• For Entry: September
  • Duration: 4 years
  • School: Social Sciences
  • Study Abroad: Yes
  • Study Mode: Full Time

Geography at Dundee will provide you with the opportunity to examine some of the most exciting and challenging questions concerning the world's human and physical environments. Explore issues ranging from global concerns, such as climate change or relationships between the developed and developing worlds, to more local matters such as flooding and urban regeneration.

Geography at Dundee consistently achieves excellent levels of student satisfaction – in excess of 95% for both human and physical geography. We achieve this through delivering a programme which is personal to each student: we maintain an 'open door' policy to ensure effective staff access, and put face-to-face contact at the heart of the student experience.

As a Dundee geographer you will learn how to apply your knowledge in order to analyse and solve a wide range of environmental, social and regional problems. You will be taught by enthusiastic academic staff who are internationally recognised for their research achievements. In the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), geography at Dundee was rated joint 1st in Scotland for research classed as internationally excellent or world-leading.

Study for an MA or BSc

Our programme is highly flexible. Depending on your interests and the combinations of subjects you want to take, you can study geography for an MA or for a BSc. In addition to a wide range of joint Honours degrees there are also specific degree pathways in geography and planning and, for those interested in political issues in a global context, geopolitics.

Field Trips

You will also have the opportunity to study geography in an international context. We offer an annual field class to SE Spain for Level 3 students, plus opportunities to join staff research expeditions, e.g. to the Italian Alps or Iceland. You can also spend up to a whole academic year studying on exchange in Europe, North America or Australasia.

Study abroad

You can also spend between one semester and a whole academic year studying abroad either in Europe (on the Erasmus exchange programme or North America on our Transatlantic Student Exchange scheme.

Extracurricular activities

The opportunities for students to get to know each other and the staff through field excursions and other project work means that Geography has a well earned reputation for being one of the most friendly subjects to study.

The Geography and Environmental Science Society (GESS) provides a lively and informal focus for student social activities, while the Dundee branch of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society provides an excellent programme of talks about expeditions and journeys to exotic locations which many students attend.

In addition, many of our own students regularly organise their own expeditions to different parts of the world. In recent years several groups of students have successfully raised the money and gained sponsorship to travel to Iceland, where they have carried out field work for their dissertations.

The following are the minimum, up-to-date entry requirements.

Courses starting 2016
Qualification Level 1 Entry Advanced Entry to Level 2
SQA Higher/Advanced Higher BBBB (minimum) - AABB (typical) at Higher to include a science subject for BSc degrees. For MA degrees please see requirements for other Joint Honours subjects. AB at Advanced Higher including geography (for MA and BSc degrees) and either biology or chemistry (for BSc degrees only), plus BB at Higher in different subjects
GCE A-Level BCC (minimum) - BBB (typical) to include a science subject for BSc degrees. For MA degrees please see requirements for other Joint Honours subjects. ABB including geography (for MA and BSc degrees) and either biology or chemistry (for BSc degrees only)
Irish Leaving Certificate (ILC) AABB at Higher Level to include a science subject for BSc degrees. For MA degrees please see requirements for other Joint Honours subjects. Level 2 entry is not possible with this qualification
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma 30 points at Higher Level grades 5, 5, 5 to include a science subject for BSc degrees. For MA degrees please see requirements for other Joint Honours subjects. 34 points at Higher Level grades 6, 6, 5, to include geography (for MA and BSc degrees) and either biology or chemistry (for BSc degrees only)
Graduate Entry
BTEC A relevant BTEC Extended Diploma with DDD
SQA Higher National (HNC/HND) A relevant HNC with B in the Graded Unit A relevant HND with BB in the Graded Units
Scottish Baccalaureate Pass with CC at Advanced Higher Pass with BB at Advanced Higher
SWAP Access Relevant subjects with ABB grades to include English Literature/Language at SCQF Level 6 and Communication 4 plus Literature 1 Level 2 entry is not possible with this qualification
Advanced Diploma Grade B with ASL-A Level at B Grade A with ASL-A Level at B
Welsh Baccalaureate Pass with A Levels at BB Pass with A Levels at AA
European Baccalaureate 70% overall 75% overall
Other Qualifications Entry to BSc degrees requires a Science component equivalent to SQA Higher Entry to BSc degrees requires a Science component equivalent to SQA Higher
Notes

