Coventry University Geography

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Coventry University Geography

Coventry University Geography

Geography BA (Hons)


This course runs from 2017/18

This course explores the relationships between people, places and environments. You will develop an understanding of processes such as globalisation and development, and examine the ways these intersect with social and spatial inequalities in health and wealth.


You will engage with key global issues including the sustainable provision of food, housing, and livelihoods. You will also learn about how diverse communities interact with pressing socio-economic and environmental concerns such as climate change, poverty, social exclusion, population growth, and sustainable living in a competitive global economy.

If you choose this course you can benefit from:

  • experienced teaching staff who bring professional and research expertise into their teaching;
  • the opportunity to apply for graduate-level jobs in a variety of organisations which have in the past included local authorities, Urban and Transport Planning, Network West Midlands, field studies centres, and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) such as Concern Universal;
  • an academic course that is recognised nationally for the excellence of its teaching and some of the highest levels of student satisfaction;
  • the option to participate in challenging and exciting residential field courses in each year of the course, exploring both the UK and overseas;
  • the opportunity to apply for and undertake professional training during a paid work placement for 3 or 4 months;
  • guest lecturers and visiting scholars from organisations such as national research centres, Tear Fund, the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and a number of local speciality food producers;
  • student membership to the Royal Geographical Society, which includes a subscription to Geographical Magazine and access to information and advice on career planning.


In your first year you will focus on core themes of globalisation, sustainability and social inequalities, whilst broadening your knowledge of physical geography.

In the second year you will engage with some of the sub disciplines of human geography, notably social, cultural, development and historical geography.

In your final year you will have the opportunity to study more specialised options, including food geographies, urban regeneration and local economies, geographies of social exclusion and marginalisation and development and health. In addition, you will be able to focus on a topic of your own choice for your final year dissertation.

In all three years you will be supported to develop your study skills, research and field techniques and benefit from a high level of support from a specialist employment tutor.


Your course will be based on a series of lectures, with associated seminars, fieldwork and practical classes. In addition, your personal tutor will review and discuss your progress with you and will be available for advice.


An estimated percentage breakdown of how your final grade is assessed is as follows:

  • formal examinations 25%;
  • coursework reports, essays, practicals, presentations, posters 60%;
  • project work 15%.

A compulsory Add+vantage module must also be completed: please see the page on the Add+vantage scheme for more details.


In a typical week you will have up to 16 contact hours of teaching and this will break down as:

Personal tutorial/small group teaching: 4 hours of small group teaching each week;

Medium-group teaching: 6 hours of practical classes, workshops or seminars each week;

Large-group teaching: 6 hours of lectures each week;

Personal study: 20 hours each week studying and revising in your own time.

Entry Requirements

Essential entry requirements

5 GCSEs at grade A*–C including English, Mathematics, or specified equivalents.

Typical offers

A-Levels: ABB–BBB.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: DDD-DDM

Access: The Access Diploma to include 30 Level 3 credits at Merit. Plus GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade A*-C, or specified equivalents.

International Baccalaureate Diploma: 29 points.

English as a Foreign Language: IELTS 6.0.

This course requires IELTS 6.0. If you don’t have the required level of English then view our range of Pre-Sessional English courses.

Find out more about acceptable equivalent qualifications here.

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

Typically, our students find work with local authorities, government agencies, utility companies, research institutes, charitable organisations and consultancies. Recent examples of graduate employers include the Environment Agency, the Merchant Navy, Coventry City Council and the Learning and Skills Council.

Successful geography graduates are literate, numerate and experienced at solving problems through the collection and analysis of information. These skills are highly valued by employers.

The optional placement year should significantly enhance your employment prospects. We were the first UK Geography department to offer its students the opportunity to combine their academic study with a year of relevant professional training. Many of our students have found their first graduate job through the organisation they worked for on placement.

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University’s Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

The Faculty’s Employability and Placement team, EC Futures, are the proud winners of the Best University Placement Service (UK 2015) presented by the NUE Awards. 


Included in the fees

  • Specified core reading material;
  • Any mandatory UK residential field trips;
  • Any mandatory UK site visits and trips;
  • 1,000 sides of black and white laser prints;
  • Tuition fee waiver for placement and study abroad year;
  • Student Membership of the Royal Geographical Society.

Additional costs not included in the fees

  • Any optional overseas field trips or visits: £400+ per trip.

This will be updated with more specific information on the books and equipment you will receive as soon as it becomes available.

Find out more about No Hidden Extras here. 

No Hidden Extras is part of our student promise, and by accepting your offer of a place with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the University.


The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university. The key: developing and enhancing students’ employability, and delivering a serious competitive advantage in the jobs market. At Coventry, that starts right from the beginning.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and which broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very broad range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Click here for further details.


Geography is a global subject and your lecturers will draw on case studies related to their research from around the world.

In particular, there are exciting optional opportunities for international field work in your final year and current students to explore The Gambia in West Africa. During previous visits, students experienced first-hand the workings of village communities and the challenges they face in education and health. You will also be given strategic briefings by government officials, investigate the relationship between trade, aid and development and conduct fieldwork in rapidly urbanising environments.

There are also opportunities to study or work abroad during the sandwich year.


Centre for Global Engagement logoDid you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2014/15, we were able to provide a total of 2,264 student experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 73% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 27% from postgraduate travel. Plus, we’ve been able to help more than 5,000 students spend time in other countries, from America to China, India and beyond.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

The objectives of the programme, in which eligible undergraduate and postgraduate students can participate, is to provide practical career workshops and enable participants to experience different business cultures.

Explore our Global Leaders Programme.