MGeog

Geography

MGeog Geography
  • UCAS code(s): F811 / F810
  • Level(s) of study: Undergraduate
  • Study mode(s): Sandwich / Full-time
  • Location: Brackenhurst Campus
  • Starting: September 2018
  • Course duration: 5 / 4 year(s)
  • Entry requirements: More information

This integrated Masters course combines undergraduate and postgraduate study over four years, meaning you will graduate with a single Masters-level degree. It is designed to provide you with the opportunity to study the subject in greater depth than would ordinarily be achieved during a standard three year undergraduate course.

You will benefit from a broad grounding in geography that explores a series of themes drawn from across the discipline. You can also choose to follow a route through the course that allows you to specialise in physical geography. Exploration of the rapidly developing and exciting field of geospatial technologies (including GIS, remote sensing and UAVs) is a consistent theme of the course. In your final year you will explore developments and debates at the forefront of geography as a discipline. You will learn and apply advanced geospatial techniques within the context of research, business, and in national and international disaster risk reduction and management.

This programme has been accredited by the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG). Accredited degree programmes contain a solid academic foundation in geographical knowledge and skills, and prepare graduates to address the needs of the world beyond higher education. The accreditation criteria require evidence that graduates from accredited programmes meet defined sets of learning outcomes, including subject knowledge, technical ability and transferable skills.

Why choose this course?

  • Learn from our experienced teaching staff who have expertise in a wide range of specialist areas across both human and physical geography.
  • Get hands-on experience of the latest geospatial technologies, their applications and insights into current professional practice in this rapidly developing industry.
  • Experience new human and physical environments in the UK and overseas through subsidised field trips.
  • Split your time between our stunning Brackenhurst Campus with its 200-hectare outdoor classroom and the vibrant city of Nottingham.
  • The course was designed with input from employers.

Accredited by:

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What you'll study

You will explore developments at the forefront of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), remote sensing and UAV technologies, and their application within research, business, and disaster management.

Other issues of current public concern the programme covers are:

  • sustainability
  • resource management
  • migration
  • globalisation
  • international security.
  • Year One

    Earth Surface Processes and Landforms

    Learn about the Earth's surface systems and processes, and develop your understanding of how the physical landscape is shaped.

    Geographical Fieldwork

    Develop problem-solving skills in a range of issues in human and physical geography. Gain an awareness of different environments, both locally and overseas. Fieldwork is undertaken both in the UK and in the province of Almería, south-east Spain, at present.

    Skills for Geographers

    Develop an understanding of the range of skills required in Geography, such as geographical data collection, data analysis and report writing.

    Geographies of Global Change

    Explore the geopolitical and cultural framework in which the world moves today and investigate trends, transactions and patterns in environmental governance. Topics include globalisation, the geography of trading, and the changing status of women in the global economy.

    Introduction to Global Environmental Issues

    Study contemporary global environmental issues and their underlying causes, including how humans impact the environment and how the natural environment impacts human society.

    Landscapes and Land Use

    Relate landscape evolution to the influences of human activity past, present and future. You will examine the value, opinions and policy aims of different stakeholders in the countryside, and look at contemporary issues that may affect rural and urban areas.

  • Year Two

    In the second and third year of study, students have the opportunity to study geography broadly, or specialise in physical geography with optional module choices.

    Geography pathway

    Principles and Practice in Geography

    You will use a number of case studies, including a local study conducted by yourself, to become familiar with and learn the key approaches and issues associated with practising Geography.

    Geographical Information Systems and Spatial Analysis

    Study the mapping and analytical techniques used in geographical information systems (GIS). Explore the applications of technology across a wide range of topic areas.

    Optional modules (choose four of the following):

    • Sustainability
    • Environmental Hazards and Disasters
    • Fluvial Geomorphology and River Management
    • Cities and Development in the 21st century
    • Living with Climate Change
    • Environmental Law and Policy

    Geography (Physical) pathway

    Environmental Hazards and Disasters

    Study natural and human-induced events that may directly threaten human life and economic wellbeing. Assess the actions needed to reduce disaster potential and to manage the aftermath of hazards.

