Bath Spa University Geography

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Bath Spa University Geography

Geography is about places and people. It explores how people’s lives vary in these different places, and how our own lives are dependent on people and places, near and far.

An ability to link environmental processes and social and spatial behaviours is a defining feature of geographical practice. As a result, geography is clearly important in understanding today’s pressing global and local issues including climate change, inequality, migration, poverty alleviation, and sustainable development.

Studying Geography at Bath Spa University, you’ll learn geographical concepts, theories and knowledge, while gaining skills that can improve your career prospects. Geography graduates are valued by employers for this unique combination.

What you’ll learn


While Geography combines the earth and social sciences, we appreciate that you may be more interested in the nature and role of people and society, rather than analysis of the physical processes of landscape formation and change.

This award provides a specialist human geography pathway through our Geography programme. You’ll cover a wide variety of human geography themes, building your specialist knowledge.

You’ll graduate with a range of skills that are highly valued by employers. These include scientific techniques and computer skills, as well as people skills like communication, team-work and critical thinking.

Course structure

Year 1
The first year of this course introduces you to the exciting world of Geography at university. You’ll acquire foundational geographical knowledge, understanding and skills. You’ll get a taste of a variety of geographies, and there are plenty of opportunities to do fieldwork, visiting local places such as the Bristol and Bath.

Topics you’ll study include:

  • examining and debating contemporary geographical issues
  • developing practical skills such as computer mapping
  • learning about unfamiliar physical environments and different societies and cultures
  • exploring key issues such as development and sustainability, global food issues or geopolitics
  • how to use the technologies, methods, techniques and equipment that geographers need to use.

Year 2
This year you’ll continue to explore human geography. Greater emphasis is placed on research methods; you’ll learn a wide range of useful geographical methods and techniques, both in the classroom and in fieldwork settings where you’ll apply your growing mastery of your subject to real-world problems and issues.

Optional topics include:

  • climate change and sustainable societies
  • the use of exciting new geotechnologies
  • urban geographies through examining the issues of global cities
  • migration and citizenship
  • field trip to India

You’ll also start to further explore career options and planning, with opportunities for a work placement or volunteering overseas. We also give you the chance to engage with the Royal Geographical Society and other professional bodies.

Year 3
This year you will further specialise in human geography. You’ll develop your skills as an independent scholar by undertaking primary research that will enable you to explore further your geographical interests. Alternatively, you can undertake an extended work placement with a relevant research report.

Optional topics include:

  • development and disasters
  • identities and inequalities in society
  • Globalisation
  • environmental justice
  • gender, migration and social diversity

You can further broaden your studies through a field trip to Barcelona to study historical, cultural and political geographies. There is also the opportunity to undertake a community placement and project as part of your studies.

How will I be assessed?

You’ll experience a variety of different assessment methods throughout your degree. These include essays, project reports, presentations, posters, video clips, fieldcraft assessments, reflective items, time-constrained tests and examinations. These will give you a rich and diverse skills learning experience, be of real benefit in the search for a good career, and be useful in your professional activities.

How will I be taught?

Good teaching is important to us; our graduates highly rate the quality of teaching on the course. In our friendly department you will benefit from small classes, specialist expertise, and up-to-date technologies, including ArcGIS and GPS survey instruments.

You’ll experience lectures and workshop or seminar-based teaching, with small groups to enable discussion about specific topics.


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