Geography at Birmingham combines a sound academic training with an insight into practical, social, economic and environmental issues. You refine perspectives and develop skills in a degree programme that encourages the use of imagination and observation to resolve real problems affecting people and environments.
This is one of the UKs biggest Geography departments, with a large number of staff offering you a wide range of specialisms. Modern, state-of-the-art facilities, including a large computer cluster, support your learning. There are well-equipped laboratories including water quality and isotope facilities, microscope rooms, a map library containing over 200,000 maps from all over the world and our new Earth Imaging Laboratory.
You should note that, regardless of whether you apply for the BSc or BA programme, all modules are available for you to choose from. This allows you to select from the widest possible choice as your interests develop.
UCAS code: L701
Duration: 4 years
Start date: September 2012
Places available: 132 (BA and BSc Geography courses)
Applications in 2010: 978
Home/EU £3,375; International £11,340Start date September 2015 Duration full-time 48 months Languages Take an IELTS test
The modular structure allows you maximum flexibility in developing your own interests without channelling you into decisive choices too early. In the first year you are exposed to the main principles of human and physical geography, to global environmental issues, and various practical skills. You also explore the contemporary problems of Birmingham, using the city as a real-world laboratory. The first semester also features residential fieldwork in human and physical geography.
You are now introduced to specialist techniques such as computer cartography and the use of databases and spreadsheets. You learn how to develop a research proposal, which may be the starting point for your dissertation in the final year. Training in more advanced fieldwork skills is provided by courses held in European centres. You also choose from optional modules in many different branches of Geography.
In your final year you select from a wide range of modules that provide the more specialised knowledge and skills in the areas of Geography that appeal to you. You also undertake a supervised dissertation on a topic of your own choice.
You will have a year abroad between your second and fourth years using the Erasmus scheme (for EU countries) or Universitas 21 for elsewhere in the world.
We recognise that students respond to different methods of teaching. Various approaches are used from lectures to seminars and fieldwork as well as online study. You meet regularly with academic tutors in small groups.
Essay and project work form a significant part of the assessment for all modules offered by the department. Alongside examinations, we also assess your seminar presentations, laboratory or practical exercises and poster presentations.
Geography graduates are highly valued by employers for their impressive range of skills and knowledge. You will have developed your abilities to collect and analyse data, to express yourself clearly and logically in both written and oral forms, and to present supporting evidence graphically.
Many of our graduates go on to further training in areas as diverse as planning, management, environmental consultancy, water quality, meteorology and teaching. Others go directly into employment in a variety of sectors including banking, surveying, recreational planning, the water industry and international charities working on human and environmental problems in the developing world.
School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences website: www.gees.bham.ac.uk
Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).
Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.
All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.
IELTS band : 6 CAE score : 80(Grade A) TOEFL iBT® test : 93
To study at this university, you have to speak English. We advice you totake an IELTS test. More About IELTS
Number of A levels required: 3
Typical offer: AAB
Required subjects and grades: Geography at grade A and a minimum of grade B at GCSE level in an appropriate foreign lanugage (French, German or Dutch)
General Studies: not accepted
Other qualifications are considered
International Baccalaureate Diploma: 34-36 points including 6 a
No work experience is required.
"The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."
Bursary for UK students all subjects where the variable tuition fee rate is payable.
Alumni Bursary for UK Undergraduate students
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