Geography students doing field work

2017 entry

BSc (Hons) Geography

Course fees

Tuition fee type Cost (per annum)
Full time home/EU tuition fee: £9,250 per annum*
Full time international tuition fee: £12,660 per annum
Full-time industrial placement year fee: £1007 per annum*

*Subject to yearly increases

Course type

BSc (Hons)

UCAS info

Points required: 112

UCAS code: F800

Institute code: L51

Study mode

Three years full time

About your course

Exploring the way in which our physical environment develops and how humans affect natural processes and interact within the world form the basis of the BSc (Hons) Geography at Liverpool John Moores University. This vocational programme offers plenty of opportunities to apply your knowledge in practical contexts. Fieldwork, completed both in the UK and overseas, is integral to the course.

  • Field trips to Spain, the Lake District, Snowdonia, Peak District and the North West coast included in fees
  • Additional opportunities for overseas field trips to places such as Crete, Santorini and Iceland
  • Focus on practical and field based learning activities so students develop applied skills and graduate work ready
  • Access to brand new, state-of-the-art Geographical Information Systems and analytical equipment
  • Regular extra curricular employability events, giving students the opportunity to network with high profile companies
  • Options to undertake work placements of 4-6 weeks and/or 12 months
  • International Foundation Year course available offering direct progression onto this degree programme - visit LJMU's International Study Centre to find out more

The subject matter was taught in an applied way so when you graduated you had some idea what employers in the environmental sector wanted.

Claire, Geography graduate, currently working as a Geoscientist

All the fieldwork and group activities meant that the work was sociable and the students and staff all got on really well. I think I had a much better university experience than some of my friends on other courses.

Andy, Geography graduate, currently working as a GIS development officer

Work-related learning

Translating your academic studies into essential professional experience.

Work-related learning is a crucial element of your studies, and the best way to experience the world of work is by opting to undertake a 12-month placement between Levels 5 and 6.

With the support of a placement tutor, you will be given the opportunity to work for a geography or environment-related organisation and put into practice skills and knowledge gained in your first two years of study. As well as giving you a chance to develop personal skills and take a break from formal study, this experience will add real value to your CV and significantly boost your employability prospects. In fact many of our students have subsequently been offered work with the same organisation or through contacts made.

There is also an option to do a short (4-6 week) placement in Level 6 and put together a portfolio about your experience.

Support and guidance

Dedicated personal tutor plus study skills support.

You will be allocated a personal tutor who will arrange one-to-one meetings with you to discuss your progress. They will also hold small tutorials so you can discuss course material with fellow students. In Level 6, an academic supervisor will advise and guide you through your research project and also hold small group tutorials related to preparing you for the workplace.

If you decide to take a year out on placement, a placement tutor will liaise between you and potential employers and help you to find a suitable post. Once you are settled in your placement, you will have regular support from an academic staff member who will visit you in your workplace to check on progress.

Course details

Liverpool is the ideal place in which to study geography as you have immediate access to the stunning landscapes of the Lake and Peak Districts, Snowdonia, as well as a host of coastal sites.

Exploring the way in which our physical environment develops and how humans affect natural processes and interact within the world is the basis of this vocational programme, which offers plenty of opportunities to apply your knowledge in practical contexts. 

This degree offers you opportunities for overseas fieldwork, currently including a core Level 5 trip to southern Spain to study desert, river and coastal environments impacted by tourism and horticulture. In Level 6 we also run optional field trips to study tectonically active, volcanic or glacial environments  (current destinations are Crete/Santorini and Iceland) to study topics such as geohazards, landscape development, environmental change and sustainability.  

Not only are these field trips an important aspect of the study of geography, they are also, unsurprisingly, a highlight of the programme for our students. All day and residential field trips for core modules are funded by the University. The Level 6 expeditions are optional and self-funding is required.

As well as studying a range of highly topical subject areas, you will also have access to the latest GIS software as well as state-of-the-art equipment so that you can hone your analytical skills in the laboratory. The course also offers ample opportunity for work-related learning.

What you will study on this degree

Please see guidance on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.

