• For Entry: September
  • Duration: 4 years
  • Award: MA (Hons) / BSc (Hons)
  • Study Abroad: Yes
  • Study Mode: Full Time

Researching interactions between people, places and environments at multiple scales. We teach ways to assess these connections and to apply your learning.

TEF Gold - Teaching Excellence Framework

Geography explores the intersection of many changes – social, economic, political, environmental and technological – and the varied implications for different people and places. Our courses bring together key perspectives on location, scale, process and spatial variation with skills in research design, analysis, and effective reading and communication.

Our degrees tackle questions of relevance globally and locally. This means they are perfect whether you are in Scotland, the UK or the rest of the world.

Study for an MA or BSc

Our course 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. You can do Geography as a Single Honours degree, as a Joint Honours degree, or with a European language. You can also specialise in Human Geography or Physical Geography or combine from both areas.


We have our own teaching spaces, plus a laboratory, field equipment pool and specialist software like GIS. 

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

Courses starting 2018 and 2019
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)
BTEC A relevant BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma with DDM A relevant BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma with DDD
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)
Irish Leaving Certificate (ILC) H2H2H3H3 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
Graduate Entry
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

 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

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

The University of Dundee has been given a Gold award – the highest possible rating – in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

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How you will be taught

  • Lectures – typically the largest classes, where you are expected to listen and take notes. Some lectures may include interactive exercises, e.g. Q&A sessions.
  • Workshops – where you collect, analyse and interpret data in relation to concepts introduced in the lectures.
  • Practical classes – provide you with the opportunity to learn and practice key methods and techniques from different areas of geography.
  • Tutorials – small classes allowing you to focus on a topic in more detail. You will be expected to contribute actively to tutorial discussions.

Throughout your degree you will also spend time doing fieldtrips and fieldwork away from campus. This includes local fieldwork and excursions within Dundee itself and using its proximity to important sites nearby. These excursions typically occupy half a day to a full day, or project work with outside organisations.

Our main residential field courses are at Levels 2 and Level 3, each lasting around a week. The Level 2 field course takes place within Scotland. The Level 3 field courses focus on giving you international field research experience in Human or Physical Geography.

You will have the opportunity to attend seminars arranged by staff in relation to their own research projects, and to attend talks arranged by the local branch of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society.

You can also explore opportunities to study abroad from a semester to a whole year of your degree. We have established links with geography departments in a number of universities in Europe, North America and Australia.

How you will be assessed

  • Many modules are assessed by a mixture of exams at the end of the semester and coursework elements through the semester, while some skills-based modules focus on practical coursework.
  • Coursework includes different types of assignments like essays, and project and workshop reports, blogs, and presentations.
  • You will be expected to complete many coursework assignments individually. However some assignments will be based on you working in small groups with other students.
  • At Levels 1 and 2: your first Geography module in your Semester 1 is assessed entirely based on coursework. For the other modules after that there is a even 50:50 weighting of coursework and exams.

In Levels 3 and 4,most modules are assessed using a mix of exams and coursework. A few modules, including the Dissertation module and skills-based modules are based on coursework.

The Geography course here is very diverse and interactive, and I have been given the chance to dabble in all sorts of disciplines. From Politics to Environmental Science or from Criminology to Data Handling & Statistics, I have learned theoretical and practical knowledge that has helped me to develop and enhance various skills that I can use in the working world. The course is also very fun, and it has given me the opportunity to do field work abroad, such as the fieldtrip to Spain. The staff provide a friendly environment and follow an open-door policy protocol, so I never feel uncomfortable when faced with an issue because I know that there will always been someone who’s willing to talk and listen.

Natalie Olu-Osifeso, Geography Ma Hons

What you will study

Your course is made up of a series of modules, each self-contained components that are given a particular number of credits. Provided you pass each module you will be awarded the relevant number of credits.

Your degree is made up of core (compulsory) modules and a choice from other modules referred to as optional modules.

Geography supports different degree pathways, including Master of Arts (MA), Bachelor of Science (BSc), Single Honours, Joint Honours or Honours with a European Language. The precise set of modules which are core for you will be determined by which of these pathways you are on.

Modules are also designated from Level 1 to Level 4. Typically you take Level 1 modules in your first year, Level 2 modules in your second year, and so on.

