This course allows you to choose from a range of modules according to your interests and career aspirations (focusing mainly on physical geography).

It offers a broad and flexible programme of study, which will equip you with the necessary skills of analysis and synthesis to critically understand information from a wide range of sources.

There are opportunities to travel to inspirational destinations in the UK and overseas, through a number of modules with a field trip element.

Year one

The first year is a foundation programme covering human and physical geography and geographical information science. You are encouraged to choose geography options appropriate to your BSc degree or other modules at an appropriate level from across the University. Many students opt to study languages, the social and natural sciences or engineering, in addition to modules offered by the School of Geography.

Year two

In year two, you will have fewer core modules and more opportunity to choose from a range of modules appropriate to your BSc degree. You'll have the opportunity to pursue 20 credits of appropriate modules from outside geography, subject to approval.

You can also apply to spend a semester of your second year studying abroad, taking similar modules to your counterparts back in Nottingham or expanding your knowledge through other options.

Year three

In year three the dissertation is the sole core module. Alongside this you can choose from a range of advanced modules appropriate to your BSc degree and your year two optional choices.

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Entry requirements

A-Levels: AAB including geography or equivalent (environmental science, environmental studies or world development), excluding general studies and critical thinking; a pass is required in science practical test if assessed separately

GCSEs: GCSE maths, 4 (C) or above

English language requirements

IELTS: 7.0 (no less than 6.0 in reading, writing, speaking and listening)

For details of other English language tests and qualifications we accept, please see our entry requirements page.

Study abroad

On this course, you can apply to spend a semester studying abroad at one of our partner institutions in locations such as Australia, Canada, Europe and the USA.

You will get the opportunity to broaden your horizons and enhance your employability by experiencing another culture. You can choose to study similar modules to your counterparts back in Nottingham or expand your knowledge by taking other options. Teaching is typically in English; however, there may be opportunities to study in another language if you are sufficiently fluent.

We also offer field trips to develop your practical skills, with international locations including Italy and the USA.


As a graduate from the University of Nottingham, you will be highly sought after, and by studying a degree in the School of Geography, you will acquire a broad skill set that will lay the foundations for your chosen career.

Employability is at the heart of our teaching, and we ensure that all of our degrees will equip you with the essential skills and knowledge that employers are looking for. Our comprehensive careers programme includes one-to-one CV workshops and employer talks from school alumni, as well as career networking events.

Our graduates go on to a wide range of careers. Some enter roles that have a direct correlation to their degree, including conservation and heritage protection and land surveying. Others secure positions that utilise their transferable skills such as management consultancy, PR, marketing and financial roles.

Recent graduates from the School of Geography have gone on to work for organisations such as the British Geological Survey, Capita, Grant Thornton, Historic England, Network Rail, Swiss Re, Teach First, and Tesla Motors.

Professional accreditation

This course is accredited by the Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers).

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Last updated February 13, 2019
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