BA Human Geography with integrated Foundation Year is delivered by Aberystwyth University’s Department of Geography and Earth Sciences and is the most established and experienced department of its kind - with the unique opportunity to study geography in one of the most picturesque locations in Europe.
Set on the coast of Cardigan Bay and surrounded by a great diversity of beautiful environments, including marine, moorland, mountain and grassland, the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences is uniquely placed to make the most of the stunning landscapes that surround it, providing you with a fabulous variety of fieldwork and recreational opportunities. This degree accredited by Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) will equip you with the skills, abilities and expertise to face and engage with the challenges facing society today.
The integrated foundation year - designed for prospective students who do not have a sufficient or relevant academic background - is the perfect option to access this highly-sort scheme. In the foundation year, you will be brought up to speed on the fundamentals of Human Geography, providing a solid base for you to go on and enjoy the full undergraduate degree.
Student Satisfaction and Employability Results
Top 10 in the UK for the subject of Geography & Environmental Science (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019)
91% overall student satisfaction for the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences. (NSS 2019)
97% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months, 4% more than Physical Science graduates nationally, (HESA 2018*)
Following the foundation year, the syllabus of this course is identical to its sister course [Human Geography, L700].
Why study Human Geography at Aberystwyth University?
- This programme has been accredited by the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG).
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.
Department of Geography and Earth Science: lecturers are all qualified to PhD level or working towards a PhD.
What can I do with a degree in Human Geography?
Our graduates have, for example, found employment as environmental consultants, planners, civil servants, surveyors, and in education amongst many other things.
Employability is embedded within all courses provided by us. Our degrees provide a solid foundation for a vast array of careers across a range of sectors. In a rapidly shifting global economy, our graduates are adaptable and able to draw on a range of transferable skills, ensuring that they are always in demand.
The skill sets include:
- Enhanced mathematical and computational skills;
- Effective problem solving and creative thinking skills;
- Information technology skills;
- Ability to work independently and as part of a team;
- Time-management, organisational skills;
- Communication skills both written and oral;
- Self-motivation and self-reliance.
Teaching & Learning
What will I learn?
The breakdown below will provide you with an illustration of what you may study during the four-year degree scheme.
In the first foundation year, you will be introduced to core components of Human Geography.
In your second year, you will be introduced to:
- Key concepts in geographical study;
- Issues and techniques in the collection, analysis and presentation of geographical data;
- Climate change;
- Economic development;
- Global Environmental Change.
In your third year, you will develop further in:
- Computer research skills in preparation for your independent research project;
- You will learn how to analyse qualitative data sets;
- 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.
In your final year:
- 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.
How will I be taught?
Our courses are taught through lectures, seminars, computer practical classes, small group tutorials, field courses, and individual supervision of project work.
How will I be assessed?
We assess our students through a different range of methods. Some modules are assessed in part through traditional exams, but some have elements of coursework. We also have some modules that may require the student to produce practical reports, oral presentations, the design of web pages, production of short films, or contribution to online discussion forums. Some modules, notably the tutorials and field courses are assessed entirely through coursework.
Typical Entry Requirements
GCSE requirements (grade C min):
BTEC National Diploma:
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 email@example.com