 EU and International qualifications



Courses starting 2017
Qualification Level 1 Entry Advanced Entry to Level 2
SQA Higher/Advanced Higher BBBB (minimum) - AABB (typical) at Higher to include a science subject for BSc degrees. For MA degrees please see requirements for other Joint Honours subjects. AB at Advanced Higher including geography (for MA and BSc degrees) and either biology or chemistry (for BSc degrees only), plus BB at Higher in different subjects
GCE A-Level BCC (minimum) - BBB (typical) to include a science subject for BSc degrees. For MA degrees please see requirements for other Joint Honours subjects. ABB including geography (for MA and BSc degrees) and either biology or chemistry (for BSc degrees only)
Irish Leaving Certificate (ILC) AABB at Higher Level to include a science subject for BSc degrees. For MA degrees please see requirements for other Joint Honours subjects. Level 2 entry is not possible with this qualification
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma 30 points at Higher Level grades 5, 5, 5 to include a science subject for BSc degrees. For MA degrees please see requirements for other Joint Honours subjects.
A combination of IB Certificate plus other qualifications, such as A-Levels, Advanced Placement Tests or the International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (IBCP), will also be considered.
34 points at Higher Level grades 6, 6, 5, to include geography (for MA and BSc degrees) and either biology or chemistry (for BSc degrees only)
Graduate Entry
BTEC A relevant BTEC Extended Diploma with DDD
SQA Higher National (HNC/HND) A relevant HNC with B in the Graded Unit A relevant HND with BB in the Graded Units
Scottish Baccalaureate Pass with CC at Advanced Higher Pass with CC at Advanced Higher
SWAP Access Relevant subjects with ABB grades to include English Literature/Language at SCQF Level 6 and Communication 4 plus Literature 1 Level 2 entry is not possible with this qualification
Advanced Diploma Grade B with ASL-A Level at B Grade A with ASL-A Level at B
Welsh Baccalaureate Pass with A Levels at BB Pass with A Levels at AA
European Baccalaureate 70% overall 75% overall
Other Qualifications Entry to BSc degrees requires a Science component equivalent to SQA Higher Entry to BSc degrees requires a Science component equivalent to SQA Higher
Notes

 EU and International qualifications



English Language Requirement

For non EU students

IELTS Overall 6.0
Listening 5.5
Reading 5.5
Writing 6.0
Speaking 5.5

 Equivalent grades from other test providers

 

English Language Programmes

We offer Pre-Sessional and Foundation Programme(s) throughout the year. These are designed to prepare you for university study in the UK when you have not yet met the language requirements for direct entry onto a degree programme.

 Discover our English Language Programmes

What you will study

Level 1 entry

With highers, A-levels, Irish Leaving certificate, IB Diploma, HNC, etc

Level 1

6 courses from 2-4 subject areas.

For MA (Hons) Liberal Arts, 6 courses, from up to 6 subject areas.

Advanced entry (to level 2)

With advanced highers, A-levels, IB diploma, HND, etc

Level 2

6 courses from 2-4 subject areas.

For MA (Hons) Liberal Arts, 6 courses, from up to 6 subject areas.

Level 3

4 courses from 1 (single Honours) or 2 (joint Honours) subject areas.

For MA (Hons) Liberal Arts, 4 courses, from up to 4 subject areas.

Graduate

With MA Arts & Social Sciences (without Honours)

Level 4

4 courses from 1 (single Honours) or 2 (joint Honours) subject areas.

For MA (Hons) Liberal Arts, 4 courses, from up to 4 subject areas.

Graduate

With named MA [Honours] Degree

What you will study

Level 1

You need no school qualifications in Geography for entry to Level 1 which is designed to challenge those of you who have studied Geography before as well as those entering the subject for the first time.

Modules studied:

A World in Crisis? Population and Environment: GE11001
Semester 1, 20 credits
This module opens up some major areas in Geography to students from a wide range of educational backgrounds. It is about the perceived crises associated with a rapid increase in the global population and its co-incidence with processes resulting in global, regional and local damage to the physical environment. Specific themes explored in the module include: causes of human population increase; connection between migration and urbanization; relation between population and development as well as environment; and, air and water pollution; natural and human-induced disasters; loss of bio-diversity; and impacts of environmental problems on the economies of less developed and developed countries. The module comprises a series of lectures, tutorials and workshops.

A World of Plenty? Environment and Development: GE12002
Semester 2, 20 credits
This module examines the nature of environmental resources and considers how access to resources has shaped the world economy into its present state of geographically unequal development at a local, urban-regional and international scales. The module comprises a large range of exciting topics including appreciation of renewable and non-renewable resources, principles of sustainable development, the impacts of globalisation on both developed and less developed countries and processes of global urban development and the emergence of world cities. The module comprises a series of lectures, fieldwork (in the form of student-led ‘city walks’), and workshops/seminars examining the physical setting, development history and sustainable future of the City of Dundee.

+ 4 other modules including at least 2 appropriate Science-based modules for BSc degrees

Level 2

In Level 2 you will be introduced to the key sub-disciplines of human and physical geography and you will also begin to learn about how to 'do' geography through instruction on practical and field techniques.

Modules studied:

Dynamic Human Worlds: GE21001
Semester 1, 20 credits
This module examines how space and place interact with social, cultural and economic processes. For example, it considers how different social groups define themselves geographically in terms of racial and class segregation, gated communities and 'gang-land' territories; and it looks at how firms decide where to locate and why some parts of the world are more affluent than others.