Typical Degree Course

Level 1

Level 1 modules introduce key concepts and theories within Geography, framed in the context of global challenges.  They provide a foundation designed for those of you who have studied Geography before as well as those entering the subject for the first time.

GE11001 - Introduction to Geography Part 1: The Unequal World

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 coincidence 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 biodiversity; and impacts of environmental problems on the economies of less developed and developed countries. The module comprises a series of lectures, tutorials and workshops.

GE12002 - Introduction to Geography Part 2: Environment, City and Society

Semester 2, 20 Credits

This module introduces students to global environmental issues, cities and their linkages to contemporary social issues. It provides an introduction to cartography and spatial data before exploring themes of air quality, health and wellbeing in an urban context. We go on to examine the growing importance of cities, exploring key drivers for past and present forms of urbanisation, the development of world cities, sustainable urban development, risk and security. The module specifically compares urban issues in both the developed and developing worlds. The module comprises a series of lectures, fieldwork (in the form of student-led ‘city-walks’ in Dundee) and group work, and workshops which allow students to develop a range of key skills (cartography, data analysis, urban analysis, presentations).

In Level 1 you will typically take 4 other modules from either the MA programme or from the specified modules available in the BSc programme.

Level 2

Level 2 modules are designed to introduce the key sub-disciplines of Human and Physical Geography in more detail. You will also learn more about practices of ‘doing Geography’ through instruction on practical and field techniques, as well as having the opportunity to go on a residential field-course.

GE21001 - Dynamic Human Worlds: Society, Culture, Economy

Semester 1, 20 credits

This module covers key sub-disciplines in Human Geography which address different social, cultural and political issues in the contemporary world. Economic Geography explores issues of globalization, inequality and mobility. The lecture block on Social Geography concerns itself with the theme of ‘place, community and identity’ and address issues such as race, ethnicity, sexuality and gender from spatial perspectives. Cultural Geography deals with the issue of ‘representation’, exploring how the past and present world can be ‘read’ through images, maps and texts. Political Geography concentrates on power, identity and representation, exploring topics such as, colonialism, nationalism, citizenship and social inclusion in specific places. A series of workshops are held, including local fieldwork in Dundee.

GE22002 - Dynamic Physical Worlds: Earth, Ice and Water

Semester 2, 20 credits

This module introduces key concepts in two key sub-fields of Physical Geography, namely Geomorphology and Hydrology in the context of the Scottish landscape. The complexity of the Earth’s physical landscapes is explored by studying how surface processes shape the land surface. Diverse landscapes and how they evolve under changing climates and human impacts are explained, with reference to the Scottish landscape.  The hydrological cycle is explored alongside water quality and water resources issues, linking theoretical principles to resource management concerns in a Scottish local case study.

GE22003 - Geography Field Course (UK)

Semester 2, 20 credits

This module is an optional module but highly recommended for students doing Geography degrees. It introduces key methods in Human and Physical Geography research in the context of UK landscapes, and is centred on a week-long field trip during the Easter vacation. Pre-field trip workshops (on campus) provide an introduction to key concepts in the development of the social, cultural and natural landscape of the region to be visited. Students then utilise fieldwork and data collection methods (including critical reflection post-fieldtrip) to examine specific human and physical environments; to develop research questions and group projects; to initiate field work planning (logistics, safety briefing, ethics, and risk assessment); and, to develop and apply appropriate analysis and presentation skills.

At Level 2 you will typically take 4 other modules from either the MA programme or from the specified modules available in the BSc programme.  If you are taking the optional Geography module above then you will be required to take 3 other modules.

Level 3

The full set of L3 core modules includes the following:

  • Research Methods in Human Geography; OR Field and Laboratory Skills in Physical Geography (both 15 credits)
  • Key Ideas in Geography (15 credits)
  • Data Handling and Statistics (15 credits)
  • Advanced Field Research (15 credits)


However, whether you do all of these core modules, or just some of them, depends on your particular degree pathway. Students on Single Honours pathways will be required to do most if not all of the core modules. Joint Honours students will do 2 of the core modules.

In addition to the core modules you will choose from a menu of optional modules in Geography to make up your required credit load.

Single Honours students are typically required to pick 2 optional modules alongside their core modules. Joint Honours students typically take 1 optional module in Geography alongside their core modules plus 2 modules offered by their other degree subject.

