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

Key Facts

  • Level:

    Undergraduate

  • Duration:

    3 years full time
    4 years part time

  • Starting:

    September

Get in touch


For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

UK/EU Students enquiries

study@northampton.ac.uk
0300 303 2772

International Students enquiries

international@northampton.ac.uk
+44 (0)1604 892134

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Overview


This course has been temporarily suspended for this year, but we welcome applications for September 2021.

What human factors are impacting on our environment? How are they being addressed at a local, national and international level? 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.

Informed by research and a contemporary approach, enthusiastic and experienced academic staff support learning throughout the degree.

We prioritise seminars and workshops that allow closer interaction between staff and students. We achieve this level of personalisation through small group teaching and one-to-one tutorials.

Staff ensure that students are ready for employment with effective study skills training and a career planning module.

There are opportunities for residential fieldwork in the UK and overseas.

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 12/06/2020

Highlights


  • Small class sizes, enabling us to provide high levels of support
  • Optional overseas fieldtrips.
  • Tailor degree to your individual needs and interests, combining modules from different subjects.
  • Flexible and diverse modules to specialise in your preferred area.
  • Guaranteed paid internship with the Northampton Employment Promise.

Course Content


  • Our Human Geography degree course explores a range of topics, but specialises in human geography. This flexibility allows you to study the influence of humans on the environment.

    Within the programme, you will undertake a wide variety of activities and encounter new challenges that help support the theoretical underpinnings. Scientists must be able to explain their research to a wide range of audiences. This is particularly important for those studying the impact humans have on the world as this is an emotive subject with possible economic ramifications. This course will equip you with the skills you need to inform and influence people to effect positive changes at individual and governmental levels, including assessing the relevance of methodological options, presentation skills, and considering ethical demands.

    You will assess how issues in human geography affect the environment, including the biogeography and biodiversity of areas as well as how important repeatable, scientifically robust research is when reporting on environmental impacts and the effects of strategies to improve situations.

    Joint honours degrees allow you to study two subjects. You can study them both equally, or focus on one more than the other, creating a major/minor split.

    Visit our Twitter and Blog to see what we get up to on our course.

    Field trips

    Fieldwork is key to understanding geographical issues and developing transferable skills.  Many of our modules include part- and full-day field trips.  Typical locations include London and the Midlands.  In addition, we often conduct fieldwork on campus and in Northampton.

    There is a UK residential field trip at Stage 2.  Recent trips have involved a two-day stay in Sheffield, exploring urban geographies.

    As well as local area visits, there are optional overseas trips at Stages 2 and 3.  There is no charge for field visits within the UK, however there are additional fees for the optional overseas trips.

    Methods of Learning

    We prioritise small group teaching in seminars, workshops, and tutorials that allow closer interaction between staff and students.

    You will be taught through a variety of methods such as:

    • Seminars
    • Workshops
    • Individual and group tutorials
    • Field trips
    • Practical classes in the computer room
    • Online activities and materials
    • Guest speakers

    All learning is supported by enthusiastic and experienced academic staff.

    Assessments

    Each module includes two or three 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.

    Some modules have an exam.  For most students, examinations make up no more than a quarter of all assessment.

    A detailed set of instructions is provided for every assignment.  Students are encouraged to meet with academic staff to get one-to-one support.

  • UK & EU

    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.

    Full Time: £9,250
    Part Time: £1,450 per 20 credit module

    19/20 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 18/19 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £9,250
    Part Time: £1,400 per 20 credit module

    Additional Costs

    This course includes residential and day fieldwork trips within the UK and overseas. 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 is a residential trip overseas where you will study the physical landscape, tourism and resource management.

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

    International

    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.

    Full Time: £12,900

    19/20 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £12,500

    Additional Costs

    This course includes residential and day fieldwork trips within the UK and overseas. 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 is a residential trip to overseas where you will study the physical landscape, tourism and resource management.

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

  • We offer an innovative approach to enhancing your employability. Our geography programmes feature career planning modules, which focus on developing your awareness of your subject-specific and transferable skills and a reflective approach to learning. Career planning workshops take place in all years of study. We are confident that this experience gives you the edge when applying for employment or postgraduate training.
    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.

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