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About Geography at Nottingham Trent University

This integrated Masters course combines undergraduate and postgraduate study over four years, meaning you will graduate with a single Masters-level degree. It is designed to provide you with the opportunity to study the subject in greater depth than would ordinarily be achieved during a standard three year undergraduate course.

You will benefit from a broad grounding in geography that explores a series of themes drawn from across the discipline. You can also choose to follow a route through the course that allows you to specialise in physical geography. Exploration of the rapidly developing and exciting field of geospatial technologies (including GIS, remote sensing and UAVs) is a consistent theme of the course. In your final year you will explore developments and debates at the forefront of geography as a discipline. You will learn and apply advanced geospatial techniques within the context of research, business, and in national and international disaster risk reduction and management.

This programme has 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.

Why choose this course?

  • Learn from our experienced teaching staff who have expertise in a wide range of specialist areas across both human and physical geography.
  • Get hands-on experience of the latest geospatial technologies, their applications and insights into current professional practice in this rapidly developing industry.
  • Experience new human and physical environments in the UK and overseas through subsidised field trips.
  • Split your time between our stunning Brackenhurst Campus with its 200-hectare outdoor classroom and the vibrant city of Nottingham.
  • The course was designed with input from employers.

How you're taught

You will be taught through a variety of methods including group seminars, lectures and practical sessions.

Assessment methods

Year 1 coursework (67%), written (33%) and practical (0%).

Year 2 coursework (84%), written (16%) and practical (0%).

Year 3 coursework (100%), written (0%) and practical (0%).

Year 4 coursework (0%), written (80%) and practical (20%).

Contact hours

A full-time student on average can expect to spend 1200 hours a year learning which will typically be broken down as follows:

  • Year 1 lectures/seminars/workshops (26%), independent study (74%) and placements (0%).
  • Year 2 lectures/seminars/workshops (26%), independent study (74%) and placements (0%).
  • Year 3 lectures/seminars/workshops (20%), independent study (80%) and placements (0%).
  • Year 4 lectures/seminars/workshops (12%), independent study (88%) and placements (0%).

A placement year may be taken between year 2 and year 3 of study

Careers and employability

The skills you possess as a Geography graduate will enable you to choose an exciting career in one of many areas. For example, central and local governments offer roles in numerous departments dealing with aspects of:

  • policy
  • pollution monitoring
  • housing
  • transport
  • disaster management
  • flood prevention.

Charities employ geographers as:

  • aid coordinators
  • GIS specialists
  • project managers.

Private companies employ:

  • environmental consultants
  • risk assessors
  • hydrologists
  • GIS specialists.

You have the option to take on a placement for at least 38 weeks. This would take place between the second and third year of study. This can lead to a Certificate or Diploma in Professional Studies.

Previous students have undertaken placements at organisations like:

  • The Environment Agency
  • Wildlife Trusts
  • Nottingham City Council
  • The Forestry Commission.


Where will I study?

Brackenhurst Campus is a 200-hectare country estate that provides the ideal location to study both the physical and human elements of a geography degree.

We have a lively community of students at Brackenhurst supported by:

  • modern accommodation
  • a Students' Union and bar
  • sports pitches
  • a library.

However, if you prefer city living you can commute from Nottingham in 45 minutes by bus. Study Geography at NTU and you can split your time between our stunning Brackenhurst Campus and the vibrant city of Nottingham. Live on campus or in the city – it's your experience, your choice.

You will find a range of both physical and human environments for you to gain experience of geography in action around Nottinghamshire.


Our 1,000 square metre, £2.5 million pound campus library opened in 2013. The library building uses energy-efficient and low-carbon initiatives such as photovoltaic panels, LED lighting, intelligent lighting control, heat-reclaim ventilation during winter, renewable cladding materials, locally sourced materials, and water-leak detection systems.

Green Flag status

Brackenhurst campus has been awarded Green Flag status, a national award recognising green spaces throughout the country. We received the award along with other notable green spaces such as Kensington Gardens, Regent's Park and St James' Park.

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Entry requirements

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. If you're not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

Foundation courses

If you need to do a foundation course to meet our course requirements please visit Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). If you're already studying in the UK at a school or college and would like to know if we can accept your qualification please visit our foundation courses page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

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