Level 4

  • Methods in Geography 1
  • Methods in Geography 2 (currently includes residential field class to the Lake District, included in fees)
  • Earth Systems
  • Natural Resources and Hazards
  • Landforms and Landscapes
  • Environment, Society and Sustainability    
Level 5
  • GIS, Geography and Beyond
  • Project Design and Management
  • International Geography (currently includes residential field class to Spain, included in fees)

The following options are typically offered:

  • Globalisation and Development
  • Climate Change
  • Terrestrial and Marine Systems
  • Urban Geography
  • World Archaeology
  • Volcanoes, Earthquakes and Society

Sandwich degree:

Year-long placement 

Level 6
  • Geography Research Project

The following options are typically offered:

  • Work Based Learning
  • International Research Expedition (currently includes a residential field class to Crete and Santorini or Iceland – student contribution towards cost of transport and accommodation required)
  • Geoforensics
  • Sustainable Natural Heritage
  • Environmental Modelling and GIS
  • Coastal and Marine Management
  • Sustainability Transitions
  • Environmental Change
  • River Monitoring and Management

Further guidance on modules

The information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Please see the programme specification document for further details on this course.

Programme specification document (PDF)

Teaching and learning

Excellent facilities and learning resources.

Teaching is via a combination of lectures, interactive workshops, fieldwork, laboratory sessions and small-group tutorials; the amount of time you spend in each varies according to the module and the level of study. You are expected to do additional research around lecture subjects in your own time using the University Libraries and virtual learning environment, Blackboard. As the course progresses, the amount of practical and field-based work increases, allowing you to develop field and research techniques and complete an independent research project.

Your lecturers

Expert tuition and support.

Your tutors are experts in such topical fields as climate change, sea-levels and flood assessment, river evolution and catchment management, soil science, glaciology, ocean environments and the application of geographical information systems (GIS) to environmental systems. There is also expertise in sustainable development and globalisation.

Their research findings are published in high-ranking academic journals and feed directly into the curriculum, so you can be confident that the subject matter is right at the cutting edge of geographical research and applied to real-world issues. The team members are also renowned for their friendliness and student-centred approach.

Assessment and feedback

Assessment varies depending on the modules you choose, but will usually include a combination of exams and coursework.

We acknowledge that all students perform differently depending on the way they are assessed. This is why we use a range of assessment methods and a combination of exams (40%) and coursework (60%) for each module, though some practical modules are assessed by coursework only.    

  • Exams may include multiple choice, short answer, problem-based learning and essay questions
  • Coursework may be in the form of fieldwork/practical reports, data handling, GIS maps, oral presentations, poster presentations, group discussions, essays or practical skills evaluations

Some assignments are done in groups. Your final year research project will be assessed by literature review and scientific write-up.

Your graduate skills and World of Work Skills Certificate details will be published in your Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR), providing employers with extensive evidence of your development as a professional as well as your academic achievements at LJMU.

Entry requirements

Please choose your qualifications below to view requirements

Minimum points required from qualifications

112

GCSE and equivalents

  • Applicants must have obtained grade 4 or grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics GCSE or • Key Skills Level 2 in English/ Maths • NVQ Level 2 Functional skills in Maths and English Writing and or Reading • Skills for Life Level 2 in Numeracy/English • Higher Diploma in Maths/ English • Functional skills level 2 in Maths/ English

A Levels

  • Minimum number of A Levels required: 2
  • Subject specific requirements: C or above in Geography or another science at A Level
  • Is general studies acceptable? No
  • Are AS level awards acceptable? Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • Average A Level offer: BBC
  • Maximum AS Level points accepted: 20

BTEC qualifications

  • BTEC certificate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • 90 credit diploma: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • Diploma (QCF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Diploma subjects / grades required: D*D* if studied on its own or to the total of 112 UCAS points if combined with other qualifications.
  • Extended diploma (QCF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Extended diploma subjects / grades required: DMM in a relevant subject area is required if no other level 3 qualifications are taken

Access to Higher Education Diploma

  • Access to Higher Education Diploma acceptability: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Further information: Access programme must have been taken be in a relevant subject area, minimum of 24 Distinctions and 12 Merits required

International Baccalaureate

  • International Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Additional information: 26 IB Diploma Points, specific grades are required from Science

Welsh awards

  • Welsh Baccalaureate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications

Irish awards

  • Irish Leaving Certificate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Grades / subjects required: 112 UCAS points from a minimum of 5 subjects

Additional entry requirement information

​Please contact the University if you have any questions regarding the relevance of your qualifications.

