University of Brighton


  • Course summary and entry requirements

    Course duration Help

    Full-time: 3 years

    Part-time: 6 years

    With placement year: 4 years

    UCAS code F800

    About the course

    Geography BSc(Hons) focuses on the processes that create physical landscapes, as well as incorporating elements of human and social geography featured on our Geography BA(Hons) course. You'll develop well-rounded learning in a range of core topics that will enable you to understand the scientific and social contexts of real-world problems, and have the flexibility to make an informed choice to shape your degree through a wide range of optional modules.

    You'll be taught by research-active staff, with current examples of real-world learning including investigations into pathogen survival, sea level change, wind processes in arid climates, sedimentology, radioactive isotropes, and using geoinformatic systems for water quality prediction. Our excellent location includes cliffs, downs ecosystems, fresh water rivers, saline and semi-saline estuaries, conservation issues and city management.

    Typical entry requirements Help

    The entry requirements listed here are for students starting their course in 2014.

    Applicants whose predicted grades fall below these requirements, but who can demonstrate a high commitment to the subject discipline or have relevant work experience, are still encouraged to apply and will be considered on an individual basis.

    ABB. Should normally include geography.


    International Baccalaureate:
    34 points, specified subjects.

    Access to HE Diploma
    pass (mnimum 45 credit at level 3) with 24 credits at merit or aove. Must include geography or environmental science.

    GCSE (minimum grade C) or Access Equivalent
    at least three subjects including English language and mathematics or a science.

    Foundation degree/HND
    /HNC may enable you to start the course in year 2.

    For non-native speakers of English:
    IELTS 6.0 overall, with 6.0 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in the other elements.

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  • Course content

    Course structure

    Year 1 provides an understanding of the physical forces of landscape change, human interaction with the environment, and socially divergent views of the world. Transferrable personal skills are also developed, including an innovative career planning element to equip you with the knowledge and skills to make realistic decisions about your future career.

    During years 2 and 3 you can choose from a range of themed options in physical, environmental and human geography, allowing you to follow a number of specialist routes or to shape a unique learning path suited to your interests. All students study a module on skills for research and careers leading into your final-year dissertation, and you will be given the option of undertaking a sandwich placement year to give you an advantage in securing employment.

    You?ll enjoy a number of fieldtrips, including going to Greece during the first year to learn about earthquake zones, geomorphology, analysis of water quality, rubbish management and the human impact on the geographical environment. Later fieldtrips further tie-in to your developmental learning, as well as giving you the chance to build relationships with staff and other students in a more informal environment.

    Areas of study

    This course is structured to allow students to follow a broad pathway between physical and human geography, or to focus more narrowly on areas such as geomorphology, landscape change, environmental hazards and environmental management.


    Year 1
    - Twenty-first Century Brighton
    - Contemporary Human Geography
    - Data Presentation and Analysis for Geographers
    - Fundamentals of Physical Geography
    - Global Environmental Issues and Management
    - Introduction to Fieldwork
    - Skills for Independent Learning
    - An Introduction to Environmental Hazards
    - Citizenship for the Environment
    - Elements of Chemistry
    - Evolutionary Biology
    - Fundamentals of Geology
    - Human Physiology
    - Igneous and Metamorphic Rocks
    - Interpreting Geological Maps
    - Introduction to Environmental Chemistry
    - Mathematical Skills for Scientists
    - Mineralogy and Petrology
    - Physiological Ecology
    - The Global Earth System
    - The Ocean Planet: an introduction
    - Water in the Environment
    - Modern languages

    Year 2
    - Advanced Data Analysis
    - Geography Fieldwork, Sicily
    - Skills for Research and Careers
    - Alternative and Renewable Energy
    - Applied Palaeontology
    - Behavioural and Evolutionary Ecology
    - Climate Change
    - Coastal and Aeolian Landscapes
    - Community Engagement: Theory into Practice
    - Contemporary Rural Geography
    - Critical Contemporary Geography
    - Earth Resources
    - Ecological Techniques
    - Environmental and Spatial Planning
    - Environmental Conservation and Management
    - Environmental Hazards
    - Environmental Pollution and Control
    - Evolution and Diversity
    - Fundamentals of Analytical Chemistry
    - Fundamentals of Environmental Microbiology
    - Geographical Information Systems 1
    - Geographies of Everyday Life
    - Geographies of Development
    - Ice Age Earth
    - Independent Study Module
    - Introduction to Environmental Geochemistry
    - Introduction to Marine Biology and Ecology
    - Introduction to Remote Sensing
    - Sedimentology
    - Sociology and the Life Course
    - Soil and Water Analysis
    - Soil Mechanics 2
    - Sustainable Development
    - Water in the Landscape
    - Modern languages

