Typical A-level offer
BBB-ABB with B in any English-related A level and B in Geography
In choosing to study a degree in Human Geography and English Literature at Aberystwyth University you will be part of the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences, one of the largest and most dynamic departments of its kind in Britain. Human Geography and English Literature (LQ73) 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 English Literature you will acquire a wide range of the skills and knowledge that employers are increasingly seeking. Typically 91% of our Geography and Earth Sciences graduates are in employment (or studying for a postgraduate qualification) within 6 months of graduating.
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: 90% student satisfaction (NSS 2017)
97% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months, 4% more than Physical Science graduates nationally, (HESA 2018*)
Learning that inspires- top 10 in the UK for teaching quality in the subject of English (The Complete University Guide 2018, The Times & Sunday Times 2018).
Department of English and Creative Writing: 97% student satisfaction (NSS 2017)
96% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months, 2% more than Languages graduates nationally (HESA 2018*)
This BA in Human Geography and English Literature is a remarkable joint honours scheme in which you will investigate the human societies and the politics of place in conjunction with the study of great writers and their literature. 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.
The 2015 National Student Satisfaction results show high levels of satisfaction in both Human and Social Geography and Physical Geography and Environmental Science courses, with 91% of students satisfied with the quality of the teaching. Overall satisfaction was above UK national averages for the subject.
96% of our Geography and Earth Science graduates were in employment or further study 6 months after graduating, 11 percentage points higher than the previous year and 3 percentage points higher than the UK subject average (DLHE 2014).
The 2015 National Student Satisfaction survey results show high levels of satisfaction among English students, with 88% satisfaction rate for the quality of teaching
93% of our 2014 English and Creative Writing graduates were in employment or further study 6 months after graduating, a 4 percentage point increase on the previous year and equal to the overall UK sector average (DLHE 2014). This increase reflects our investment in innovative and strategic student-focused employability initiatives which encompass all our academic Institutes and which we firmly believe are likely to improve our employability ratings still further.
In your human geography studies, you will engage with the human forces which change every geographical environment, from contemporary urban metropolises and rural communities to children's playgrounds and motorway hard shoulders. In your literature studies, you will consider texts and authors who engage with and shape societies, cultures and history.
You will find the study of Human Geography and English Literature to be a varied and stimulating experience which you can tailor to suit your own interests. You will be able to specialise both areas of study through selecting option modules. Your options may include Climate Change; Medieval and Renaissance Writing; Placing Politics; Romantic Eroticism; Landscapes of British Modernity; and African American Literature among many others.
This course is hosted jointly by our internationally-renowned Department of Geography and Earth Sciences, one of the largest Geography communities in the UK, and our vibrant Department of English and Creative Writing. Staff members of both departments are published experts and researchers in their fields. They will be available for advice and guidance throughout your course, including as you prepare to write and present your substantial final dissertation.
This BA in Human Geography and English Literature will be valuable in any almost any graduate workplace. Upon obtaining your degree, you will be a capable researcher, a confident analyst and fluent communicator. You will be experienced in planning projects, presenting in both oral and written form, and leading and co-operating in team settings. These skills are just some of the many you will be able to bring to any graduate workplace.
Department of Geography and Earth Science: lecturers are all qualified to PhD level or working towards a PhD.
All academic staff in the Department of English and Creative Writing are active scholars and experts in their fields. They are either qualified to PhD level or have commensurate experience. Our Lecturers either hold or are working towards a Higher Education teaching qualification and the majority of academic staff also hold the status of Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
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.
- Ancestral Voices
- Conflict and Change: the making of urban and rural spaces *
- Critical Practice
- Living with Global Change *
- Power, Place, Identity and Politics
- American Literature 1819-1925
- Greek and Roman Epic and Drama
- The Beginning of the English Language
- Contemporary Writing
- Introduction to Poetry
- Literature And The Sea
* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh
- Classical Drama and Myth
- Contemporary Queer Fiction
- Demons, Degenerates and New Women (Fin de Siecle Fictions)
- Forms of Children's Narrative Prose
- Geographical Perspectives on the Sustainable Society
- Geography Fieldwork *
- In the Olde Days: Medieval Texts and Their World
- Literary Modernisms
- Literature since 1945
- Nineteenth Century Literature
- Place and Self
- Placing Culture *
- Placing Politics *
- Shakespeare, Jonson and Company
- The Shapes of Tragedy
- The Welsh Environment
- Writing Women for the Public Stage, 1670-1780
* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh
- American Literature in the Twentieth Century
- Contemporary Global Migration
- Geographies of Memory
- Geographies of the Global Countryside
- Haunting Texts
- Landscapes of British Modernity
- Literatures of Surveillance
- People, Climate and Environment: a Palaeoenvironmental Perspective
- Reading Theory / Reading Text
- Remix: Chaucer In The Then and Now
- Romantic Eroticism
- The Mark of the Beast: Animals in Literature from the 1780s to the 1920a
- The Postcolonial Novel
- Twentieth Century Welsh Writing in English
- Undergraduate Dissertation
- Urban Risk and Environmental Resilience
- Victorian Childhoods
- World Regional Islam
* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh
Your joint honours BA in Human Geography and English Literature will prepare you for a broad range of employment and further training options. As a geographer, you will be a strong candidate for opportunities in cartography, environmental consulting, town planning and development, and teaching. As a literature graduate, you will be suited for opportunities in publishing and editing, journalism, marketing and communications, library work and teaching.
Recent statistics from HESA (Higher Education Statistics Agency) show that over 82% of Geography graduates and over 92% of English graduates find either paid employment or continue with further study upon graduation from BA courses comparable to this joint honours course.
Throughout your training you will develop a wealth of core and other generic skills which can be easily transferred into almost any graduate or professional employment situation.
You will be able to evaluate and improve research practices, critically review debates on relevant issues, present data through a number of channels and articulate an informed response to enquiries. You will also be confident in reading and evaluating source material quickly and efficiently; selecting and deploying the most appropriate of a range of critical methodologies; and delivering cogent and compelling arguments.
Studying for a degree in Human Geography and English Literature 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
• 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 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, seminars, tutorials, and the geographical portion of this course includes workshops and field trips. This combination will balance the theoretical with the practical so that you can 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, which co-hosts this joint honours degree, 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 and exciting opportunities for fieldwork.
You will benefit greatly from studying Human Geography in IGES because it has always been at the cutting edge of innovations in teaching and research. In the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (2008), the Department was ranked in the top 12 in Britain for Geography, with 45% of research classed as either "world-leading " or "internationally excellent".
You will be assessed through essays, exams, oral presentations and a final dissertation in English Literature. You will also be required to complete additional assignments and work with others on particular tasks.
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.
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
Typical Entry Requirements
A Levels BBB-ABB with B in any English-related A level and B in Geography
GCSE requirements (grade C min):
English or Welsh
BTEC National Diploma:
DMM-DDM with specified subjects
30 points overall with 6 points in any English-related subject at Higher Level and with 5 points in Geography at Higher Level
65% overall with 70% in specified subjects
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 firstname.lastname@example.org