Together the optional modules cover a range of areas in both Human Geography and Physical Geography as well as more methodological and technical modules. This allows you the flexibility to specialise in particular areas of Geography, or to combine your interests across the range of the subject. A number of cognate modules offered by other degrees (e.g. Environmental Science, Engineering and Planning) are also available to the Geography pathway.

The menu of optional modules at Level 3 typically includes the following:

  • Biogeography
  • Cities: Places, People and Conflicts
  • Environmental Criminology
  • Environmental Remote Sensing
  • Glacial Processes and Environments
  • Geographical Information Systems
  • Geographies of Health and Disability
  • Geographies of Power
  • Geographies of Children and Youth
  • Hydrology and Water Resources
  • Polar Environments
  • Reconstructing Past Environments
  • Social Resilience: Environment, Welfare and Communities
  • Tourism, Transnationalism and Mobility
  • Water Hazards and Risk
  • Wellbeing and Welfare

Level 4

At Level 4 all students doing any of the Geography degree pathways will include a dissertation module. This module gives you the chance to design and conduct a research project of your own choosing, which you will then write up into a substantial report (typically 10,000 words).

This might seem daunting! However, the dissertation module is longer than other modules, to give you plenty of time, and you will have support and guidance from a member of staff who will act as your dissertation supervisor. In addition the core modules at Level 3 are designed to help enhance your skills and background knowledge required for conducting your dissertation project. Many of our students have grasped the opportunity afforded by the dissertation module to do research overseas and/or to investigate original topics.

Because there is only one core module at Level 3 students on Single Honours pathways will typically take 3 other optional modules at Level 4. Joint Honours students typically take 1 optional module in Geography and 2 offered by their other degree subject.

In the main the menu of optional modules consists of more advanced versions of Level 3 modules. Typically your choice will be from the following:

  • Cities: Places, People and Conflicts (Advanced)
  • Environmental Sustainability in Practice
  • Environmental Criminology (Advanced)
  • Geographical Information Systems (Advanced)
  • Geographies of Children and Youth (Advanced)
  • Geographies of Health and Disability (Advanced)
  • Geographies of Power (Advanced)
  • Glacial Processes and Environments (Advanced)
  • Hydrology and Water Resources (Advanced)
  • Polar Environments – Advanced
  • Social Resilience: Environment, Welfare and Communities (Advanced)
  • Tourism, Transnationalism and Mobility(Advanced)
  • Water Hazards and Risk (Advanced)
  • Wellbeing and Welfare (Advanced)

Studies by the Royal Geographical Society show that Geography degrees are an excellent basis for developing the transferable skills and knowledge that many employers value. You will be skilled in communication, problem solving, analysis and interpretation.

Equally a Geography degree provides distinctive attributes that can be drawn on more directly in many career pathways, such as skills in spatial analysis, experience working across scales, and integrating across physical and social sciences.

Many of our graduates pursue Geography-related careers in development or environmental consultancies, government, tourism, planning and teaching. Our graduates are also competitive in other fields such as marketing, finance, management and administration, as well as in obtaining places and funding for advanced MSc and PhD degrees.

Those who hold a Geography degree may also consider becoming a Chartered Geographer – a professional accreditation scheme developed to enhance recognition, personal development and networking opportunities for Geographers, including Fellowship of the Royal Geographical Society. To become a Chartered Geographer applicants must also be able to demonstrate their commitment to undertaking relevant continuous professional development (CPD) opportunity.

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.

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Fees for students starting 2019-20

Fee categoryFees for students starting 2019-20
Scottish and EU students £1,820 per year of study
Rest of UK students £9,250 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) £17,275 per year of study

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 not to increase by more than 3% per year, for the length of your course.

Additional costs

You may incur additional costs in the course of your education at the University over and above tuition fees in an academic year.

Examples of additional costs:

One off costOngoing costIncidental cost
Graduation feeStudio feeField trips

*these are examples only and are not exhaustive.

Additional costs:

  • may be mandatory or optional expenses
  • may be one off, ongoing or incidental charges and certain costs may be payable annually for each year of your programme of study
  • vary depending on your programme of study
  • are payable by you and are non-refundable and non-transferable

Unfortunately, failure to pay additional costs may result in limitations on your student experience.

For additional costs specific to your course please speak to our Enquiry Team.

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