Will I be interviewed?

No interview required (UCAS application form only)

IELTS

6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in each component)

Can this course be deferred?

Yes

Is a DBS check required?

No

Is RPL accepted on this programme?

Yes

International requirements

Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.

Finance and fees

Find out more about the student funding available from LJMU as well as government grants and loans and targeted support for students with children/dependants or disabilities.

Different funding arrangements will apply if you are from Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland or other countries in the EU. If you normally live in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland you will still be eligible for loans for tuition fees as well as grants and/or bursaries plus loans for living costs. It's just that the amounts available may different to those stated here as these apply to applicants who live in England.

LJMU scholarships

LJMU's scholarships are open to all full-time Home and EU undergraduates that are liable to pay tuition fees. These awards are not income assessed, and if successful you will be awarded a scholarship for each year of your course worth between £1,000 and £10,000. This money does not need to be repaid and it's up to you to decide what you want to spend it on.

LJMU bursary

LJMU bursaries are means-tested, which means your household income must be below a certain level in order for you to qualify for this funding.

The money you receive does not have to be repaid and is intended to help you meet some of the costs associated with being a student. You will receive a bursary for each year of your course providing you still meet the eligibility criteria.

Tuition fees

In line with most universities, LJMU charges an annual tuition fee of £9,250 for most of our degrees.

If you opt to complete a foundation year as part of your degree, your first year tuition fee will be £7,700.

The important thing to remember is that you don't have to pay your tuition fees upfront when you enrol.

Instead you can take out a tuition fee loan, which doesn't have to be repaid until after you leave LJMU and start earning over the threshold. Currently the threshold is £21,000 for students resident in England.

As long as you have not been to University before and meet the residency rules both full and part-time students are eligible to apply for tuition fee loans.

For more information on tuition fee loans, go to: www.gov.uk/student-finance

LJMU is committed to ensuring that students understand the full cost of studying at LJMU. Our programmes have no hidden costs and your tuition fee covers all expenses associated with your core modules, including:

  • Safety equipment, such as lab coats and goggles
  • Uniforms for nurses, paramedics and other professional placement students (if applicable)
  • UK field trips
  • Educational visits
  • Student exchanges
  • Criminal Records Bureau checks
  • Professional sector regulatory body membership
  • Governing body awards

Living costs

In addition to your tuition fees, eligible students can also choose to take out a maintenance loan for each year of your course to help you meet the costs of being a student.

The money will have to be paid back but only after you leave LJMU and starting earning over the income threshold, currently £21,000 for those resident in England.

Part-time students are not eligible to take out these loans.

For more information on student loans, go to:www.gov.uk/student-finance

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Paying back your student loans

Any loans you take out while studying will be added together into one loan account. This means that when you start paying back your student loans, you will only make one affordable monthly payment. This monthly repayment will be the same regardless of how many loans you have taken out. That’s because your repayments are based on a percentage of your salary not how much you borrowed from the Student Loans Company.

The current threshold for students normally resident in England is £21,000. Once your income goes over this threshold your employer will start taking repayments from your salary just like tax and national insurance. If your income falls below £21,000 your repayments will stop.

Career prospects

This BSc (Hons) degree in Geography will equip you with a range of skills that are in demand in industry, local and national government, environmental consultancy, utilities, planning and regeneration.

Recent Geography graduates have found employment with the Environment Agency and local authorities and in the water industry as flood risk consultants and water supply and distribution advisers. Others have entered the geoscience industry working overseas in oil, gas and mining.

