Queen’s University Belfast Geography

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Queen’s University Belfast Geography

“Geography is a uniquely integrative subject encompassing study of physical environments and the processes that have shaped them, the nature and dynamics of societies and the impact of human activity on the physical realm. Geography provides the framework for understanding the changing world in which we live.”

Geography is a vibrant and diverse subject embracing topics and methods that span the humanities, natural sciences and social sciences. The degree programme reflects this intellectual richness while exploring in-depth issues that define our world and its future.

Course Content (including module information)

Our degrees provide fundamental skills and knowledge while allowing students to tailor their degree according to their interests and ambitions. There are three levels, outlined below.

Level 1

Students take a foundation year of Human and Physical Geography modules:

  • Dynamic Earth
  • Human Geographies of the Modern World
  • Processes and Principles of Physical Geography
  • Spaces of Development

Modules are delivered through combinations of lectures, tutorials, practical classes and field work, and provide an introduction to the subject and analysis of the inter-connections between global, regional and local scales. Associated essays, practicals and research projects contribute to the overall assessment.

Level 2

Single Honours students take core modules that explore contemporary approaches to geographical enquiry and the acquisition and analysis of geographical information. Students also select options from a range of human or physical geography modules, which include residential field-based modules such as Techniques in Earth Science and Heritage, Culture and Land Use (Malta) and The Mediterranean: Exploring Dynamic Environments (Mallorca).

Level 3

An element of independent study is required at Level 3, where students carry out a supervised research project on a topic that interests them (the dissertation). Students also select other specialised modules, which vary from year to year, but may include:

  • Advanced GIS
  • Arid Environments
  • Geoforensics
  • Geographies of Global Finance
  • Geographies of Social Movements and Social Conflict
  • Geographies of War and Public Memory
  • Geography, Science and Society
  • Glacial and Periglacial Geomorphology
  • Knowledge, Space and Power
  • Quaternary Palaeoecology
  • Science and Society
  • Sea-Level Change: Past, Present and Future
  • Spaces of Urbanisation in Emerging Economies
  • Urban Landscapes

Entry Requirements

Selection Criteria

In addition to the entrance requirements below, it is essential that you read the How We Choose Our Students pdf prior to submitting your UCAS application.

Entrance Requirements

BSc Geography

A-level: BBB normally including A-level Geography + GCSE Mathematics grade C

Irish Leaving Certificate: H3H3H3H3H4H4/H3H3H3H3H3 normally including Higher Level grade H3 in Geography + if not offered at Higher Level then Ordinary Level grade O4 in Mathematics

BSc Geography with a Language

A-level: BBB normally including A-level Geography + GCSE Mathematics grade C

    • For French option: A-level French grade B
    • For Spanish option: A-level Spanish grade B

(Note: you should indicate your preferred language in the choices section of your UCAS application.)

Irish Leaving Certificate: H3H3H3H3H4H4/H2H3H3H3H3 normally including Higher Level grade H3 in Geography + if not offered at Higher Level then Ordinary Level grade O4 in Mathematics

    • For French option: Higher Level grade H3 in French
    • For Spanish option: Higher Level grade H3 in Spanish 

International Students

For information on international qualification equivalents, please click on Your Country in the International Students website.

If you are an international student and you do not meet the entrance requirements, you should consider a preparation course at INTO Queen’s University Belfast, which will prepare you for successful study on these degree courses. INTO at Queen’s is based on the University campus and offers a range of courses including the International Foundation in Engineering and Science.

For students whose first language is not English

An IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each test component or an equivalent acceptable qualification, details of which are available at: http://go.qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner INTO Queen’s University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability to entry to this degree. Please click the links below for more information:

  • English for University Study – an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
  • Pre-sessional English – a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen’s University Belfast and who need to improve their English

How To Apply

Applications for admission to full-time undergraduate courses at Queen’s should normally be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Full information can be obtained from the UCAS website at: www.ucas.com/apply.

When to Apply

UCAS will start processing applications for entry in Autumn 2017 from 1 September 2016.

The normal closing date for the receipt of applications is 15 January 2017.

Applicants are advised to apply as early as is consistent with having made a careful and considered choice of institutions and courses.

Earlier applicants normally receive decisions more quickly, however, UCAS accepts that some applicants, especially those from outside the UK, may find this difficult. Late applications are, in practice, accepted by UCAS throughout the remainder of the application cycle, but you should understand that they are considered by institutions at their discretion, and there can be no guarantee that they will be given the same full level of consideration as applications received by the advisory closing date.

Take care to enter the details of the institutions and courses clearly and correctly on the application. For Queen’s, the institution code name is QBELF and the institution code is Q75. These should be entered in the Choices section of your UCAS application. A Campus Code is not required. For further information on applying to study at Queen’s, please click here.

Queen’s University Belfast Terms and Conditions 2017 Entry
The terms and conditions that apply when you accept an offer of a place at the University on a taught programme of study.