Geography Joint Honours

Study mode:Full-time Languages: English Duration:36 months
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A Joint Honours degree programme involves the study of two subjects to Honours degree level. If you study a subject in a Joint Honours programme, you work at exactly the same level and to the same academic standard as students taking that subject in a Single Honours programme. Joint Honours students are simply required to choose fewer topics from the range of options available in each half of the programme.

When you read Geography at Birmingham, you combine a sound academic training with an insight into practical, social, economic and environmental issues. You refine perspectives and develop skills in a degree programme that encourages the use of imagination and observation to resolve real problems affecting people and environments.
This is one of the UKs biggest Geography departments, with a large number of staff offering you a wide range of specialisms. Excellent facilities, including a large computer cluster, support your learning. There are well-equipped laboratories including state of the art water quality and isotope facilities, microscope rooms, a map library containing over 200,000 maps from all over the world and our new Earth Imaging Laboratory.

Key facts

Joint Honours combinations:

You can study Geography as part of a Joint Honours degree with the following subjects:

  • (Joint Honours UCAS code LV74)
  • (Joint Honours UCAS code LR71)
  • Geology (See (Joint Honours UCAS code LR72)
  • )

Duration: 3 years, 4 years if combined with a modern language

Start date: September 2012

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline None, but early application advised Tuition fee
  • EUR 3805 Year (EEA)
  • EUR 12790 Year (Non-EEA)

Home/EU £3,375; International £11,340

Start date September 2015 Duration full-time 36 months Languages Take an IELTS test
  • English
Delivery mode On Campus Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

First year

The modular structure allows you maximum flexibility in developing your own interests without channelling you into decisive choices too early. In the first year you are exposed to the main principles of human and physical geography, to global environmental issues, and various practical skills. You also explore the contemporary problems of Birmingham, using the city as a real-world laboratory. The first semester also features residential fieldwork in human and physical geography.

Second year

You are now introduced to specialist techniques such as computer cartography and the use of databases and spreadsheets. You learn how to develop a research proposal, which may be the starting point for your dissertation in the final year. Training in more advanced fieldwork skills is provided by courses held in European centres. You also choose from optional modules in many different branches of Geography.

Year abroad

Joint Honours language students have a year abroad between their second and fourth years.

Final year

In your final year you select from a wide range of modules that provide the more specialised knowledge and skills in the areas of Geography that appeal to you.

Teaching and assessment

We recognise that students respond to different methods of teaching. Various approaches are used from lectures to seminars and fieldwork as well as online study. You meet regularly with academic tutors in small groups.
Essay and project work form a significant part of the assessment for all modules offered by the department. Alongside examinations, we also assess your seminar presentations, laboratory or practical exercises and poster presentations.

Career opportunities

Geography graduates are highly valued by employers for their impressive range of skills and knowledge. You will have developed your abilities to collect and analyse data, to express yourself clearly and logically in both written and oral forms, and to present supporting evidence graphically.
Many of our graduates go on to further training in areas as diverse as planning, management, environmental consultancy, water quality, meteorology and teaching. Others go directly into employment in a variety of sectors including banking, surveying, recreational planning, the water industry and international charities working on human and environmental problems in the developing world.
Please read the entry for the other subject you wish to combine with Geography.

Related links

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences website:

English Language Requirements

IELTS band : 6 CAE score : 80(Grade A) TOEFL iBT® test : 93

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Number of A levels required: 3

Typical offer: AABBBB

Required subjects and grades: A level Geography

General Studies: accepted

Additional information:

Typical offer grades are for guidance only, and will depend on the subjects you are combining. Please read the entries for both subjects. Where there is a disparity between the typical offer for Subject A and the typical offer for Subject B, the higher offer should be taken as the usual offer for the combination of the two.
Other qualifications are considered |

International students:

International Baccalaureate Diploma: 3036 points

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

Related Scholarships*

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  • Access Bursary

    Bursary for UK students all subjects where the variable tuition fee rate is payable.

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