Work with internationally renowned academic staff
Choose free residential field courses. Current trips go to the French Alps, Scandinavia and Switzerland
Overall satisfaction with this course was 94% (Source: NSS 2015)
Choose BSc Geography at Salford to experience small-group teaching in one of the UK’s most student-centred universities. You will get all the support you need from friendly and accessible academic staff. You have weekly tutorials with your personal tutor, ensuring you quickly get to know other students.
Fieldwork is a key element of the course. Field trips are aligned with the specialist modules, allowing you to develop applied skills and gain practical experience. You will go on day trips to the Peak District, the Yorkshire Dales, and cities such as Sheffield and Liverpool. Residential fieldtrips take place in the UK, Scandinavia or the European Alps. You will only pay a £25 non-refundable deposit for the field courses, which are otherwise 100% subsidised by the University.
Learn about climate change and its effect on people and places; glaciers and the impacts on water resources around the globe; relationships between changing urban environments and quality of life; relationships between fluvial processes, river restoration and management strategies; computer-based mapping and modelling using Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and remote sensing techniques; and critical evaluation of policy and research.
You can choose to specialise or take modules across the whole spectrum of geography. If you are interested in specialising in human geography then have a look at our BA Geography programme.
Small group teaching is a feature of Geography (and Environmental Management) at Salford and there are strong links between the content of this course and staff research interests. Study and IT skills are embedded in this course, as is the use of computing facilities for data handling and Geographical Information Systems (GIS) for environmental mapping and modelling. Aspects of Geography covered in the course include climate change, glaciation, hydrology, environmental monitoring, economic geography and cities.
Choose two from:
Choose FOUR from:
Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.
|European Baccalaureate||Pass in Diploma of at least 60% including at least 1 Science subject|
|GCSE||English Language and Maths at grade C or above|
|UCAS tariff points||96 - 112 points - Geography preferred but not essential. General Studies is accepted in combination with other A level subjects.|
|GCE A level||96 - 112 points - Geography preferred but not essential. General Studies is accepted in combination with other A level subjects.|
|BTEC National Diploma||MMM|
|BTEC Higher National Diploma||Possible entry to year 3|
|Foundation Degree||Possible entry to year 3|
|Scottish Highers||96 - 112 points - Grade C Maths and English required. If taking GCSEs in English Language and Mathematics to be awarded in 2017 and beyond, in England, a grade 4 will be required.|
|Irish Leaving Certificate||96-112 points from Higher Level|
|International Baccalaureate||28 points|
|Access to HE||96-112 points from QAA approved Access to HE Diploma|
We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.
There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.
International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this. If you need to improve your written and spoken English, you might be interested in our English language courses.
We welcome those coming from school or college, with or without A level in Geography with interests in geography and a passion for fieldwork. We also welcome those returning to education, either with Access qualifications or by taking the foundation year. International students are also welcome.
Teaching is through a combination of
Assessments will be based on a combination of examination and continuous assessment. This will include field reports, reflective diaries, essays, problem-solving exercises, data analysis, seminars, and research projects, and will involve a mixture of group and individual work.
You will develop a range of personal and professional skills which make Geography graduates highly employable. These includeincluding report writing, presentation, the ability to interpret data and the application of IT, group work and the development of team working and project management skills.
Salford Geography graduates have gone on to work in environmental consultancies, utilities companies, transport logistics, housing organizations and pursued careers in primary and secondary teaching. Others have gone on to take Masters or PhD degrees in a geographical discipline.
Rory Clements - BSc (Hons) Geography 2013
Hydraulic Modeller for RPS Group
"The course helped me develop my passion for the environment and specifically hydrology into a future career path, giving me academic, and more importantly, practical experience; through a myriad of invaluable field based research. Numerous excursions to places such as the Pennine Alps, Peak District and the European Alps offered a far greater understanding than a pure classroom taught experience could have. As well as academia, I have met several people who I will remain friends with for the rest of my life. The course was a great way of doing this; with meticulously arranged socials through the Geography Society, which introduce everyone in a non-academic environment, including students from all three undergraduate years, postgraduates, lecturers and often alumni for a little bit of a get-together. A major highlight for me was being in Chamonix whilst watching the military set off avalanches from a helicopter, I doubt without this university arranged trip I would have ever experienced this, or indeed got my dream job."
This course includes modules that allow you to work with external agencies including companies, research organizations and voluntary groups. Specific modules where you will work directly with external organisation are the Consultancy Project in the second year, where you work exclusively with real world organisations to solve real world problems; the GIS modules in the second and third year, where you will work with an international company involved in providing digital mapping; and the River Restoration and Management module, where you will work with a range of external agencies and consultancies on real world projects.
You will develop many of the key skills sought by employers and experience practical real-world project work that will give you an insight into the world of work. An optional placement year is available.
You will arrange your placement with our support.
|Type of Study||Fee|
|Full-time||£9250 per year|
|Part-time||Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying.|
You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.
A range of scholarships and bursaries are available to Home/EU and International students.
Further information is available at:
Start Dates: September
Three years full-time
Four years with work placement
Six years part-time