Geography
BSc (Hons)

Part-time study available
Work placement opportunity
International Students can apply

3 good reasons to study Geography at Salford

1.

Work with internationally renowned academic staff

2.

Choose free residential field courses. Current trips go to the French Alps, Scandinavia and Switzerland

3.

Overall satisfaction with this course was 94% (Source: NSS 2015)

Course Summary

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.

Course Details

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.

Course Structure

Year 1

You take a weekly one hour tutorial with a member of academic staff in a group of 6-8 students. The module develops your academic skills and helps you develop your personal and professional skills for study and for work. You will work on a range of geographical/environmental management problems linked to the core first year modules The tutorials involve discussion, debate, and problem-solving, and provide you with a regular forum for monitoring your progress.
You will examine sustainability at local, national and global scales and explore a range of case studies. Sustainability is a concept that cuts across disciplines and provides a framework for managing environmental issues. Project work will allow you apply your knowledge of the principles of sustainable development to assess and classify real-world problems and suggest solutions.
This module provides a broad introduction to the physical processes that take place within the geosphere and biosphere, focussing on those linked to the nature of landforms, global ecosystems and environmental change. You will develop a sound understanding of the inter-relationships between physical environmental processes and human activity, including natural hazards, climate change and biodiversity.
This module examines the role of people in shaping the human environment and focuses on key concepts such as place, power, scale and networks. You will learn about how the shape and form of cities is influenced by social and political issues, and how new technologies are changing the nature of human interactions in cities, states and across the world.
Environmental resources include food, energy and water, and spatial and temporal variation in the availability of these resources is arguably the most important issue for society in the twenty first century. This module introduces energy and water resources as fundamental concepts and examines current problems related to climate change, food security and pollution.
The first part of this module provides you with the applied skills to manage and analyse data using descriptive statistics, inference, graphs, hypothesis testing, and correlation and regression. It also introduces information searching and retrieving skills, data presentation and report writing. The second part of the module involves a residential field course in the UK where you will collect, analyse and present data to put into practice what you have learned.

Year 2

This module equips with you with the range of research skills relevant for further study and the workplace, and prepares you for your Dissertation in final year. You will learn about the research process, the nature of scientific writing, research design, risk assessment and ethical considerations, and how to write a research proposal. The work is supported by fortnightly small-group tutorials with a member of academic staff.
This innovative module supports the development of personal and professional skills. You will carry out a group-based project for an external client and learn about team work, project planning and time management. You will work with an academic advisor to write a project plan, allocate tasks to the team, carry out an investigation, and report the results to a client.
This module includes an overseas residential fieldtrip. Currently there are two destinations used, one with a physical environment focus and one with a human and health focus.

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In this module you will examine the connections between the global economy, and society and environment, in the developed and developing worlds. The scale of study is from local to global and the work involves coursework based on a 'dragon's den' activity where you will work on a project in a group, and the pitch and report your findings to a panel of expert.
This module introduces the concepts and theories that underpin fluvial and glacial systems including hillslope processes, fluvial network development and glacial teleconnections . You will explore the stability characteristics of fluvial systems in UK-based fieldwork and the hydrological and geochemical properties of rivers in Alpine environments in the Fieldwork module.
This module combines fieldwork, laboratory analysis, and computer-based mapping and modelling, to explore ways to monitor environmental change in a range of environments. It covers both biotic and abiotic targets and critically examines the nature, quality and reliability of environmental data.

Year 3

The Dissertation is a key feature of the course providing you with an opportunity to undertake a challenging independent research project with guidance of a member of academic staff. Your research topic is defined in second year and in third year you focus on data analysis, data interpretation and report writing. The module fine-tunes your research skills and provides you with a wide range of skills that may deployed in further study or the workplace.

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This module aims to introduce the concepts, current research problems, ideas and thinking, in integrated aspects of glaciology, glacier hydrology and mainstream hydrology. Water quantity and quality measurement techniques are studied in the French Alps and supporting work in the laboratory, and using historical records, leads to a deeper understanding of fluvio-glacial process and their links to climate change.
This module examines the role of decision-making in the management of natural resources and ecosystem services. You will investigate the role of environmental modelling in supporting environmental decision-making and assess the effectiveness of decision-making tools including Environmental Impact Assessment, hazard and risk analysis, and life-cycle analysis.
The aim of this module is to develop your knowledge and understanding of the factors controlling the design, and implementation of GIS solutions to map, monitor and model terrestrial environments. You will also examine the major issues and impacts of GIS evolution and diffusion on society.
This module will develop your understanding of the principles of remote sensing and the issues associated with applying remote sensing data to solve real-world problems. It will expose you to a range of remotely sensed data and help you to develop a clear understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of methodologies that employ such data.
You will learn about the relationships between fluvial processes and river restoration and management strategies. Underpinning theory on river hydromorphology, fluvial geomorphology, and sediment processes provides a sound basis for evaluating the success of different river engineering strategies. Field work in UK rivers provides practical experience of the impacts of river management, and an appreciation of the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches.
This module will engages with a host of ideas and concepts, from urban agriculture, which involves farming in cities, to methods for greening cities and the role of key actors in managing these spaces. The rise of megacities, with a specific focus on the social and environmental issues present in such complex environments is also examined.
This module is about urban liveability – the relationship between people and urban places. You will engage with theories about quality of life and wellbeing and consider the relationship between social practices and the physical infrastructures of cities. You will explore how opinions about quality of life may be shaped by politics, power, ethnicity, economic status and locality.

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.

Entry Requirements

Qualification Entry requirements
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 240-280 points, Geography preferred but not essential
GCE A level 240-280 points, Geography preferred but not essential
BTEC National Diploma MMM - DMM
BTEC Higher National Diploma Possible entry to year 3
Foundation Degree Possible entry to year 3
Scottish Highers 240-280 points from Higher Level
Irish Leaving Certificate 240-280 points from Higher Level
International Baccalaureate 28 points

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

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.

English Language Requirements

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.

Applicant profile

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


Teaching is through a combination of

  • Lectures
  • Fieldwork
  • Practical Classes
  • Tutorials
  • Computer-based learning and
  • Guided independent learning in the form of assignments and project work

Assessment

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.

Employability

Career Prospects

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.

Alumni Profile

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."

Links with Industry

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.

Placement Opportunities

You will arrange your placement with our support.

Further Study

Fees and Funding

Fees 2016-17

Type of StudyFee
Full-time£9,000
Part-timeYour annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying
Full-time International£11,500

Additional costs

  • Field courses - a non refundable deposit of £25 is charged for all residential field courses
  • Field trips - students will not be charged for field (day) trips but are expected to provide their own refreshments.

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.