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.