Geography BSc (Hons) (4 year route including a Foundation Year at Carmel College)

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Key information

  • Course length: 4 years
  • UCAS code: F808
  • Year of entry: 2022

Module details

Due to the impact of COVID-19 we're changing how the course is delivered.

Programme Year Zero

Your first year (Year Zero) is based at Carmel College, St Helens, about nine miles from the main University campus. The programme, which is moderated by University staff, comprises introductory modules in Geography, Mathematics and one module chosen from Chemistry, Physics and Biology.

A separate brochure called ‘The University of Liverpool Foundation Degree Programme at Carmel College’ may be obtained from Carmen Nuñez.

Programme Year One

In the second, third and fourth years, students follow their chosen modules from the BSc Geography list on the main University campus.

Geography BA (Hons) (L700)
Geography BSc (Hons) (F800)
Geography and Oceanography BSc (Hons) (FF78)
Geography and Planning BA (Hons) (L7K4)

Geology and Physical Geography BSc (Hons) (F6F8)
Environmental Science BSc (Hons) (F750)
Environment and Planning BA (Hons) (K4L7)
Urban Planning BA (Hons) (K430)

The programme detail and modules listed are illustrative only and subject to change.

Teaching and Learning

To help you meet the intellectual and practical challenges of studying Geography, our programmes are taught using a student centred approach, involving a range of learning experiences. These include:

  • Small tutor groups (typically eight students) through all years
  • High levels of field-based learning within the UK and abroad
  • An emphasis on active, problem-based learning (‘learning by doing’)
  • Hands-on experience of cutting-edge laboratory technologies in physical geography
  • Innovative GIS, statistical and qualitative research methodologies and community consultation in human geography
  • Supervised independent and group project work, including (for Single Honours degrees) a final year independent research-based dissertation supervised by a dedicated expert in the field.

A number of the School’s degree programmes involve laboratory and fieldwork. The fieldwork is carried out in various locations, ranging from inner city to coastal and mountainous environments. We consider applications from prospective students with disabilities on the same basis as all other students, and reasonable adjustments will be considered to address barriers to access.


Assessments are designed around developing skills and styles of communication that will be relevant to future employers. So, in addition to exams and essays, you will also undertake assessments that include computer-based exercises, oral presentations, policy briefs, field projects, and research reports. Single Honours Geography students complete a compulsory 10,000-word dissertation in their final year on a topic of their choice. This is your opportunity to develop skills as an independent academic researcher, supported on a one-to-one basis by an expert in the field.