economics is a remarkable opportunity for you to investigate human societies in the context of place, illuminated by the significant factor of economics. This course begins by providing you with a firm foundation of skills for examining human geography and analysing economic systems and influences. You will study the functions of individuals, institutions and governments in changing geographical environments, from contemporary urban metropolises and rural communities to children's playgrounds and motorway hard shoulders, and you will consider the micro- and macro-economic imperatives for change.

Department of Geography and Earth Sciences: 90% student satisfaction (NSS 2017)

95% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months, 3% more than Physical Science graduates nationally, (DLHE 2017)

Aberystwyth Business School: Top 10 in the UK for student satisfaction for teaching on subjects of Marketing/ Economics/ Finance  (NSS 2017)

95% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months, 2% more than Business and Administrative Studies graduates nationally. (DLHE 2017)

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

Overview

Why study BA Human Geography with Economics? 

  • You will study in a University that is ranked top 4 in the UK and 1st in Wales for student satisfaction (NSS, 2016)
  • Study in an established department for research and practice (REF, 2014)

As a large dynamic Geography community we are able to offer you an extremely broad range of geographical specialism, opportunities and facilities;

  • Current trends in Geohazards
  • Urban sustainability
  • Regional Development
  • Political and Cultural geography
  • Fieldwork opportunities in New Zealand, Crete, New York, and Ireland
  • Travel awards available each year to fund your own adventures (up to £400)
  • State of the art teaching facilities with the latest technology to enhance learning
  • Fully stocked laboratories with an array of analytical instruments e.g. mass spectrometers and core scanners of which can be used for fieldwork and independent study
Our Staff

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

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.

Modules

Employability

Career Prospects

Your BA in Human Geography with Economics will prepare you for a broad range of employment and further training options. This 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

Transferable Skills

Studying for a degree in Human Geography with Economics 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

What work experience opportunities exist whilst studying? 

Click here to find out about the various opportunities that our Aberystwyth University Careers team offer.

Enhance your employability prospects with GO Wales and YES (Year in Employment Scheme) managed by our Careers department. 

Teaching & Learning

What will I learn?

The breakdown below will provide you with an illustration of what you may study during the three year degree scheme.

In the first year you may discover:

  • Key concepts in geographical study
  • Issues and techniques in the collection, analysis and presentation of geographical data
  • Climate change
  • Economic development
  • Globalization
  • Global Environmental Change
  • Economic principles
  • Economic mathematics and statistics
  • And a selection of elective modules

In the second year you may explore:

  • Computer research skills in preparation for your independent research project
  • You will learn how to analyse qualitative datasets
  • Produce maps and other graphical representations of geographical data.
  • Participate in a residential field trip in the UK or overseas.
  • You can also choose optional modules to specialise or simply maintain a broad interest across Geography
  • Policy implications of economic theory
  • Economic interpretation
  • Macroeconomics
  • Microeconomics
  • Econometrics

In the third year you may study:

  • You will undertake an independent research project involving collection, analysis and interpretation of your own data.
  • You will be allocated your own advisor who will provide guidance.
  • Optional modules as diverse as urbanisation, rural change, and regional policy will enable you to tailor your study to suit your interests.
  • The core understanding of microeconomics and macroeconomics
  • Investment and Financial Instruments
  • Taxation
  • Development of Economics
  • Economics of Labour and Industrial Relations
  • International Trade and Trade Policy

How will I be taught? 

You will be taught through lectures, seminars and tutorials of which are in small groups. You will be required on some modules to deliver presentations, work effectively as part of a group and undertake any essays that are required from you.

At Aberystwyth University, all our modules are placed online for you to study further in the comfort of your room. We also have a wealth of printed texts which are available in our library and the National Library of Wales.

 The course is assessed by;

  • Examinations
  • Assessed essays
  • Projects
  • Presentations
  • Dissertation (certain modules)

You will be allocated a personal tutor for the duration of degree at Aberystwyth University. 

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 course - L700 Human Geography - allows you 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

Typical Entry Requirements

A Levels BBB with B in Geography, ABB without Geography

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

BTEC National Diploma:
DMM-DDM with specified subject

International Students

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

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

Applicants are considered on their individual merits and offers can vary. For further information, please contact ug-admissions@aber.ac.uk

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