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What makes Human Geography at Worcester special?

Never have questions of social, economic, cultural and political change been so central to our lives as they are today - in our hyper-accelerated culture, change is fast and dynamic. Human Geography is your opportunity to answer some of the great questions of our time, questions of people and planet.

Whether being challenged by the elements in the Cairngorms, or using a Roman arena in France as an impromptu presentation venue, you'll have plenty of chances to immerse yourself in the greatest learning resource of all, our world.

Our Geography degrees are currently being re-approved to ensure they offer you the best possible course content. Updated information about the course that you will study in September 2020 will be available on this page soon.



Key features

  • Outstanding student satisfaction in 2018 National Student Survey
  • Fieldwork opportunities - UK and overseas (Provence, Malawi)
  • Small class sizes to improve engagement with interactive learning time
  • Excellent resources include a digital mapping and visualisation suite
  • Highly practical assessments
  • City location, but also handy for urban geographers
  • Strong links with local and national employers
Royal Geographical Society with IBG accredited programme

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.

THE Awards 2019 - Shortlisted - University of the Year

Shortlisted for University of the Year

The University of Worcester was shortlisted in six categories of the prestigious Times Higher Education Awards 2019, including University of the Year.

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"Everything I was able to do whilst here enhanced my experience. I feel that I have learned a lot from the staff here and I am looking forward to my future studies."

Zuzka Majcova, BA Human Geography graduate.

Human Geography BA with Study Abroad

We are currently developing a new four-year course with the same basic structure as our Human Geography BA, but you will spend your third year studying geography and other subjects at an English-speaking university abroad. After benefiting from this extended international experience, you will return to Worcester for your final year with a wide range of additional study and life skills. This programme is currently subject to approval. If you would like to register your interest in this new course, which may be available from September 2020, please email your name to

Visit our Study Abroad page for more information.

Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

UCAS tariff points

Entry requirements

104-120 UCAS Tariff points

The University will consider each application on its individual merits and will recognise a range of qualifications not currently included in the Tariff, including pre-2002 qualifications such as GNVQ.

Other information

If your qualifications are not listed, please contact the Admissions Office for advice on 01905 855111 or email for advice.

Further information about the UCAS Tariff can be obtained from the UCAS website.

If you are an international student who does not have the relevant entry requirements for direct entry onto this course, our pathway courses at University of Worcester International College could be the right option for you and enable you to still graduate with this degree. To find out more visit the Science and Health & Social Science pathways page.

Course content

What will you study?

Our Geography degrees are currently being reworked to ensure they offer you the best possible course content. The module information below is provided as an example of possible course content only. The modules that will be available for study in September 2020 are expected to cover broadly similar topics to those listed below. Full details will be available on this page soon. 

Year 1


  • Geographical Investigations
  • People and Place
  • Risk, Resilience and Sustainability


  • Country and the City
  • Climate Change: People, Politics and Action
  • Optional language modules

Year 2


  • Geography Field Course
  • Researching Geography
  • Contemporary Issues in Human Geography


  • Geographical Information Systems
  • Geographies of Development
  • Rural Geography
  • Urban Geography
  • Architecture and the Built Heritage
  • Heritage Tourism and Place Promotion
  • Optional language modules

Year 3


  • Dissertation in Human Geography
  • Changing Places Field Course


  • Work Placement
  • Geographical Information Systems
  • Political Geography
  • Countryside Conservation and Agricultural Change
  • Town and Country Planning
  • Architecture and the Built Heritage
  • Heritage Tourism and Place Promotion
  • Environment and Development in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Geographies and Disability

In your first year you will explore the fundamentals of this exciting and dynamic subject, learning subject knowledge and skills essential for more advanced study. Modules at this level allow you to find out more about the fascinating research and consultancy activities undertaken by staff.

What really sets this course apart from others is its practical, hands-on emphasis. As a student at Worcester, you will enjoy a generous fieldwork programme, seminars, computer-based practicals and a friendly and supportive learning environment. These activities help you to understand subject knowledge and develop a wide range of specialist and transferable skills, invaluable for employment or further study. This approach, repeatedly praised by external experts, is complemented by an assessment strategy that focuses on coursework rather than formal examinations.



