Geography BSc (Hons)

Key information

  • Course length: 3 years
  • UCAS code: F800
  • Year of entry: 2020
  • Typical offer: A-level : ABB / IB : 33 / BTEC : D*DD

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.

Royal Geographical Society with IGB, accredited programmeIf 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 physical geography oreinted modules, which are more scientifically based. However, 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.

This programme is accredited by the Royal Geographical Society with IBG.

Royal Geographical Society with IGB, accredited programme






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 of 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 you have learned in the degree to produce an independent piece of academic research. Specialist modules at Year Three include Natural Hazards and Society, Coastal Environments and Fluvial Environments. There are also opportunities for overseas field study in destinations such as Iceland, Portugal and Santa Cruz (California).

Fieldwork opportunities

A number of the School’s degree programmes involve laboratory and field work. Fieldwork 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

240 Year One Geography and Planning undergraduates 2018

Graduate prospects

95% of Geography and Planning graduates are employed or in further study six months after graduating (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education 2016/17)

Degree results

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

From understanding climate change through the study of glacial retreat, to making our coastlines resilient to flooding, to highlighting the legacies of the colonial past, all of our academic staff are involved in research that relates to the shape of our world now. Our work is also informing contemporary debates through policy interventions.

Study in a city ideal for Geography

Situated in a vibrant and lively city, with a dynamic marine and coastal environment, Liverpool is the ideal place to study human and physical geography with socio-cultural, political and physical landscapes 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, cities such as Glasgow, Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh, as well as the Lake District and mid-Wales. 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.