BA in Geography with Professional Placement University of Manchester
Join one of the top ten Geography departments in the UK (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021), spending one year in paid work.
- Choose course units from across the full breadth of human and physical geography.
- Develop your geographical research skills, including field, laboratory and computer-based techniques.
- Enjoy fieldwork in locations including Hong Kong, Brazil, Greece, Czech Republic, Spain, the Netherlands, Morocco and around Manchester.
- Spend a full year in paid work experience to develop your employability and transferable skills.
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BA Geography with Professional Placement allows you to study the interaction between people and their environment and explore the diverse cultural, economic, urban and political dimensions of the current global.
You will also broaden your horizons and enhance your employability by spending a year in a professional placement.
Here at The University of Manchester, we've been teaching Geography for more than 125 years - after all, where better to study the subject than this rapidly changing metropolis, with its surrounding national parks and stretching coastlines?
The field is our classroom - you will have the opportunity to engage in field-based learning around Manchester and in destinations such as Greece, Amsterdam, Hong Kong, Brazil and the Czech Republic.
The wide range of teaching and research interests of our academics - who have an impressive international research reputation - will make it easy for you to be flexible about what, and how, you learn.
This allows you the maximum choice to tailor your studies to suit your interests.
Not sure if you're a human or physical geographer just yet? Don't worry - our course allows you to study both human and physical geography in your first year, before specialising to study for a BA or a BSc later in your course.
You don't need to apply to both courses either - apply for just one via UCAS, and you'll be allowed to switch after beginning your course.
Our Skills for Geographers course is designed to support students as they begin exploring their future career paths, and what they need to get there.
This includes practising core and transferrable skills and identifying areas of expertise.
On the BA Geography with Professional Placement, your employability will be boosted by undertaking a paid placement in your third year before completing the final year of your degree.
Placements offer an excellent opportunity for you to gain work experience and valuable skills to boost your CV before you graduate.
Throughout your degree, you will be supported by the Programme Director and colleagues in the Careers Service, who are well equipped to support you in your placement search.
Fieldwork options during the degree currently include trips to Crete, Spain, Amsterdam, Morocco, and the Czech Republic - and, of course, around the city of Manchester itself.
Manchester University Geographical Society (MUGS)
You can also join the Manchester University Geographical Society (MUGS), a society run by Geography students.
Pre-course field trip
Our pre-course field trip for new geography students is a tradition amongst Manchester geographers.
The trip takes place in Keswick, the Lake District, over three days in the week before Welcome Week in September.
Teaching and learning
Teaching methods include fieldwork, lectures, seminars, small group learning and individual tutorials.
Coursework and assessment
Assessment methods include essays, team projects, coursework, presentations, written exams and a dissertation.
BA Geography with Professional Placement graduates have excellent employment prospects. Our Geography graduates have gone on to successful careers in areas including:
- business development;
- marketing, media and communications;
- project management;
Top employers of our BA Geography graduates include Accenture, HSBC, Manchester City Council, Network Rail, PwC, Sky, the BBC, and the Environment Agency.
Our Geography employability support and your Professional Placement experience will ensure you leave us as a highly employable individual, by developing your expertise in teamwork, communication, research, data analysis, problem-solving and time management.
You will also gain subject-specific skills such as working with spatial data (GIS), working with archives, undertaking interviews, and a suite of field and laboratory analyses; invaluable skills if you choose to pursue a career directly related to your degree.
In addition, you will benefit from the attention of an academic member of staff who will focus on enhancing your employability through the curriculum, volunteering and internships.
Program Tuition Fee
We're one of the top ten Geography departments in the UK (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021).