Dynamic Physical Worlds: GE22002
Semester 2, 20 credits
This module covers key concepts used in geomorphology and hydrology, focusing on rivers, slopes and glaciers and the processes acting to create different landscapes. It also includes a residential field trip to the Scottish Highlands.

+ 4 other modules including at least 2 appropriate Science-based modules for BSc degrees

Level 3

In Levels 3 and 4 there is a range of options in human and physical geography which allow you the flexibility to specialise in particular areas of geography, or to combine your interests across the range of the subject.

A feature of the course in Level 3 is the overseas field course for Single Honours Geography students. In recent years we have visited Spain, the Italian Alps and Malta where themes developed in lecture courses are applied to different landscapes through project-based work and group teaching.

Modules typically on offer include:

  • Research Methods & Field Skills
  • Geographical Concepts and Techniques

plus 2 optional modules (from a choice of):

  • Biogeography
  • Cities: Places, People and Conflicts I
  • Environmental Remote Sensing
  • Glacial Processes and Environments I
  • Hydrology and Water Resources I
  • Urban Geography I
  • Geographical Information Systems I
  • Geographies of Health I
  • Geographies of Power I
  • Geographies of Children and Youth I
  • Reconstructing Past Environments
  • Tourism, Transnationalism, and Mobility I
  • Water Hazards and Risk I

Level 4

During Level 4 you will also complete a Dissertation, an independent piece of geographical research which provides you with the opportunity to study a topic of your choice in considerable depth.

Courses in research methods in human and physical geography in Level 3 provide you with the necessary skills to be able to carry out the research required for the Dissertation.

Additional modules are chosen from:

  • Catchment Sediment Dynamics
  • Geographical Information Systems II
  • Hydrology and Water Resources II
  • Coastal and Estuarine Geoscience
  • Environmental Change and Sustainability
  • Geographies of Health II
  • Geographies of Power II
  • Critical Reading and Review Essay
  • Glacial Processes and Environments II
  • Water Hazards and Risk II
  • Geographies of Children and Youth II
  • Cities: Places, People and Conflicts II
  • Tourism, Transnationalism and Mobility II

How you will be taught

Our teaching is a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, and practicals, and you will also use the new state-of-the-art physical geography and geodata laboratories and specialist software such as Arc/GIS.

However, geography is a field-based subject so throughout your degree you will also spend much of your time outside the classroom. In Level 1 you undertake a study of Dundee based on local urban fieldwork; in Level 2 you attend a residential field class in the Scottish Highlands; and in Level 3 there is an international field class in south east Spain.

There are also many other local excursions which exploit Dundee's location close to some of the most spectacular scenery in the UK as well as its proximity to Scotland's major cities.

How you will be assessed

Most courses are assessed by a mix of examinations and coursework. In Levels 1 and 2, continuous assessment from coursework provides around 50% of your overall mark. In Levels 3 and 4 there are some courses which are based wholly on continuous assessment while others retain a mix of examination and coursework.

A recent study by the Royal Geographical Society showed that, compared with other subjects, geographers are among the most employable because they develop the kinds of skills and knowledge that employers value such as communication, problem solving and analysis.

Many of our students go into careers which are linked to geography in fields like development, the environment, tourism and planning. Others enter more general fields, like management and administration, marketing or finance.

Geography at Dundee has its own employers' forum which provides careers advice for students as well as guidance on developing the geography degree in ways suited to what employers are looking for in new graduates.

The fees you pay will depend on your fee status. Your fee status is determined by us using the information you provide on your application.

 Find out more about fee status

Fee categoryFees for students starting 2016/17
Scottish and EU students £1,820 per year of study
Rest of UK students £9,000 per year, for a maximum of 3 years, even if you are studying a four year degree. See our scholarships for rest of UK applicants.
Overseas students (non-EU) £12,950 per year of study. See our scholarships for international applicants.
Fee categoryFees for students starting 2017/18
Scottish and EU students £1,820 per year of study (for Sept 2016 entry). Fees for September 2017 will be confirmed by the Scottish Government in early 2017.
Rest of UK students £9,000 per year, for a maximum of 3 years, even if you are studying a four year degree. See our scholarships for rest of UK applicants. (This fee is subject to any changes to current government polic
Overseas students (non-EU) £14,950 per year of study. See our scholarships for international applicants.

Scottish and EU students can apply to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have tuition fees paid by the Scottish Government.

Rest of the UK students can apply for financial assistance, including a loan to cover the full cost of the tuition fees, from the Student Loans Company.

Tuition fees for Overseas (non-EU) students are guaranteed for the length of your course. This means that the tuition fee you pay in your first year (shown above) is the same fee you will pay for each year of your course. We guarantee that this will not increase while you are studying with us. The only exceptions to this are our MBChB Medicine, BSc Medical Sciences and BDS Dentistry degrees which charge a different tuition for the clinical years.



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