    Fluvial Geomorphology and River Management

    Learn about the physical basis of landform development in fluvial environments. Examine the role of rivers, including the transport and storage of water and sediment.

    Quaternary Environment (Fieldwork)

    Explore the climatic and environmental changes that have taken place during the Quaternary Period (the last c. 2.6 million years of Earth's recent history) with fieldwork in North Wales.

    Living with Climate Change

    Study the science of climate change, consider the ethical conflict, analyse political arguments, and apply reasoning to the resolution of this pressing environmental problem.

    Principles and Practice in Geography

    You'll use a number of case studies - including a local one you'll conduct yourself - to become familiar with, and learn the key approaches and issues associated with, practising geography.

    Geographical Information Systems and Spatial Analysis

    Study the mapping and analytical techniques used in geographical information systems (GIS). Explore the applications of technology across a wide range of topic areas.

  • Year Three

    This is a placement year for students on the five-year course.

    Geographical Politics, Issues and Ethics

    Explore issues in and perceptions of environment and society in order to systematically identify and evaluate the philosophies influencing Geography.

    Applications of Remote Sensing

    Learn to process, analyse and interpret information from a range of existing remote sensing data. Develop proficiency in industry-standard image processing techniques and software.

    Dissertation

    Undertake independent research, under supervision. Focus on your own area of interest within Geography.

    Geography pathway

    Optional modules (choose two of the following):

    • Applied Hydrology and Water Resources
    • Natural Resource Management
    • Drylands
    • Global Agriculture and Food Security
    • Urban Environmental Transformations
    • Independent Study

    Geography (Physical) pathway

    Glaciology and Glacial Geomorphology

    Study the physical basis of landform developments in glacial and former glacial environments. Topics include glacial thermal regime, glacial motion and erosion, and the development of glacial landforms.

    Optional modules (choose one of the following):

    • Applied Hydrology and Water Resources
    • Natural Resource Management
    • Drylands
  • Final year

    Research Methods and Data Analysis

    Develop advanced skills in interpretation of quantitative and qualitative research data relevant to Geography. Develop critical understanding of the ethical considerations involved in the collection of data.

    Integrated Masters Research Project

    Undertake independent research, under supervision. Focus on your own area of interest within Geography.

    Advanced Geospatial Technologies

    Study further a wide range of geospatial technologies and techniques. Particular emphasis is placed on developing practical applications to provide innovative solutions.

    Disaster Risk Reduction and Management

    Explore in depth the challenges facing disaster management professionals. Taking a global perspective, you will gain a comprehensive understanding of the sources of risk and vulnerability, the organisations and frameworks that exist to manage disasters, and the stakeholders involved.

Course specification

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Please note that course specifications may be subject to change

How you’re taught

You will be taught through a variety of methods including group seminars, lectures and practical sessions.

Assessment methods

Year 1 coursework (67%), written (33%) and practical (0%).

Year 2 coursework (84%), written (16%) and practical (0%).

Year 3 coursework (100%), written (0%) and practical (0%).

Year 4 coursework (0%), written (80%) and practical (20%).

Contact hours

A full-time student on average can expect to spend 1200 hours a year learning which will typically be broken down as follows:

  • Year 1 lectures/seminars/workshops (26%), independent study (74%) and placements (0%).
  • Year 2 lectures/seminars/workshops (26%), independent study (74%) and placements (0%).
  • Year 3 lectures/seminars/workshops (20%), independent study (80%) and placements (0%).
  • Year 4 lectures/seminars/workshops (12%), independent study (88%) and placements (0%).

A placement year may be taken between year 2 and year 3 of study

This course is accredited by the Royal Geographical Society (with IGB).