    Optional placement year

    Final year
    - Independent project
    - Advanced Analytical Methodology
    - Air Quality Management
    - Applied Ecology and Conservation
    - Applied Remote Sensing
    - Biogeography
    - Case Studies in Environmental Pollution
    - Coastal Environments
    - Community Engagement: Theory into Practice
    - Energy Assessment
    - Environmental Assessment
    - Environmental Change in Low Latitudes
    - Environmental Performance
    - Environmental Politics and Society
    - Evolution and the Fossil Record
    - Exploration Geology
    - Freshwater Processes and Ecosystems
    - Geographies of Disability and Impairment
    - Geographies of Genders, Sexes and Sexualities
    - Geographies of Sport and Leisure
    - Geohazards
    - Geographical Information Systems 2
    - Hydrology and Hydrogeology
    - Independent Study Module
    - Introduction to Remote Sensing
    - Landscape Geographies
    - Medical Geography
    - Oceanography
    - Planetary Geology
    - Plant and Animal Interactions
    - Political Ecology
    - Transport, Environment and Society
    - Waste Management
    - Water and Health
    - Wetland Environments
    - Modern Languages

    You can view the programme specification for this course as a PDF file by clicking on the link below:

    Programme Specification

  • Fees and costs

    The fees listed here are for full-time courses beginning in the academic year 2014-15. Further tuition fees are payable for each subsequent year of study and may be subject to small increases, in line with inflation.

    The tuition fee you have to pay depends on a number of factors including the kind of course you take, and whether you study full- or part-time. If you are studying part-time you will normally be charged on a pro rata basis depending on the number of modules you take.

    What's included in the fee?

    When costs such as health or criminal record checks, field trips or use of specialist materials are incurred as a mandatory requirement of the course they are included in your tuition fee.

    You may incur additional costs depending on the optional modules or activities you choose. The cost of optional activities is not included in your tuition fee and you will need to meet this cost in addition to your fees. Before you apply please check with the school that provides your course using the contact details on the left of this page for advice about what is included and what optional costs you could face so you can budget accordingly.

    Our website provides advice about funding and scholarships as well as further information about fees and advice on international and island fee paying status.

    BSc Hons Geography  [P2EG002]
    UK/EU (Full Time)9,000 GBP
    Island Students (Full Time)9,000 GBP
    International (Full Time)13,220 GBP

  • Location

    Location Help Moulsecoomb

    Located to the north of Brighton city centre, the Moulsecoomb campus offers students an excellent learning environment and a wide range of facilities. It is the largest of our five campuses with over 8,000 students.

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    Living in Brighton

    Brighton’s rich mix of historic architecture, lively arts scene, varied shopping and cosmopolitan community make it a vibrant, enjoyable place to live. It is no wonder that many Brighton graduates choose to stay here.

    Social scene

    Alongside the traditional seaside attractions, Brighton is famed for its exciting social scene with a wide choice of pubs, clubs and restaurants.

    Music event on the beach


    The highlight of the city’s cultural year is the Brighton Festival. The event is held each May and is England’s biggest arts festival, which showcases arts and performance from around the world. Brighton is also home to the UK’s oldest working cinema, the Duke of York’s, which shows alternative and mainstream films. The city is also well known for its exciting music scene and hosts The Great Escape music festival.

    Burning the Clocks winter solstice festival


    Whether you take your sport seriously or just want to keep fit, Brighton offers all kinds of sports opportunities and facilities, on and off campus. You can also make the most of the location, and play volleyball, basketball and windsurfing down by the beach. The seafront is also the finishing point for the famous London – Brighton bicycle ride and the quirky veteran car run.

    Playing volleyball on the seafront
  • Staff profiles

    Dr Jonathan Caplin

    Jonathan is the course leader for Geography BSc(Hons) and teaches basic microbiology and microbial ecology, public health and environmental hazards. He has a background in clinical microbiology in the NHS and former PHLS, and his current research interests focus on the survival, spread and impact of microbes and microbial pathogens in water and sediments. He also has an active interest in the detection, identification and typing of microbes using molecular methods.

  • Student views

    Pandora Batra

    “I was planning on going to London, but then I thought it was a bit too big and scary whereas Brighton’s a good medium-size. And it’s brilliant here – there’s just so much stuff to do and it’s really multicultural.”

  • Career opportunities

    Graduates have gone on to success in a wide range of careers, including GIS officers, asset systems managers, environmental energy consultants, public health officers, waste managers, retail managers, teachers, insurance assessors, government administrators, travel advisors, and city traders. Others have gone on to develop teacher training skills as well as to undertake further postgraduate study.

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Find out more

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