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Human Geography (Joint Honours) BA/BSc (Hons)

Key Facts

  • Level:


  • Duration:

    3 years full time
    4 years part time

  • Starting:


  • Fees UK:

    Full Time: £9,250
    Part Time: £1,465 per 20 credit module

  • Fees International:

    Full Time: £13,000

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For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

UK/EU Students enquiries
0300 303 2772

International Students enquiries
+44 (0)1604 894503


What human factors are impacting on our environment? How are they being addressed at a local, national and international levels? How can we influence change by combining expertise from different disciplines? If those sorts of questions interest you, then our Joint Honours Human Geography programme is for you.

We use small group teaching and one-to-one tutorials to ensure students get individual support from our team of enthusiastic, experienced and research-active academic staff. Our students take part in a range of fieldwork activities, including day trips and UK-based residentials. An overseas trip may also be available (See highlights section).

We will support you to achieve your career and study ambitions, which is why if you complete our Employability Plus Gold programme or Changemaker Gold certificate alongside your studies and if you haven’t secured full-time employment 12 months after graduating*, we will secure a three – six month paid internship for you, or support you into postgraduate study.

*with a 2:2 degree classification or higher

Updated 12/07/2021


    • Small class sizes, enabling us to provide high levels of support.
    • Tailor degree to your individual needs and interests, combining modules from different subjects.
    • Flexible and diverse modules to specialise in your preferred area.
    • Optional overseas study trip*(*All trips subject to national and local Covid-19 guidelines and restrictions. See our situation updates page for more on the University’s response to Covid-19)
    • HP laptop and software included with this course for eligible students** (**see Eligibility criteria and Terms and Conditions)
    • Guaranteed paid internship with the Northampton Employment Promise.

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Course Content

  • This course has been designed to contribute towards achieving the following United Nations Sustainable Development Goals:

    SDG7: Affordable and Clean Energy and SDG13: Climate ActionSDG11: Sustainable Cities and Communities and SDG15: Life on Land

    With a Joint Honours degree, you study two subjects. Depending on how much time you want to spend on each subject, your degree may emphasise one subject more than the other, which is a major and minor programme. Alternatively, you can study your subjects equally, resulting in a joint degree.

    Stage 1

    There are two compulsory Human Geography modules:

    Introducing Human Geographies. Provides an introduction to key geographical issues such as place, scale and social relations, drawing upon examples from migration, tourism and social geography.

    Geographical Techniques. Introduces methods of data collection and analysis used in geographical research.

    Students also take one of:

    A Sustainable Community.

    Geography and Development.

    Stage 2

    Students take two, three or four modules in Human Geography, depending on whether they choose to follow a minor, joint or major route through the degree. All students take:

    Issues in Human Geography. Provides insights into contemporary issues within the UK and Europe, with a focus on social inequalities, deprivation, and changing urban spaces.

    Other modules include:

    Geography Field Module.

    Research Methods.

    Populations and Migrations.

    Transport and Mobility.

    Stage 3

    The number of Human Geography modules studied will vary according to whether students are taking the minor, joint or major route. Modules may include:

    Human Geography Dissertation.

    Career Planning and Employability.

    Geographies of Sport.

    Children’s Geographies.

  • Our Human Geography Joint Honours has some great combinations so you can tailor your degree to your ambitions. Here are the following course combinations available to you:

  • 21/22 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 21/22 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK – Full Time: £9,250
    • UK – Part Time: £1,465 per 20 credit module
    • International – Full Time: £13,000
    Additional Costs

    This course includes residential and day fieldwork trips within the UK. These opportunities help you to develop your skills and also visit sites that may be restricted for the general public.

    As well as local area visits, there may be opportunities for overseas fieldwork.

    There is no charge for compulsory field visits within the UK, however the optional overseas trip would incur an additional to be confirmed by your tutor.

    20/21 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK and EU – Full Time: £9,250
    • UK and EU – Part Time: £1,450 per 20 credit module
    • International Full Time: £12,900

    For information on the scholarships available to you, please see our scholarships page.

  • At the University of Northampton, everything we do, from funded trips to paid internships, is to give you everything you need to make a difference when you leave.

    If you join this full time degree at Northampton you will receive a laptop when your course begins. The laptops are built to a bespoke custom specification ideal for use in the seminar room, collaborative group work or studying at home.

    Whatever your ambitions, we’re here to help you to achieve them. We’ll support you to identify the skills you’re learning during your course, find your strengths and secure practical experience so that when it comes to applying for jobs or further study you’ll feel confident in standing out from the crowd. We’ve created the Northampton Employment Promise because we are so confident that if you focus on your studies and complete one of our awards you’ll be highly employable by the time you graduate. Putting you in a great position to secure employment or continue your studies.

    To check out the full list of perks visit our Student Perks page.

  • We offer an innovative approach to enhancing your employability. Career planning workshops take place in all years of study. In addition, there is an optional career planning module, which focuses on developing your awareness of jobs you can do with a Human Geography degree, recruitment processes, and your own subject-specific and transferable skills.  We work closely with careers advisers to ensure students get one-to-one career guidance and support.  Guest speakers from a range of businesses and organisations – including lots of our own Geography graduates – contribute to the curriculum. This gives students ‘real-world’ insights into current issues, provides up-to-date information about the workplace, and gives opportunities for networking with potential employers. We are confident that this experience gives you the edge when applying for employment or postgraduate training.

  • How will I be taught?

    Face-to-face sessions are organised as interactive classes with discussion and activities. For some modules, there are workshops in the laboratory or computer room. Classes are supported by online and technology-enhanced learning to ensure you have the best possible study experience to achieve your potential.

    How will I be assessed?

    Each module generally has two items of assessment. Assignments are designed to develop your skills, as well as test your knowledge and understanding. There is a range of written assignments, including reports and essays. You may also be asked to analyse data or reflect on your learning. In some written assignments you will be tasked with writing in a style appropriate to a particular audience. Presentations, debates and discussions are used to assess your verbal communication skills. There are no formal examinations in Human Geography modules, but there are a small number of class-based tests. A detailed set of instructions is provided for every assignment. Students are encouraged to meet with academic staff to get one-to-one support.

    What careers can I go into from studying this course?

    The programme equips students with a broad knowledge base and a wide range of skills that are attractive for many careers requiring graduate skills. Our graduates gain employment in range of sectors such as planning, transport, education, insurance, and local government. Opportunities to network with graduates are incorporated into the programme.

    Are there any study trips?

    Fieldwork is key to understanding geographical issues and developing transferable skills. Many of our modules include part- or full-day field trips. Typical locations include London and the Midlands. In addition, we often conduct fieldwork on and around campus. There are UK residential trips at Stage 2. There may be optional overseas trips. Locations in previous years include Barcelona, Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon. We fund travel and accommodation costs on compulsory study trips. There are additional fees for optional trips.

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