Careers and employability

The skills you possess as a Geography graduate will enable you to choose an exciting career in one of many areas. For example, central and local governments offer roles in numerous departments dealing with aspects of:

  • policy
  • pollution monitoring
  • housing
  • transport
  • disaster management
  • flood prevention.

Charities employ geographers as:

  • aid coordinators
  • GIS specialists
  • project managers.

Private companies employ:

  • environmental consultants
  • risk assessors
  • hydrologists
  • GIS specialists.

You have the option to take on a placement for at least 38 weeks. This would take place between the second and third year of study. This can lead to a Certificate or Diploma in Professional Studies.

Previous students have undertaken placements at organisations like:

  • The Environment Agency
  • Wildlife Trusts
  • Nottingham City Council
  • The Forestry Commission.

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

  • A-levels – BBB, including Geography (A-level Geography grade C will be accepted providing the overall Tariff points are met); or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DDM, including relevant Geography modules; or
  • 120 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications, including an A-level grade C equivalent in Geography.
  • GCSEs – English and Maths grade C / 4.

Applicants without A-levels will have their applications assessed for subject compatibility.

We also consider equivalent qualifications and combinations.

If you are unsure whether the qualifications you have, or are currently studying for, meet the minimum entry requirements for this course, please contact us before submitting an application through UCAS.

The UCAS Tariff

We've created a UCAS Tariff calculator to help you work out how many UCAS points your qualifications relate to.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

Foundation courses

If you need to do a foundation course to meet our course requirements please visit Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). If you’re already studying in the UK at a school or college and would like to know if we can accept your qualification please visit our foundation courses page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please contact our International Team for advice.

How to apply

Ready to join us? Then apply as soon as you can. Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow the instructions for applying. Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

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Keeping up-to-date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Good luck with your application!

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Further information on how to apply

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Fees and funding

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there’s no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and funding pages will answer all your questions.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service.

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2494

What do the course fees cover?

Mandatory costs for the course are covered in the course fee. In addition, most study modules will recommend one or more core textbooks, which most students choose to purchase. Book costs vary between courses and further information is available in the University’s bookshop. A good supply of these essential textbooks are available in the University libraries which students can easily borrow or access directly whilst studying in the library.

You will be charged a maximum of £60 for any compulsory residential trips in the UK which will cover travel, accommodation and entrance fees where applicable.  There will be a maximum charge of £300 for overseas residential fieldwork that is compulsory to your course. Non-residential day excursions are included in the tuition fee and other non-compulsory opportunities, in the UK and abroad, may also be offered, and these will be charged at additional cost to students. A valid passport and any associated visas will also be required for field trips outside of the UK.

All students will also be expected to provide their own sturdy walking boots, wellingtons and waterproof coat and trousers.

Students will be expected to pay for accommodation, travel and living costs whilst on placement.

While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.

International fees and scholarships

For information on international and EU fees and advice on how to pay, please visit our international fees page.

We offer prestigious scholarships to new international students holding offers to study at the University. For details and an application form please visit our international scholarships information.

What do the course fees cover?

Mandatory costs for the course are covered in the course fee. In addition, most study modules will recommend one or more core textbooks, which most students choose to purchase. Book costs vary between courses and further information is available in the University’s bookshop. A good supply of these essential textbooks are available in the University libraries which students can easily borrow or access directly whilst studying in the library.

You will be charged a maximum of £60 for any compulsory residential trips in the UK which will cover travel, accommodation and entrance fees where applicable.  There will be a maximum charge of £300 for overseas residential fieldwork that is compulsory to your course. Non-residential day excursions are included in the tuition fee and other non-compulsory opportunities, in the UK and abroad, may also be offered, and these will be charged at additional cost to students. A valid passport and any associated visas will also be required for field trips outside of the UK.

All students will also be expected to provide their own sturdy walking boots, wellingtons and waterproof coat and trousers.

Students will be expected to pay for accommodation, travel and living costs whilst on placement.

While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.

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