Geography BSc (Hons) (4 year route including a Foundation Year at Carmel College) Add to your prospectus

  • Offers study abroad opportunities Offers study abroad opportunities
  • Opportunity to study for a year in China Offers a Year in China

Key information


  • Course length: 4 years
  • UCAS code: F808
  • Year of entry: 2019
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Interested in studying for a BSc (Hons) Geography degree, but feel that you lack the appropriate science background or have a non-standard academic background? Then here is a programme that’s been designed for you.

Your Foundation Year is spent at Carmel College, after which studies transfer to the main University site. The College offers small class sizes and high standards of academic achievement that are moderated by University staff. For more information contact E: degree@carmel.ac.uk

Programme in detail

You will gain a solid grounding in a range of science subjects including geography and mathematics and will have a choice of chemistry, physics, information technology or biology modules.

On completing the Foundation Year, you will then choose modules from the Geography BSc (Hons) programme and be based at the main University campus with the option to transfer onto the F6F8, FF78 or F800 programmes.

Year by year

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, information technology and biology.

In Years Two, Three and Four you follow your chosen modules from the BSc Geography list on the main University campus.

Department Key Facts

Number of first year students

322 Year One Geography and Planning undergraduates

Graduate prospects

95% of students graduated with a First Class or 2:1 degree in 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

Specialise in physical or human geography, or to maintain a mixture throughout your degree. 

RGS-accredited degree programmes

Our BA and BSc Geography programmes have been accredited by the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), ensuring that our graduates have globally-relevant subject knowledge, technical ability and transferrable skills to address the needs of the world beyond higher education.

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.

Study in a city ideal for Geography

Offering a dynamic marine and coastal environment, including the world-renowned Sefton Dunes and River Mersey, in a vibrant and lively city, Liverpool is 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

Staff in the Department are passionate lecturers, with teaching of equal importance to research. Academic staff at all levels are engaged in our range of teaching, including lectures, practical sessions and fieldwork.

Enhance your studies with fieldwork

From your first week to your final year, field classes are an integral part of your learning. Destinations include Santa Cruz (California), Toronto, Barcelona, Iceland, Lorca (Spain), Portugal and, closer to home, 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.*

*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.