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For a complete overview of what is covered in our Undergraduate course, please download the

Geography Undergraduate Course Handbook (Natural Science & TSM).

This is the primary source of information regarding our courses, essay writing, dissertation and departmental regulations (in conjunction with the College Calendar), the marking of assessments, examinations and dissertations etc.

Important note on plagiarism

In order to support students in understanding what plagiarism is and how they can avoid it, there is an online central repository hosted by the Library and located at It includes the following:

  1. The Calendar entry on plagiarism for undergraduate and postgraduate students;
  2. The matrix explaining the different levels of plagiarism outlined in the Calendar entry and the sanctions applied;
  3. Information on what plagiarism is and how to avoid it;
  4.  ‘Ready, Steady, Write’, an online tutorial on plagiarism which must be completed by all students - ;
  5. Details of software packages that can detect plagiarism, e.g. Turnitin.        

Students should also refer to the current Geography Undergraduate Course Handbook.

Assignment/coursework submission cover sheets should be used when submitting hard copy work to the Department or Lecturer or via Blackboard


Geography Degree in brief

Geography is a four-year full-time undergraduate course leading to a Batchelor of Arts, B.A. (Mod).

Freshman Years:

The Junior Freshman Introduction to Geography courses provide an entry to the broad discipline of Geography.

Whether you enter the university via the Science Faculty or via the Arts Faculty, the course structure is modular with foundation courses during the Freshman years, followed by a mixture of compulsory and optional courses allowing students to specialise during the Sophister years.

Building on issues raised in courses taught in the Junior Freshman year, topics covered at Senior Freshman level include more detailed investigations of:

  • cultural, economic and historical geography
  • biogeography
  • environmental change
  • landscape-forming processes and soils

Sophister Years:

Course work in the two Sophister years constitutes an integrated programme that builds on work covered in earlier years, the aim being to produce graduates who, while having a firm grounding in geography, are also equipped with a range of subject-specific and transferable skills.

Students can choose from a range of courses. However, choices in any particular year may be limited by the availability of staff and timetable constraints.

Students may be required to carry out fieldwork during the Sophister years, and to attend one or more field courses.

Direct Entry Degrees

The School of Natural Sciences also has two direct entry degrees, each of 4 years duration, of which Geography is a major or significant component:

Minimum Entry Points

It is important that you refer to the Admission Requirements webpages to ensure you have up to date course specific requirements and minimum entry points information


Last updated 15 October 2015