Program Overview

If you’re fascinated by the relationship between human society and the natural world, this BA (Hons) Geography degree, accredited by the Royal Geographical Society (RGS), provides the skills and knowledge you need to help shape the future of the planet.


You'll investigate how we can preserve both the natural environment and the social and economic wellbeing of human populations. When you graduate, you'll have what you need to work in a wide range of areas, such as within urban or environmental planning, the energy sector, teaching or research.


Course highlights

  • Create your own bespoke final year to match your interests and career ambitions by choosing from a fully optional list of modules, including environment and society, gender and development, and transport and sustainability
  • Use industry-standard laboratory tech, including laser survey technology, drones, GIS and photogrammetry equipment and our environmental simulation cabinet – a controlled lab area that simulates different environmental conditions
  • Experience some of the societies, cultures and landscapes you’re studying through fieldwork, including in places such as Berlin, Malta, Sicily and Uganda
  • Choose to study abroad at one of our partner universities in Canada, Australia, Germany, Malta, Slovakia, Hungary and France, or build experience on a work placement at an organisation like the Environment Agency or Natural England

PortsmouthUnited Kingdom

  Course Duration

36 Months

  Tuition Fee

£ 18,300




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What you'll study on this BA (Hons) Geography degree
Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.


In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.



Year 1


Core modules in this year include:

  • Academic Communication Skills – 20 credits
  • Environmental Processes and Hazards – 20 credits
  • Global Environmental Challenges – 20 credits
  • Practical Fieldwork Skills – 20 credits
  • Society and Place – 20 credits
  • Tools for Geographical Enquiry – 20 credits


There are no optional modules in this year.


Year 2


Core modules in this year include:

  • Research, Fieldwork and Professional Skills – 40 credits


Optional modules in this year include:

  • Environmental Change – 20 credits
  • Geographies of Development – 20 credits
  • Geographic Information System (GIS) and Remote Sensing – 20 credits
  • Glaciers and Glaciation – 20 credits
  • Introduction to Teaching – 20 credits
  • Modern Foreign Language (Institution-wide Language Programme) – 20 credits
  • River Processes – 20 credits
  • Sustainable Environmental Management – 20 credits
  • Overseas Study – 60 credits
  • Overseas Study Research and Fieldwork Skills – 20 credits
  • Transport and Sustainability – 20 credits
  • Uneven Cities, Planning and Design – 20 credits

Placement year (optional)


On this course, you can do an optional work placement year between your 2nd and 3rd years to get valuable experience working in industry.


We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

Year 3


Core modules in this year include:

  • Dissertation – 40 credits


Optional modules in this year include:

  • Climate Change – 20 credits
  • Coastal Recreation - Planning and Management – 20 credits
  • Cold Environments – 20 credits
  • Creative Economy and Urban Placemaking – 20 credits
  • Conservation Biogeography – 20 credits
  • Environment and Society – 20 credits
  • Environment Assessment and Management – 20 credits
  • Environmental Pollution and Waste Management – 20 credits
  • Hazardscapes – 20 credits
  • Introduction to Teaching – 20 credits
  • Quaternary Geology & Geomorphology – 20 credits
  • The Green Economy – 20 credits
  • Weather Science – 20 credits

Typical offers

  • A levels – ABB–BBC
  • UCAS points – 112–128 points (calculate your UCAS points)
  • T levels – Merit
  • BTECs (Extended Diplomas) – DDM–DMM

English language requirements

  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

Tuition fees (2022 start)


  • UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 a year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • EU students – £9,250 a year, including our Transition Scholarship (may be subject to annual increase)
  • International students – £18,300 a year (subject to annual increase)

You won't pay any extra tuition fees to another university for taking part in a study/work abroad activity if you choose to do it for the whole academic year. During a year abroad you'll only have to pay a reduced fee to the University of Portsmouth.

On this BA (Hons) Geography, you’ll learn how to sustainably develop urban areas, and how governments, business and individuals can help protect the planet for future generations. You’ll examine themes such as conservation, sustainability, geopolitics, and economic and urban development, and hunt for answers to big questions about the world and society. 


Geography graduates are valuable in all sorts of job roles. As well as learning skills to help you understand and engage with the world, you’ll develop as a professional. You’ll come away as a confident communicator, able to solve problems, make good decisions and work well with others.


When you graduate, you'll be ready for a career in a wide range of important fields and sectors, with technical and professional skills many employers are looking for. Our previous students have gone onto work in areas such as transport planning, engineering, civil services, teaching and research.


As the Royal Geographical Society state, 74.8% of geography graduates enter professional-level jobs after graduation, compared to an average of 60.8% for the social sciences in general.


What jobs can you do with a geography degree?
Roles our graduates have taken on include:


  • geo-environmental consultant
  • transport planner
  • urban planner
  • GIS analyst
  • spatial analyst
  • operations watchkeeper
  • geography teacher


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