Graduates are highly employable because of their transferrable skills, particularly using GIS in a range of geographical applications. Some graduates also decide to pursue careers in other fields such as financial consultancy, marketing and sales, insurance risk and loss assessment, further education, research and teaching.

International Scholarships

Studying at LJMU offers international students excellent value for money and the opportunity to secure an internationally-respected qualification plus outstanding career prospects.

Each year, LJMU offers a range of prestigious international scholarships. Further details of the scholarships offered to applicants wishing to study at the University from September 2017 onwards will be available on this page in the coming months.

For the most up-to-date information about studying at Liverpool John Moores University, and the International Scholarship programme, please visit the International pages.

International Foundation Year and International Year One programmes

LJMU offers international students the option of completing International Foundation Year and International Year One programmes at the University’s International Study Centre. These courses are managed and taught by Study Group, a world leader in education and training for international  students. For more details on the International Study Centre, go to www.ljmuisc.com/

English language qualifications

All international applicants must have an internationally recognised English language qualification, such as IELTS (International English Language Testing Service). Your English language qualification must have been certified within the last two years for verification purposes. LJMU will accept other UKVI-recognised English language tests providing you attain the appropriate level.

This table summarises the minimum scores required by LJMU.

Please note: your specific course requirements may differ.

For course-specific English Language requirements, click the Entry Requirements tab above.

To find out what qualifications are applicable in your country please visit the international pages.

Type of Programme IELTS Pearson
International Foundation Programme 4.5 50-57 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)
Undergraduate degrees 6.0 50-57 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)
MPharm 7.0 Not accepted

English language support to improve IELTS

If your English language level does not meet the required entry requirements for your course you may still be offered a place on the condition that you successfully complete an English for Undergraduate Study course at LJMU’s International Study Centre.

Please contact the International Study Centre and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers (www.ljmuisc.com/) or email: international@ljmu.ac.uk for more details.

Tuition fees

International students are liable to pay a minimum of 50% of their tuition fees when they complete their enrolment at the University. The outstanding balance must be paid in full within 4 months of your enrolment date.

Living Costs

When you apply for your visa or entry clearance, you will need to provide evidence of having enough money to support yourself for the duration of your programme and to pay for all of your living expenses. The good news is that the cost of living in Liverpool is one of the lowest in England, which means your money will go even further, allowing you to enjoy your student experience to the full.

In addition to academic fees, you must budget for living costs such as accommodation, food, clothing, books, local travel and entertainment. The UKVI requires that students studying outside London must have £7,200 to pay for their living costs (or £800 per month).

LJMU’s undergraduate courses run over an academic calendar of nine months so you will need to show that you have at least £7,200. If your course lasts 6 months you will need to demonstrate you have £4,800.

Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)

Before you can apply for permission to enter or remain in the UK under Tier 4 you will require a valid Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies or CAS. LJMU will only assign a CAS once you have satisfied the conditions of any offer made to you and you satisfy the University’s obligations as a Tier 4 Highly Trusted Sponsor. For more details, visit the international students section.

Academic Technology Approval Scheme Certificate (ATAS)

If you have applied to study an Enhanced Undergraduate Degree (such as an MEng) course at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate.

You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website: www.fco.gov.uk/en/about-us/what-we-do/services-we-deliver/atas/who-atas/

Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team (int-admissions@ljmu.ac.uk)for guidance.

Your visa application

As soon as you have received an offer of a place at LJMU you should contact the Entry Clearance Office at the British Embassy, British High Commission or Consular Office in your own country to check whether you need a visa for entry into Britain. You are advised to do this as soon as you can as the visa application process can take a long time.

Please Note: To obtain an Entry Visa you should go to the British Embassy or High Commission in your own country, and present the following documents:

  • Passport
  • A valid LJMU Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)
  • Evidence of financial support for the programme
  • Two recent photographs of yourself (passport-size)
  • All relevant educational diplomas and certificates (as stated in your CAS)
  • A declaration of your intent to return home on completion of your course of study

The University may make changes to a programme of study or module where such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University.
Further guidance on programme changes

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