Fieldwork at Worcester

UK and overseas field trips are a key part of our Geography degrees, giving you the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills in the real world.

Fieldwork opportunities
Teaching and assessment

How will you be taught?

We enable you to develop the independent learning capabilities that will equip you for lifelong learning and future employment, as well as academic achievement.

A mixture of independent study, teaching and academic support through the personal academic tutoring system enables you to reflect on progress and build up a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will enable you to flourish and be successful.


All modules within the BA Human Geography programme aim to encourage learners to engage in discussion of key issues and application of key concepts. Students are taught through a combination of fieldwork, seminars, presentations, tutorials, laboratory work, project work, and online activities.

In addition, meetings with personal academic tutors are scheduled on at least 4 occasions in the first year, and three occasions in the second and third year of the course. You have an opportunity to meet with your personal academic tutor on more occasions if you wish. A key aim of the academic tutorial programme is to provide you with support for your academic studies.

In the second semester in the second year of your course, you have an option to study abroad for a semester at a university either in Europe or in an international location. Previous students have studies abroad for one semester at an American, Canadian, Australian and Spanish university. Other destinations are also available.

During your course, you will have access to a wide range of specialist resources, including a fully equipped GIS Mapping and Visualization Suite, which provides access to high-end computers, industry standard GIS (ArcGIS), statistical analysis software, and other mapping and remote sensing software. You will also have access to a variety of field equipment, laboratories for teaching and research, and industry-standard design software to prepare you for future employment.

Contact time

In a typical week, you will have approximately 12-16 contact hours of teaching. The exact contact hours will depend on the optional modules selected. In the final year, you will normally have slightly less contact time in order carry out more independent study. The type of teaching activities varies per module, but an example of teaching activities for a first year module for one semester are:

  • 20 hours of (large group) lectures
  • 12 hours of seminars
  • 12 hours of discussion groups
  • 4 hours of fieldwork activities

Independent self-study

In addition to the 12-16 hours of contact time, you are expected to undertake approximately 21-25 hours of personal self-study per week respectively. Typically, this will involve visiting the library and carrying out recommended reading, planning and writing assignments, and undertaking group work.

Independent learning is supported by a range of excellent learning facilities, including the Hive and library resources, the virtual learning environment, and extensive electronic learning resources.

Teaching staff

You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes professors in human and physical geography, senior academics with industry experience, demonstrators and technicians. Postgraduate research students who have undertaken teacher training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader.

Teaching is informed by the research and consultancy, and a very high percentage (85+%) of course lecturers have a higher education teaching qualification or are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy. You can learn more about the staff by visiting our staff profiles.


The course provides opportunities to test understanding and learning informally through the completion of practice or 'formative' assignments. Each module has one or more formal or 'summative' assessments, which are graded and count towards the overall module grade.

Assessment methods include written examinations and a range of coursework assessments such as essays, written assignments (including planning statements), journals, practical investigations, practical reports, portfolios, individual and groups presentations, posters, and a final year independent studies project.

The precise assessment requirements for an individual student in an academic year will vary according to the mandatory and optional modules taken. You will not be expected to complete all assignments list below (i.e. the exact pattern of assignments depends on your optional modules); however, a typical formal summative assessment pattern for each year of the course is:

Year 1
1 essay
4 written assignments
1 within module test
1 practical report
2 individual or group presentations

Year 2
3 essays
6 written assignments
3 individual or group presentations
2 formal examinations of 2 hours duration
2 practical reports
1 research proposal
1 poster and discussion

Year 3
3 essays
1 practical assessment
4 written assignments
1 journal
5 individual or group presentations
3 projects
1 practical report
1 poster and discussion
1 independent study of approximately 10,000 words


You will receive feedback on practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback on examination performance is available upon request from the module leader. Feedback is intended to support learning and you are encouraged to discuss it with personal academic tutors and module tutors as appropriate.

