Globalisation, geopolitics, population, and sustainability are amongst the largest challenges confronting society in the 21st century. Geography enables you to understand these issues and the ways in which they shape the world.
Our degree programmes help you develop expert knowledge and skills to interrogate the range of different approaches to, and perspectives on, these issues, as well as the ability to understand how they interact.
Programme in detail
Students on the BA programme often choose more human geography oriented modules, and the core modules for this degree are focused more in this area, but you have the option to also take physical geography modules, and maintaining a balance between the two areas of geography is an option many of our students pursue. You can also take up to two 15 credit modules per year from other subjects so you can maintain an interest in another discipline as part of your BA Geography degree. We will guide you in your module choice to ensure that you choose modules which complement each other and follow a pathway which will help you to gain skills and knowledge relevant for your future career.
Year by year
In order to give a strong foundation to your degree all students take core modules in Year One which introduce you to the breadth of the subject, and the key ideas which inform the rest of the course. Core modules include: Study skills and GIS; New horizons in human geography; Human geography through Merseyside (includes practical and fieldwork); Research frontiers in human geography; and Living with environmental change.
In addition, you can choose other optional modules from within human and physical geography, or from other disciplines including sociology, planning, politics, history, modern languages, management, psychology, archaeology, Irish studies, oceanography, earth sciences and life sciences, amongst many others.
In Year Two, skills development is a central part of the course, with core modules in research skills, statistics for social scientists, principles and theory in geography and a field class. You can then choose additional modules from a range of human geography specialisms including: Population and societies; Rural geographies; Social and cultural geographies; GIS and modelling; and Political economies of globalisation. You also have the flexibility to choose physical geography modules along with options from outside the discipline.
In Year Three, you will complete an independent dissertation, which brings together the skills and techniques learnt in the degree to produce a piece of academic research. Amongst several specialist human geography modules at Year Three (including: Geographies of resistance; Geographic data science; Poland: political, social and cultural geographies since 1939 and Post-colonial geographies) there are opportunities for overseas field study in destinations such as Barcelona, Santa Cruz (California) and Singapore.
A number of the School’s degree programmes involve laboratory and field work. The field work is carried out in various locations, ranging from inner city to coastal and mountainous environments. We consider applications from prospective disabled students on the same basis as all other students, and reasonable adjustments will be considered to address barriers to access.
Department Key Facts
Number of first year students
200 Year One undergraduates across BA and BSc Geography
95% of students graduated with a First Class or 2:1 degree in 2016
National Student Survey
• 92% of our students find that they received sufficient advice and support with their studies (National Student Survey 2016)
• 92% of students agree staff are good at explaining things (National Student Survey 2016)
Why this subject?
Benefit from an award-winning learning environment
We have invested heavily in teaching facilities, including the £23 million award-winning Central Teaching Laboratories (CTL). This state-of-the- art learning environment includes a dedicated laboratory and access to computing and flexible teaching spaces. The CTL houses much of our industry-standard equipment, providing a superb learning environment. Our Geographical Information Systems/Cartography suite houses a computing centre and is one of the few staffed map collections in the country, containing over 100,000 maps, 600 atlases and access to digital data.
Shape your degree with flexible programmes and choice of modules
Both our BA and BSc degrees in Geography offer flexibility. You can choose to specialise in physical or human geography, or to maintain a mixture throughout your degree. You can also take modules from outside Geography, and many students value the opportunity to keep up an interest in another subject area as part of their Geography degree.
RGS-accredited degree programmes
Our BA and BSc Geography programmes have been accredited by the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG). Accredited degree programmes contain a solid academic foundation in geographical knowledge and skills, and prepare graduates to address the needs of the world beyond higher education. The accreditation criteria require evidence that graduates from accredited programmes meet defined sets of learning outcomes, including subject knowledge, technical ability and transferable skills.
Study a subject with relevance to the world now
A recent graduate summarised our Geography degree as “a programme that not only teaches you about the world but makes you want to change it”. All of our academic staff are involved in research that relates to, and is informing, contemporary policy debates and challenges. This research feeds into our teaching, so studying a Geography degree at Liverpool means that you will learn about, and develop the techniques and understanding to address key contemporary political, societal and environmental concerns.
Study in a city ideal for Geography
Liverpool as a city has undergone significant change in recent years. Previously the European Capital of Culture, it has the fastest growing productivity of any major city in the UK outside London. Liverpool is situated alongside a fascinating and dynamic marine and coastal environment, including the world-renowned Sefton Dunes and River Mersey. Liverpool is both an exciting place to live and work, and the ideal place to study human and physical geography as the dynamic physical, social and political landscapes are evident within the city-region itself.
Be part of a friendly and supportive community
Geographers at the University of Liverpool are not only leaders in their fields, but according to current students are also friendly, enthusiastic and supportive. Teaching is of equal importance to research in the Department and academic staff at all levels are engaged in undergraduate teaching.
Enhance your studies with fieldwork
We are renowned for the unparalleled fieldwork experience we offer our undergraduates. From your first week to your final year, field classes are an integral part of your learning. In addition to making the most of Liverpool’s location we boast excellent field trips to destinations including Santa Cruz (California), Singapore, Barcelona, Iceland, Lorca (Spain), Portugal, Glasgow, Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh, the Lake District and mid-Wales. Field classes are not only important for learning skills and developing geographical knowledge, but also help foster a strong geographical community of students and staff. There is also the opportunity to undertake final year dissertation fieldwork abroad.
Students have, in recent years, accompanied staff on research expeditions to Iceland, Sweden and Norway and others have arranged their own dissertation research (with the support of staff) in countries including the USA, India, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Germany, and many others.