Our BSc degree addresses important questions about whether the planet’s natural resources are able to sustain an increasing population, how physical earth systems respond to human activity and changing climate, how we manage resources, and how we live with environmental change.
If you are interested in environmental issues and like the idea of addressing problems on global and local scales, then this is the programme for you.
Programme in detail
Many people who take the Geography BSc (Hons) programme choose the physical geography modules, which are more scientifically based, but the full range of human geography modules is also open to you and the flexibility of the degree allows you to shape your own programme of study. This means that you can either specialise in physical geography or study both physical and human geography as part of a BSc degree. 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 BSc 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 to give you a grounding in the key concepts and skills which are integral to the rest of the course. These include: Experiments in physical geography (which won an award for innovative teaching in 2013); Changes in earth surface processes (which includes five/six days fieldwork); and Living with environmental change.
You then get a choice of optional modules from within physical or human geography, or from other disciplines including geology, oceanography, ecology, earth sciences, life sciences, modern languages, sociology, psychology, and planning amongst many others.
In Year Two skills development is a central part of the course, with core modules in: Research skills; Principles and theory in geography; and a week-long field class to Lorca, Spain. You can then choose additional modules from a range of physical geography specialisms, including: Climatology; Catchment hydrology; Geomorphology: ice, sea and air; and Soils, slopes and the environment; along with human geography modules and those from other disciplines.
In Year Three, you will complete a dissertation, which brings together the skills and techniques learnt in the degree to produce an independent piece of academic research. Specialist modules at Year Three include: Natural hazards and society; Coastal environments; Fluvial environments; and Human-environmental interactions. There are also opportunities for overseas field study in destinations such as Almeria (Spain) and Santa Cruz (California).
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.