We aim to provide you with feedback on formal course work assessments within 20 working days of hand-in.

Programme specification

For comprehensive details on the aims and intended learning outcomes of the course, and the means by which these are achieved through learning, teaching and assessment, please download the latest programme specification document.

Meet the team


Dr David Storey

David has an eclectic range of research and teaching interests covering aspects of territory and identity, sport and place, rural change and development.

David has also published widely on these topics and have delivered papers at various international conferences. He has been involved in a number of research and consultancy projects for a range of external organisations.

Alan Dixon Profile

Dr Alan Dixon

Alan is a Geographer and Human Ecologist with research interests in Environment-Development relationships in developing countries, particularly the dynamics and sustainability of socio-ecological systems.

Much of Alan's work has focused on the importance of wetland environments at the community level, where he has explored the ways in which local knowledge, social capital and common property resource institutions contribute to sustainable wetland management strategies that produce win-win outcomes for both local peoples livelihoods and wetland ecosystem services.


Dr Sian Evans

Dr Sian Evans is a visiting lecturer in human geography with interests in sustainability and human ecology. She has provided research support to several European funded projects on sustainability and assisted with the implementation of environmental management systems in the cables industry.


  • PhD - Consumer influence on product life an explorative study. (Sheffield Hallam University, 2005)
  • Pg Dip - Social Science Research Methods (Sheffield Hallam University, 2002)
  • MSc - European Environmental Policy and Regulation. ( Lancaster University, 1996)
  • BSc(Hons) Human Ecology. (Huddersfield University, 1995)

Malawi field course

Our Geography students experience the sustainable development challenges facing Sub-Saharan Africa.

Where could it take you?


The knowledge and skills acquired in Geography degrees, together with the ability to think critically about the world we live in, are useful in many different careers.

This course will prepare you for a range of interesting and diverse careers, including:

  • geographical information systems (GIS) management,
  • local government and planning (e.g. town and country planning,
  • regeneration managers,
  • tourism officers,
  • climate change development officers,
  • data managers,
  • community service managers,
  • research and teaching.

Geography graduates have a good track record in gaining employment in a wide range of professions and organisations, as a result of the broad range of skills developed through hands-on learning activities centred on the analysis of real world issues and processes.

Alternatively, you may wish to continue to postgraduate study and other professional qualifications.

Liam Wright, Human Geography graduate.

“For my degree, I wanted to combine the two subjects that I was most keen to pursue further, and to develop my own interests in. Human Geography and Sociology, although based in different departments, possess significant overlaps, which provided me with a holistic understanding of a number of social processes and practices. This was one of the reasons why I chose the University of Worcester for my degree; the ability to be able to study both subjects in conjunction with each other.

"Overall, my degree has not only enhanced my subject knowledge in the disciplines that I have studied, but also provided me with a number of skills and strategies that have enabled me to use these to my advantage. My course allowed flexibility in the modules with which I studied, which gave me the opportunity to explore in further detail my own personal interests.”

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How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fee for full-time UK and EU students registering in the academic year 2020/21 is £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international (non-EU) students registering in the academic year 2020/21 is £12,700 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fees for part-time UK and EU students registering on this course in the academic year 2020/21 are £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20 credit module, £2,313 per 30-credit module, £3,083 per 40-credit module, £3,469 per 45-credit module and £4,625 per 60 credit module.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying. The amounts vary between courses.

If your course offers a placement opportunity, you may need to pay for a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check.

The costs of travel and accommodation on all mandatory taught field courses will be covered in by the University. The majority of field courses are either self-catered or half-board and students may be expected to purchase meals.

You will need to pay for any optional field courses you take.

You may also need to purchase your own outdoor clothing suitable for some field courses.


Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls of residence. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £105 per week to 'En-suite Extra' at £169 per week (2020/21 prices).

For full details visit our accommodation page.

How to apply

How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS

Human Geography BA (Hons) - L701 BSc/HG


UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto full-time undergraduate courses in Higher Education in the UK.


Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.



Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Dr Cheryl Jones

Head of Geography and Archaeology

SSE Academic Support Unit