Fascinated by people, places and environments? Want to increase your understanding of our rapidly changing planet? Then our geography clearing degrees are for you.

The modern geographer needs a varied skill set for emerging environment-based roles, that’s why our geography clearing courses are designed to include a range of carefully-designed modules packed with real-world relevance. Fieldwork is at the heart of your learning, so you can develop applied skills and gain practical experience to reinforce your knowledge.


Geography Clearing Courses

Geography degree student tending to plants.

By choosing to enrol on one of our geography degrees in clearing, you will learn about a range of topics, from climate change to urban planning. You will have the option to tailor your learning to your interests, by taking modules on human geography, physical geography, or a combination of both.

Our academic staff are committed to delivering high-quality, research-informed teaching to ensure the very best learning experience. This expertise ensures that the knowledge you gain with us is at the cutting-edge of scientific research and focused on important issues affecting people and the planet.

You will have access to our advanced, integrated teaching laboratory known as the Bodmer Laboratory. This specialist, purpose-built facility ensures that you benefit from the latest technologies to keep teaching and learning apace with cutting-edge innovation and discovery. In addition, our recent green labs, from the Ignition Project (green roofs and living walls), are utilised in some of your degree modules.

If you've not yet had a chance to visit our campus, take a look below at a 360 of the Bodmer Lab.


Our geography degrees

BSc (Hons) Geography with Foundation Year

Our BSc (Hons) Geography with Foundation Year is recommended if you want to study the full honours degree, but don’t meet the direct entry requirements. On successful completion of the foundation year, you will progress on to the full honours degree, where you will build your understanding of the processes that shape the environment and how humans respond to an ever-changing world. 

The full geography honours degree is accredited by the Royal Geographic Society. Studying an accredited course is one way of showing employers you have the knowledge and skills they are looking for in graduates. It also has the potential benefit of providing greater employability prospects.

This degree is designed to increase your knowledge and understanding of the social and natural sciences, necessary for understanding contemporary environmental issues. Fieldwork is a key element of this course and trips are aligned with specialist modules to develop your skills. Recent residential field trips have included the Peak District and the Yorkshire Dales in the UK, Denmark, and the European Alps.

BSc (Hons) Geography

Delivered in an engaging and dynamic way, our BSc (Hons) Geography degree will build your understanding of the processes that shape the environment and how humans respond to an ever-changing world. This degree is accredited by the Royal Geographical Society, which means it meets their requirements for receiving up-to-date knowledge in the right learning, support, and teaching environment.

Here at the University of Salford, we believe fieldwork is imperative to developing your knowledge. We’ve aligned trips with specialist modules, so you can gain real-world experience. Typical destinations include Sheffield, Liverpool and the Peak District. The cost of your field trips is covered by your tuition fees, so all geography students can enjoy them.

You also have the option to take an industrial placement between years two and three. You will be responsible for securing your own placement, but your tutors are on hand to help. By completing a placement year, you can add ‘with professional experience’ to your degree award

BSc (Hons) Environmental Geography with Studies in the USA

Interested in learning how to tackle climate change? Our BSc (Hons) Environmental Geography with Studies in the USA will provide you with the foresight to respond to and mitigate climatic and environmental changes.

At the heart of this course is the year you will spend with Toledo University in Ohio, USA – our exchange partner for over 30 years. You will spend the second year of your studies based an hour from Detroit in the friendly city of Toledo. Alongside gaining new friends and a lifetime of memories, you will be inspired by the Geography and Planning department as you roam the physical and human landscapes of Ohio and surrounding areas.

Other field trips are a big part of your environmental geography degree. You will get real-world experience of combining the holistic investigative approach of a geographer with the applied skills of an environmental manager.

BSc (Hons) Environmental Geography with Professional Experience

With climate change impacting precious ecosystems, there has never been a more urgent need to study the environment. Our BSc (Hons) Environmental Geography with Professional Experience will give you the skills and knowledge you will need to make a difference.

A unique feature of this course is the industry placement that is embedded into trimesters two and three of your second year. Although you will be responsible for securing your own placement, you will receive help and guidance from an assigned placement tutor. They will also monitor your progress and assess your final report.

Placements can be with international, national, or local organisations, working on a wide range of issues from tackling climate change and sustainability goals, to delivering transport solutions or river restoration management. Industry placements are an excellent way to enhance your CV, gain hands-on work experience and build industry connections ready for when you graduate.

Contact us

Geography degree student collecting samples in riverbed.

If you have a question about studying any of our geography clearing degrees, or you’d like to learn more about joining the University of Salford, contact our friendly team today on 0161 295 4545 or enquiries@salford.ac.uk.